Pedal power is a winner for the daily school run

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Pupils from 17 schools in Doncaster made an astonishing 13,234 journeys by bike to school and back over a three week period as part of a national cycle race.

Armthorpe Tranmoor Primary won first prize in the Doncaster regional category of the Big Pedal after completing the competition with the fastest time.

The school will receive a visit from a Bike Trials display team in the summer term.

More than 800 schools across the UK entered the race, powered by UK charity Sustrans and funded by the cycle industry, which was created to encourage children to cycle on a regular basis and show how easy it is to swap the car for a bike for shorter journeys.

Nationally, more than 1.2 million journeys were made by bike to and from school by teachers, children and parents in just three weeks.

Tom Collister, Sustrans Bike It officer for Doncaster, said: “I was amazed at the effort from children, parents and teachers for this year’s race, it was a huge success.

“It was brilliant to see bike sheds and playgrounds full of bikes from children who had got to school under their own steam.

“Cycling really helps to improve a child’s confidence, independence and health, not to mention the environment in which we live. The race has encouraged many children and their parents to use two wheels instead of four on the school run.”