Rotherham youngsters clock up 7,000 bike journeys

Youngsters at Our Lady & St Josephs Primary School in Rotherham get on their bikes for the challenge
Youngsters at Our Lady & St Josephs Primary School in Rotherham get on their bikes for the challenge
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Youngsters in Rotherham clocked up more than 7,000 journeys by bike in just a fortnight.

They recorded the miles on two wheels as part of a schools competition which encourages children to be more active.

Over 10 days, children from 12 schools in Rotherham took part in The Big Pedal on their bikes and scooters.

Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School recorded 43 per cent of their pupils travelling in on the alternative method of transport, and they came first in the competition to win a visit from the Extreme Mountain Bike UK’s stunt riders.

Headteacher Vicky Helliwell said: “Everyone is absolutely thrilled to have done so well in the Big Pedal.

“Parents and children were fully committed to pedalling to school at every opportunity and we were thrilled to see so many pupils coming to school on their bikes and scooters, getting active and healthy on the journey to school.

“We can’t wait to see the stunt show.”

The Big Pedal is in line with The Star’s Let’s Get Cycling campaign encouraging people to get in the saddle before the Tour de France arrives in Sheffield on July 6 as part of Le Grand Depart.

It is run by charity Sustrans and funded by Bike Hub every year.

Natalie Whelan, the Sustrans Bike It Officer for Rotherham, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many families taking part in the competition, and getting active on the way to school during the Big Pedal.

“We need to ensure that this isn’t just an activity for just two weeks of the year.

“I hope that throughout the spring and summer, more families choose to travel to school by bike and scooter.”