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Big Pedal Challenge

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Register for the challenge at:

How it works

This year’s challenge will run from 23rd April – 4th May and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools. On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest proportion of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

Winners of the Big Pedal Challenge will receive an exclusive Sustrans Big Pedal trophy.

Around the world in 10 days

Earlier this year, Mark Beaumont travelled the world in 78 days by bike. We invite you to follow Marks journey, going ‘around the world in 10 days’ by cycling or scooting to school as part of Sustrans Big Pedal 2018. On each day of the challenge, schools and classes can follow Mark’s route by tracking your progress on a Big Pedal world map.


Schools and classes will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows and equipment if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge.

2017 was an amazing year

On average 25% of pupils at participating schools took part every day – amazing when you consider just 2% of pupils use cycling in the UK as their usual way to get to school. If those journeys had been made by car, we saved over 847 tonnes of CO2 and over 79,000 gallons of fuel, costing over £384,000.


In 2017, thousands of children across the UK transformed in to their favourite superhero for the day to celebrate the finale of The Big Pedal. The day was a great success and raised thousands of pounds for Sustrans. We will be running the superhero event again during the 2018 challenge, on the final day, Friday 4th May. Parents, staff and children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero, decorate their bikes and scooters or purchase our exclusive Big Pedal superhero wheelie transfers. Transfers can be bought from our online shop, and given out during the challenge.


Who can take part in  the Big Pedal 2018?  All schools in the UK can take part in the Big Pedal.

How do I register? A school must register online on the Big Pedal website. You will need your school identification number (DfES/SEED/Inst Ref Number) and the details of a staff representative who will responsible for entering journeys throughout the challenge. Schools who register before 2 April will receive a resource pack in time for the challenge start date, but schools can register at any time ahead of the challenge.

We can’t commit to the full challenge, can we still take part? For schools unable to record five journeys over the challenge weeks, we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

Can I see which schools in my area are taking part? Yes. There is a list of schools that have registered on the website which you can search alphabetically, by school name or Local Authority. You can also view a map of schools taking part.

Is the challenge fair for small/large schools? Yes. Schools enter their whole school roll or individual class size at registration and their daily score is produced by working out the percentage of pupils that have cycled or scooted to school in relation to their school or class size. There are three categories: Small Primaries (fewer than 250 pupils), Large Primaries (250 pupils or more) and Secondary Schools. Schools with fewer than 35 pupils are required to enter the class challenge.

Be part of something BIG

We’re setting our sights high for Sustrans Big Pedal 2018 and aiming to encourage 2,000 schools to take part. Help us achieve our target and take part in the biggest Sustrans Big Pedal ever!

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