Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Big Pedal in your constituency

Dear Graham,

Encouraging children in your constituency to walk, cycle and scoot the school run

There has never been a more important time to encourage children to walk, cycle and scoot to and from school to combat obesity, inactivity and congestion as well as alleviate the cost of living.

Sustrans, a charity which promotes and enables people to choose sustainable transport, works with thousands of schools across the country all year round and this March we are holding our annual Big Pedal competition, with schools in your constituency signed up to take part.

The Big Pedal event, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school over a three week period ending in a superhero day on 20 March. The Big Pedal has lasting effects with 76% of teachers saying pupils continue to cycle and scoot to school following the event.

You may be aware that Sustrans has been campaigning for the right to a safe journey to school for every child. To make this a reality we have been calling for dedicated long-term funding, slower speeds and legislation to create safer routes.

Many active travel projects in schools rely on revenue funding through Local Authorities and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. In 2015/16 much of this funding will be coming to an end putting the future of our schools work, and the work of many other organisations that also support active travel, in doubt. Without long term, dedicated funding schools will not be supported to carry out such initiatives. This is why we need a properly resourced and ambitious Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which has recently been incorporated into the Infrastructure Act.

If you would like to hear more about what schools in your constituency are doing for the Big Pedal or become a champion for our campaign please contact me by emailing campaign@sustrans.org.uk.

Best wishes,


Rachel White
Political Advisor
70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ

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