Teachers are urged 'get on your bikes' to back the Big Pedal
Families, children and teachers are being urged to sign up to a nationwide competition aimed at getting more pupils cycling to school.
More than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK have signed up to this year's Big Pedal.
The event is funded by cycling association Bike Hub and delivered by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
It will see thousands of families ditch the car and do the school run by bike or scooter between February 28 and March 20.
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Last year, more than 950 schools took part in the competition. Pupils around the country clocked up 1,140,075 miles, saving 59,021 gallons of fuel and £368,484.
Phillip Darnton, for Bike Hub, said: "Riding a bike to school is something most children would love to do, so the Big Pedal is the perfect way to get started. At school you can learn to ride safely with Bikeability training, available nationally. Almost one million 10-year-olds have done it so far, so why not join all your friends for the Big Pedal to make your school a cycling champion school."
Mike Hammond, teacher at Alverton Community Primary School in Penzance, Cornwall, said: "This will be the second Big Pedal for us and we can't wait to get involved.
"The success of last year led to a massive increase in our pupils cycling to school after the event which meant the cycle park was often overflowing with bikes and scooters.
"It also encouraged lots of parents to dust off their bikes and cycle to school with their children which made the roads around the school much quieter.
"This year our challenge is to get more of the teachers off four wheels and onto two. It's a great event which gets everyone involved so I would definitely urge other schools to sign up if they haven't already done so."
Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans chief executive, said: "The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles, the perfect distance to walk or cycle.
"Every year The Big Pedal helps tens of thousands of families rediscover the fun and freedom of cycling to school, get fit and save money at the same time."