The Big Walk and Wheel – Previously The Big Pedal
Sponsored by UK cycling charity Sustrans, The Big Walk and Wheel – Previously known as The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooter-based challenge that aims to inspire and empower kids, teachers and parents to get on two wheels in order to make the daily trek to school. The Big Walk and Wheel runs for ten school days each year, and there are prizes galore in store for those who take part.
Since Sustrans Big Pedal started in 2011 it has grown to be much more than a cycling competition.
During the two-week challenge schools compete to record the greatest number of pupils walking, using a wheelchair, scooting and cycling to school, whilst learning about the benefits of active travel along the way.
To acknowledge the multi-modal nature of the competition, in 2021 we asked schools to help us find a new name for Sustrans Big Pedal.
A name that includes walking, using a wheelchair, scooting and cycling to reflect its inclusive nature.
Participating schools submitted their suggestions and the shortlist was put to a public vote.
The clear winner was…
Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel!
Please put 21 March – 1 April 2022 in your diaries for Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2022.
About Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel
The school challenge has now been running for 11 years.
It’s inspired hundreds of thousands of families to take active journeys to school.
In 2021, we took a more flexible approach to the competition to accommodate pupils learning remotely.
The results were amazing.
Sustrans Big Pedal 2021 was a great success.
Amazing Journeys theme
This year we are again trying to make sure as many pupils as possible can take part.
That’s why we have designed our interactive school resources to be fun and flexible.
Our Amazing Journeys theme will encourage pupils to see their local area from a new perspective whilst learning about the benefits of active travel.
And active journeys taken from home or physical activity completed at home counted as one journey in the challenge for pupils learning remotely.