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|Title:||Doncaster Schools Top In Cycle Competition|
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Two Doncaster schools have been crowned regional champions for Yorkshire and Humberside in The Big Pedal 2014.
The Big Pedal is a free national inter-school competition where schools get points for the more pupils who make journeys by bike or scooter. The competition is organised by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans which aims to get more children and their families’ active on their journey to school.
St Oswalds Academy and Arksey Primary School cycled to the top winning their respective categories for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Both schools reached over 60% of their school population who travelled actively each day and St Oswalds came 9th in the country on the final day. To reward both schools’ fantastic efforts they will be rewarded with a mountain bike and BMX stunt show performance.
Sinead O’Brien, Sustrans Bike It officer for Doncaster, said: ‘It is fantastic that two schools in Doncaster have come top in the whole of Yorkshire in the Big Pedal. Both St Oswalds and Arksey worked extremely hard to encourage their pupils and families to travel to school on their bikes or scooters. I hope that their success will motivate pupils to continue travelling actively to school as the days get longer and brighter.
This is a special year for cycling in Yorkshire with Le Tour de France starting in the region and it is great to see so many children interested in cycling and Doncaster schools leading the way.’
Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: ‘Well done to all at St Oswalds Academy and Arksey Primary School - this is a fantastic achievement. This is a good example of partnership work between the council, schools and Sustrans.’
Shelley Fisher, Head teacher at Arksey primary school, said: ‘I am very proud of all the pupils. They have shown dedication and commitment as they work towards the end result. Getting active on the journey to school has brought the school community together.’
Research shows that nearly half of all children want to be able to get to school by bike but only 4% actually do. Sustrans works in schools to encourage children to walk, cycle and scoot to school to help reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates.
Ahead of Le Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, Sustrans school staff in Yorkshire has put together a free Tour de France educational pack for schools to use to inspire thousands of children to cycle to school. To find out more about the work of Sustrans go to www.sustrans.org.uk To find out more about cycling in Doncaster visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/cycling
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