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  • Kew school wins Big Pedal national cycling competition

    Danielle Thompson

    STAFF and pupils at a primary school in Southport have been celebrating after winning the UK’s largest cycling and scooting competition for schools.

    Kew Woods Primary School won the large primary school category in Sustrans’ Big Pedal, with more than 76% of their pupils cycling or scooting their journey during a one day challenge for the event.

    More than half a million children across the UK cycled and scooted to school during Sustrans’ Big Pedal, including 14 schools from Sefton for the event which helped prevent the release of 1179 kg of nitrogen oxide, according to Sustrans’ figures.

    Beverley McNally from Kew Woods Primary School said: “The Big Pedal really promotes our sense of community, with many parents cycling to school too. The area around the school is much quieter and safer for the children with the huge reduction of cars.

    “Our children engage in our basic cycling sessions in Reception, Learn to Ride in Year 2, Bikeability programme in Year 5, cycling transition work in Year 6, as well as road safety workshops. The Governors identify the importance of the Big Pedal and fund every child who rides to school on a bicycle or scooter with a free breakfast.”

    Currently more than 2,000 schools and nurseries are near to roads with damaging levels of motor emissions. Cycling and walking can play a vital role in reducing pollution from nitrogen oxide and particulate matter which are primarily produced by motor vehicles.

    To help tackle air pollution, Sustrans is calling on the UK Government and local authorities to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure and further training and engagement programmes which will enable more young people to travel actively to school every day.

    Rosslyn Colderley from Sustrans added: “We’re delighted that so many schools in Sefton took part in this year’s Big Pedal and achieved such great scores. Events like this demonstrate to parents and children just how easy it is to leave their car at home and walk, cycle or scoot to school instead.

    “We hope that everyone who participated will continue to travel actively in the morning and afternoon. This will play a huge role in improving air quality and will protect future generations for years to come.”

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