Schoos get on board The Big Pedal

Kids TV presenter Barney Harwood is challenging youngsters, parents and teachers in the borough get on their bikes and scooters for the school run.

The Big Pedal (March 3rd – 14th) is an inter-school cycling and scooting competition aiming to get children active.

Barney said: “I’m supporting The Big Pedal because I want to show parents that cycling and scooting to school is fun, cheap, and it keeps kids healthy too.”

For parents who are thinking about cycling or scooting with their children during The Big Pedal, Sustrans advise to make sure your bikes and scooters are in working order before setting off, plan your route carefully and cycle it before you ride it with your child, travel with a group of friends and stay visible.

Run by charity Sustrans and funded by Bike Hub, The Big Pedal is UK’s largest cycling and scooting competition for primary and secondary schools.

Jemma Robinson, Sustrans’ schools officers for North Tyneside said: “This year’s Big Pedal is proving really popular with schools across the borough.

“There’ll be thousands of children taking part with 10 schools already signed up in North Tyneside .”

To get your school involved in the Big Pedal go to: or contact Sustrans North East on 0191 261 6160