Pupils show off their pedal power

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PUPILS from 14 schools in Lancaster and Morecambe made 34,192 journeys by bike to school and back, over three weeks in March as part of a national cycle race called the Big Pedal, which saw more than 800 schools across the UK compete to be the fastest.

The race, powered by UK charity Sustrans and funded by the cycle industry through its Bike Hub, was created to inspire and encourage children to cycle on a regular basis, to show just how easy and cheap it is to swap the car for a bike for shorter journeys.

Nationally, more than 1.2 million journeys were made by bike to and from school by teachers, children and parents in just three weeks.

Silverdale St John’s CE Primary School won first prize in the North West regional category after finishing in fourth position out of 828 schools who entered from across the country.

See The Visitor (13-04-11) for full story.