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DUMFRIES ACADEMY GEARING UP FOR SUSTRANS BIG PEDAL 2018

18 APR 2018

Dumfries Academy is encouraging children, teachers and parents to jump on their bikes and scooters for Sustrans Big Pedal 2018 - a UK-wide event to get more young people cycling and scooting to school, backed by world record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2018, which runs from Monday 23 April to Friday 4 May, will see pupils, parents and teachers across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school.

Organised by walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the Big Pedal is the largest competition of its kind in the UK.

During the 10 days, participating schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike or scooter.

According to government guidelines, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day (1).

Walking, scooting or cycling to school is one way of boosting children’s activity levels and helping them maintain a healthy weight.

Furthermore, teachers find that pupils who walk and cycle arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.


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