Dorset school children made a big push for wheel power with a concerted drive to leave their parents’ cars at home.
Youngsters from Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood swapped driving and walking to school for wheeling in on bike or scooter.
Every pupil and member of staff was encouraged to come to school on two wheels in what is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge.
Head of School, Rob Christopher, said: “We had an amazing week and it was quite a sight to see so many of our pupils take up the challenge and arrive on either bike or scooter.
“We hope the week has inspired many more of our children and staff to choose cycling or scooting as their way of getting to school.
“It’s not only a great way of keeping fit and healthy but it is also very good for the environment.”
Also during the Big Pedal challenge, Emmanuel received a visit from Sustrans’ Dr Bike, Rachel Alcock-Hodgson, who carried out free safety checks on pupils and staff’s bikes.,
Any minor repairs were carried out there and then and advice was given to those who needed more serious repairs.
At the end of the week Emmanuel’s daily total of staff and pupils coming into school on two wheels was sent to Sustrans.
It will be announced at a later date which schools recorded the biggest total of participants, with prizes such as bike and scooter storage and tickets to bike and scooter stunt shows awaiting the winners.
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