Dunbar Primary and Grammar Schools are currently preparing for the annual Big Pedal. This is a UK national competition which is a massive cycle and scoot to school event. In 2012 over 890,000 journeys were made by bike and scooter, by pupils at nearly 1,000 schools, representing a combined role of over 310,000 pupils. This year it takes place from 28 February to 20 March.
Dunbar Grammar is aiming to repeat their success from last year when they won the regional event and were awarded with the 1st prize of cycle accessories. The Primary also has their eye firmly on a prize this year to reflect the great effort that goes on all year round from the pupils who regularly cycle and scoot to school.
Headteacher of Dunbar Primary School, Helen Gillanders, commented:
We are actively encouraging as many of our pupils to ride their bike to school during the Big Pedal. It is a great way to keep healthy, develop independence and look after the environment.
and Tom Fendick, Technologies Teacher from Dunbar Grammar school, said:
A lot of the students are really looking forward to the Big Pedal. With house points at stake and last year’s 1st place to defend, this is an excellent way to motivate them to cycle or scoot. If we manage a couple of days where as many students as possible drag their bike out of the shed or garage and pedal in, then I will be extremely happy!
Belhaven Bikes has supported the event in previous years and will be repeating their initiatives such as water bottles awarded to the Primary class who pedals the most and a number of free entries to theSPACE skatepark in North Berwick, for the high pedalling Grammar students. This year, free bike checks will also be carried out at both schools during the Big Pedal by Belhaven Bikes.
In addition, hire bikes from Belhaven Bikes will be able to be used free of charge by parents/supporters of Primary aged children who would like to participate in the event as these journeys also contribute greatly to the points awarded to the school. If you are interested in the use of a bike to support the Big Pedal, you can contact Belhaven Bikes on 01368 860300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Primary has a variety of fun events planned around the Big Pedal. Parents and teachers will be rewarded with flapjacks for supporting the event on the first day and there will be a ‘bling your bike’ day. During the event there will also be an opportunity for pupils to dress up as superheroes to pedal or scoot to school. So, watch out Dunbar for a higher number of Supermen and Wonder Women that day!
The Big Pedal Website: www.bigpedal.org.uk
Dunbar Primary School: http://edubuzz.org/dunbarprimary
Dunbar Grammar School: http://edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar
Belhaven Bikes: www.belhavenbikes.co.uk
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