West Wimbledon Pupils Are Champion Pedallers

Nearly half the pupils cycled or scooted to school

A West Wimbledon primary school pedalled their way to first place against other Merton schools to become local winners in a national competition measuring cycle and scooter journeys made to school.

The 'Big Pedal' competition, organised by cycling charity Sustrans and supported by Merton Council's road safety team, is aimed at encouraging school children to consider sustainable ways of travelling to school.

During the competition, which ran for two weeks, points were awarded for each journey pupils made to school on their cycle or scooter. Winners were awarded nationally and regionally with St John Fisher in Grand Drive coming out top in Merton. The school came 11th in London and 111th nationally.

On average over the two weeks 48% of pupils cycled or scooted into school each day with 2,961 journeys made in just 10 days.

Head teacher of St John Fisher, Mrs Ursula O'Byrne, said: "We are delighted to have won this competition which not only engaged the children about the benefits of sustainable forms of transport but also reminded us adults about the benefits of leaving the cars at home!"

Merton's cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: "Congratulations to St John Fisher School for winning the Big Pedal. Cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of transport and offers great health benefits, which is why engaging school children about this is important."

April 10, 2014