St John Fisher RC Primary School in Raynes Park crowned cycle champions

Children celebrate their win with staff

Children celebrate their win with staff

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A Raynes Park school pedalled their way to first place in a national competition measuring cycle and scooter journeys made to school.

Children at St John Fisher RC Primary in Grand Drive clocked up 2,961 journeys by bicycle or scooter in ten days, with an average of 48 per cent of pupils taking to two wheels for the challenge.

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 coming out top in Merton.

The school came eleventh in London and 111th nationally.

Headteacher 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."




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