Inspired by the Tour De France, schools have been invited to take part in Lincolnshire County Council’s Big Summer Bike Race 2014 to encourage children to cycle and scoot on their journey to school.
Over 3,600 pupils have taken part, from 17 schools across the county, including some in the Grantham area.
The Big Bike Race is described as a fun and easy way to get more children cycling to school with a serious message, as the benefits include less congestion around the school gates, healthier children, parents and teachers, more confident cyclists on the roads and environmental improvements in the local community.
The schools participating in the virtual bike race all follow the same route as the Tour de France professionals to ‘travel’ the 559km from Leeds to London.
The Big Bike Race has been underway since June 30 and continues until Friday. So far, collectively, the schools have logged 6,669 bike journeys and already there is a winner – Leasingham St Andrew’s cycled to victory in only nine days and was very closely followed by St Sebastian’s Primary School in second and South Witham Community Primary School in third.
These winning schools will all receive cycle/scooter storage as their prize, and all the schools who finished the race receiving a framed certificate to celebrate their achievement.
The Big Bike Race is funded and supported by the county council, as part of its work to encourage sustainable travel on the journey to school.