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Schoolchildren on their bikes for fundraiser
12:30pm Tuesday 10th April 2012 in Local News
Children from schools across Dorset have helped to save parents across the UK over £368,000 in unnecessary fuel costs in just three weeks by helping to cycle a total of a million miles to school.
The journeys were made as part of Sustrans’ Big Pedal – the UK’s biggest school cycling competition backed by world cycling champion Mark Cavendish and involving more than a thousand schools around the country.
With fuel prices rising and shortages looming, over a quarter of a million UK children showed how choosing two wheels instead of four for the school run can help families save cash while getting fit. If these cycling levels were maintained throughout the school year, cash-strapped Britons could save themselves nearly £3million in fuel costs.
Gary Shipp, Sustrans Schools co-ordinator, said: “The Big Pedal shows just how easy it is to leave the car at home and use two wheels for short journeys like the school run. Children that regularly cycle to school are fitter, more alert and better learners.”