Children helping to Drive Down Fuel Costs
Children from across the UK have saved parents more than £475,000 in fuel costs in three weeks by cycling and scooting to and from school, sustainable transport charity Sustrans said. The journeys, totalling 3.5 million miles – were made as part of The Big Pedal, the charity’s inter-school cycling and scooting competition backed by Olympic champion Sharron Davies.
This year, 557,223 pupils registered to take part in the competition and together pupils, parents and teachers cycled and scooted nearly 1.5 million journeys to school and back.
Gary Shipp, Sustrans national projects coordinator for education and young people said: “The rising cost of living in the UK means that parents across the country are looking for ways to cut back on costs, and the school run is the perfect place to start.
“Research by Sustrans has previously suggested that by switching from driving to cycling or scooting to school, parents could save on average £642 a year. The popularity of The Big Pedal shows that when families live near to school, it is possible to change the way they get there. But cycling and scooting to school doesn’t just have financial benefit; children that regularly cycle to school are fitter, more alert and better learners too.”
Overall, the initiative saved more than two million car journeys from being made, prevented more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted, and saved more than 94,000 gallons of fuel from being used for the school run, Sustrans said.