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Derbyshire primary schools dominate The Big Pedal top ten

Figures from The Big Pedal 2016 show five schools from Derbyshire made the regional top ten in terms of the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scootering to school.

The Big Pedal is the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scootering challenge, and Ladycross Infant School, from Sandiacre in Derbyshire, topped the East Midlands leaderboard for the five-day challenge for primary schools.

The school had almost 88% of children cycling and scootering to school – which also placed them 15th nationally.

Derbyshire's Little Eaton Primary School, Kilburn Junior School, Ashbrook Junior School and Kilburn Infant and Nursery School also all made the top ten.

The Big Pedal is organised by Sustrans, and Derbyshire schools are encouraged to take part by Derbyshire County Council's sustainable travel team which promotes cycling as a mode of travel to school.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scootering to school. Schools log their journeys on The Big Pedal website and are given a daily score to help mark their progress.

In 2017 The Big Pedal will return on the March 20 and run for two weeks until March 31. Registration will open in the winter.