Big push for pedal power

3:47pm - 23 April 2021

Could your child cycle to school this month? The UK’s largest cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting competition for primary and secondary schools is now running across the area.

The Big Pedal 2021 runs until Friday 30 April.

Schools and young people are competing with one another to make the most active journeys, and all families and schools in North Somerset are invited to take part.

Children are encouraged to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day and initiatives such as this also play an important role in getting back to normal after lockdown.

Promoting active travel to schools is part of our wider climate emergency action plan designed to reduce carbon emissions from activity in North Somerset.

Currently, 42 per cent of our carbon emissions come from transport so it’s essential that we consider how we travel.

We’ve also teamed up with national charity Sustrans to help get more students cycling to school.  

Some schools in North Somerset will be running the Bike It programme, with curriculum-linked sessions, led rides and cycle skill workshops to help students gain more confidence cycling.  

Active travel such as cycling helps students travel more independently and keeps cars off the road, with the many related health and mental wellbeing benefits that this brings. 

Have your say on sustainable travel improvements in Yatton

People in Yatton are being invited to have their say on plans to improve sustainable travel links locally.

The proposals aim to improve the safety and perception of safety for people walking, cycling and using other forms of active travel between North End and Yatton village centre, including trips to and from the Yatton schools.

We’ve developed these proposals with local councillors and they will be funded by Section 106 contributions from the housing developments at North End Yatton.

The proposed changes include:

  • introducing a 20mph speed limit to improve road safety
  • widening pavements at some of the narrow pinch points along the High Street
  • improving crossing points for pedestrians
  • providing a new way in to Yatton Primary School through the Co-op Car Park (subject to agreement with landowners)
  • other minor alterations to signage, road gullies and bus stops.

Have your say online before Sunday 9 May.