Registration / Login
How do I register my school?
Simply fill in your school details on the Sustrans Big Pedal registration page.
What is a DfE / SEED / Inst Ref number? (You will need this to register)
England and Wales Schools have a seven-digit DfE number. It is made up of the school’s LA number (three digits) followed by its establishment number (four digits). Look these up, or ask your school office.
Scotland Schools have a seven-digit SEED number. Look yours up, or ask your school office.
Northern Ireland Schools have a seven-digit Inst Ref No. Look yours up, or ask your school office.
I am a parent/school travel coordinator. Can I register my schools for them?
You can offer to help your schools register, but you’ll need to get a school staff member to sign up as they will need to log in and record their results on a daily basis.
How do I change/reset my password, or have it sent to me if I forget it?
When you login there is an option to reset your password.
I am having trouble logging in. What do I do?
Please make sure you are using the email address you registered your school with and the password you created at registration.
Sometimes there are problems with the internet connection so it is worth testing a few times. If you are still having trouble please email email@example.com for help.
Who can take part in the Sustrans Big Pedal 2020?
ALL schools in the UK can take part in the Sustrans Big Pedal (provided they have a DfE, SEED or Inst. Ref no. – what are these?) Pupils, parents, guardians, and staff at participating schools can all join in.
Other than cycling, what other journeys are included in the Sustrans Big Pedal?
Scooter journeys, walking journeys and journeys made by wheelchair count equally in the Big Pedal Challenge.
What are the categories?
There are four categories in the 2020 challenge:
- small primary school (up to 250 pupils), 5 day challenge
- large primary school (250+ pupils), 5 day challenge
- secondary schools, 5 day challenge
- the 1 day challenge (all schools)
The top 5 schools on the leadboards for each of these categories will receive an exclusive framed Big Pedal 2020 certificate.
What if I enter as a class but later the whole school want to enter?
You are able to change your settings right up until the start date of the competition. If your whole school wish to take part, you are able to change your settings and enter as a school.
We are a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school. Can we take part?
Yes, SEN schools can compete too. If your pupils are able to cycle, walk, use a wheelchair or scoot to school then you may enter the Sustrans Big Pedal just like any other school and count your journeys.
There are no separate categories for SEN schools. However, SEN schools with pupils who are unable to scoot/cycle to school may use school/static/adapted bikes and count journeys made at school, e.g. during school break times, in the playground. It is up to the discretion of school staff what constitutes one journey taking into account pupil ability.
What counts as a journey in the five-day challenge?
Schools/classes entered in the five-day challenge can record one journey per day for each child if they cycled, walked or scooted to school. At least half of their journey (by time) should have been made by bike, foot or scooter for the journey to count.
What counts as a journey in the one-day challenge?
Participants in the one-day challenge can include cycling, walking and scooting activity during the school day. If a pupil undergoes at least 30 minutes continuous cycling, walking or scooting activity during the school day, this can count as one journey in the challenge. However, a pupil can only record one journey per day of the challenge. Therefore, if a pupil cycles/walks/scoots continuously for at least 30 minutes during the school day AND cycles/walks/scoots to school that day, this will only count as one journey.
What counts as a supporter journey?
Supporter journeys are made by adults who accompany a participating child to school by bike, foot or scooter — one journey per adult on each day of the challenge. Teachers and staff who walk, cycle and scoot to school also count as supporters
Is it possible to just take part on certain days of the race?
Yes. Sustrans Big Pedal challenge has a five-day or one-day option. Schools are able to record journeys on all 10 days of the competition for both options, however the best five days or one day is chosen for your final score, depending on the challenge option you choose. However, the more days you enter, the more potential there is to record higher participation rates and the more chances you have to win in our daily prize draw.
How can I see which schools in my area are taking part?
How do schools record their cycle, walk and scooter journeys once the race starts?
Ensure you download class record sheets for all your classes from the resources page. Teachers log their class journeys on these sheets. Schools then log in to their school home page on the Sustrans Big Pedal website each day and enter the number of cycle, walking and scooter journeys made in each class.
To appear on the daily leaderboards and to be entered into the daily prize draw, schools and classes must log their journeys by 9am on the next school day. For your journeys to count towards the overall challenge results, all results must be entered on to the website by 9am on Thursday 7 May.
What happens if I do not register my school's journeys before the 9am deadline each day?
To appear on the daily leaderboards and to be entered into the daily prize draw, schools and classes must log their journeys by 9am on the next school day.
However, schools have until 9am on Thursday 7 May to enter their data, should they find it difficult to log their journeys daily. If all journeys are entered on 7 May, they will only count towards your overall race position and not your daily position and you will not be eligible for the daily prize draws.
How does the daily prize draw work?
To be entered into the prize draw you must log your journeys on the Big Pedal website by 9am on the following school day. For example, to be entered into the prize draw on Day 1 (Wednesday 22 April) journeys must be logged by 9am on Day 2 (Thursday 23 April). A daily prize winner will be selected each day at random from all schools/classes who have recorded at least 15% of their pupils cycling, walking or scooting to school that day.
We’re a boarding school, can we take part?
Boarding schools are able to participate in the 1-day challenge and log journeys undertaken as part of the school day. Schools where only some pupil’s board can choose to participate in the 5-day challenge instead but must only log journeys for non-boarders who travel to by bike, foot or scooter school.
I have not yet received my resources?
Most resources for the Big Pedal are available digitally through your Big Pedal account or on the resources page. However, we also send out paper copies of the Big Pedal wallchart and poster. These will be sent out in batches to schools from February. In order to receive your resources on time, please make sure you register early. The deadline to receive a free pack is Sunday 5 April.
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Is the competition fair for small / large schools?
Yes, the competition is fair for all sizes of school. Scores are calculated as the percentage of your pupils taking part.
How are the results worked out for each school each day?
The greater the number of pupils making cycle, walk or scooter journeys each day, the better your result. Scores are calculated as the percentage of your pupils taking part.
PLEASE NOTE:The school or class roll number must be entered correctly, please check yours is correct before the competition starts by visiting your school settings.
How can I check how my school is doing?
During the race, school rankings will be publicly available daily on the website. As schools are able to enter results daily or at the end of the Challenge, a more accurate picture of their progress can be obtained at the end of the Challenge.
What happens if there’s a tie?
In the event of a tie, schools with the highest percentage of supporter journeys will be awarded a higher position on the leaderboard. If there is still a tie, the final positions will be drawn at random.
How do I know if my school has won?
The results will be published at the end of the competition on the website and all prize-winning schools will be emailed by the organisers.
What happens if I win?
Big Pedal framed certificates are awarded to those in the top five positions of the national leaderboards.
Regardless of whether you won or not, every school and class are able to print their own Big Pedal certificate, downloadable from the resources page on the Big Pedal website.
More questions? Please contact the Sustrans Big Pedal team: firstname.lastname@example.org.