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COVID-19

We don’t know exactly what 2022 will bring in terms of coronavirus restrictions. Children will still be able to take part in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel whether they are travelling to school or learning at home.

For children learning remotely due to coronavirus an active journey from home or 30 minutes of physical activity at home will count in the challenge this year. See our Include Everyone page for physical activity ideas.

We have also designed our school resources to be suitable for situations where pupils are learning remotely.

COVID-19 and active travel

It’s more important than ever to travel activity

The school run is an easy way to build regular exercise into children’s daily routines. Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel, formally Big Pedal, has always been about helping children enjoy the physical and wellbeing benefits of active travel. Our commitment to keeping children active and healthy continues. Taking part in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2022 can also help encourage those who are remote learning to be active during the day. Either by taking another active journey with a family member or completing a physical activity at home.

There are many benefits to active travel, especially during a pandemic. Active travel is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion outside the school gate, and can easily be done in a COVID-19 safe way.

The Department for Education have said encouraging active travel helps “to enable pupils to be physically active while encouraging physical distancing.”

The COVID-19 lockdowns led to many people thinking about the greener, fairer future they want to see after the pandemic. Taking part in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is a great opportunity to establish or maintain new habits and encourage people to start taking more active journeys to school and elsewhere. All schools should encourage families to follow local coronavirus restrictions.

How will Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel work if some pupils are learning remotely due to coronavirus?

All Big Walk and Wheel activity will still need to be logged by teachers onto the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel website daily. This includes remote learners’ physical activities at home and active journeys from home and also any active journeys to school children still attending school in person make.

We encourage teachers to use their normal method of communication with pupils to find out how many remote learners have made active journeys or taken part in a physical activity each day. This could be a hands-up survey or a digital message from each pupil.

Resources have been designed with remote learning in mind. And we aim to provide options for pupils without access to a computer where relevant.