The Sustrans Bike It Virtual Bike Race 2010 is a community based project which encourages cycling for school children, parents and staff when they go to school.
The Bike It program is a four-week virtual race. Wellington Primary in Tower Hamlets, London has surpassed their 8,408km virtual route. They are now the leading school on the program, having cycled 9,403km.
The race is still ongoing. With 400 plus schools participating in the program, not every one of them has submitted their daily tally yet. The runners-up are still vying for local and regional awards and prizes.
The virtual challenge is that a virtual kilometre is given to each cycle commute. The schools have to accumulate virtual kilometers to reach the 8,408km in UK. The number would depend on the size of the school to keep things fair across all schools. Currently, there are 61,497 cycle journeys have been ridden. The Wellington Primary completed their virtual kilometer target in five days from the start of the program last March 1.
The grand prize is a school visit from the famous Team M.A.D. Mountain Bike Display Team. There are also seven regional prizes of a bike workstand, a fully kitted out toolbox and kids’ helmets.