Partner Blog - PWLC - Markets, Rubbish, and Services Delivery Plans - Unintentional Sustainability

Would any one want a fairly large, noisy, smelly trash compactor sitting outside their business, or home?  This is essentially the question we needed to ask businesses and residents when commissioned by Lambeth Council to project manage their Lower Marsh Regeneration Project in 2012.  As part of the design, a trash compactor that sat directly on a piece of public realm that the Council wanted to develop needed to find a new home, but as the question might suggest an answer wasn't going to be simple.  We tried, people objected. Lower Marsh did and still does generate a large volume of refuse because it holds a weekday and Saturday street market selling mostly hot food with a mix of delicious cakes, antiques, flowers and the like. The question became ‘how does one manage so much refuse?’ Lambeth's answer was 'feed it to the trash compactor!' After all, it only needed emptying 5 times a week - that's a good thing right? 

Modeshift Convention 2017 Draft Agenda published

Modeshift is proud to now publish the draft agenda for our Two-day convention on November 9th and 10th in Sheffield.

Modeshift CPD Training: Effective School Travel Programmes

Modeshift are delighted to announce the launch of our second CPD-accredited training course – Effective School Travel Programmes. 

Free Evaluation Training Workshop

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Public Health England are running a joint evaluation training workshop on the 25th October at TfL offices, Palestra House, 197 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8JZ from 13:00-16:30.

Partner Blog - Scoot Fit

Hello Modeshift Members - my name’s James Rodger and I’m from Scoot Fit, a new sporting activity helping children and adults staying fit and healthy on scooters in nurseries, schools and workplace settings.

Opportunities to join the Modeshift Board - now open, apply today.

Joining the Modeshift Management has been described by current board members as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Board members have the opportunity to shape the future of the organisation whilst developing skills, experience and knowledge in sustainable travel.

Bright News

If you work in promoting safe, active, sustainable travel for children... especially if you are new to the sector... then Bright News is for you! This monthly e-newsletter from Modeshift partner Brightkidz is packed with product news, offers, campaign info and events.

Bullying on Buses Surveys

As part of a larger project exploring experiences of bullying on school buses Nathalie Noret (a researcher at York St John University) and Paul Vodden (a national campaigner) are conducting a short survey of bus drivers of private buses. The project will explore experiences of witnessing bad behaviour and bullying on the school bus, and how effective you believe things like CCTV are for preventing bad behaviour. The surveys will be completed by bus drivers, parents and young adults.  As part of the project a survey has also been sent to Local Authorities.  This survey refers to the Department for Education's statutory guidance on home to school travel. In particular we are seeking information on any audit of school transport undertaken by local authorities.  Survey of parents is at:  Survey of children:  Survey of bus drivers:

961 schools have now achieved Modeshift STARS

A further 273 schools across the country have achieved Modeshift STARS accreditation this summer taking the total number of schools that have achieved STARS in 2016/17 to 594.

STARSfor Sustainable Travel Awards Scheme Goes Live

It is with great pleasure that Modeshift can announce that the STARSfor Sustainable Travel Awards scheme is now live! 

Cycle to Work Day - 13th September 2017

Cycle to Work Day encourages adults across the UK to get on their bike and give cycle commuting a go for one day. Why – because cycling to work is brilliant! It’s an easy way to boost your health and fitness, improve your wellbeing and show some love to the environment.

This year’s event takes place on Wednesday 13th September. Cycle to Work Day started in 2013, and every year this annual event has grown. Today, it’s a way of celebrating those who are already passionate cycle commuters, as well as those who are giving it a go for the very first time.

For more information about Cycle to Work Day and how you can get involved visit

Partner Blog - Cambridge Schools Get Cycling Boost

Five schools in Cambridge have enjoyed a 5-week period of concentrated cycling activities as part of the Bikeability Plus project. Funding secured from the Department for Transport by Cambridgeshire County Council gave Outspoken Training the opportunity to deliver a mixture of activities designed to excite, enthuse, and encourage pupils to cycle to school more often.

The results were fantastic with average cycling rates going from 25% to 39% across all the schools.

Each school enjoyed a high-energy, fun-packed launch event of a bicycle try-out show with pedal-powered music which created a real buzz around the school, engaging pupils, teachers and parents with the project aims. The launch was followed by weekly activities delivered by Outspoken’s Project Officers, which included balance bike training, learn to ride sessions, and bike maintenance lessons.

“I wanted to pass on a very big thank you to Nancy, who ran a course that my son attended at school in Great Shelford. I have no idea what magic she performed to get my unconfident son (who was not sure of using his bike even with stabilisers) to ride perfectly without them, within an hour. He's loving his new skill, thank you!” – Parent

Partner Blog - Better Ways to Travel - How Social Enterprises are Promoting Safe, Active, Sustainable Journeys

Beep beep! Another traffic jam - you're going to be late for your meeting!

Congestion on our roads affects us all, from those in their own cars frustrated with delays and the lack of parking spaces to those walking their children to school or taking the healthy option of cycling to work.

It's a problem... and social enterprises like dealing with problems. These mission-driven businesses are built by people passionate for change and often set up to overcome an issue society faces. They can't solve all the world's problems but they can play their part.

Visit to find out how social enterprises are promoting safe, active and sustainable journeys.

Saltford Primary School celebrates Active Travel Award

A Bath and North East Somerset primary school has become the first in the area to achieve a Modeshift STARS Silver Award.

Saltford Church of England Primary School has introduced a number of measures to encourage cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. These include free active travel breakfasts for those who walk, scoot or cycle to school; ‘active ambassadors’ to represent pupils and develop ideas to improve travel to school and poster competitions. New bike racks and scooter pods have been installed along with bikeability training for year 5 and 6 pupils.

To find out more visit

National Sustainable Travel Awards - nominations closed

Thank you to all Members who submitted a nomination for this year's National Sustainable Travel Awards. There are some amazing projects and initiatives being organised up and down the country.

We received over 90 entries this year. The Modeshift Management Board have the hard task of shortlisting the nominations to put forward three entries in each category. These will be announced in September when Members will be invited to vote for their favourite.

Watch out for more info next month!

Air Quality Action Plan

How does the Government intend to reduce roadside Nitrogen Dioxide levels so they meet the legal requirements? Please visit to find out more.

Broxap Bring you their Benefits of Cycling to School

With children spending more time behind screens than outside, cycling can be a healthy and fun way of encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors. Encouraging children to cycle or even scoot from a young age will equip children with a skill for life. It’s a good starting point to get children out and about and on their bike.

Benefits of Cycling To School

Encourages Independence: Allowing children to take control of their journey, will help them to feel more confident and independent as children have to negotiate the journey themselves, understanding the risks while making key decisions to arrive at school safely and on time.

Good For The Environment: Dropping children off in the car at the school gate causes congestion, which contributes to bad air quality for staff, students and local residents and local wildlife. It’s in everyone's best interests to try and reduce carbon emissions which is dangerous for all!

An Active Start To The Day: The NHS organisation Change4Life recommend that children aged from 5-16 years should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Cycling to and from school is the easiest way to introduce exercise to children’s daily routine, encourage healthy growth and development, help children to maintain a healthy weight.

Promotes Mental Wellbeing: Mental Health Charity MIND explain how physical activity can be very beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. Encouraging children to engage in the daily exercise of cycling to school can be helpful in safeguarding against mental health issues and is likely to reduce anxiety and stress that can stem from all aspects of a child's life.

How can your school promote cycling?

Having somewhere dry and safe to park a bike can be an influencing factor in whether students and staff cycle decide to school. It’s important that schools provide secure cycle shelters for children and staff on the school premise. Without this it’s possible that parents will be put off if they have to bring bikes to and from school daily.

Entering your school in annual cycling events for example, The Big Pedal or Bike To School Week is a fun way to encourage participation

Setting up a student rewards system/ competition that encourages students to cycle to school is sure be a big hit!

Cycling and Staying Safe

Often is the case when it comes to children cycling to school that far too many parents have serious reservations about the dangers of cycling to school. And while these reservations are by no means unfounded, the benefits of cycling more than outweigh the risks involved.

It’s extremely important to everyone at Broxap that everyone who cycles to school stay safe, so we’ve put together a list of safety tips:

  • Wear a Helmet - check that your helmet fits properly
  • Be Safe, Be Seen - make sure you are visible by wearing hi-vis or fluorescent clothing or bands
  • Be Careful Where You Ride - always avoid cycling in areas where common falls occur
  • Hand Signals - Signals help motorists know where you are going
  • General Rules of the Road - Follow the rules of the road, do not carry a passenger and keep both hands on the handlebars

Case Study:

At Broxap, our status as suppliers of the largest selection of cycle racks and cycle storage shelters in the UK, increases our ability to influence and ultimately facilitate transport alternatives in an inclusive way. Over the years, we’ve been involved in a large number of cycle storage projects that have helped to facilitate cycling solutions for everyone!

In a project, which saw us working as part of a tripartite effort with Leicester Council and Freestyle BMX Champion Keelan Phillips, we installed two best-selling Wardale Cycle Shelters and Scooter Racks in Burbage Junior School in Hinckley. This project was aimed at helping to promote, encourage and ultimately facilitate the ability that children have in being able to substitute their normal mode of transport for a cycling alternative, to and from the school.

Pedibal Announce - Cycle to Work Scheme

Pedibal now operate the government CYCLE to WORK SCHEME allowing Local Authorities the opportunity to offer staff members and companies a LOW-COST sustainable transport solution with all the advantages and benefits of the scheme.

The scheme can provide the unique ‘NAVIGATA’ conveniently fully folding eBike, with ‘Easy Wheel’ for secure inside parking, commuting and storage.

Example of savings of the scheme:

Savings of 32% – 41% for employees and NI contributions for Local Authorities and participating companies


Basic Rate Taxpayer – 20% Income Tax – 12% NI

Income Tax & NI Saved – £320

Net Monthly Payments £56.66

Total Cost of Cycle Scheme Package £680

Percentage Saving over 12-months 32%

Net Cost of ‘NAVIGATA’ eBike £680

Higher Rate Taxpayer – 40% Income Tax – 2% NI

Income Tax & NI Saved £420

Net Monthly Payments £48.34

Total Cost of Cycle Scheme package £580

Percentage Saving over 12-months 42%

Net cost of ‘NAVIGATA’ eBike £580

For more information visit

National Travel Survey 2016

Statistics on the 2016 National Travel Survey are now available. The results cover personal travel within Great Britain by English residents.

The National Travel Survey shows that in 2016:

  • people made 774 trips on average, excluding short walks
  • people made an average of 954 trips, including short walks
  • the average distance travelled excluding short walks (6,396 miles) was 10% lower than in 2002
  • most of the trips people made were by car, either as a driver or a passenger (62%), or by walking (25%)
  • 78% of the total distance people travelled was by car, either as a driver or a passenger.

Practical Applications of Intelligent Mobility for Sustainable Towns and Cities

Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017 is an innovative, interactive and inspirational event put together for intelligent mobility and smart city experts by intelligent mobility and smart city experts.

The event is being held at MKArena, Milton Keynes, 19-20 October 2017

Speakers include

• David Bragden, Chief Executive, NYC Transit Centre
• Jonna Pollanen, Collaboration Manager, MaaS Global
• Philippe Crist, Project Manager, International Transport Forum at OECD
• Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
• Ian Meikle, Director of Infrastructure, Innovate UK
• Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, DfT
• Paul Campion, CEO, Transport Systems Catapult
• Geoff Snelson, Strategy Director, Milton Keynes Council

We are pleased to announce a 25% discount for Modeshift members to attend Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017.

Simply use promocode STL17MSHIFT when ordering here

Number of children getting enough physical activity drops by 40%

Change4Life together with Disney and Sport England launches '10 Minute Shake Up' campaign to help get children more active.

Education and the transport sector - independent report

Report reviewing opportunities for transport and the further and higher education sectors to work together more effectively.

Further Education report:

Higher Education report:

Report findings 'strengthen the case for investment in cycling': Sustrans

A new report has found that the Government’s Cycling City and Towns programme, which ran between 2008-2011, resulted in increased levels of cycling in all 12 participating cities and towns.

student takes care home residents cycling

Over half a million older people leave their house once a week or less, leaving many feeling lonely and isolated. Fraser, a 20-year-old medical student, has taken matters into his own hands and spends his spare time giving rickshaw rides to elderly residents of a care home.

latest travel information news from Pindar Creative

Read all about the mapping tools available from Pindar Creative for cycling, walking and public transport.

Read the latest news from Greener Journeys

The latest edition of 'Bus Stop' the quarterly newsletter from Greener Journeys is now available here:

School run to go car-free in Croydon Council pilot project

Three schools in Croydon have signed up to the six-month council scheme from September aimed at improving road safety, reducing pollution and getting people to walk more.

National Sustainable Travel Awards DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thank you to those members who have submited their nominations for this year's Modeshift Awards.

For those that haven't you will be pleased to know the deadline has been extended to FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017

Share and shout about your projects, initiatives and campaigns by submitting a nomination in one of 10 categories:

  • Excellence in Walking - sponsored by Pogu Ltd
  • Excellence in Cycling - sponsored by Cyclepods
  • Best Partnership - sponsored by David Richards (Printers and Distributors) Ltd
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual - sponsored by Living Streets
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Team award - sponsored by PWLC Projects
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation - sponsored by Pindar Creative
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Pedibal
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - sponsored by Broxap Ltd
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by Love to Ride
  • Best Project under £1000 - sponsored by BrightKidz

Doorstep to Desktop

Public Health Wales have published an infographic to show how professionals from diverse sectors can collectively contribute to creating environments and routes through communities which make walking or cycling to school an easier choice.

Get ready for Love to Ride Cycle September

Get ready for the main #YearoftheBike event - Cycle September.

Take part in a FUN, FREE, National competition to see which workplaces can earn the most points for riding and encouraging their colleagues from 1 to 30 September.

Sign up at


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