New Think teaching resources for 3-6 year olds

This week Think launched brand new teaching resources to make it easier for teachers to include road safety within their lessons.

Gold Star for Next PLC

Next PLC were recognised nationally for their efforts to promote sustainable travel and employee well-being. On Thursday 9th November, they became the first ever company in the UK to be awarded the Gold Level STARSfor award in recognition of the work they have undertaken to reduce the number of cars accessing their Head Office in Enderby, Leicester and their Gedding Road site in Leicester. In addition, they were also presented with the Best Sustainable Travel Initiative Business Award as part of the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards.

Transport Social Research and Evaluation

For social research and evaluation reports, guidance and toolkits which help shape policy and operational delivery across the Department for Transport visit

Partner Blog from Brightkidz - Bright Rabbits, Blogging Pupils and Better Odds Than the Lottery

It was great to meet so many of you at the annual conference this month. I hope those of you who visited the Brightkidz stand enjoyed having a chat and learning about some of our products and resources – not just the bright waistcoats and accessories you know us for - but also the new walking, cycling and scooting products we’ve added to our range.

Partner Blog from Pedibal - Accelerate Cycle to Work Schemes – No Capital Outlay

Now company’s, organisations and LA’s will be able to accelerate Sustainable Travel Programmes as well as STARSfor initiatives with Cycle to Work Schemes with the Pedibal Programme:

National Sustainable Travel Award Winners 2017

Thank you to all Modeshift Members who submitted an application for the Awards and for voting for their favourite in each of the categories. The winners were announced by our Award sponsors, at the Modeshift Convention Awards Dinner, in Sheffield, on Thursday9th November.

Road Safety Conference 7 March 2018 - ROSPRA

Can Road Safety, Public Health and Air Quality Priorities Support Each Other?

Partner Blog from Outspoken Training - Creating a Sustainable Cycling to School Culture

Sustainable travel is something we care deeply about and support through the variety of cycling programmes we deliver.

Speed Down Saves Lives - Road Safety Week November 2017

Speed Down Save Lives is Brakes theme for for Road Safety Week 2017 (20-26 November).

Partner Blog from Sustrans

I’m writing this on the way to the Modeshift Convention, and looking forward to getting together with partners from across the sector and hearing about all of the excellent work going on across the country.

Win a Pedibal bike at the Modeshift Convention

Are you attending the Modeshift Convention 'The Future of Sustainable Travel' on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield? Stop by the Pedibal stand to enter a free raffle to win a SPRINTA - 16” Wheel- 3 in 1 – Balance to Pedal bike. For more informaiton about Pedibal visit

And if you haven't yet booked to attend the Convention, please visit for your lasts chance to book.

Partner Blog from Liftshare - Scoping Smart Mobility

Here at Liftshare we are constantly innovating to provide sustainable, useful and relevant Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to the world’s mobility problems. After nearly 20 years of doing what we do, we have reinvested to understand what encourages modal shift, and what we know is this: Behaviour change can only occur when users are made aware of the full scope of their transport options.

In other words, people need to understand all of the transport options available to them, as well as the relative costs and benefits of each for the individual, the community and the environment, if we are to encourage people into regular engagement with sustainable transport.

People need information. They need options. They need incentives. But that’s not all.

The rising profile of discussions surrounding Mobility as a Service (MaaS) highlights the critical need for information to be presented in a way that is quickly and easily accessible.

Enter… Scoping.

The scoping process takes departure and destination postcode data and arrival times and uses this data to analyse groups of commuters, i.e. groups of people with existing travel habits we need to change.

Armed with this analysis, we are able to produce a scoping report, which demonstrates the most appropriate sustainable travel solutions for these commuter groups, meaning that initiatives can be targeted according to what is likely to bring about the greatest degree of measurable change.

Not only this, but we are also able to demonstrate the financial and environmental impact a switch to sustainable and active modes of travel will have when implemented. Another added benefit of the scoping process is that we are able to identify areas of genuine transport poverty, where requirement is high and accessibility is low, and bring this to the attention of transport providers.

By using data analysis to help us make informed decisions we can concentrate our efforts in the right places to bring about real impact in modal shift.

Hear about scoping-in-action at the Modeshift 2017 Convention

We will be sharing live case studies of how local County Councils and organisations are using this tool to drive greater impact of their investment in sustainable travel. Jules Staples, Client Project Manager at Liftshare will be presenting during the ‘focus on workplaces and communities’ seminar in the South Hall between 9.15am-10.30am on Friday 10 November 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention.

Partner Blog from Cyclepods

Hello Modeshift Members!

We at Cyclepods hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful autumnal weather, I always find it the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy a leisurely bike ride ????

Cyclepods are well into our ‘show season’ at the moment and you may have met Luc and Ellie at the ‘Smarter Travel Live!’ Conference in Milton Keynes last week! As well as the upcoming Modeshift conference (which we are VERY much looking forward to!), we will also be at the EduKent show on Wednesday 8th November and are happy to be the headline sponsors of the National Cycle-Rail Awards on Thursday 23rd November at Central Hall, Westminster!

You may have heard of the National Cycle-Rail Awards before, which is an annual event run by the Rail Delivery Group. The event features a Panel Debate and Question session which this year will cover a series of issues surrounding cycle-hire and will be chaired by the Bike & Go Business Manager. The panel will be made up of industry experts and previous winners from organisations including Train Operator Company Merseyrail and Santander Cycles.

Cycle-hire is fast becoming the hot new thing for smart towns and cities, as better cycling infrastructure is created there is a real opportunity to get more people on bikes, whether they be tourists or locals who simply want a healthier, cheaper, easier and much more fun way of getting from A to B!

The Cycle-Rail Awards are a fantastic opportunity for those working in partnerships with Train Operating Companies to create seamless cycle-rail integration journeys in your local area. Many rail projects that involve cycling require the input of a Local Authority to ensure cyclists have good routes and infrastructure in and around train stations, with the main goal being the encouragement of cycle-rail journeys for both commuting and leisure purposes.

Key Note Speakers for the event include Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, and Alex Montgomery of Microsoft UK.

Places at the event are limited and delegates must RSVP in order to secure a place but this is a free to attend event and there’s even a drinks reception afterwards which is the perfect opportunity to network!

If you would be interested in attending the Awards on the 23rd November, or would like some more information, please get in touch with Ellie Blackman at Cyclepods – or 01959 546040 – or visit the Cycle-Rail Awards website here,

Modeshift Convention - last chance to book

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', please book today while you still can.

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

PE and Sports Premium doubles to £320 million - Active travel to school is included

On Tuesday (24th October 2017) the government announced that it was doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320million a year. The funding aims to improve the quality of PE and Sports Provision in schools, supporting children’s health through physical activity.

The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department for Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. The area that is key for the promotion of sustainable and active travel is that the government have outlined that the money can be used to “embed physical activity into the school day through active travel for journeys to and from school”.

For those of you that are working with schools, this is a huge opportunity for you to make them aware of the range of services that you can offer and to provide them with hints, tips and ideas for spending an allocation of their PE and Sports Premium budget on walking and cycling.

Some specific areas that they can spend the funding on include:

  • · Providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PO and sport more effectively
  • · Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • · Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending schools sports and holiday clubs
  • · Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • · Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school

Modeshift will be providing further guidance to local authorities on the types of activities they could promote to schools in the coming days but in the meantime, please visit the links below for the full details of the announcement.

Navigata’ CitE eBike update

Pedibal's new ‘Navigata’ CitE eBike is now designed with the most versatile handling, with Simple Fold – Easy Wheel system. Vist to find out more.

Are you attending the 'Big Debate'?

Would you like to send through a question to our Big Debate Panel, on November 10th at the Modeshift Convention in Sheffield?

On the panel we have

Danish Cycling Embassy - Marianne Weinreich

Sustrans - Xavier Brice

Living Streets - Joe Irvin

Campaign for Better Transport - Stephen Joseph

Greener Journeys - Claire Haigh

Send questions to by November 2nd

Modeshift Convention - It's not too late

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', places are going quickly so please book today while you still can.

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Modeshift Management Board

Awards voting closes today at 6pm

We wanted to remind you that voting closes for this year's awards today at 6pm

Vote for your favourite in each category by going to the page for the 2017 Awards

Partner Blog from Stylebrands - To buy, or not to buy British!

You’ve probably had the thought yourself while standing in the supermarket – do you buy that UK honey or go for the “blended” variation for half the price? Or, if not honey, then maybe your salad? Did it come from down the road or 2000 miles away?

Companies can have the same thoughts when it comes to purchasing their branded goods, clothing and business supplies, and we are regularly asked for products which are British-made. There are a huge number of UK-manufactured items available such as badges, water bottles, paper and plastic products and leather goods. Choosing British-manufactured has many advantages, including quick turnaround, flexibility in production should you require a bespoke item or need to change something, and quality control. The UK has much stricter regulations on the manufacturing industry and therefore products go through rigorous testing and quality control processes, which other countries may not have to carry out. This does not necessarily mean that an EU or Far East-made product is of a worse quality only that it may not have as many official certifications which focus on different product aspects. Furthermore, manufacturers committed to British-only production also invest in best practices within the industry in general, allowing for a great deal of knowledge share and home-grown innovation, and ultimately creating a stronger UK economy.

This topic is particularly relevant at the moment due to the UK’s pending EU exit – how will it affect the quality of our products, and the prices we buy them at? From the promotional industry’s perspective, the biggest change so far has not been an increased British focus but rather a closer scrutiny on pricing – although demand for UK production is rising at an average of 11% (2016), customers still wish to buy but budgets are tighter than ever and so the consumer has had to become much more financially discerning.

All that said, buying foreign manufactured items doesn’t have to mean you are purchasing a lesser product. How can you make sure you are getting the best for yourself, your budget and the environment?

Ask us to help. We can provide various options according to your needs – if you need more details on a certain product such as material, source etc we are happy to assist. It can be useful to ask about origin of goods, and if manufacture certifications & instructions can be supplied. Similarly, you may have a very specific bespoke product requirement which can only be created abroad but you’re not sure where to begin – we are available to advise in this process.

If you regularly purchase the same item through the year, or perhaps in large quantities, this is a great opportunity to see if you can optimise by consolidating into fewer batches and/or receiving a better price. By bulking orders together and planning ahead we can liaise better with our factories to plan production more efficiently - you could even group your orders together with other local authorities / schools etc in order to gain better buying power, and therefore an even greater price. Panic buying doesn’t help in these cases! The number of unnecessary deliveries and shipments made due to poor planning can be greatly reduced, and thereby also minimise environmental impact through fewer shipments and the flexibility to choose a more economic, environmentally friendly freight method.

If you have any queries about these topics, or any of the services we provide in general, please do get in touch. We look forward to advising you soon!

Style Brands Team
T: 01795 890900

Partner Blog from BROXAP - Cycling for part of your commute

Commuting long distances to get to work is fast becoming the new normal. Over 3.7 million workers in the UK are now travelling for more than two hours or longer every weekday in order to get to work. This vast amount of people comes from the fact that more and more of us are choosing to live outside of the big cities such as London, or Manchester and travel in for work. Many people who choose to make the commute decide against taking their car, and decide to take the train instead. And though this is the best option for both the environment and public health, they still need to get to the station in the first place.

Many people who catch trains on a daily basis choose to drive to the train station. This can cause heavy congestion around busy commuter stations. Due to this fact, 47% of those that use their car stated that they would much prefer to take an alternative means of travel, yet their car is by far the most convenient. However, is this really true?

Most people choose to commute via train, in order to avoid heavy traffic, especially on motorways and carriageways. However, as previously stated, by driving to the train station there is still a high possibility of hitting heavy traffic around busy commuter stations. Not to mention that all day parking on train station car parks can sometimes cost more than the train fare itself.

Therefore, it is a good idea to leave the car at home and take your bicycle instead. Cycling to the train station is highly beneficial. Not only is this environmentally friendly form of transport a great way for saving money, it can also drastically reduce your commute time, especially in heavily congested areas.

Travelling to and from the station is the easy part, and many commuters state that the reason they do not cycle to railway stations, is because they are unsure of what to do with their bicycle once they get there. Though many British trains do allow bikes on board free of charge, there is only limited space for bicycles on the trains. With the limit usually being around only four bikes per train, and these spaces have to be booked with a railway company in advance. As well as that, many London trains have actually banned bikes from boarding during peak, or rush hour times. Which you may argue are the key times when you would need to board with a bicycle. Therefore in order to encourage commuters to travel to the train station via bicycle, it is essential that more bike racks and cycle hubs are installed at railway stations. And many key stations across the UK are hearing your request.

In order to encourage more commuters to travel to work via a combination of both rail and bicycle many railway stations have begun to install safe and secure cycle parking facilities. This is because many railway lines are aware that by keeping your bicycle at the station rather than attempting to board the train with it, you are much less likely to face disappointment due to lack of space on busy commuter trains. Though many people argue that leaving your bicycle at the railway station reduces your travel options when you arrive at your destination, this is not necessarily true. Many experts suggest that commuters should keep two bicycles, one at the train station near your work, and the other near your home. This will allow you to cycle both to and from both stations, thus improving your entire commuting experience. For most people, this idea is simply ludicrous as two bikes is an expensive luxury.

Two bikes, however, may not be that farfetched. When commuting to big cities such as London or Edinburgh, there are plenty of bicycle hire services which are extremely inexpensive and can cost as little as £1 for a full 24 hours. Providing your workplace has a safe and secure cycle parking facility, this option is great as it enables you to safely and sustainably commute for the entire journey to work! Without having to cycle a four hour round trip each day, which one commuter chose over the prospect of boarding a train with a bike!

For more information on cycle storage and shelters visit

Love to Ride super successful #CycleSeptember

Love to Ride would like to thank everyone who got on a bike to make this year’s Cycle September such a huge success! It’s the third national workplace cycling competition we’ve run and it was the biggest and best so far.

20,362 awesome individuals from 3,084 wonderful workplaces together cycled a staggering 2.75 million miles, clocking up 262,800 trips (including over 113,000 commutes).

Together we encouraged 1,574 new riders to experience the joys and benefits of riding a bike, starting their behaviour change journey to becoming happier, healthier and wealthier.

For more information about #CycleSeptember visit

Modeshift Convention - final spaces remaining

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', you have until Thursday October 26th. After this time Modeshift cannot guarantee a hotel room as part of a delegate booking and you may need to book your own accommodation.

For registered delegates - you will receive an email this weekend

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Modeshift Management Board

Modeshift guest blog for Brightkidz

This week Modeshift Chair, Ross Butcher, was happy to write a guest blog for Brightkidz, one of our partners. The blog was all about who we are, what we do and how we can support local authorities, organisations and businesses to help their staff, members, customers, and community to travel more sustainably.

You can read more here

Commuting and wellbeing

Headline findings from a recent study on commuting and wellbeing showed that:

  • A 10 min increase in one-way commute time has been monetised to be relative to a decrease of £480 personal income
  • Walking to work reduces strain and increases leisure time satisfaction
  • Cycling to work increases leisure time satisfaction and is associated with better self-reported health
  • Women’s job satisfaction is particularly sensitive to longer commute times
  • Women suffer more than men from lack of leisure time but an active commute is found to help with this
  • Working from home, walking to work and shorter commute times increase Job satisfaction and shorter commute make it more likely that an employee will stay in their job

To find out more visit

European Mobility Week 16th to 22nd September

European Mobility Week is running this week up to 22nd September with the theme centring around shared forms of transport: "Sharing gets you further".

If you are running any exciting activities during this week, why not share what you have done in next week's newsletter.

Email to share your project, event, or activitiy.

Partner Blog from Pindar Creative - Digital or traditional Printed Maps - which way should you choose?

With advances in smartphones and tablets, we are now able to access mapping anywhere, at anytime. So you might think ‘Is there only one option’? However, both printed and digital maps have their place, and sometimes, the choice can simply be made by answering the following questions:

  • What is the budget for the project?

  • How good is the Internet coverage?

  • What audience are you are targeting?

Digital maps have the advantage when is comes to functionality and can provide the user with an interactive experience including:

  • allowing the user to pan and zoom in, allowing access to multiple scales of mapping

  • layers of information can be turned on and off (walk routes, cycle ways)

  • features on the map can be clickable allowing the user to access live bus or rail departures, booking cycle hire or simply finding out additional information by linking to another website

  • the user can search the map using postcodes or road names to help navigate the area

Paper Maps also have advantages, so don’t rule them out too quickly:

  • reliability of a printed map

  • more tangible product

  • take with you wherever you go

  • suitable for all audiences and locations

  • less expensive

  • Ease of distribution

Both have their advantages, but sometimes it’s more cost effective than you think to produce a paper and digital map.

For example, you can use the same base mapping for both your printed and digital products. The paper map can also ‘push’ people to the digital map using QR codes or fillers.

A good example is the solution produced by Pindar Creative for Brunel University where both printed and digital maps complement each other. The university produces a printed pocket size leaflet, which is handed out to new students at ‘freshers’ week.

The leaflet promotes the interactive digital map via a QR code. The interactive map adds value to the printed publication by providing students with information on local amenities, live rail departure information, bus timetables, links to live bus information and links to a more detailed campus map.

If you are interested in knowing about our range of mapping products, please visit our website or get in touch via our contact us page.

Maria Heaman, Pindar Creative

Liftshare Week 2-8 October 2017 - there’s someone for everyone

Liftshare Week takes place in the UK every October with the aim of celebrating the social, environmental and financial benefits of car-sharing. For example, the typical commuter who car-shares every day saves about £1,000 a year. Not only that, but everyone who shares contributes to dramatically cutting their carbon footprint and reducing congestion, with the added bonus of great company on the daily commute. We’ve created an online savings calculator so everyone can check how much money and CO2 they could save annually.

Getting involved is easy

During Liftshare Week we’re encouraging people to give it a try and to raise awareness about how simple it is and that it is open to all, no matter the destination. Sharers don’t even need a car to get involved; many members are happy to give passengers a lift in return for a contribution to their fuel costs and good conversation.

Around Liftshare Week, anyone who uses the Liftshare system between 25 September – 15 October will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win £250*, to spend however they like. To qualify, members just have to search for a journey match and get in touch with a member via a message or a request to share. It’s that simple. And to say ‘thanks for sharing’, those who are already in a Liftshare team will be automatically entered.

Supporting your organisation’s sustainability commitments

Whether you are looking to reduce parking and congestion problems, lower carbon emissions, promote healthier and more sustainable ways to get to work or improve accessibility to jobs, introducing a car-sharing scheme is an easy way to make a positive impact.

Liftshare currently implements schemes for over 800 organisations across the UK, enabling over one million journeys per month. For any help and support with using Liftshare, please drop us a line at or to find out more about setting up a scheme, visit and chat live with Andrew!

Find out more at

Voting for the 2017 National Sustainable Travel Awards is now open

Well done to the 30 finalists in this year's National Sustainable Travel Awards. The Management Board found the shortlisting process particularly difficult this year as there were so many excellent nominations.

A huge thank you to all Members who submitted an application and commiserations to those that have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We received 90 applications over 10 categories, evidence that there's some fantastic, innovative work being carried out all over the country.

There are some excellent examples of good practise, which we will share in our website Knowledge Share section after the Convention. Please consider sharing information on your project at your Regional Meeting.

Please take a look at the shortlist on the Awards 2017 page and cast your vote for your favourite. Each individual Member has one vote per category, and the average vote for each organisation will be calculated to give the final score from that organisation.

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?

Unfortunately for Lambeth no one on Lower Marsh really wanted it relocated anywhere near them, so we came to a solution with the Local Business Improvement District to identify sites for underground bins. These large subterranean bins hold 5t of refuse or recyclables in them, but just appear as a standard bin receptacle on the street. I'll spare you the boring / technical details of identifying spots but we found a willing participant on private land who was happy to take two of them in exchange for free refuse and recycling. A deal was brokered, the bins were installed as a part of the wider improvement works and we had a massive ribbon cutting event to celebrate it on Waterloo Carnival day dressing up as baboons, lions and gypsies.

We've come a fair way since 2012 and when we look back at Lower Marsh and the rationale for installing the bins, (essentially getting rid of an eyesore), it achieved and continues to achieve so much more than that. We knew it would help Lambeth to recycle more and we considered that it would contribute to reduced vehicle trips (and consequent carbon omissions) but certainly not to the significant extent that it has.

Retrospectively sustainable? No, we didn't set out to do environmental good, but some benefits have occurred and a lot more is needed. Poor air quality is one of the most formidable challenges of our generation and Cross River Partnership (CRP) are leading from the front to try and tackle this problem by coming up with innovative ways to improve Air Quality across London.

Continuing in this vein of food, markets and rubbish we were then really excited in 2016 to be commissioned by CRP to undertake a Delivery Service Plan study across three London markets - not so much because we LOVE street market food but we also got to go back to our old friends at Lower Marsh, as well as East St Market in Southwark and Chapel Market in Islington to talk to hundreds of market traders and businesses about how they receive deliveries to their stalls or shops. Asking whether they would be interested in jointly procuring goods and services in order to reduce the amount of vehicle trips made into central London.

It was really encouraging to see traders and small businesses either express an interest, or note that they were already partaking in joint procurement through their existing relationships with each other or through a Business Improvement District. In one symbiotic example, a market trader used the refrigerator of a nearby shop to store their food products - saving them the hassle of having to regularly restock. In exchange for this, the market trader took on the name of the shop to help promote the business.

Traders and businesses were surprised when we commended them for their sustainability credentials - their sheepish grins said it all really - any sustainability angle was completely unintended. Unintentional Sustainability folks - they'll be telling their mates how much good they are doing for the environment now we reckon ????.


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