This week sees the tremendous amount of hard work and determination to reduce the number of car journeys made on the school run every day in favour of walking, cycling, scooting and using public transport formally recognised as we award our Modeshift STARS ‘School of the Year’.
Our six Schools of the Region will head to London for the Modeshift STARS National Awards Reception. The awards ceremony will be overseen by Transport Minister Lord Ahmad, who will present the National STARS School of the Year award, along with Phillip Darnton, Executive Director of the Bicycle Association.
The six schools attending the awards ceremony are:
After the awards event, pupils from all six schools will travel across London in a vintage London bus to the BSkyB Studios in Brentford where they will take part in a Sky Academy activity including a tour of the Sky Studios and the opportunity to create their own programme about promoting cycling in England.
Transport Minister Lord Ahmad said: “The schools being recognised today have achieved exceptional results in encouraging their pupils to take up healthier and greener travel choices.
“We are committed to Britain becoming a cycling and walking nation and we are providing £50 million for Bikeability training over the next four years so a million pupils can ride their bikes safely.
“There is no better place to instil good transport habits than in schools so the next generation get into healthy routines which improve journeys and quality of life for all.”
Ross Butcher, Chair of Modeshift, said, “The achievements of our STARS Schools of the Region are outstanding and they are really leading the way in demonstrating that it is possible to reverse the trend of increasing car use on the school run. They are just the tip of the iceberg though with almost 2,000 schools now taking part in STARS and committed to increasing levels of walking and cycling amongst young people. By working together with schools, STARS is successfully helping young people and their families to lead healthier lifestyles and in turn, making our communities safer, happier and greener places to live”.