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Sustainable Modes of Travel to Schools and Colleges Strategy at Central Bedfordshire Council

De-Carbonising Transport Consultation

People in the UK need to shift from cars to public transport to address the challenge of climate change, the government says. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. "We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network."  These comments were made in the foreword to the government’s De-Carbonising Transport setting the challenge which can be found at

CALL FOR PAPERS - dont forget to submit - Modeshift convention 2020 - Call for papers is open - closes April 30th

The 2020 Modeshift Convention will take place at the Athena Conference Centre in Leicester. Do you want to present to the nation's leading industry professionals?
Dates  Doors open from 09.30am November 5th and ends around 14.00 on November 6th

First Residential Development Achieves National STARS Accreditation

The Ribbans Park development in Ipswich has been recognised for the delivery of their Travel Plan with Modeshift STARS Bronze Accreditation, becoming the first in the Country to do so. When complete, the Bovis Homes residential development will house 227 dwellings and this has been supported by the implementation of a Residential Travel Plan, which aims to  reduce the impact of peak hour car journeys generated by the development and support the adoption of sustainable travel modes by residents.

Can I still cycle during the Covid-19 Coronavirus Lockdown?

Although people are now being told to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one form of exercise is allowed a day.

Decarbonising Transport

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Car Club and Bike Share Accreditation updates for 2020

Following CoMoUK's consultation at the start of the year on the accreditation criteria for car clubs and bike share click the links below to see the revised documents or visit the website for full accreditation details.  .

Updated Car Club Accreditation Criteria for 2020/21 
Updated Bike Share Accreditation Criteria for 2020/21

Full accreditation web page. 

Sustainable travel in cyberspace

Given the majority of children are no longer at school and the message is – ‘everyone who can, should stay at home’, social media is playing a leading role in helping people keep in touch with one another for their own physical and mental wellbeing.

What does the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak mean for cycling?

Cycling UK is advising the cancellation of all group rides and activities following the latest Government guidance and is urging everyone to follow best practice to minimise risk. However Cycling UK say that people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.

For further information visit

Making journeys easier, smarter and greener with new technology

The government has launched a consultation to make journeys easier, smarter and greener through new technology as part of the Future of Transport regulatory review. The review will consider how we make small changes to our everyday travel decisions and whether we could choose to walk, cycle, bus or one day scoot instead of take the car.

Alongside the review, a £90 million funding boost will lead to trials of new transport innovation in 3 new ‘future transport zones’. The zones will provide real-world testing for experts, allowing them to work with a range of local bodies such as councils, hospitals, airports and universities to test innovative ways to transport people and goods.

For more information visit

Working from home during Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic

I am lucky enough to be able to work from home if I need to under normal circumstances but I haven’t been able to leave my home since last Tuesday and have to get used to this being the ‘norm’ for the foreseeable future. The benefit of working from home is that the commute is really short, negotiating the cats on the stairs is much easier than a half hour drive in heavy traffic! The decrease in air pollution is definitely a plus side of enforced lockdown but we need to be thinking about how we can maintain these lower levels of NO2 whilst not destroying the economy.

I am taking this opportunity of catching up on numerous pieces of work that normally have to wait until the summer holidays when schools are closed. I am revisiting projects and initiatives that may not have been delivered for a number of years, updating the resources ready for September and I am staying in touch with my school contacts. We need to stay positive during this time of uncertainty and work together to create some amazing resources to use when this has passed.

Sarah Grattage, Modeshift Vice Chair and School Travel and Road Safety Adviser for City of Stoke-On-Trent

Covid-19 Modeshift business continuity

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Modeshift I hope you are all well and adjusting to the national and global impacts of the Covid-19 virus. At this time, I wish to share with you an update on your membership organisation ‘Modeshift’ and our accreditation programme ‘Modeshift STARS’.


The organisation is run by a board of 12 volunteers and our part-time Business Operations Manager, Adam Walker. We are all working from home and able to carry out the majority of services promised to you in your membership package. These are things you can do/get involved in!

  • Renew your membership and partner package for 20/21. Request an updated form/package leaflet from your regional rep or, raise a PO and send to our Treasurer
  • Read the weekly news digest. From next week – we will be highlighting the services of our partners. We urge members to plan ahead where possible and consider our partners and their services. We will also exploring a range of ideas including demo videos, online Q&A sessions for our members that will be delivered via social media channels. And if you missed your regional meeting you can get the full update here -
  • Propose a presentation or idea for our Convention on November 5th and 6th in Leicester. The call for papers is open until April 30th. We have received approx. 50 per cent of the required papers – so get your ideas in now please. More information here –
  • Feedback on our website. We are going to invest your fees and build a new members website. Either complete this survey or send ideas to
  • Propose ideas to your regional rep for future meetings. At present we plan to deliver our summer regional meetings and will always welcome content from our members and partners
  • Await news on our accredited training. We have postponed our Schools Streets (April 30th) and Effective Workplace Travel Plan Programme (May 7th) courses . We plan to re-book them later this year alongside a number of other courses. If you have registered to either of these courses, Adam will be in contact with you
  • Get in contact with us about anything else by emailing

Modeshift STARS

This service is delivered by our STARS team (1 PT manager and 2 PT officers). They are all working from home and able to carry out the majority of services within your STARS licence. What this means to you?

· The Team have recently sent out an email detailing arrangement over the coming weeks/months

· The Modeshift STARS Education system remains fully operational and the Modeshift STARS Team are still in place to support local authorities with any accreditation queries.

· We are not proposing any changes to the timetable for Spring 2020 application window. Any schools that have already applied should and will have their applications quality assured over the next 5-weeks.

· For schools that were set to apply for accreditation this Spring but have not been able to, if there is no chance of schools completing the final criteria and you really feel they should be considered for approval in this window, then please speak to a member of the Modeshift STARS Team on a case by case basis to discuss the situation.

· For any school whose accreditation is due to expire in either the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 accreditation window, and in the event that they are unable to re-apply for accreditation, the Modeshift STARS Team will grant an automatic extension of their accreditation to 31st December 2020.

We’ll continue to update you through this period of uncertainty and we encourage all members to stay safe during this difficult time. We look forward to connecting with again soon.

Ross Butcher

National Chair of Modeshift

Watch The Modeshift Spring Regional Meeting Video

In light of recent events we have recorded our Modeshift Regional Update for those who had the event cancelled. In this video we provide you with the latest Modeshift Regional Update for Modeshift STARS and Modeshift. If you have any questions please leave a comment or get in touch.

Renew your Modeshift Membership today

Calling all local authority members! Remember your Modeshift membership is due for renewal on the 31st March 2020.

We have an action packed 2020/21 calendar here are some highlights.

- Discounted rates for Modeshift Training Courses -

30th April 2020

Training Course – Creating and Implementing an Effective Travel Plan Programme.

5th May 2020

Developing and Implementing School Streets Training - Hackney, London.

More training coming in September 2020.

- Attend Modeshift Regional Meetings -

- Attend Modeshift Convention -

5th and 6th November 2020 - Leicester

- Nominate and Attend the National Sustainable Travel Awards -

5th November 2020

- Share Job Vacancies through the Modeshift Channels -

- Submit and receive Modeshift News -

- Connect with us on Social Media -

For more information

E-cargo bikes - future project plans for Brighton & Hove

In Brighton & Hove, we are currently working on a bid for DfT grant funding for a project to procure a fleet of e-cargo bikes. The grant is administered by the Energy Saving Trust.

The e-cargo bike project will encourage businesses of all sizes to use the bikes for first and last mile deliveries, with the outcome of taking diesel vehicles off the road. The positive impacts of this would be cleaner air, less congestion and more pleasant shopping streets in the centre of town. Also, if we are successful with our bid, this could potentially help us towards our commitment to the city becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We are hoping to showcase the versatility of cargo bikes through the project – that they can be used for so many jobs: for example, for waste collection, food and flower deliveries and delivering services.

There’s already an existing company in the city which uses cargo bikes in this way, and if successful with the bid, the project plans to help them grow and deliver their first and last mile delivery service more effectively across the city, which would benefit everyone. This would also show the potential of cargo bike companies in the city.

If we are successful, some of the bikes in the fleet would be used by the council, some by the existing cargo bike company, and some by smaller independent business.

We will keep you updated with progress on this project! If you would like to find out more about our plans, please email: Daniel Bianco

Is Walking a Miracle Cure

Physical inactivity is a public health crisis. It is linked to over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, and responsible for one in six deaths in the UK. Human beings are designed to be active, but the average UK adult spends around nine hours a day sitting. Increased life expectancy is not matched by the number of healthy life years lived – some of us can expect to live up to two decades in ill health. As our ageing population increases, so too will the burden on our already stretched health services.

The good news is that any physical activity is better than none and walking is the easiest way to get started. For more information about how walking can help, read Living Street's report, Is Walking a Miracle Cure,

Reduce Car Use and Increase Cycling

A new report has found that the majority of people supports measures to reduce car use and increase cycling. The Bike Life report, published by the charity Sustrans and 12 major cities and urban areas, found 55% of residents agreed with the statement that there are too many people driving in their area.

59% of residents agree that restricting through-traffic on local residential streets would make their area a better place to live and work. And 56% support the idea of charging more polluting vehicles (including private cars) entering city centres if the financial proceeds were used to help fund public transport, walking and cycling services.

To find out more visit

Car-Free Streets at Three more Edinburgh Schools

Pupils at three schools in Edinburgh are now walking to school with ease after joining the City of Edinburgh Council’s School Streets scheme.

Streets around the school have been closed to traffic at drop off and pick up times since the beginning of March to encourage more active and sustainable travel to school. St Mary’s (Leith) RC Primary School also celebrated joining Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge, WOW, and were welcomed by the charity’s mascot, Strider, as they arrived at the school gates on foot.

School Streets was first implemented as part of a trial at nine Edinburgh schools in 2015 and 2016, which saw more people walking to school, reduced traffic speeds and a reduction in the number of cars on roads nearby. The trial was subsequently made permanent at these schools and criteria was developed to allow more schools to apply to be part of the scheme.

For more information visit

Bristol School Streets

School Streets is a scheme that has been trialled around the UK, with the idea of temporarily closing roads directly outside of schools to vehicle traffic, to prioritise people walking and cycling.

In February we launched our very own School Streets pilot in Bristol with two local primary schools; Wansdyke Primary School in Whitchurch and St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Bishopsworth.

This has been a really exciting development for Bristol City Council, and the pilot fits in perfectly as part of our plans to improve road safety, encourage active travel to and from school and improve the air quality and environment outside of schools.

Following best practice from the other pilots the street(s) around a school temporarily becomes a ‘School Street zone’ for pedestrians and cyclists for 45 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the street between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.

Permits have been granted to residents and businesses living or working within the zone so they can still move freely and Blue badge holders are also able to access the zone. Clear signage has been installed to inform drivers that they are entering a School Streets zone.

We have worked closely with the pilot schools and local residents to ensure everyone was aware of the scheme and its benefits prior to the launch, and are maintaining these relationships for ongoing monitoring and to iron out any issues with the scheme to ensure its success.

As this is a ‘signs only’ scheme, without any physical measures to close the road we relied on our engagement with the school community and local police to informally enforce the scheme. The local police teams at both schools have been brilliant in supporting the pilot – regularly visiting and challenging anyone that enters the zone without a permit. School staff have also been manning the closure, as well as our Team of School Sustainable Transport Assistants at Bristol City Council.

This joined up approach is working well so far and now at 3 weeks into the pilot the feedback has been really positive. We will be carrying out ongoing monitoring over the next 18 months to assess the pilot. However we have already observed many more pupils and parents travelling to school by active modes (whatever the weather!).

We have plans to extend the pilot to additional schools this year, and long-term aspirations to roll this out more widely to schools across the city in the future.

For more information visit or contact Aimee-Claire Eyermann at

Help Us Develop the Modeshift Website

We are making changes to the Modeshift website to ensure that it is informative, appealing and easy to use. We would like to get your views in order to make sure that the new website contains the right information, look and feel.

If you attended a recent Regional Meeting, you may have completed a paper version of this questionnaire. If you haven't had an opportunity to respond, please visit and tell us what you think.

Modeshift Management Board

Campaign Launches to Improve Disabled Passengers’ Journeys

The Department for Transport has launched the ‘it’s everyone’s journey’ advertising campaign to highlight how we can all play a part in making public transport inclusive. The campaign is being supported by more than 100 partners, including First Group, WHSmith Travel and the Alzheimer’s Society.

As 1 in 4 disabled people say the attitudes of other passengers prevent them from using public transport, the campaign will encourage everyone to reflect on how common, and often unconscious, behaviours can impact others and what we can all do to create a more considerate environment for passengers.

The government will also shortly be announcing 124 stations across Great Britain which will benefit from a share of a £20 million government investment for accessibility improvements. The enhancements - funded through the Access for All programme - will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens.

For more information visit

Cycling and Walking Interventions Evaluation and Monitoring

Suffolk Local Links Project

We asked Chris Ward, East England Regional Representative and Travel Plan Officer at Suffolk County Council, what is the most interesting sustainable travel project you, or colleagues within your organisation are working on/have worked on and why is it interesting? The Suffolk Local Links project that I am currently assisting is probably the most interesting. The “Local Links” brand started in Lowestoft in 2012 as a result of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and has evolved from just having sustainable transport engagement with workplaces, to taking on the delivery of Travel Plans from residential developments. It allows the Local Links team and myself to experience what the real-world situation is with encouraging sustainable transport and allows us to identify and work on the solutions ourselves, rather than relying on others.

How will this project encourage users to travel more actively, safely and responsibly? Local Links is a brand that we hope becomes more recognisable and then becomes the first place that people visit for sustainable transport information in Suffolk. We have lots of ideas of where we would like to take the project in the future as well.

How will this project benefit the recipient or wider community? As the Local Links brand is currently used with both workplaces and residential developments there is direct overarch in understanding travel habits, in addition to obtaining first hand data that can be used to assist key stakeholders like Public Transport Operators, Public Health and the relevant Local Planning Authority.

How can Modeshift colleagues find out more? Information on Suffolk Local Links including case studies can be found at, Travel Information Packs for new residential development at Also follow @SuffLocalLinks on Twitter (

Cycling and walking safety rapid evidence assessment

Review of existing evidence on the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety.

full report here-

Consulting on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans

Consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035 or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible

This consultation closes at

Developing and Implementing School Streets Training Course

Modeshift, in partnership with Hackney Council have created the Developing and Implementing School Streets training course which will be held on 30th April 2020 in Hackney, London.. This course is designed for transport professionals who want to learn more about how to set up and deliver a School Streets project in their area. School Streets have proved to be a great tool for reducing congestion and improving air quality around schools at the time when pupils are arriving and leaving school.

This course will take you through the process of selecting schools, developing a School Street scheme, implementing the scheme and evaluating its effectiveness. Having the course taking place in Hackney affords delegates with the opportunity to experience real school streets in action with a number a of site visits taking place during this one-day course.

For full details regarding the course please visit the Modeshift Events page at

BOOK NOW - Modeshift training - Delivering and implementing an effective workplace/residential travel plan programme


This Modeshift training course is designed for those who are delivering sustainable travel initiatives and travel plans with workplaces and residential developments. The course will cover national best practice, new insights into the audience, how to break down barriers and set up a more efficient and effective programme for the future.

The course costs £199 for Modeshift members and will take place at Premier Inn, London Euston on May 7th. This course normally reaches capacity so please book your space early. For more information or to book your place visit

City of Helsinki records zero pedestrian fatalities in 2019

Precise statistics on accidents have been kept since 1960, and during this time there have been no years in which there were zero pedestrian lives lost in traffic.


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