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Modeshift Convention Photos

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Funding Available for Road Safety Projects

The GEM Road Safety Charity is inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 for road safety projects until Tuesday 31 December.  The Charity has previously funded many projects which have aimed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads. 

Hackney Council Launches Eighth School Streets

Stylebrands at the Modeshift Convention

Peddle My Wheels at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Alper from Peddle My Wheels to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Modeshift CPD-accredited Training

Modeshift offers five courses that costs from just £199 for members.  The courses are:

2019 National Sustainable Travel Award Winners Update

If you would like to find out more about the 2019 winners please visit https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards 

National Sustainable Travel Award Winners 2019

Thank you to all Modeshift Members who submitted an application for the National Sustainable Travel 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 Leicester, on Thursday 7th November.

Successful Modeshift 2019 Convention

Modeshift Annual Conference Welcome

Well over 200 delegates will be attending our two day annual conference on 7th and 8th November and Modeshift Board Members and Partners are looking forward to meeting old friends and new. The conference brings together industry professional to share best practice in the delivery and promotion of sustainable travel. Modeshift will present a range of speakers from leading organisations who are at the forefront of sustainable travel promotion.

This year's conference theme is the "Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Promoting Sustainable and Active Travel". This theme will look at the broader role professionals need to play to deliver against broader societal objectives as a collective.

At the conference, you will have the opportunity to talk to our Modeshift partners, who will be exhibiting at the event, sign up to our newsletter and find out more about the training courses we have on offer.

On Thursday evening (7th November) you will also have the opportunity to attend our National Sustainable Travel Awards, find out more about the innovative projects which have been shortlisted in each category and celebrate with the winners.

Visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/convention for the agenda, and a map created by Modeshift Partner Pindar Creative to make travel during your visit easier.


Mayor of London Launches Lorry Safety Scheme

A world-leading scheme to remove the most dangerous Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from London's streets was launched on 30th October by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The first of its kind, the Direct Vision Standard tackles road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots which contribute to many tragic deaths and life-changing injuries. Based on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows, the unique star system rates HGVs over 12 tonnes from zero (lowest) to five (highest). HGVs will need to meet a minimum 'one-star' rating by the time enforcement begins to enable them to operate in London, or will need to fit 'Safe System' measures to improve the vehicle's safety.

Big lorries are disproportionately involved in fatal collisions. Whilst they account for just four per cent of the overall miles driven in the capital, between 2015 and 2017, HGVs were involved in 63 percent of fatal collisions involving cyclists and 25 percent involving pedestrians.

For more information about Direct Vision Standard, visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles


Book your Place for the 2019 Modeshift Convention - 2 weeks left to book your ticket.


Book Today for the 2019 Annual Modeshift Convention.

This two day conference brings together industry professional from a range of sectors to showcase and share best practice in the delivery and promotion of sustainable travel. Modeshift will present a range of speakers from leading organisations who are at the forefront of sustainable travel promotion.

This year's conference theme is the "Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Promoting Sustainable and Active Travel".This theme will look at the broader role professionals need to play to deliver against broader societal objectives as a collective.


Conference Timings:

  • Day 1 - 7th November - Doors Open 9.30am and Convention Closes at 17.00
  • Day 2 - 8th November – Doors Open 8.45am, Convention Close - 14.15 with Networking taking place between 14.15 – 15.00


This years’ convention theme is “Multi Disciplinary nature of supporting sustainable travel” and once again brings together another great collection of guest speakers to share their professional knowledge of the industry. You will also have the opportunity to put forward any questions you may have to our panel of experts.


Check out convention page agenda detailing the two days and our convention map created by Modeshift Partner Pindar Creative to make travel during your visit easier.


National Sustainable Travel Awards


Held on the evening of Thursday 7th November, the awards evening allows us to recognise and celebrate some of the great work currently going on in Sustainable Travel.
A place at the awards is included for all those with full convention tickets, but PLEASE NOTE: a separate ticket is required for this event if you have a Day ticket only to the convention.
Tickets will include a drinks reception at 6.30pm followed by a three course meal at 7pm.

Book your place today.

For the 2019 convention we are using Eventbrite to process the Convention Bookings. All Modeshift Local Authority Members have one space included in their membership package. To redeem this space go to the Eventbrite page and select ticket option "1) Modeshift Membership and Pre Paid Tickets". Please note valid membership must be held in order to access this ticket option. For any local authorities that have pre-booked an additional place at the Modeshift Convention, this ticket option will also need selecting for pre-book early bird tickets.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modeshift-annual-convention-2019-tickets-68467398833

Multimillion Pound Government Funding Boost for Children’s Cycle Training

The Bikeability programme will receive 13 million extra funding after it celebrates teaching 3 million children bike safety skills.

  • The government’s long-term ambition is for cycling and walking to become the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys.

  • For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multimillion-pound-government-funding-boost-for-childrens-cycle-training


  • JTA - Look the Part - News from David Richards

    There are thousands upon thousands of Junior Travel Ambassadors in schools up and down the country. Spreading road safety and active travel to peers, parents and teachers is fundamental to each school community and support both TfL and Modeshift STARS. To help JTAs do their role, David Richards are here to help them look the part. We can supply to your schools JTA pin badges, high vis jackets, printed guides, pens, pencils and a range of other road safety and active travel resources. We've been doing it for years and we can guarantee excellent prices and resources delivered on time and to your spec.

    Get in contact and email us at sales@davidrichards.co.uk


    Double Investment in Active Travel Say Walking and Cycling Groups

    Cycling and walking groups have repeated their call for an immediate doubling of funding as the Government responds to the Transport Committee’s report on active travel.

    The Walking and Cycling Alliance, made up of the Bicycle Association, British Cycling, Cycling UK, Living Streets, Ramblers and Sustrans, wants funding for active travel infrastructure and programmes to increase to £17 per person annually immediately, and £34 per person by 2025.

    Current funding for cycling and walking is estimated at £7 per person in England, equating to a little over two per cent of total transport spending.

    For more information visit https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2019/october/double-investment-in-active-travel-now-not-tomorrow-say-walking-and-cycling-groups/

    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 the TfL offices in London on 24th October. For more information or to book your place visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/events

    Rotherham Road Closed so Pupils can Play and Enjoy Clean Air


    LISTERDALE Junior Academy has become the first school in Rotherham to close the roads surrounding it in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and encourage more pupils to walk, scoot and cycle ahead.

    The South Yorkshire school, in Beech Avenue, worked with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, South Yorkshire Travel and Modeshift STARS. Together they put in a plan to close Beech Avenue for nine hours to make the area surrounding Listerdale Academy a car-free zone.

    Nearby pub Brecks Beefeater served refreshments from 7.30am while parents and carers made good use of the restaurant’s park-and-stride scheme and walking bus, which is led by volunteer parents and school staff.

    Pupils covered paper plates in Vaseline and hung them in trees close to school all week, so that could compare how much pollution and grit was produced by passing cars on the vehicle-free day.

    And youngsters were encouraged to bring their bikes and scooters into school so that they could enjoy playing on the streets outside their school.

    David Simpson, Principal of the school, in Beech Avenue, said: “We did some air quality tests over the summer months and found that there was a 50% difference to the air quality in August compared to September, when school re-opens.

    “Walking to school reduces stress levels of both pupils and those bringing them to school and it’s a great way to start the day.

    “We were delighted that so many members of staff and pupils took part in the car-free day and that it was so well received.”

    Jaimie Milner, Listerdale Junior Academy’s events and active travel co-ordinator, led the car-free day. She said: “We worked very closely with the council as there were a few things we needed to sort out to make the day go smoothly. The bin men, for example, were due to come on the same day and they very kindly agreed to collect the refuse earlier, at 7am, before the road shut.

    “We sent letters to the residents, too, who were very supportive. It was a great day and parents have asked if we can do it all the while.”

    Listerdale were rewarded for reducing the number of pupils arriving by car in October 2018 when they were presented with a Gold STARS award by Modeshift STARS. More than 20 per cent of pupils from the school now make use of the park-and-stride scheme or walking bus led by volunteers and school staff, which was recently relaunched.

    Ms Milner added: “There are still spaces available on our Walking bus scheme and each child who comes actively to school at least once a week receives a badge every month as a reward.”

    Find out where to go at the Modeshift Convention with our handy event map, provided by Pindar Creative

    With the Modeshift Convention less than a month away we are busy with preparations at Modeshift HQ. For those who are staying at this year's Convention we are now updating delegates with their accommodation arrangements, so if this is you please keep and eye on your inbox.

    We are thrilled to announce the Modeshift Convention Map has been launched. This has kindly been provided by Pindar Creative (Modeshift Partner) who have developed this map alongside the Choose How You Move in Leicester and Leicestershire. This map gives you and overview of Leicester and showcases what's on offer in the city.

    This year's conference is taking place at the Athena Conference Centre, which you can find on the below map.



    Bullying on the School Journey

    A few years ago Paul Vodden spoke at the Modeshift convention about the heart-breaking story of his son taking his own life after being bullied on the school bus.

    Since then Paul has worked alongside Nathalie Noret a senior lecturer at York St John University to undertake a study which forms the third Vodden report which was launched on 16 September.

    The report research considered:

    How many local authorities in England adhere to the government’s recommendation to conduct audits on safety on school transport?

    What are bus drivers’ experiences of witnessing bullying on school buses?

    What are young adults’ recollections of bullying on school buses?

    The report supports the previous Vodden reports in highlighting the prevalence of bullying behaviour on school buses and calls for:

    A review and appropriate revision of national policy on the school journey to more clearly articulate the roles and responsibilities of pupils, parents, schools and local authorities in tackling bullying on school buses.

    Rigorous mapping and evaluation of interventions currently used by local authorities, bus companies and schools to promote positive behaviour and tackle bullying on the school bus.

    Developing and evaluating awareness raising materials for schools and bus companies that a) raise awareness of the issue of bullying on the school bus, and b) provide guidance on how to respond to bullying on the school bus.

    Research on the school journey more broadly, examining pupils’ experiences of bullying while walking to and from school, and on other modes of public transport.

    Establishing a national network to include those with an interest in safety on transport, for example those from anti-bullying charities, the transport industry, academics and young people.

    Those of us working in the field of school travel often consider road safety as part and parcel of engaging with schools, pupils and parents, by being aware of work of anti-bullying organisations we can also help to play our in helping to keep children safe from bullying and promote positive behaviour on the school journey.

    Friday the 8th of November is national friendship day which is being promoted by Kidscape with a Walk with Elmer day. Following on from this 11 – 15th November is Anti Bullying Alliance anti bullying week on the theme of “change starts with us” – which includes Odd Socks Day on 12 November.

    Many schools will be taking part in these events and so extending our message to include safeguarding from being bullied on the school journey is one we can all help to show our support.

    For more information on the Vodden report see - https://voddenreport.com/


    School Run Traffic Chaos

    Research by the AA shows that 56% of parents interviewed reported traffic chaos near their child's school at dropping off and picking up times. And 91% of these parents claimed there isn’t an effective school traffic management plan in place nearby.

    The AA suggested a number of alternatives to driving to school, including walking/cycling. Further information about the survey and active and sustainable suggestions can be found by visiting https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/school-runs


    Birmingham Car Free School Streets Scheme Goes Live

    A pilot scheme which will see roads around six Birmingham schools closed to motorised traffic at the start and end of the school day launched in late September.

    Car Free School Streets is a pioneering initiative which aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality at the school gates, as well as making it safer for children to walk or cycle to school.

    Birmingham City Council is trialling this initiative with six schools for the duration of the 2019/20 academic year, through to July 2020. The schools involved are Alston Primary (Heartlands), Chilcote Primary (Hall Green South), Cofton Primary (Longbridge & West Heath), Featherstone Primary (Stockland Green), Nelson Primary (Ladywood), and St Francis CE Primary (Bournville & Cotteridge).

    Residents living on the streets affected will be issued with permits to access their properties and there will be some other exemptions, including blue badge holders and emergency services. Anyone else driving in the restricted zone at these times can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice charge of £50.

    For more information visit https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/news/article/476/car_free_school_streets_scheme_to_go_live




    Government to Deliver National Bus Strategy

    The Government will deliver a National Bus Strategy from March 2020, thanks to the Campaign for Better Transport.

    Millions of people use buses to get to school, work and training, shops and services, and to ease loneliness. The Campaign for Better Transport say that: "a steady decline of our most used form of public transport has led to communities being cut off and an increase in car dependency. A National Bus Strategy, backed up by a long-term funding settlement, will give local authorities and bus operators the ability to plan for years to come and ensure the sustainability of critical services for communities while stemming the cuts in services and working to increase patronage."

    To find our more and say what you think should be included in the National Bus Strategy visit https://bettertransport.org.uk/blog/buses/finally-a-national-bus-strategy


    Voting has closed for 2019 awards

    Thank you to all those who voted in the 2019 Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards. The voting has now closed and we are preparing the winner's trophies and certificates. These will be presented at the Modeshift Convention awards dinner, on 7th November, at the Athena Conference Centre in Leicester. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Funding Opportunity With The Road Safety Trust

    The Road Safety Trust Small Grants Programme is aimed at funding projects which will improve road safety at a local level. The Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

    Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

    The maximum project length under this grant programme is 24 months. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £10,000 and the maximum is £30,000 over two years in total. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind.

    The total amount currently available under this funding round is £120,000. For more information including how to apply visit https://www.roadsafetytrust.org.uk/small-grants-2019

    Road closure event tackles air pollution outside the school gates.

    Pupils, parents and staff at Listerdale Junior Academy have made a stand against traffic and air pollution today by arranging a ‘car free’ road closure event, the first of its kind in the Borough ahead of October’s Walk to School Month.

    Working with the borough council and Modeshift STARS, the school aims to encourage families to leave the car at home and travel actively to school. The event hosted a range of activities including a park and stride walking bus from the local pub, playground games like hopscotch, free bike repairs and a range of cycling and scooter skills training.

    A section of Beech Avenue just off the A631/Bawtry Road was closed outside the school from 7:30am to 4.30pm to reduce harmful air pollution from cars. Pupils and parents were able to walk, cycle and scoot to school without the danger of traffic caused by poor parent parking.

    The school has been involved in promoting walking, cycling and scooting for several years. They are a Gold accredited Modeshift STARS school and have been recognised as Rotherham’s Modeshift STARS ‘School of the Year’ for the last two years running thanks to their commitment to sustainable travel and road safety.

    Last year the school carried out their own air pollution monitoring and found that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels outside the school gates more than doubled in term-time compared to the summer holidays. Pollutants such as NO2 are released from car exhausts and can cause a range of breathing problems, especially for young children with asthma. Increased traffic, brought about by parents driving their children to school, is likely to be a key cause of increased nitrogen dioxide levels during term time.

    Active Travel Officer for Rotherham, Dom Qaiser Sweeting said, “We are faced with school streets across the country that are dangerous, stressful and unpleasant places to be. Closing a school road to all but essential traffic and hosting a range of activities for children is a great way to demonstrate that streets can be enjoyable places for children and families to live, work, play and learn together.”

    Mrs Millner, the Active Travel Champion and Events Coordinator, "We are extremely proud to be the first school in Rotherham to host a road closure event like this. I am sure that parents can see the benefits of spending time with their children walking or riding to school together.”

    Integrating Road Safety and Public Health Programmes Survey

    Royal Society for The Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is conducting a survey to look at the progress made since 2013 in integrating road safety and public health programmes through Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs).

    Local Authorities took over control of Public Health in 2013 and were required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). In March 2014, RoSPA surveyed local authorities and found that half included road safety in their JSNAs.

    This new survey will look at the progress made since the original 2014 survey

    and the results will be used to inform a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment progress update report

    The survey take 15-20 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential.

    To access the survey visit: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=156257974033

    If you have any questions about the survey email rneedham@rospa.com or call 0121 248 2149.







    Car Free Day - Sunday 22nd September

    Modeshift would love to hear about the events you are you planning to celebrate Car Free Day 2019?

    Email info@modeshift.org.uk to be featured in our next newsletter.

    Home to School Travel and Transport Consultation

    The Department for Education is consulting on revised statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport for children of compulsory school age (5-16).

    For more information visit https://consult.education.gov.uk/home-to-school-transport-and-admissions-team/home-to-school-travel-and-transport-statutory-guid/

    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 4th December 2019 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 www.modeshift.org.uk/events.




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