Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) facilitator training

This course is designed to introduce transport professionals to the necessary classroom skills for delivering safe and sustainable travel workshops to Secondary school audiences. Modules include coaching, classroom management and presentations skills. Delegates have the opportunity to explore a number of teaching techniques and experiment with their delivery in a practical workshop. School engagement techniques and case studies of effective Secondary school travel initiatives for are also examined to give an example of best practice.

The need for flexibility in cycle schemes - News from Peddle My Wheels

NHS Cycle Parking Framework Agreement - News from Cyclepods

Cyclepods has been successful in our bid to join the NHS Shared Business Services Framework Agreement for Cycle Parking Infrastructure!

Scooterpods price increase from 1st April

Bright News Relaunch and Shiny New Website

Read all about it! Modeshift partners Brightkidz are re-launching Bright News - their e-newsletter which is full of active travel news and ideas for schools and school travel professionals. It also links through to their new blog for adults on active travel - Think Outside the Tin Box.

Make sure you have signed up by heading to the newsletter sign up form on their new website - while you are there check out their products, information and projects around active travel for children.

BBC News Article - "Schools should have 'no idling zones', Public Health England chief says"

BBC News Article  - "Schools should have 'no idling zones', Public Health England chief says"

Government approval for Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans

Birmingham City Council’s plan for a Clean Air Zone to help tackle the problem of air pollution in the city has received Government approval.

How ‘Travel To’ leaflets can help schools work towards Modeshift STARS accreditation

How ‘Travel To’ leaflets can help schools work towards Modeshift STARS accreditation

Prime Minister Joins MP in Congratulating Tweedmouth Community Middle School for Winning National STARS Secondary School of the Year 2019

Anne-Marie Trevelyan asks the Prime Minister to join her in congratulating Tweedmouth Community Middle winning the Modeshift STARS Secondary School of the Year 2019 and their success in promoting sustainable school travel. You can see the video on our social media platforms at Facebook at Linkedin - or Twitter -

The Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards 2019 and Further Funding From the Department for Transport

Department for Transport affirms its commitment to the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards

Sustainable products for sustainable travel – News from Pogu

Talking with members from Modeshift, it’s apparent those involved in sustainable travel see the synergies between safer sustainable travel and that of sourcing sustainable products too.

What is Pogu doing to protect environment and ensure ethical production of the products that promote and aide safe travel? We make sure:

· All our packaging is recycled and recyclable

· We source products only from factories we have personally visited, ensuring we speak to the factory workers and sit down and have a go at this ourselves

· Where possible we use materials in our products that are recycled

· Never use items that have single use batteries, only rechargeable units

· Paying a premium to have more robust materials that last increasing lifecycle and reducing waste

· Where possible our products are made in the UK

Our newest the recycled Hi Viz vest

Why the Hi Viz vest?

The Hi Viz Vest is made in its millions each year, it’s probably the most produced garment on the planet. Typically just over 6 million are made each year for the UK market and can be bought for a couple of pounds. Seen as a throw away garment due to its price level, So why so cheap? Made in such numbers, we asked two questions of the manufacture of these vests:

Who makes them? child / slave labour?

And; what are they made from? Virgin plastic i.e. straight from oil.

We’re determined to make a difference. After much work over the past two years we are now ready to go into production in summer with the worlds first recycled Hi Viz vest made by people we know. It would be great to hear from all Modeshift members wanting more information.

We’re happy to tell you more about this journey and more about how we can support your work in ensuring the safe travel for those choosing sustainable travel.

Limited offer; for all Modeshift Members 10% off all our range and 20% off our fantastic reflective sticker range for all orders made in March.

If you have any questions or just need some advice about our products please email

OLWIN: Bus Poster Production Tool for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Established in 2014, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is a strategic authority with governance over transport, economic development and regeneration for the Leeds City Region. The Combined Authority also operate the Metro network of bus stations, travel centres and public transport information in West Yorkshire.

With six service changes for bus and rail each year, the task of keeping travel information up to date has not been simple. The public transport team at the Combined Authority needed an effective way of managing updates to over 100 ‘where to board your bus’ posters across the region. The Combined Authority decided to replace their existing system, taking the opportunity to add a number of enhancements and move to a hosted, cloud-based solution with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface.

The Combined Authority commissioned Pindar Creative to deliver the new solution within three months of the project start date. Our existing OLWIN (Onward Localised Wayside Information Notices) solution was customised to the Combined Authorities specific requirements. OLWIN is a tool to identify all bus stops within a specified radius of a hub and automatically generate destination information required for onward travel and wayfinding posters. Once new TransXChange data imports are carried out, the inbuilt reporting system will identify which posters need to be updated based upon agreed parameters and business logic.

For the mapping element Pindar created a new, seamless cartographic base covering the whole area at 1:2,500 and reflecting the ‘Legible Leeds’ branding, which is widely recognised in the area. The user interface allows the team at the Combined Authority to add additional features to the base mapping, such as cycle parking, taxi ranks, points of interest and stand-alone text labels. The team can select from a number of pre-determined templates and can include or omit bus stops, services and destinations dependent on the available space within each poster.

OLWIN was delivered on time and on budget providing the team at the Combined Authority with an effective, automated way of producing new, or updating, onward travel information posters.

Contact Pindar Creative for further information - website or 01296 390100.

UK's first 3D zebra crossing is in London

Westminster City Council is the first council in the UK to install a 3D Zebra Crossing.

The crossing in St John’s Wood is located only minutes from The Beatles’ famed Abbey Road crossing.

The design gives the appearance of a raised road, creating the illusion that pedestrians are floating across whichever side drivers approach it from.

For more information visit

Meet Eryn... Our New Apprentice at Brightkidz

Modeshift partners Brightkidz are pleased to welcome Eryn, their 19-year-old marketing apprentice to the team, just in time for National Apprenticeship Week. If you are heading for the York regional meeting this month you will have a chance to meet her too as she will be coming to learn about the world of active travel campaigns.

Eryn said: “So far I am leading on the Instagram account, planning social media campaigns and also doing some admin – helping the team pack up products for mailing. Yesterday I spent the day putting miniature

hi vis jackets on tiny teddies! “An apprenticeship means I can earn while I still learn and I now aspire to learn as much as I can about marketing and later do a degree, to challenge myself even more.” Read her full interview at

If you are in need of any promotional products to support your campaigns - with or without your logo printed - give Brightkidz social enterprise a call on 01536 526461 and Eryn or another member of their friendly team will be happy to help. Alternatively check out their full range online or request a quote at

Modeshift are looking for a new Vice-chair

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.

Modeshift is led by a management board of voluntary members who are transport professionals in the field of sustainable travel. Positions on the board last for two years and the time has come for members to apply to join the board. There are no cost implications for you or your Local Authority, just some of your time depending on the role

There are two Vice-chair positions in Modeshift - one with a focus on school travel and the open position has a focus on businesses (and development control).

    If you wish to apply to join the board then please email for information and an application form

    What’s on this Living Streets’ National Walking Month?

    Walk to School Week - the greatest national Walk to School celebration taking the form of a five-day walking challenge. Organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, the challenge will take place during w/c 20 May 2019.

    This year is Living Streets' 90th anniversary so the charity will be taking pupils on a walking journey, re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years.

    The classroom packs are built to make pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better. Through the fun wallcharts and stickers, children will work collaboratively to transform an unwelcoming and cluttered walking environment into the most walkable street imaginable!


    Also in May is Happy Shoesday, the school fundraising event with the aim of creating safer streets for all. The event is taking place on Tuesday, 21 May 2019.

    Taking part has never been easier and more fun. Schools can encourage pupils to wear their happy shoes and walk to school on the day, collect a suggested donation of £1 towards Living Streets’ charitable work to create safer streets for all. Once registered, schools will receive FREE fundraising resources including fun stickers for the pupils.

    Schools of the region are set to reach for the STARS in London

    On Tuesday the 5th March the Modeshift STARS National Celebration Event will be taking place at Portcullis House, London. The 12 STARS Schools of the Region have been invited to attend the event and will have their eyes set on the coveted National School of the Year 2019 titles.

    Over 40 schools nationally were nominated to take part in this year’s STARS Awards. This event will see the final twelve schools of the region go head to head across the four 4 categories consisting of Early Years Setting, Primary School, Secondary School and SEND School.

    The Modeshift STARS Team are looking forward to hosting the event. Nick Butler – National STARS Manager says “The Modeshift STARS National Celebration Event is the culmination of the hard work done by schools. These schools are examples of best practice and have shown how they have delivered impact in the communities they reside in. By promoting sustainable school travel they have supported better air quality, provided more opportunities for physical activity through active travel and encouraged a safer environment in and around the school gate. It is a credit to each of the schools of region and I very much look forward to seeing them on the day.”

    The nominated schools are:

    - Mandeville School (Sawbridge) - Hertfordshire

    - Elizabeth Woodville Primary - Leicestershire

    - Sarisbury Church of England Junior School - Hampshire

    - Haydonleigh Primary School - Swindon

    - Yeadon Westfield Junior School - Leeds

    - Tweedmouth Community Middle School - Northumberland

    - Richard Hale School - Hertfordshire

    - Spring Common Special School - Cambridgeshire

    - Forest Park School - Hampshire

    - Holbrook School for Autism - Derbyshire

    - Alfreton Nursery School - Derbyshire

    - Footsteps Day Nursery - Hove - Brighton & Hove

    Please feel free to show your support for these schools on Tuesday the 5th March by following on Facebook and Twitter using the handle @modeshift1 and hashtag #STARSAwards.

    Are you interested in the STARS Awards for 2020? For more information on how you can nominate a school go to

    Evaluation and Research - News from Balanceability

    Balanceabilty’s accredited ‘Learn to Cycle’ programme is based on evidence about the many benefits children gain from using balance bikes.

    To find out more visit

    News from Love to Ride

    Over the last 12 years, Love to Ride have earned their place at the front of the ride as leading behaviour change and cycling encouragement specialists. With their new year-round 'Ride365' programme and highly flexible approach, they have engaged over 410,000 people including 97,000 new riders.


    Love to Ride are excited to announce they are working with Babboe Cargo Bikes again throughout 2019, to show people the benefits of 'going Dutch' and switching to pedal power for the school run and other load-bearing trips. A fleet of Love to Ride-branded Babboes were used to deliver Love to Ride events last year and they are adding more of these beautiful, electrically-assisted cargo bikes this year to show people the future of urban mobility. Look out for the bikes online and on the street, more exciting announcements coming soon!

    Love to Ride for Business

    As leading cycling encouragement and behaviour change specialists, Love to Ride now work directly with businesses as well as continuing to deliver city and region-wide programmes. Whether you are a business big or small, in a single or multiple office locations, UK or global - Love to Ride for Business can help you unlock the full range of benefits that more staff cycling brings. To find out more go to or email for more info.

    What's happening at the STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference?

    The STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference is taking place on the 30th April. This conference is going to bring leading industry professionals together to share best practice in travel planning for businesses and organisations. This conference will look at the role travel planning plays in society. It will consider the different approaches, motivations and methodologies of not only creating a travel plan, but delivering on a travel plan. Organisations across the UK are valuing the importance of active and sustainable travel for commuting. Together these organisations are delivering effective interventions that improve health, congestion, air quality, reduce costs and increase revenue. This conference is set to address all of the considerations around travel planning and provides prospective on the broader travel planning landscape within the industry.

    Conference Agenda Themes

    Keep an eye out in the coming weeks when we launch the full agenda. The conference will be delivered across five sessions with a networking session taking place at the end of conference. The sessions will consist of the following:

    - 9.00am - Conference Opens

    - 9.45am - Conference Welcome

    - 10.00am - 10.50am - Session One: An Introduction to STARSFor: Delivering Effective Travel Plans

    -11.30am - 12.30pm - Session Two: Streamed Sessions ( Two Options)

    - Option A: STARSFor System Demonstration and Networking

    - Option B: Securing Effective Travel Plans and Local Authority Perspective.

    12.30pm - 1.20pm - Lunch

    1.20pm - 2.20pm - Session Three: Creating and Effective Travel Plan - A Business Perspective

    2.45pm - 3.45pm - Session Four: Steamed Sessions (Two Options)

    - Option A: STARSFor System Demonstration and Networking

    - Option B: Effective Interventions

    3.45pm - 4.25pm - Session Five - Making the Case for Delivering Travel Plans - Expert Panel Discussion.

    4.25pm - 4.30pm Close of Conference

    4.30pm - 5.30pm Networking

    Save £50.00 per Delegate with the Early Bird Rate before the 28th February 2019

    We are offering an early bird rate of £99.00 per delegate for those who sign up before the 28th February 2019. The standard rate of £149.00 per delegate will then come into effect from the 1st March 2019.

    Book your place through our events page at and select click "Book Place" on the STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference.

    Further Information

    We are excited to be hosting the STARSFor effective Travel Planning Conference in partnership with Birmingham City Council. This conference is set to generate a lot of discussion and will provide the ideal opportunity for collaboration. We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks, so make sure you keep an eye out on the Modeshift News and social media.

    Our LinkedIn community is growing week on week, make sure you follow the Modeshift page. Search "Modeshift" or following

    You can follow us on Twitter on @Modeshift1 or follow

    Find us on Facebook - Search "Modeshift"

    If you have any questions please email

    Reminder - Your chance to present at the London Walking and Cycling Conference

    Your chance to present at the
    London Walking and Cycling Conference

    Friday 24 May 2019
    Guildhall, London, EC2V 7HH

    We would like to invite you to join us on 24 May at the London Walking and Cycling Conference and help shape the discussion about the role that walking and cycling can play in shaping the future of our cities.

    After seven successful years of the Hackney Cycling Conference we are excited to announce that the London Borough of Hackney will be partnering with the City of London Corporation to host the London Walking and Cycling Conference, in association with Steer. With the City having the highest walking rates of any local authority and Hackney being London’s number one borough for cycling we want to recognise the importance of active travel to both residents and businesses.

    The conference will provide an opportunity for politicians and officers from across London to come together with industry experts, academics and campaigners. Past conferences have attracted a wide range of industry professionals, campaigners and elected members and are a great opportunity to be heard, influence policy and gain exposure for your ideas. Previous speakers have included London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, academic and author of ‘Bad Science’ Dr Ben Goldacre and Andreas Rohl, who was Head of Cycling for Copenhagen for 7 years. Co-hosted by Hackney Council, the City of London and Steer, this year’s conference is set to host the widest range of sustainable transport experts yet.

    This year’s event will explore how to improve the experience of walking and cycling and enable more people to choose these healthy and sustainable modes of travel. It will also consider the wider social, environmental and economic benefits of investing in walking, cycling and Healthy Streets.

    A summary of previous events can be found here

    We welcome papers from across the sector including campaigners, academics and professionals in any of the following areas: road danger reduction, local or national campaigning, policy and strategy, behaviour change, design, engineering, public health, technology, planning or communications. We especially welcome papers from outside of London, so that attendees may learn from experience in other contexts.

    Deadline for submissions is Friday 22 February 2019, however, early submissions are encouraged.

    We are looking for forward-thinking papers to discuss topics that might include:

    • The role of traffic reduction and Vision Zero in enabling walking and cycling
    • Planning for walking and cycling in new developments
    • Achieving modal shift at workplaces
    • The contrasting challenges faced in residential and urban areas
    • Reducing the impact of deliveries and servicing
    • What data is needed now to plan for walking and cycling in the future and how can data help capture and communicate the benefits
    • What wider changes need to happen to enable growth in walking and cycling (traffic reduction, freight, PHV policy etc)?
    • Technology and its role in the future of walking and cycling
    • Case studies and best practice for projects, policy and campaigns (schemes from outside London encouraged)

    We are considering diverse formats, including standard presentations, PechaKucha (20 slides for 20 seconds each), as well as short videos and posters.

    Standard presentations will be 15 minutes to present, with time for questions at the end of the session (e.g. 3 presentations followed by questions directed at the 3 presenters).

    PechaKucha presentations are 6m40s each, with time for questions after 3 presentations in a row.

    We also welcome short videos of 5 minutes or less, which are an excellent way to present a case study, as well as posters which will be displayed in an exposition.

    How to submit:
    Email: with the subject line: London Walking and Cycling Conference by Friday 22 February 2019, with the following information:

    • The presenter’s name, position and organisation being represented (if applicable)
    • Briefly describe the topic that you would like to present or submit an abstract, video or poster about (200 word max.)
    • Why you think it is important (200 word max.)
    • Preferred presentation format(s) if applicable (standard presentation, PechaKucha, film or poster)

    Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!

    Event Details

    Friday 24 May 2019 -9am 7pm

    Lunch is provided and the event will be followed by drinks and networking.

    Guildhall, London, EC2V 7HH

    General admission - £95
    Local Authority, non-profit, academic institutions, students - £45
    Early Bird rates also available!

    The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Steer.

    Key Product Trends to consider for your Sustainable Travel Campaigns in 2019 – News from Stylebrands

    As a bespoke merchandising company the most common questions we get asked by customers are “What’s new?” and “What’s popular?” We know campaigns are often run to tight deadlines and budgets, therefore we’ve put together a few key trends for 2019 which could help you narrow your focus when considering products.

    Single-Use Plastics

    Throwaway plastic is still a hot topic in 2019 with the world’s largest producer (guess who!) of bottled drinks manufacturing 128 billion bottles a year. Many corporations are now taking action but the Marine Conservation Charity’s “Surfers Against Sewage” state that we still have approximately 5,000 items of plastic pollution per mile of beach in the UK. Consumers are changing their own behaviour to reduce plastic waste, leaving packaging behind at supermarket tills and swapping less-informed purchases for environmentally friendly choices. We’ve seen a huge rise in the number of inquiries calling for single use plastic alternatives, with aluminium and stainless steel bottles purchased on the increase.

    Bioplastics & Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic

    Providing alternatives to single-use plastics such as bioplastics, recycled paper and recycled reusable travel mugs (instead of coffee cups) should be high on your radar in 2019. As stated by Mintel in 2018, bio-based packaging materials are “set to be a key component to the next generation of responsible packaging”. Bioplastics look just like single-use plastics but can decompose in food waste within 12 weeks. Other alternatives include recyclable plastics produced with 100% green energy, products made from sustainable plants such as sugar cane and products such as umbrellas made from recycled PET bottles. There are some great pens made from all or part bioplastic and recycled FSC paper, even pencils with a seed in the tip which you can plant once finished with it!

    Smart Wearable Technology

    Fitness trackers and smart watches are the number one fitness trend for 2019, according to the worldwide survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Today, over 14 billion products are “connected” with smart technology that, for example, enables your fridge to add milk to your Amazon shopping list or enables your phone to turn your living room light on whilst you are away on holiday. We can’t overlook the popularity of power bank chargers for those on-the-go either; as we increasingly use more and more data wirelessly, the importance of being able to stay on-the-go is ever-growing. Smart charging items are often now more frequently requested than data storage products, such as USBs.

    Health & Wellbeing

    People are taking their personal health more seriously, conducting their own research and taking more control over what they eat, how they live and their mental and emotional wellbeing. Products such as pedometers, earbuds, bike lights and skipping ropes which support or empower this way of thinking could be right for campaigns focusing on air quality or public health over the coming months. Tasty, healthy brand-able treats are also available so your clients don’t go hungry!

    Appealing to Millennials

    Millennials are the largest generation since the Baby Boomers! Born between the early 80s and the 90s, almost 50% of buyers conducting initial research in 2014 were millennials (as stated by Google). Whether you’re in a B2B environment or not, millennials need consideration. This generation is “the most educated, most tech-savvy, most connected, thrifty, and socially and environmentally conscious.” (IBM). All of the above mentioned areas will appeal to millennials, as well as products which are multi-functional, space or time-saving in some way.

    If you have any queries about ideas for a specific upcoming initiative, or the products mentioned in this article, visit email or call Anuschka Natley on 01795 890900.

    Active travel to school benefits us all, which is why we need your help to promote the Big Pedal

    Sustrans’ Big Pedal is an annual inter-school cycling, scooting and (for the first time) walking competition.

    The Big Pedal is open to primary and secondary schools and is an easy and fun way to encourage schools to increase levels of active travel during spring.

    Last year over 1,200 schools across the UK made 989,414 journeys to school by bike and scooter. For 2019 we want to make this even bigger.

    This year, Sustrans have made it easy for local authorities to promote the Big Pedal. Becoming a Big Pedal promoter gives you access to an account on the Big Pedal website which hosts promotional materials such as an email template, social media images and an information sheet to help you spread the word.

    Your account also allows you to create bespoke leader boards for schools in your area to see how they perform during the Challenge and even run your own local competitions.

    Being a Big Pedal promoter is easy and free. Email and say you want to take part.

    For further information about the Big Pedal and the promoter programme please visit

    Book your place on a Modeshift course today

    Our Modeshift courses/conferences are all designed to support you to deliver active, safe and responsible travel:

    • Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) facilitator training - 17th April 2019 - London
      • STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference 2019 - 30th April 2019 - Birmingham
      • Delivering and implementing an effective workplace travel plan programme - 6th June 2019 - London

      For more information including cost and booking, please visit

    Top down AND bottom up – a shared responsibility to changing how we get around

    In a busy and complex world, it is incredibly hard to bring about meaningful large-scale change. How then do we facilitate a move away from an outdated transport infrastructure that is no longer fit for purpose? For many, it is too challenging to undertake.

    What is needed are simple, practical solutions and this is where free2cycle comes in. We make it easy to get more people cycling and motivate them to keep at it. At the core of our model is ensuring organisations and individuals share the responsibility for what has become one of the greatest challenges of our time.

    We work with partners across the public and private sectors to support their people to consider cycling as one of their primary transport options. With free2cycle organisations incentivise active behaviour by agreeing to fund miles ridden. An app tracks this mileage and as long as it matches the pledge people have set themselves, free2cycle covers the cost of the bike. Put simply individuals who sign-up get a new bike which won’t cost them a penny if they ride it.

    The key for us is getting both parties to make a commitment and we do this by making our offer a ‘win-win’. Organisations generate a healthy return as far as team wellbeing and performance is concerned and make measurable carbon savings. Individuals benefit from improved health, wellbeing and they earn a bike just by riding it.

    More and more organisations are taking an interest in our approach. They know that as well as being healthier, active people tend to be happier and more productive. Getting them away from our over-crowded transport networks also enables organisations to make a large scale, collective contribution to reducing their carbon footprint.

    Employers are an integral part of the transition onto more sustainable modes of transport. They need to promote and reward active behaviour, something they’re more likely to facilitate if they know their people also have some ‘skin in the game’. In turn their teams must adopt active behaviours to shake up commuting norms and bring about the change we so desperately need.

    We have recently rolled out our offer with a major UK financial services business, we’re about to launch with an emerging tech company and will soon be working alongside a Local Authority in London.

    If you’re interested in exploring the potential for a partnership, please drop our Business Development Director Jonny an email You can also visit to find out more.

    Supporting Sustainable Travel for University Students - News from Broxap

    Many university students either live on campus or within walking distance – however some students are not making smart choices when it comes to their method of travel.

    Many students rely on their own cars or pay for taxis to take them to their desired location. This is both expensive, and also has a negative impact on the individual’s carbon footprint.

    Students who choose a more sustainable method of travel can save themselves on average approximately £3,000 per year.

    Sustainable travel is the way to go, so read on for more information on how you can incorporate it into your day to day student lifestyle…

    Students living on or very close to campus.

    Students who live either on or very close to campus should aim to walk to and from university every day.

    This will have a positive impact on the individual’s carbon footprint, as well as improving their overall health too!

    A brisk morning walk to your first lecture of the day will provide you with plenty of health benefits, these include but are not limited to:

    Burning calories – Walking can help you to burn approximately 100 calories per mile you walk! That will help you to burn off your morning banana.

      Improve overall lung health – Walking is a cardio-vascular exercise meaning that it will help to increase your lung capacity and generally improve your respiratory health.

      Improve daily outlook - Walking in the morning before class will help to improve your overall mood, thus resulting in a more positive outlook for the rest of that day!

    Students, much like the rest of us, often dislike the idea of walking due to the unpredictable British weather. However, more and more campuses are erecting covered walkways which will allow their students to enjoy the morning walk, without the fear of succumbing to the adverse weather conditions.

    Students living in and around the city.

    A lot of students will live on campus during their first year of university. When they enter their second year, students tend to move further from campus, and more towards the outskirts of the city.

    This therefore makes their commute slightly longer. However, most will still be within walking or cycling distance.

    For students who live further from campus we suggest cycling as their main form of travel.

    Cycling much like walking is a ‘green’ form of travel. If you swapped the car for a bike during your daily university commute, you could save up to 36kg of carbon dioxide from being thrown into the atmosphere.

    That’s about the same weight as a small deer!

    More and more universities are showing their support for sustainable travel, meaning that they are increasing the amount of cycle storage facilities on campus.

    Having safe and secure cycle shelters at your university campus will encourage more students to use cycling as their main transport method.

    Students commuting into university.

    Due to the growing cost of universities, approximately 50% of university students are living at home and commuting to their desired university location.

    This means that more and more people are driving into university, resulting in more carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere.

    However, there are alternative options. University students should look into doing a combined commute. This is where they would travel via public transportation, and then cycle the remainder of the journey.

    This is great as public transport such as trains or coaches will emit less CO2 than each of their passengers driving themselves individually.

    Once they have arrived at the other side they can hire a bicycle, which in some cities can be for as low as one pound.

    So long as both the University and Railway station has safe and secure cycle parking facilities, this could be a fantastic option.

    Sustainable travel for all…

    For those who have either a long or a short commute we believe that they should consider a more sustainable form of travel and leave their cars at home.

    If every student decided to commute using the above suggestions, we could save thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide from being emitted each year!

    On top of the environmental impact, students would also save upwards of £3,000 each year by either walking or cycling!

    And that’s not to mention the health benefits too!

    Just ensure you stay safe, and always walk or cycle along designated paths in well-lit areas.

    Head over to for plenty of Cycle Parking facilities, which will encourage sustainable travel at your university or college.

    National Award scheme recognises Hampshire schools for promoting sustainable journeys

    Two Hampshire schools have been crowned regional winners for encouraging pupils and staff to walk, cycle, scoot or car share to school

    At the Modeshift STARS Regional Awards for the South East, Forest Park School picked up the award for SEND School of the Region and Sarisbury CE Junior School won the award for Primary School of the Region. Both schools will now go through to the national final which will be held in March 2019.

    Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: "I send my warmest congratulations to all staff, pupils and parents at these schools for encouraging their school communities to do the school run in ways which reduce local traffic congestion and promote healthier lifestyles. I very much hope they get the recognition they deserve in the forthcoming national round of the Modeshift STARS awards. Travel to school by car alone in Hampshire has already reduced by approximately 20,000 journeys every day in over a decade, and this success is reaffirmed through Hampshire achieving national accreditation through Modeshift STARS."

    For more information visit

    Meet the Modeshift Team - Sarah Mcalinden

    Job title: Travel2Next Team Leader

    Modeshift Board Responsibility: Business Advisor

    How long have you been with Modeshift? A member for two years just over

    If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? Tough one as it's very site dependant. If I based this answer for Next Head Office then I would say car sharing due to the rural location, which includes an extremely poor public bus service, and too far for people to walk. However if I based this answer on stores then I would say buses, as there are always buses available to travel to town and city centres.

    Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I used to keep snakes as pets, ranging from Garter snakes to Burmese Pythons.

    What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Achieving Gold Accreditation via Modeshift for the Head Office travel plan, which was also the first corporate company in the UK to achieve this.

    What do you do for fun? Cinema, meals out, dog walking, travelling (mainly to Indonesia, a country we could learn lots from when it comes to sustainable travel).

    Balanceability chosen to get schools cycling

    Modeshift Partner Balanceability, part of TTC Cycling, has been chosen to play a key role in Whitehill and Bordon’s bid to be a Healthy New Town.

    Balanceability is working with East Hampshire District Council to supply its custom-made bikes and training programmes to six schools in the town.

    This will support more than 200 young pupils to start learning to ride a bike and help with their core strengths and motor neurone skills, as well as giving them basic training on road safety.

    Each school will have ten bikes and the programme materials for a term and a Balanceability expert will deliver training days to teachers so they can pass their knowledge and experiences down to the children.

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    WOW Badge Design Competition

    Don't miss the opportunity to WIN FREE WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge resources by taking part in the WOW badge design competition!

    WOW is Living Streets’ flagship behaviour change initiative, rewarding children for walking to school with monthly badges. Every year, WOW features a new theme and pupils are given the chance to design the 11 badges. With over 120,000 entries last year, this is one of the biggest design competitions for children in the UK.


    The winning designs will be turned into more than 400,000 badges, made from recycled yoghurt-pot material, and featured across the 2019/20 WOW challenge. Winners will also receive:

    • WOW resources for the school Bespoke press release from Living Streets
          • Winner’s trophy
          • School gate banner
          • Bespoke press release from Living Streets

    This year's fantastic theme is: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

    Ready to get your pupils' creative juices flowing? Enter the badge design competition.

    The winning designs will be turned into more than 400,000 badges, made from recycled yoghurt-pot material, and featured across the 2019/20 WOW challenge. Winners will also receive: WOW resources for the school Winner’s trophy School gate banner Bespoke press release from Living Streets


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