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Are you ready for Walk to School Week

Taking place during National Walking Month, Walk to School Week will take place from 20th to 24h May.  Each year Living Streets develop a new five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools. This year, to celebrate its 90th anniversary, the challenge will get to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole community as well as improve individual wellbeing.

The 2019 Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards are open

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 National Sustainable Travel Awards are open for your nominations, in 10 categories:

Renew your Modeshift membership today

As part of your Modeshift membership you gain access to the Modeshift Convention in November, Regional Meetings three times a year, our weekly newsletter and your organisation can participate in the National Sustainable Travel Awards. Members will also get a scooter pod from Cyclepods.

Guide launched to encourage couriers to switch to e-bikes

Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington Councils have launched an innovative guide to help fleet managers switch from mopeds to e-bikes: a more sustainable form of travel. 
 
The Scooter Switch Toolkit, developed by independent transport consultants, Steer, was created after research showed that businesses require clear, comprehensive information to make the switch to e-bikes. 

The significance of e-bikes in the delivery sector has grown rapidly in recent years, with their trial and adoption by firms such as Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and DHL. E-bikes provide an ideal solution to businesses balancing cost, efficiency and speed in this demanding sector.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks, Cllr Feryal Demirci, said: “We are a leader in tackling London’s poor air quality and are committed to protecting residents from its harmful effects. We’re delighted to be working with our neighbouring boroughs to create and promote the Scooter Switch Toolkit.”

Key elements of the toolkit include:

Clean Air Day 2019 coming soon

Clean Air Day will take place on 20th June 2019.  The resources are ready and free to use and you can get involved in Clean Air Day by joining with others and doing something to reduce air pollution and by spreading the message. Use the free campaign resources (https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/forms/clean-air-day-resources) for inspiration to:

London Walking and Cycling Conference - 24th May

The London Borough of Hackney and the City of London Corporation will host the London Walking and Cycling Conference, in association with Steer on 24th May at the Guildhall. The City has the highest walking rates of any local authority in the country and Hackney is London's number one borough for cycling. This partnership combines expertise and recognises the importance of active travel to both residents and businesses.

Balanceability provides ‘learn-to-cycle’ support to mark Forestry Commission’s 100th birthday celebrations

Last chance to book - An Introduction to Travel Plans

Taking place on the 15th May in London, An Introduction to Travel Plans CPD-accredited training course has been designed for local authority staff new to this area and covers school, workplace and residential Travel Plans. The course looks at introducing travel plans, developing the travel plan document, travel plan initiatives and effective travel plans.

Liftshare Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise Again

Liftshare has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time for, what the judges called, ‘exceptional contributions to the environment’. 

Building upon their previous recognition for Innovation, Liftshare have now been recognised and celebrated with the Queen’s Award for their outstanding contribution to Sustainable Development, of which there have been less than 200 winners between 1993 and 2018. 

Founded 21 years ago Liftshare aim to make travel simple, affordable, sustainable, shared and happy. Liftshare do this by providing services for workplaces that solve parking and recruitment problems as well as helping their employees to share their commutes and travel happy. Liftshare also offer a free car-sharing platform to the public, matching members with others travelling in the same direction, whether these be regular commutes or one-off journeys. This results in significant transport cost savings for businesses and individuals alike, solves workplace parking issues and addresses transport poverty, all whilst easing congestion on the roads and making substantial CO2 and emissions savings.

The Queen’s Award judging panel said “…The company has made exceptional contributions to the environment through significant carbon emissions reductions, which has also resulted in significant costs savings for organisations and their employees. Liftshare.com Ltd has demonstrated how it is working towards change, by lobbying government and challenging the view of the effectiveness of car-sharing. It is for exceptional environmental contributions and leadership that the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development is awarded to Liftshare.com Ltd…”.

Proud to have this recognition, Liftshare's CEO Ali Clabburn stated “
Winning the award in 2008 was a huge honour, but to have won it again 11 years later is testament to the incredible work my team has done to help companies and individuals to travel more sustainably. We are constantly innovating to provide our clients with cutting edge technology, alongside proven behavioural change techniques to guarantee the schemes we implement are a success. Working with our base of over 700 clients to help them change and improve the way their staff travel is so satisfying, and their success really is our success. The bigger and better their schemes become, the larger our network grows.”.

Now in its 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years. 

Liftshare look forward to celebrating its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.

School Road Safety Products - David Richards (Printers & Distributors) Ltd.

Kiddie Shaped Road Safety Signs

New Modeshift Board Member and London Regional Representative

David is the Active Travel Manager for Islington Council, an inner city London borough. He has worked in sustainable travel for more than 10 years, starting out as a cycle trainer – so he knows first-hand how transformational it is for individuals to become independent travellers.

In addition to managing in-house delivery of cycle training, David's work areas now include School Streets, STARS, bike hangars and cycle share. Project and campaign work includes: founding and developing Islington CC (London’s largest cycling club), the annual Saddle and Sole festival, Islington By Bike (community rides), All About the Bike (reclaimed bike giveaway with cycle training and maintenance courses), enforcement of our 20mph speed limit, all ability cycling and This Girl Can Cycle.

David is also the chair of London’s Borough Cycling Officers Group and has served on the board of The Association of Bikeability Schemes.

Outside of work David is a dad, he also has an an allotment (chutneys and jams), bakes bread and rides his bike(s) quite a lot.

We would like to welcome David to the Modeshift Board as the London Regional Representative.

Flintshire gets on its bike with ‘Balanceability’ funding boost for primary schools

Nearly 1000 primary school pupils across Flintshire are set to benefit as part of an industry-leading scheme designed to deliver crucial learn-to-cycle training. Nine schools from across Deeside, Flint and Mold are taking advantage of a new drive to help children become healthier and active by signing up to the ‘Balanaceability’ programme.

This equips individual schools with a 10-strong mixed pack of 12” and 14” balance bikes, children’s helmets and balance equipment bag.

They will also get two complete resource sets that will help teachers deliver the training, which is designed to be fun and interactive, as well as supporting pupils to develop core strengths and develop motor neurone skills.

It is Balanceability’s largest ever single contract in North Wales and comes after its parent company TTC Group secured funding direct from Flintshire Council and the Welsh Government, a model it is hoping to reciprocate with other areas across the country.

“Schools in Wales are keen to tackle the obesity challenge and one of the ways they can do this is getting their pupils to do more sport, including learning how to ride a bike - they can do that when they are playing with friends, at home or exploring new places,” explained Samantha Wright, Sales Manager at Balanceability. “Our programme makes life easy for schools. We provide the specially adapted bikes, the safety equipment and a step-by-step resource pack that guides you through how to deliver the training. Riding your bike can reduce health risks, improve motor skills and is a great way of spending time with friends. It’s an important skill that children take with them through the rest of their lives. We are delighted to be working with Flintshire Council on this project, the largest single contract we’ve secured in Wales. The funding commitment shows the local authority is committed to improving the health of children and, once other schools see how successful this programme is, we expect a lot more to come forward.”

Balanceability has been specially designed with child development experts and cycling professionals so that all children have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.

It is the only formally approved learn-to-cycle programme for very young children by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and, since its launch in 2008, has helped more than 500,000 children learn to ride a bike.

Nine schools across Flintshire have signed up so far, including, Sandycroft Primary, Sealand Primary, St David’s Primary, St Ethelwold’s Church in Wales, Westwood Primary, Ysgol Bryn Deva, Ysgol Gwynedd, Ysgol Maes Y Felin and Ysgol Ty Fynnon,

Claire Parry, Road Safety Officer at Flintshire County Council, added her support:

For further information, please visit https://www.balanceability.com/ or follow @balanceability on Twitter.

STAR For Effective Travel Planning Conference

The STARS For Effective Travel Planning Conference took place on Tuesday 30th April 2019. Over 90 transport professionals from a range of sectors came together to share best practice in workplace and business travel planning. The conference took place at the Council House , Birmingham and was delivered in partnership with Birmingham City Council.




The conference was delivered in 4 sessions:


Session One : Looked at travel planning from Modeshift's perspective and saw a call to action for collaboration in setting the standard in travel planning. During this session the Rebranded Modeshift STARS Scheme was launched with Schools Business and communities in mind.

Session Two: Looked at Travel Planning from a Local Authority Perspective. Representatives from Birmingham City Council, Swindon Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council presented the thoughts and ideas and share work that they are doing in their local authority.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE Provided keynote speech highlight the work in Birmingham



Session Three: Saw presentations from a business perspective including Intu Properties, University of Birmingham and Next Plc



Session Four: Effective Interventions presented by Modeshift Partners - Love to Ride, Pindar Creative, Liftshare and Free2Cycle and Living Streets + West Yorkshire Combined Authority



Session Five: Was a Panel Session with Jon Foley from In the Round hosting featuring Campaign for Better Transport, Intu Properties, Transport for the West Midlands, Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Living Streets



If you would like more information regarding travel planning visit https://www.modeshiftstars.org/business/








STARSFor Conference

Our STARSFor conference on effective travel planning will take place on 30th April. A copy of the agenda, which includes key note speakers, how to implement STARfor, best practice presentations, demonstrations of the system and a discussion panel, is available at https://www.modeshift.org.uk/convention. To register visit www.modeshift.org.uk/events .


Ealing Schools Scooting Training

Scoot Fit is working with Ealing Council to deliver scooting training to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

Nicky Batkin, Ealing Council's Senior School Travel Advisor suggested inviting other Modeshift members to watch the training in action to see what difference it makes.

Nicky said "We’ve had so many fabulous reports about the Scoot Fit sessions, children have thoroughly enjoyed their training and the teachers have been impressed by the improvement in confidence and ability to scoot."

James Rodger, owner and scooting coach said "our training is not like traditional scooter training, it’s bespoke to each school and each child’s physical ability. Some schools have children who have never scooted before and some have children experienced and are athletic on a scooter. Our training covers all their abilities and improves their performance."

Most teachers have said "ohhh I wasn’t expecting this, this is great, high energy, can I have a go."

The children say that it is the "best day at school, better than Golden Time and are we doing this again next week?"

Scoot Fit will be at schools on these dates below, if you would like to come along please email lisa@scootfit.co.uk

Councils that watch the training will have the chance to win one of our brand new 3 wheel Space-Ship scooters. The space-ship scooter has a footplate twice as wide than traditional 3 wheel scooter footplate, see photo attached (Purple scooter and centre scooter).

This scooter is perfect for any child between 3 – 12years old developing their balance and stability on 3 wheels before transferring to 2 wheels.

But it’s also really good for children who have mobility issues or children with SEND including cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and autism.

Dates and venues are as follows:

29 April - Ark Priory school W3 8NR

30 April - Perivale school UB6 7AP

1 May - St John Fisher UB6 7AF

2 May - Khalsa school UB2 4LA

3 May - St Mark’s school W7 2NR

13 May - St Joseph W7 3HU

14 May - Tudor school UB1 1NX

15 May - St Vincent’s school W3 9JR

16 May - Gifford school UB5 6BU

17 May- BerryMede school W3 8RN

Cars and Kids Don't Mix - News from Room 9 Media

What’s the problem? Ever want to see a normally calm Head teacher hit the roof? Well just casually ask them what the parking’s like outside their school and stand well back!

The problem’s nothing new as parents try and outdo each other to see who can display the most irrational and selfish behaviour. Drives are blocked, zig-zag lines parked all over and speed limits routinely disregarded in the name of the dreaded school run.

The danger to children has always been clear but the devastating effects to health caused by traffic pollution have recently also been brought into sharp focus:

Public Health England has recently called for cars to be banned from idling near schools in a bid to cut pollution.

    In London alone, 453 schools are in areas that exceed legal air quality limits.

    Car-free zones are even being introduced around some primary schools.

    What’s the solution? The ultimate solution has got to be a massive drop in car use and a significant increase in alternative greener forms of travel. Whilst several other approaches have been adopted, we’ve pitched in with our "Cars and kids don’t mix" resources which have been widely used across the UK and beyond.

    What’s it all about? The resources are designed to give the schools an opportunity to address the issue and engage with parents in a positive and constructive manner. The ultimate aim is to get them onboard and work together rather than simply antagonise them!

    Campaign materials

    The campaign can be run over a period of time with a mix of approaches to maximise the impact.

    The introductory leaflet comes as an attractive red triangle that explains what the problems and solutions are. These are accompanied by school gate banners and simple animations that can be used on school message boards and websites.

    A progressive approach Participating schools can access the images and messages featured in the banners and leaflets. This gives them the opportunity to "brand" the message in letters home, the school website and even in childrens’ work.

    Classroom work Schools have undertaken classroom projects, outside survey work and produced their own banners to accompany the campaign.

    The final warning! Once parents are familiar with the message, a polite "branded" letter can be sent home. This will explain that as a special feature of the campaign, traffic wardens or police will be making a guest appearance in the next fortnight to check up on its effectiveness. Let’s face it - they have been warned!

    For more information email john@room9media.com or visit https://www.room9media.co.uk/


Modeshift STARS - Branding Refresh

As many of you will now be aware, it is intended that later this year Modeshift STARS will transition into a new standalone Charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). This is to support the growth and expansion of the Modeshift accreditation schemes and is the next step in us trying to secure the delivery of more effective Travel Planning across the UK.

In preparation for the establishment of the new Modeshift STARS charity, the STARS Team have been doing some work to refresh the STARS branding. We have put a lot of consideration into how the Charity needs to position itself moving forward. Does it need a new name? Does it need a new logo? Does it need a new strapline? Etc.

What we have come to realise is that for the customer experience, simplicity is absolutely essential, and for that key reason, we are going to stick with the name – Modeshift STARS. It is a very well established brand that is already recognised in the industry, and it represents two key things – ‘Modeshift’ and ‘STARS’. Therefore there is no need to introduce any new names or logos that would only confuse and perhaps even water down the scheme.

For that same reason, and to some extent to strengthen the ‘Modeshift STARS’ brand further, the ‘STARSfor’ scheme will become known as the Modeshift STARS Business scheme from Monday 29th April. It was always the intention that the name STARSfor became a sub brand that could be applied to the relevant audience that was using the scheme, i.e. ‘STARS for Businesses’, ‘STARS for Universities’ – but for various reasons, the STARSfor brand was never fully developed. We will now achieve the same initial aim, but with sector specific versions of the Modeshift STARS logo that you will see rolled out next week.

The overwhelming argument for this move is that we want to have just one entry point into our accreditation schemes – i.e. you think Effective Travel Plans – you think Modeshift STARS. That is instead of trying to explain that STARS is for schools, STARfor is for everything else, and then needing three separate websites, one for the charity, one for STARS and one for STARSfor. This ultimately causes confusion with our registered users not immediately knowing which of our three websites to access.

In the Modeshift Strategy we set out that ‘Modeshift aims to be the centre of excellence for the promotion of sustainable travel choices in education, workplace and community settings by raising standards of industry delivery’ – by positioning Modeshift STARS in this way, the charity will become just that – a single entity that exists as the ‘centre of excellence.

We recognise that this approach could also cause confusion though – having everything under the same name. Therefore, set out below, is exactly what Modeshift STARS will become – with a headline for the Charity and the two key elements that make up the scheme.

  • The Charity – Modeshift STARS is the Centre of Excellence for the delivery of Effective Travel Plans in Education, Business and Community settings
  • The System – The Modeshift STARS online platform is a comprehensive Travel Planning tool that creates, develops and supports Travel Plans and assists in monitoring and evaluation
  • The Accreditation Scheme – Modeshift STARS Accreditation is awarded to education, business and community organisations that have demonstrated excellence in supporting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel by developing and implementing an effective Travel Plan.

At the end of April we will begin to roll out the new branding for Modeshift STARS which has some very subtle changes from the existing Modeshift STARS branding. We have kept changes to an absolute minimum so that the existing logos can continue to be used by local authorities and schools before they begin to use the new versions. The bigger change is for the STARSfor branding which will be phased out almost straight away as the scheme becomes known as the Modeshift STARS Business scheme.

As part of this roll out – our main website – www.modeshiftstars.org will become the public home page for all of our accreditation schemes. Initially the focus will be on the Modeshift STARS Education and Modeshift STARS Business schemes, but slowly we will introduce the Modeshift STARS Community scheme as well. Under each of these three key target audiences, we are developing a number of sub-brands including Modeshift STARS Early Years, Modeshift STARS Residential and Modeshift STARS Events – you will see and hear more about these in the coming months.

For now, keep an eye on the Modeshift STARS website and our social media channels for the rollout of the new branding.

















Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs - News from Brightkidz

We can learn a lot from other countries. So this week Brightkidz are in Greece for the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs meeting. Active travel and road safety concerns are not just being addressed by us all in the UK... there is plenty of good practice and ideas in other parts of the world from which we can learn too.

A big focus this morning was on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how what we do in road safety and active travel touches on more of them than you may realise.

Of course we took #Bunnytravels our mascot for promoting public transport for children and enjoyed some photo opportunities with others who, like us, work in road safety not-for-profit organisations from many different countries... Argentina, Russia, Sierra Leone, Albania, Philippines, Ireland, Uzbekistan and even England (hello Mary from Brake)!

We’ll be passing on plenty of ideas from this over the next few weeks. Also please get in touch if you know any schools interested in being ‘active travel digital connect pals’ with schools in any other countries. To see all our reports and blogs just make sure you are signed up to our enewsletter Bright News: www.brightkidz.co.uk

Portadown’s pre-schoolers ‘learn to ride’ boost thanks to SureStart and Balanceability link-up

Hundreds of pre-school children in Portadown will be given learn-to-cycle training as part of a campaign to improve skills and help them get more active.

Blossom SureStart has become the first centre in Northern Ireland to secure funding from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to purchase ‘Balanaceability’ bikes and equipment.

Six staff will receive dedicated training, providing them with the knowledge and skills to deliver the Balanceability learn-to-cycle course to children as young as three years-old.

"Obesity in children is a big issue and one of the key ways of meeting this challenge head-on is to make sure they are more active. This can reduce health risks, as well as improving motor skills and academic performance," explained Samantha Wright, Sales Manager at Balanceability.

"Riding your bike is fun and brilliant for keeping fit. The sooner we can get more young people to embrace it the better and this programme - with Blossom SureStart - could be a blueprint for other centres to follow."

She continued: "Pre-schoolers from across the area now have the chance to train on special 12" Balanceability bikes as part of our course. This will build their core strengths and motor neurone skills."

Balanceability has been specially designed with child development experts and cycling professionals so that all children have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.

It is the only formally approved learn-to-cycle programme for very young children by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and, since its launch in 2008, has helped more than 500,000 children learn to ride a bike.

After the initial training course, Blossom SureStart staff will be able to help children develop static and dynamic balance, how to pick up and manoeuvre a bike, how to glide and safely stop.

Blossom SureStart’s Keith McAdam added his support: "We are always looking for new and innovative ways to get our pre-schoolers out and active. Balanceability certainly provides us with that opportunity."

TTC Group acquired Balanceability in 2014 as part of ambitions to expand its training into new specialist areas and underlining its commitment to improving road safety amongst younger, vulnerable road users.

In the five years that have followed, the company has steadily grown its coverage across the UK, winning contracts to supply balance bikes, resources and equipment to the general public, local authorities, schools and other public sector bodies.

Samantha concluded: "Blossom SureStart is leading the way and will hopefully prove that this type of programme can be successfully rolled out to other centres across Northern Ireland."

For further information, please visit https://www.balanceability.com/ or follow @balanceability on Twitter.


Liftshare scoop two highly prestigious awards

Liftshare has been highly commended in two separate industry award ceremonies, one for tech innovation in parking and another recognising their achievements using ‘tech for good’.

Within 24 hours, Liftshare, were crowned winners at the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards for their work in the Sharing Economy quickly followed up with the award for Intelligent Parking at the British Parking Awards.

The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate technology innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us. Now in their third year, the awards were open to any UK-operating business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social impact.

The award was presented by event host, BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, and was proudly accepted on the evening by CEO, Ali Clabburn, along with members of the Liftshare team.

The jury commended LiftShare for being "a tenacious company that addressed an increasingly pressing issue. They felt that Liftshare’s 600,000 users demonstrated that their mission was realistic, actionable and scalable."

At a gala lunch less than 24 hours later, the British Parking Awards was hosted by comedian and author, Shappi Khorsandi. Once again, Liftshare were crowned winners of a prestigious industry award for their innovative technology.

The Intelligent Parking Award recognises smarter approaches to the planning and management of parking. The panel were looking for examples of 'joined-up' or lateral thinking that deliver solutions to on-street and off-street problems or needs.

Judges were particularly impressed with Liftshare's Scoping Smart Mobility tool, that "enables and supports modal shift and sustainable travel choices in real time. It enables smarter journey planning which reduces congestion and improves air quality."

These awards follow a huge year for Liftshare in 2018 which saw them winning two Smarter Travel Awards, Employer of the Year for the Eastern Region at the British Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Awards, and being Highly Commended at the National Transport Awards for our ‘Contribution to Sustainable Travel’.

Add to this being finalists in the Amazon Growing Business Awards, Business Green Technology Awards, National Technology Awards and the CILT Awards for Excellence, it’s obviously been an amazing 12 months for Liftshare.


£3 million boost for innovative local air quality improvements

More than £3 million of government funding has been awarded to 28 innovative projects to improve air quality across local authorities in England.

The money, from the government's Air Quality Grant, supports schemes which help councils develop and implement measures to benefit local communities.

Proposals receiving funding include campaigns promoting greater awareness of pollution from domestic burning to encourage people to make more environmentally-friendly choices; a project to promote electric charging points for canal boats; and a collaboration with local businesses to develop low or zero-emissions freight. This year funding has also been awarded to trial new technology to test the effectiveness of low-cost sensors to better understand the air quality data they produce.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-million-boost-for-innovative-local-air-quality-improvements--4


Modeshift STARS news from the Childrens Traffic Club

The Children’s Traffic Club Early Years pack has been developed to support practitioners in nursery settings to effectively educate young children about active travel and road safety, using visual aids and AR. The scheme engages early years aged children in fun, interactive learning that instils long term positive behaviours when out and about.

We are delighted to announce that the Children’s Traffic Club (CTC) is the first early years resource to be recognised for Modeshift STARS.

By investing in CTC, nurseries are well on their way to achieving a Modeshift STARS award and can tick off the following criteria:

    • Teaching road safety skills to children
    • Sending tips and information to parents
    • Displaying information to your community on the noticeboard
    • Teaching children about the health benefits of active travel
    • Promoting public transport to parents and staff
    • Running active travel and road safety competitions

Local authorities interested in taking part in the programme should email racheal.fudge@childrenstrafficclub.com


United Nations Global Road Safety Week

1.35 million people die on the world's roads each year. Road traffic injuries are the leading killer of children and young adults aged 5-29 years. UN Global Road Safety Week will take place from the 6-12 May 2019. The theme for this year is #SpeakUp to SaveLIVES.

For more information about what you can do to support this initiative visit https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home



Nearly two thirds of UK teachers want car-free roads outside schools

Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates during school drop off and pick up times, new figures reveal.

A YouGov poll carried out for Sustrans, surveyed 840 teaching professionals across the UK about their attitudes towards air pollution and the actions they think should be taken to improve air quality outside the school gates.

More than half (59%) of those surveyed want the Government to take urgent action to improve air quality near schools. When asked what would help bring down the levels of air pollution outside schools, just over a third of respondents (34%) thought that encouraging more people to walk, scoot and cycle would help reduce toxic fumes, followed by educating the school community about the cause and effects of air pollution (28%) and school road closures (26%).

For more information visit https://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/nearly-two-thirds-uk-teachers-want-car-free-roads-outside-schools 

STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference - Agenda




Book your place today - www.modeshift.org.uk/events


Conference Agenda


- 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: Securing Effective Travel Plans and Local Authority Perspective.



12.15pm - 1.20pm - Key Note Speaker


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: 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


Book your place today - www.modeshift.org.uk/events

Travel Planning - the broad to narrow approach

Travel planning requires a broad to narrow approach for it to be delivered effectively. Gone are the days when a travel plan was created and placed on a shelf to gather dust. Now travel planning is all about the delivery of the travel plan. This uses the travel planning process to outline the steps at which a given site can integrate with its local community reducing the impact in the surrounding areas. Motivations for effective travel planning can be far reaching. The common motivations Modeshift see are reducing congestion, improving air quality, supporting road safety and active travel. If done correctly travel planning can in fact combine all of these factors and deliver a rounded plan that supports the work force, local community and local transport infrastructure. Although travel planning is a broad subject, it ultimately comes down to the movement of people, how they access a given site and the interaction with the local environment that the site resides in. If you would like to know a bit more about Travel Planning we have the STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference taking place on the 30th April. Our agenda has now been announced and if you would like to see the full agenda visit our convention page at www.modeshift.org.uk/convention



Brightkidz named in top 100 UK social enterprises

Modeshift partners Brightkidz are over the moon to have been named as one of the UK's top 100 social enterprises at an event in the City of London. Brightkidz, which was set up 15 years ago after founder Alison Holland set up a walking bus scheme at her son's school, was listed in the highly acclaimed 2019 NatWest SE100 Index – a national scheme which celebrates the growth, impact and resilience of successful UK social ventures.

Brightkidz supply a wide range of products to support active travel campaigns alongside provide useful tips for schools and school travel professionals. They enjoy working collaboratively with many Modeshift local authority members as well as other Modeshift partners such as Scootfit, Cyclepods and Pindar Creative.

Read their latest issue of Bright News http://tinyurl.com/brightnews to find out more, including their latest offer; currently £25 off Scoot and Cycle Shop Starter Packs (240 assorted items).

free2cycle – it’s time to take action

Let’s consider 3 things:

  1. Physical inactivity costs the UK 7.4 billion each year;
  2. Government's draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy sets the available funds available at just £1.38 per person; and
  3. Cycling has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health as well as our environment.

Can we afford to wait for the decision makers in Government to realise the value that active commuting will bring to the economic and personal health of our nation?

Our opinion is that we cannot. At free2cycle we are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. We make cycling beneficial for organisations and offer people a bike they can earn by riding it rather than paying for it. Organisations earn a healthy return and measurable carbon savings, we support individuals to keep riding and importantly we report back on activity levels and CO2 savings so we can all measure our impact.

Join us, together we can do more.  Get in touch on info@free2cycle.com or check out www.free2cycle.com.

£23 million government funding boost to cycling and walking nationwide

Communities are set to benefit from £23 million investment to rejuvenate cycling and walking across the UK. In the Department for Transport's latest step to drive down emissions and improve safety, Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has announced £21 million to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network.

A further £2 million will encourage more people to cycle and walk, particularly children and young people, so that greener travel choices are the norm, helping clean up our air.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/23-million-government-funding-boost-to-cycling-and-walking-nationwide?utm_source=bcb9844c-b52e-4ef6-9c18-9ebe982737b7&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=weekly


Why the UK should start closing school streets to traffic

Air pollution is linked to up to 36,000 premature deaths in the UK each year and more than 2,200 schools and nurseries are near to roads with damaging levels of motor emissions.

So how do we improve road safety near schools? How do we get children fitter, healthier and happier through being active? How do we increase the numbers of children walking, scooting and cycling to school? How do we stop children dying from invisible polluted air?

Rachel White is a senior policy and political advisor at Sustrans. Her article answers these questions. Visit https://www.citymetric.com/transport/here-s-why-uk-should-start-closing-school-streets-traffic-4535 to find out more.



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