Celebrating Black History Month – 1st and 2nd October

Cash Boost to Get More Kids Cycling and Walking to School

Schools across England are set to benefit from new funding to get more children riding their bike or walking to school, Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (28 September 2020), as Bike to School Week gears up across the country.

Campaign Highlights Mobile Phone Obsession Danger

The London Road Safety Council has relaunched a campaign to highlight how the mobile phone obsession is putting people in danger as they use them on the move.
The Heads Up, Phones Down! campaign comprises three new social media films, showing how everyday folk can allow their phone fixation to lead them into disaster on London’s roads – whether they are walking, cycling, driving or motorcycling.
The videos follow the journeys of typical Londoners and show how being absorbed in distracting on-line conversations and internet surfing causes them to come a cropper.
The campaign was first launched in November 2019 – and proved successful, with the videos receiving more than 1.3 million views.
To find out more visit 

Celebrating Black History Month

National Sustainable Travel Awards - VOTING OPEN

Voting has opened for the 2020 National Sustainable Travel Awards.

500 Walking Bubbles Created - News from Modeshift Stars

International Walk to School Month – News from Living Streets

Modeshift Autumn Webinar Series - Sign Up Today

Central London Footways: a transport network for London’s Covid-19 recovery

In 1854, nine years before the arrival of the Underground, 400,000 people walked into the City of London every day. These walks weren’t the final leg of a journey from a mainline station, or within the centre: they were the entire commute. 

Staffordshire’s Active Travel Team Choose SALI to Promote Active Travel

Reducing air pollution around schools could halve the number of children with lung function so poor it affects their everyday lives

New analysis by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), on behalf of Global Action Plan (GAP) and the Philips Foundation, shows that if outdoor air pollution is halved, there could be up to a 20-50% reduction in the number of children with poor lung function across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The analysis also finds the reduction in air pollution seen during the country-wide lockdown lead to asthma attacks in children all but disappearing.

Given the most positive improvements to children’s lung resilience is likely to be realised if changes are enacted around the 2,000 schools in the most polluted hotspots across the country, a coalition has formed comprised of Global Action Plan, the Philips Foundation, Living Streets, Modeshift Stars and Mums for Lungs, with the support of Philips, the National Education Union, and NAHT. The group is calling for nationwide action by the Government and local authorities to improve air quality at schools, driven by a legally binding target to meet World Health Organization limits.

To support the movement, Global Action Plan and the Philips Foundation, with the endorsement of Philips, have launched “The Clean Air Schools Framework” which has been developed by the University of Manchester. The Framework is a free online tool that gives teachers, headteachers, parents and local authorities a bespoke blueprint of actions for tackling air pollution in and around the school from its database of 50 actions.

The tool is particularly important for schools in air pollution hotspots[2] across the UK and Republic of Ireland and will enable them to:

1. Reduce air pollution from their own operations, including the school run.

2. Educate the next generation to help them and their families make cleaner air choices.

3. Become a local leader on air pollution, working with local partners to improve air quality in the local area.

To mark the launch of the campaign and demonstrate the impact air pollution has on children’s lungs, the coalition is also showcasing new infra-red images of children’s sputum which show the pollutants found in the lungs of children. “Airborne” by artist Sarah Stirk is a multimedia project focusing on air pollution’s impact on the health of children in London. It utilises microscopic images of black carbon i.e. particulate matter, in children’s sputum, data maps showing pollution levels and new infrared images of children. Campaigners will use the new assets as a means of making the invisible, visible to put added pressure on local authorities across the UK and Ireland to act now.

It is imperative immediate action is taken by local authorities following Global Action Plan’s recent “Build Back Cleaner Air” report which found that air pollution can worsen underlying health conditions that make a person more vulnerable to complications if they contract COVID-19 and more vulnerable to COVID-19.

The coalition is especially urging all local authorities to use the Framework, highlighting actions taken in the London Borough of Hackney, which is one of the leading community grassroots initiative proactively tackling air pollution and pioneer of School Streets (one of the Framework’s key actions). The first four School Streets launched in the borough showed that traffic reduced by an average of 68%, the number of children cycling to school increased by 51% and vehicle emissions outside schools (NOx, PM10 and PM2.5) are down by 74% as a result of the schemes.

To find out more visit Clean Air for Schools Framework

Enhance your CV and gain valuable experience - Modeshift Management Board

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 and the national direction for sustainable travel whilst developing your own skills, experience and knowledge.

Modeshift is led by a management board of voluntary members who are transport professionals in the field of sustainable travel. Modeshift is open to practitioners from Member Local Authorities involved in the promotion and delivery of sustainable, safe and active travel for schools, businesses and communities. Positions on the board last for two years and the time has come for members to apply to join the board. There are six positions that members can apply for and they include;


    Comms officer

    London rep

    South East rep

    South West rep

    East England rep

    This is voluntary and is based on your member local authority giving you at least one day a month to carry out the duties associated with the role. All costs are covered included free spaces at our events.

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

    The deadline to apply to join the board is Friday 3th October. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the end of October before a formal announcement is made at the AGM.

Highway Code review and the ban on Pavement Parking consultations - News from Living Streets

Millions of people have recently reconnected with walking and it has been a real comfort and lifeline during lockdown.

But in too many places, our streets are not fit for purpose.

We currently have the Highway Code review and the ban on Pavement Parking consultations. These are two huge opportunities to make pavements fit for people and put walking at the heart of the green recovery.

So please watch my video, and share it with friends and family on Twitter and Facebook, so we can inspire more people from all walks of life to choose walking.

World's Biggest Bike Ride - Saturday 12 September

This is the cycling event for people who simply ride a bike.

Cycling UK is giving everyone a great reason to get out on their bikes, show support for a new era of transport and remind us all how awesome cycling is.

When we look around the globe at the effect of the pandemic, the world is experiencing the biggest bike ride in years: many people who haven’t cycled before, or for many years, are enjoying getting in the saddle.

By joining the World’s Biggest Bike Ride on Saturday 12 September, together we can get behind this exciting step change for cycling and realise the benefits for our health and for the future.

To find out more visit

Modeshift 2020 Convention and Autumn webinar series

Dear colleagues

On behalf of the Modeshift Management Board and our staff I wanted to personally write to our members and partners to update you on the 2020 convention in Leicester.

At the end of July, I contacted you all, requesting additional time to work on a programme that would replace the convention. This involved contacting our speakers and revising your member and partnership packages with us. We have now made contact with most of our partners and we will speak with you all before the end of next week.

It is unfortunate that we will be postponing the 2020 convention in Leicester and instead we are delighted to deliver to you an Autumn webinar series. Starting later this month, we will host a return to school webinar with Sustrans, Living Streets and the Bikeability trust. This will be followed by two webinars in October and a final webinar in November. These webinars will feature a number of presentations that were planned for the convention and we want to thank all our speakers for being flexible and offering to either speak this year or in 2021.Details about the webinars will go out next week.

On the afternoon of November 5th, we will deliver our AGM, our National Awards and a presentation from the DfT. Please put a hold in your diary from 3-5pm, especially if you are shortlisted for an award and look out for our award voting in the next week or two!

This Autumn we will also bring you a new members website, our National School of the Year Award event and a new STARS Business system with more to come in 2021 including a STARS Business conference.

For our partners we will write to you soon to confirm your 2021/22 fees and for our local authority members there will be a reduced fee next year to cover the convention space that you will not have been able to claim this November.

It saddens me that we won't get the opportunity to see other in Leicester, but we will next year.

Please be safe, keep up your amazing work and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon.

Ross Butcher
National Chair of Modeshift

New Be Seen and Walk to School resources - News from Room 9 Media

Room 9 Media has developed new resources to help you deliver a great programme of safer and sustainable travel.

This includes a See and Be Seen activity booklet and Walk to School Week bookmarks.

Resources can also be delivered quickly and efficiently to all schools.

To find out more visit

WOW Year Round Walk to School Challenge - News from Living Streets

WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge.

Each year, the 11 WOW badges follow a new WOW theme, all of which are designed by pupils in an annual badge design competition.

On average, WOW schools see a 30% reduction in car journeys taken to the school gate and a 23% increase in walking rates.

To find out more visit

E-Scooter training for councils

Half day introductory beginners course theory and practical push in scooting and e-scooters

This half day course is perfect for people who have never been on a scooter and are not aware of the benefits of scooting. After the training you’ll be have a wealth of information and knowledge about scooting and practical experience riding a scooter (plus e-scooter if possible) making you more confident and competent.

"The team found your session both really fun, and very honest and informative and has helped us understand scooting better. Your enthusiasm and passion for the subject was second to none, and it really shone through. The demonstration and ride were excellent- there is no better way to understand scooting than to actually do it and the discussion and insights were very interesting." Andrew Summers, Policy and Strategy Manager, TFL.

Small and large scale public training sessions

Scoot Fit can provide small and large scale training sessions in towns or city centres. The more people getting practical experience riding a scooter before trying an e-scooter will dramatically reduce a persons chance of having an accident and increase the usage of e-scooters. We can provide training from 6 people up to 100 people per session and provide all of the equipment.

Primary and secondary schools

We provide fun, exhilarating training on scooters that inspires children to start scooting to school. We combine scooting, music and dance to give children the best time of their lives.

We deliver 7 sessions in a day from Reception – Year 6 in primary schools 210 children per day.

We deliver to any year group from Year 7 – Year 13 in secondary Schools.

In primary schools it’s essential to get KS1 children scooting on 3 wheels to develop their balance and confidence to move onto 2 wheels when they’re ready to transition. If children in KS1 try and start scooting on 2 wheels they inevitably fail because they’re leg is not strong enough to balance and are put off from scooting.

In secondary schools we find girls really enjoy the scooting for low impact exercise whilst being able to chat whilst scooting making it sociable, friendly and fun activity.

We’re the only scooter provider in the UK who brings scooters, helmets and safety pads for every child in each session, no other company provides this service.

We also sell equipment to schools so they can continue scooting after our visit.

To contact James at Scoot Fit visit

Pupils encouraged to StaySafeGetActive

As pupils prepare to return to education in September, a national initiative has been launched to encourage parents and children to improve safety and air quality around schools, as well as activity levels.

Modeshift STARS, which recognises excellence in supporting sustainable travel, is inviting schools across the country to create a ‘walking bubble’ for families, placing parking and driving restrictions around a five-minute radius of the school gates, helping parents and children feel safer.

The bubbles are part of Modeshift STARS’ latest initiative, #StaySafeGetActive, which enables any registered school to create a walking zone map to support them with their re-opening while encouraging social distancing outside of the school gates.

Nick Butler, Modeshift STARS accreditation manager, said: “We want as many schools as possible to create a #StaySafeGetActive walking bubble to protect children and their families, helping them to enjoy a safer and more active journey to school.

“Everyone where possible should walk, cycle or scoot to school. Where families must travel by car, we’d like them find a safe place to park at least five minutes away from the school gates and walk for the final few metres to create a car-free zone around the school.”

The initiative has been launched on the back of research that found that only 51 per cent of primary children walk to school, compared to 70 per cent a generation ago. The Modeshift STARS team also hope it will build on the positive effect of the recent lockdown on air quality; research has found that pollutants from vehicle emissions are linked to rising levels of heart disease, as well as increasing the severity of Covid-19 infections.

Nick added: “We feel that this is the ideal time to launch the walking bubbles as, during lockdown, more people than ever were taking a daily walk, scoot or bike ride. Furthermore, with the reduction in traffic on the roads, the air quality improved dramatically with some cities seeing nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels falling by up to 60 per cent.

“In addition to the recognised benefits of active travel, fewer cars around the school gates will mean that there is plenty of space for families to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines.”

Modeshift STARS work with educational establishments across the country to develop and implement School Travel Plans, which include a range of initiatives to encourage sustainable and active travel on the journey to school.

Paralympian and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region Dame Sarah Storey has been working with schools in partnership with the STARS South Yorkshire team.

She said: “As more pupils return to the classroom we have an opportunity to transform the school run, and this fantastic new ‘walking bubble’ tool from Modeshift STARS will enable children to walk to school safely, or park and stride the last leg of their journey.

“I hope this scheme is taken up by schools across the country.”

Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, an organisation calling for nationwide action by government and local authorities to improve air quality at schools said: “Returning to school is full of anxieties for parents, and simple street improvements like walking bubbles will drastically reduce the worry over children being able to get to school safely.

“On top of this, cleaner air was one of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 lockdown. Through our collective behaviours - working from home, walking and cycling instead of driving - we saw and experienced extraordinary improvements in outdoor air quality.

"If schools across the country rollout walking bubbles now, it will enable parents and children to continue these behaviours safely, and simultaneously keeping our air clean.”

Walking bubbles are free to create for all schools in England, outside of London.

For more information and tips on how to create a walking bubble, visit

Online Road Safety for Primary Schools - News from Hertfordshire County Council

Road Safety Officers at Hertfordshire County Council explored ways of delivering their road safety programmes through live streaming on Microsoft Teams. Programmes were successfully delivered as a pilot to Early Years, Year 1 and Year 3 in June and will be delivered more widely from the autumn term.

To find out more visit

Black Cyclists' Network creates UK's first BAME cycling team

The Black Cyclists' Network has announced the formation of the first competitive cycling team in the UK for black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME) athletes.

The new team will aim to form a domestic team of 10 riders to race across the UK in 2021, formed of elite, cat 2 and cat 3 riders. Currently, the team's roster consists of nine riders.

The team is being formed by London-based cycling club The Black Cyclists' Network which was created in 2018 to tackle the stark lack of diversity and representation across the sport.

To find out more visit

Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport

Thousands of students will be supported with new dedicated school and college transport to get them to school or college in the autumn term, the Education Secretary said today.

Delivering on the national priority for all children and young people to return to full-time education in September, local transport authorities will receive more than £40 million funding for the autumn term.

This funding will help them create extra capacity and allow hundreds of thousands more students to use alternatives to public transport, while social distancing measures remain in place. We will review further arrangements in the future should it be necessary.

Students and staff who have the option to walk, cycle or use a scooter are encouraged to do so, benefitting from £2 billion of government investment to increase active travel. This will be supported by a new campaign due to be launched shortly to reduce demand on public transport at peak times and minimise overcrowding.

To find out more visit

School street closures could improve amount of walking, cycling and wheeling to school, study shows

A new report has found that school street closures can improve the number of children walking, cycling and wheeling to school without creating road safety problems.

An increase in school street closures would also not result in traffic displacement causing road safety issues in neighbouring streets, the findings show.

To find out more and download a copy of the report visit

Free School Street Design Materials - News from London Borough of Hackney

Free School Street Design Materials - Hackney Council

Hackney Council recognises that the current circumstances have meant local authorities are under extra pressure to implement School Streets at a rapid pace. Because of this, Hackney has decided to release templates of some of our key School Street design material to other local authorities, free of charge. We believe that this will relieve other councils of the time and costs associated with developing their own design materials and will allow them to focus more on the delivery of their schemes. We also see the benefits of standardizing School Streets design materials in order to increase public understanding of, and compliance with, School Streets.

We are providing editable design templates for the following key School Streets materials: School Streets Logo, Vinyl Banner, Postcard Flyers, Lamppost Wraps. We are also providing a design guidance that explains how to use the materials.

If you are interested in the School Streets Design Materials, please contact and we will send you the design materials and guidance document as a zip file.

Walk to School Week - News from Living Streets

Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.

At Living Streets, we've created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Our five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

For more information visit

Modeshift Sustainable Travel Awards closed for nominations

Many thanks to Modeshift's members and partners for their nominations for the 2020 National Sustainable Travel Awards. It is great to see there are so many exciting and innovative projects and initiatives being delivered across the country.

We received over 60 fantastic nominations in 9 categories. The Modeshift Board will shortlist these nominations over the next 3-4 weeks, then members will be invited to vote for their favourite in each category. We'll let you know when voting is open and tell you how to cast your vote.

Free walking from home resources - News from Living Sreets

We have developed lots of fantastic free walking activity resources throughout the past few months that have been really well received.

Primary schools – Each week the activity is based around a new verb, with the latest being ‘GROW’. We will be packaging up the entire collection (10 activities) into a ‘Summer holiday walking package’ so I will let you know when that’s read

Secondary schools / Colleges and UniversitiesThree resources with an overarching positive mental health theme

Transitions – Activity for Year 6’s planning their route to Secondary School

Calling all members - Consultation on the reform of the planning system in England

Do you want to have your ideas and views heard on the new consultation to reform the planning system in England?

Modeshift are looking for members to join a discussion as we plan to submit our response the proposals laid out in the new 'Planning for the future' white paper.

This consultation seeks any views on each part of a package of proposals for reform of the planning system in England to streamline and modernise the planning process, improve outcomes on design and sustainability, reform developer contributions and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

The paper can be found here -

To express your interest and work with Modeshift on a response please email -

2020 Convention update

August 3rd 2020

Dear Members

2020 Convention update

On behalf of the Modeshift Management Board, I wanted to personally write to our members and partners and outline our position and next steps in relation to the 2020 convention in Leicester.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been able to deliver our face to face services online and now we must consider how we best deliver our AGM, convention and awards programme.

I have spoken to the Athena Centre and hotels (reserved for overnight guests) and secured time to allow Modeshift to develop an alternate plan for our members and partners. The agenda we have lined up for November is quite substantial, we now need some time in the coming weeks to discuss with our speakers and formulate a new plan.

By the start of September, we will share this plan with you. At that time, we will also include information about your membership/partner fee. As you are aware, our member subscription includes a convention package and we will take that into account when planning for this year and next. For our partners, we will contact you all in the coming weeks as you have signed up to different packages with us.

So, please hold tight, we know a face to face event this year is not likely (it saddens me deeply to say that), but rather than say its cancelled and we’ll see you next year, we will instead present to you our alternate 2020 convention programme.

Please be safe, enjoy the summer holidays and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon.

Ross Butcher
National Chair of Modeshift

Weekly news digest
We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our website and hope to get the weekly news digest restored as soon as possible. If you did not recieve it this weekend, a summary can be found below. The good news is, we have procured the build of a new website that is due to go live at the start of September.

Key Walk to School Products - News from Living Sreets

You have probably noticed the improvement to air quality, the lack of traffic and road noise and how much less stressful walking has been during lockdown. As we begin to go back work and school, I am sure you will join us on our mission hang on to the good things we discovered about cleaner air and better local environments.

Looking ahead to Autumn, Living Streets want to build on the momentum make the Walk to School movement a priority for schools!

WOW, Living Street’s flagship year-round walk to school challenge, is back for 2020-21! Resources can be ordered now to be delivered in September for a mid-September start. Alternatively, WOW can be ordered for and started at the beginning of any new term.

WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It's that easy!

It's simple to run and children love talking part. Each year, the 11 WOW badges follow a new WOW theme, all of which are designed by pupils in our annual badge design competition. On average, WOW schools see a 30% REDUCTION IN CAR JOURNEYS taken to the school gate and a 23% INCREASE IN WALKING RATES.

Walk to School Week will now run w/c 5th October, in October’s International Walking Month. Resources can be ordered now to be delivered in September in time for an October start.

Our five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Little Feet is our walking challenge for early years. Resources can be ordered now and it can be used anytime but we suggest starting in October’s International Walking Month.

The set of fun and engaging activities in the walking packs cover two Early Years themes: ‘People who help us’ and ‘Minibeasts’. Each theme consists of a two-four week burst of activity and can be run back to back. Little Feet’s journey maps, stickers and educational games are designed to reward families for their walking journey and walking successes (cycling and scooting count too!) instilling healthy habits for life.

If any local authorities not yet on board are interested in offering funding for any of the above to a selection of targeted primary schools / early years settings in their area they can contact me and we can discuss how this would work. Living Streets would help with the recruitment, ongoing support and account management for all schools on board. I currently have this relationship with over 50 local authorities/ districts etc across the UK.


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