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Early Bird Discount for Modeshift Convention 2017

Get a discount on the 2017 annual Modeshift Convention if you book by the end of August 2017.

Cycle to Work Day - 13th September 2017

Cycle to Work Day encourages adults across the UK to get on their bike and give cycle commuting a go for one day. Why – because cycling to work is brilliant! It’s an easy way to boost your health and fitness, improve your wellbeing and show some love to the environment.

Partner Blog - Cambridge Schools Get Cycling Boost

Five schools in Cambridge have enjoyed a 5-week period of concentrated cycling activities as part of the Bikeability Plus project. Funding secured from the Department for Transport by Cambridgeshire County Council gave Outspoken Training the opportunity to deliver a mixture of activities designed to excite, enthuse, and encourage pupils to cycle to school more often.

Partner Blog - Better Ways to Travel - How Social Enterprises are Promoting Safe, Active, Sustainable Journeys

Beep beep! Another traffic jam - you're going to be late for your meeting!

Saltford Primary School celebrates Active Travel Award

A Bath and North East Somerset primary school has become the first in the area to achieve a Modeshift STARS Silver Award.

National Sustainable Travel Awards - nominations closed

Thank you to all Members who submitted a nomination for this year's National Sustainable Travel Awards.  There are some amazing projects and initiatives being organised up and down the country.

Air Quality Action Plan

How does the Government intend to reduce roadside Nitrogen Dioxide levels so they meet the legal requirements?  Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-quality-plan-for-nitrogen-dioxide-no2-in-uk-2017 to find out more.

Broxap Bring you their Benefits of Cycling to School

With children spending more time behind screens than outside, cycling can be a healthy and fun way of encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors. Encouraging children to cycle or even scoot from a young age will equip children with a skill for life. It’s a good starting point to get children out and about and on their bike.

Pedibal Announce - Cycle to Work Scheme

Pedibal now operate the government CYCLE to WORK SCHEME allowing Local Authorities the opportunity to offer staff members and companies a LOW-COST sustainable transport solution with all the advantages and benefits of the scheme.

National Travel Survey 2016

Statistics on the 2016 National Travel Survey are now available. The results cover personal travel within Great Britain by English residents.

Practical Applications of Intelligent Mobility for Sustainable Towns and Cities

Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017 is an innovative, interactive and inspirational event put together for intelligent mobility and smart city experts by intelligent mobility and smart city experts.

The event is being held at MKArena, Milton Keynes, 19-20 October 2017

Speakers include

• David Bragden, Chief Executive, NYC Transit Centre
• Jonna Pollanen, Collaboration Manager, MaaS Global
• Philippe Crist, Project Manager, International Transport Forum at OECD
• Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
• Ian Meikle, Director of Infrastructure, Innovate UK
• Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, DfT
• Paul Campion, CEO, Transport Systems Catapult
• Geoff Snelson, Strategy Director, Milton Keynes Council

We are pleased to announce a 25% discount for Modeshift members to attend Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017.

Simply use promocode STL17MSHIFT when ordering here

Number of children getting enough physical activity drops by 40%

Change4Life together with Disney and Sport England launches '10 Minute Shake Up' campaign to help get children more active.

www.gov.uk/government/news/number-of-children-getting-enough-physical-activity-drops-by-40

Education and the transport sector - independent report

Report reviewing opportunities for transport and the further and higher education sectors to work together more effectively.

Further Education report:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-and-the-transport-sector

Higher Education report:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-and-the-transport-sector

Report findings 'strengthen the case for investment in cycling': Sustrans

A new report has found that the Government’s Cycling City and Towns programme, which ran between 2008-2011, resulted in increased levels of cycling in all 12 participating cities and towns.

http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5889.html

student takes care home residents cycling

Over half a million older people leave their house once a week or less, leaving many feeling lonely and isolated. Fraser, a 20-year-old medical student, has taken matters into his own hands and spends his spare time giving rickshaw rides to elderly residents of a care home.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/63c3faf8-bb2a-4b8d-a072-a3b5cace5597

latest travel information news from Pindar Creative

Read all about the mapping tools available from Pindar Creative for cycling, walking and public transport.

https://www.pindarcreative.co.uk/emails/Newsletter201707/default.html

Read the latest news from Greener Journeys

The latest edition of 'Bus Stop' the quarterly newsletter from Greener Journeys is now available here:

http://mailchi.mp/mhpc/greener-journeys-april-newsletter?e=e8151e82da

School run to go car-free in Croydon Council pilot project

Three schools in Croydon have signed up to the six-month council scheme from September aimed at improving road safety, reducing pollution and getting people to walk more.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/school-run-to-go-car-free-in-croydon-council-pilot-project/


National Sustainable Travel Awards DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thank you to those members who have submited their nominations for this year's Modeshift Awards.

For those that haven't you will be pleased to know the deadline has been extended to FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017

Share and shout about your projects, initiatives and campaigns by submitting a nomination in one of 10 categories:

  • Excellence in Walking - sponsored by Pogu Ltd
  • Excellence in Cycling - sponsored by Cyclepods
  • Best Partnership - sponsored by David Richards (Printers and Distributors) Ltd
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual - sponsored by Living Streets
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Team award - sponsored by PWLC Projects
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation - sponsored by Pindar Creative
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Pedibal
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - sponsored by Broxap Ltd
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by Love to Ride
  • Best Project under £1000 - sponsored by BrightKidz

http://modeshift.org.uk/2017-awards

Doorstep to Desktop

Public Health Wales have published an infographic to show how professionals from diverse sectors can collectively contribute to creating environments and routes through communities which make walking or cycling to school an easier choice.

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/news/45298

Get ready for Love to Ride Cycle September

Get ready for the main #YearoftheBike event - Cycle September.

Take part in a FUN, FREE, National competition to see which workplaces can earn the most points for riding and encouraging their colleagues from 1 to 30 September.

Sign up at https://www.lovetoride.net/uk/pages/info?locale=en-GB

Transport 2020: Addressing Future Mobility Needs

What will transport look like in 2020? Read the latest paper from the Transport Research Laboratory

https://t.co/cd0bzmgswL


Drivers spend 44 hours annually on average looking for parking space

The findings of this study perhaps provides further evidence to suggest that travelling by bicycle, foot or public transport could be quicker, easier and cheaper than going by car...

http://inrix.com/press-releases/parking-pain-uk/

Do you need ideas for your Award nomination?

Log in to the Modeshift website and check out the Member's Area Knowledge Share for details of the previous award winners and other finalists.

They may give you ideas and inspiration for projects and initiatives you could nominate for this year's awards.

Spatial planning for health: evidence review

This review from Public Health England provides public health planners and local communities with evidence informed principles for designing healthy places.

This report provides the findings from an evidence review examining the links between health, and the built and natural environment to help inform policy and support local action.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spatial-planning-for-health-evidence-review

The art of partnership working

Lons Infant School are celebrating the acheivements of their partnership work with Derbyshire Constabulary as their artwork is chosen to appear in the "Benefits of being a Modeshift STAR" academic wall planner for 2017/18

www.derbyshire.police.uk/My-Local-Police/North-Division/Amber-Valley-LPU/Ripley-Town-Centre/News/2017/Jun-30-Ripley-SNT-Lons-school-sustainable-travel-award.aspx

To view pupils artwork see:

www.derbyshire.police.uk/My-Local-Police/North-Division/Amber-Valley-LPU/Ripley-Town-Centre/News/2017/Apr-4-Ripley-Lons-Infant-Modeshift-Art-of-STARS.aspx

Partner Blog - Cyclepods Tour de Pat

As some of you are probably aware, at Cyclepods we lost our director Pat McCarthy in August last year after he passed away unexpectedly. It was a very tough time for the company and everyone who knew Pat as he was such an influential part of our lives, both at Cyclepods and in his personal life.

At Pat’s funeral, we sat around discussing ways we could commemorate this great man and somebody (fortunately we’ve forgotten who) threw in the suggestion that we all cycle to Paris as part of a charity ride. Full of emotion and a hint of alcohol, we all decided that this was a Very Good Idea indeed and all verbally committed ourselves.

A week later, the ride was brought up again in conversation. This time with a slightly more nervous tone. The thought of it was daunting but we really wanted to make some sort of great statement in Pat’s memory, and now any other ideas seemed to pale in comparison! So it was decided, we would cycle from the Cyclepods offices in Westerham, Kent to Paris and raise money for the British Heart Foundation to support this great charity in furthering research and treatments for heart related conditions. We had less than a year to get ready for the ‘Tour de Pat’…

We all started taking it more seriously in January 2017 when we realised we had just 6 months to get fit enough to cycle 280 miles. One of us had only just started cycling, one had just suffered a cycling related accident and was out of action and the rest were somewhat ‘fairweather’ in our approach to cycling…This was going to be fun! Since then however we have all dedicated hours and hours of time to training for the ride, spending our weekends pedalling away furiously to reach longer distances and gain more elevation. We organised several team rides to get used to cycling as a group and our team started getting stronger and stronger both on the bikes and at our desks!

We left Westerham on Thursday 29th June, aiming to reach Paris on Sunday morning. The ride was split into 3 big days of riding – 75 miles to Dover, 80 miles from Calais to Arras, 93 from Arras to Senlis and then a simple (ha!) 31 mile cruise into Paris on Sunday morning.

Riding to Dover through the Kent countryside was absolutely beautiful and we had the best weather of the trip on this day to keep our spirits up. Unfortunately, most of the riding through France was a bit damper than we had hoped but that didn’t take the smiles off our faces. We all loved every single minute of the bike ride. In fact, if you asked us to do it again tomorrow, we’d already be on our bikes!

You can find pictures and a brief synopsis of each day on our company Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCyclepods/ - there’s an album for each day thanks to our very snap-happy in house photographer Luc Bonnici!

The best part about the ride is the amazing amount of money we have been able to raise in Pat’s memory, at the moment we are at £3,158.77 and donations are still coming in! We are incredibly honoured to have raised so much money, we had only set our target at £1000 as we massively underestimated the support we would receive some friends, family, colleagues, clients, suppliers and others who knew Pat. It might be slightly bigheaded, but we are incredibly proud of ourselves to have completed the ride and raised such a significant amount of money.

We all want to wish a huge thank you to everyone who donated, retweeted and shared our page and helped us in this fantastic achievement.

We will be keeping the JustGiving page up for another week to raise as much as we possibly can for this great cause so if you would like to donate, please visit the official ‘Tour de Pat’ donation page here before the 14th July! - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tourdepat.

Many thanks from everyone at Cyclepods

2017 Annual Modeshift Convention

Bookings are now been taken for the 2017 annual Modeshift Convention

The topic this year is 'The Future of Sustainable Travel'

You can make your registration to attend at www.modeshift.org.uk/events?l=national

For an overview of confirmed presentations and speakers please follow the link

www.modeshift.org.uk/files/2017_annual_modeshift_convention_outline.pdf

National Sustainable Travel Awards - 2 weeks left to nominate

There are just 2 weeks left for you to submit nominations for your projects and initiatives for the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards. There are 10 award categories:

  • Excellence in Walking - sponsored by Pogu Ltd
  • Excellence in Cycling - sponsored by Cyclepods
  • Best Partnership - sponsored by David Richards (Printers and Distributors) Ltd
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual - sponsored by Living Streets
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Team award - sponsored by PWLC Projects
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation - sponsored by Pindar Creative
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Pedibal
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - sponsored by Broxap Ltd
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by Love to Ride
  • Best Project under £1000 - sponsored by BrightKidz

Nominations close on 21 July 2017 - please visit www.modeshift.org.uk/2017-awards to submit your project or initiative.

QHUBEKA 5000

From 14 to 17 July 2017, help change lives of people in South Africa with bicycles by taking part in the Qhubeka 5000.

Register to ride any distance, on any bicycle, at any time, any where over the four days and contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, supporting Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in their effort to fund 5000 bicycles so that just as many people can gain access to schools, healthcare and economic opportunity.

https://qhubeka5000.org/


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