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National Sustainable Travel Awards - 4 weeks left to submit

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 National Sustainable Travel Awards are open for your nominations, in 10 categories:

This weeks partner blog from Pindar Creative

This week we’d like to tell you about a unique project that we’ve recently completed for Go Smarter – a Sustainable Travel Mapping Portal that enables schools and businesses to ‘make their own map’.

Wigan Council Launch new staff car share scheme

Wigan Council's latest initiative to help reduce staff car parking problems is to install car share bays on Chapel Lane car park.

Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling and Walking

On Sunday 18th June to mark Bike Week and Green Transport Week, Haringey, Hackney and Islington Councils will hold their 5th tri-borough festival held in Finsbury Park (north Lonodn) to celebrate active travel  Those attending will be able to take park in a number of, cycling, walking and other family fun activities, includiing cycle races and fun bikes, led walks, bouncy castle and  face painting.

Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist

Children are at risk of dangerous levels of air pollution in cars because exposure to toxic air is often far higher inside than outside vehicles, a former government chief scientific adviser has warned.

Road Safety Week – 20-26 November 2017

Educators can now register for UK Road Safety Week 2017 (20-26 November) at http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/educators  Coordinated by charity Brake, the Week is a great opportunity to engage children of all ages with road safety by using free resources (available from September), including assembly and workshop slides, guidance sheets, activity sheets, posters and digital content such as videos and games. This year’s theme of Speed Down Save Lives aims to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast, especially around schools, homes and shops, and focus on the positives of keeping your Speed Down so kids can walk and cycle safely.

National Bike Week - 10th to 18th June 2017

National Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. .For more informaiton visit http://bikeweek.org.uk/us/

National Clean Air Day -Thursday 15th June 2017

Air Pollution affects everyone who lives, works and visits London.  The UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day on 15 June brings focus to what we can do about air pollution – to both protect our health and reduce air pollution levels. By making a simple pledge for the day, you can help to make a big change!

Modeshift STARS School of the Region dates for your diary

In November why not come along to Modeshift STARS fanstastic School of the Region events and see what your schools have done to achieve their STARS.  

Brightkidz Partner Blog

At last… summer is here! And did you know 27 June is International Sunglasses Day? What’s that got to do with promoting sustainable travel? Although the event is organised by the Vision Council and is about raising awareness of good eye care, it is also a chance for schools to have a ‘Wear Your Shades’ walk to school event.

World Environment Day 2017

Monday 5th June is World Environment Day 2017. Are you plannng any innovative events or activities to mark the day. Modeshift would like to hear from you so we can share your fantastic ideas by featuring them in our news bulletin.

Please email info@modeshift.org.uk and for more information about World Environment Day visit http://worldenvironmentday.global/

Introduction to Travel Plans - last chance to book

It’s the last chance to book the Introduction to Travel Plans which will take place in Darlington on 7th June. For more information visit http://www.modeshift.org.uk/events

The Big Broxap #Cycle2School Giveaway

At Broxap we understand that the best way to encourage cycling in the long-term is by promoting the benefits of cycling to the younger generation, so this is why we’re announcing our Cycle2School giveaway competition.

To enter:

  • Visit the competition page
  • Read our terms and conditions before you enter
  • Complete the entry form, with your name, e-mail and school name, submit and then you’re in

Once you’ve entered, get sharing your school scooting and cycling adventures on social media, but remember to include #Cycle2School on all your tweets or posts

After you’ve entered your primary school, you’ll be in with the chance of winning a Broxap Sofco Junior Cycle/Scooter Shelter, worth over £1000!

The shelter comes with enough space to securely park six cycles and three scooters - giving your pupils all the more reason to start cycling into school knowing their bike will be safe and secure all day.

Stay Safe Out there: Top 5 Tips for Cycling/Scooting to School Safely

It’s important to everyone at Broxap that pupils stay safe while cycling and scooting to school, here’s how you can:

  • Wear a Helmet - check that your helmet fits properly
  • Be Safe, Be Seen - make sure you are visible by wearing hi-vis or fluorescent clothing or bands
  • Be Careful Where You Ride - always avoid cycling in areas where common falls occur
  • Hand Signals - Signals help motorists know where you are going
  • General Rules of the Road - Follow the rules of the road, do not carry a passenger and keep both hands on the handlebars

For a more comprehensive guide to cycling/scooting safety, then download our safety PDF.

The competition closes on the 19th June 2017.

Liftshare granted funding to investigate and end rural and social isolation

Liftshare has won £25,000 worth of funding to explore initiatives to end rural and social isolation faced by people across Norfolk.

The funding has been granted by innovation company Nesta through their ShareLab Fund project – financing businesses to grow evidence and understanding of how collaborative digital platforms can deliver social impact. Liftshare will now work with local Community Transport (CT) providers throughout the county on their project ‘HappyCT’ to find ways to improve on-demand transport options for those suffering from social and rural isolation, and to aim to promote available services to potential users.

Last November, Nesta research revealed an untapped market for platforms with a social purpose - nearly 45 million British adults are not aware of how sharing economy technologies can help them access social support services, or support community causes. This inspired the company to launch the ShareLab fund. Liftshare is one of eight companies to receive funding for their project.

The HappyCT project will be headed up by Liftshare’s Head of Growth, Paul Gosnell, who is now undertaking the initial research phase. Paul said: “Community Transport is a huge industry but relatively unknown to the people it can help most - the people cut off from society due to lack of or poor transport options. Combining support, awareness, and data with technology can help connect people and CT operators which is something myself and Liftshare are passionate about doing. Using technology to solve real problems. I encourage all interested parties to get in touch with me to share their ideas and opinions!”

Helen Goulden, Executive Director, Innovation Lab at Nesta, said: “The ideas funded through ShareLab show that the collaborative economy has many practical applications beyond just finding a place to stay or getting a cab ride. We see great potential in these innovations to help alleviate some of the pressure on local governments, addressing the real needs of people, families and communities.”

Walk day Wedneday challenge launched in Scotland

The campaign focuses on long-term behaviour change and is calling on people to walk to work or school by leaving the car so they reap the health and environmental benefits.

It builds on previous walking campaigns to inspire people who are travelling less than two miles to walk. It aims to create better health and safer travel, cut carbon emissions and deliver more pleasant communities.

For more information visit https://www.transport.gov.scot/news-item/59196670145e0d314880610a

Drivers advised to keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists on North Yorkshire roads

North Yorkshire Police have launched their 'close pass' campaign, to educate drivers about the amount of room they should allow when overtaking a cyclist.

Working alongside road safety partners 95 Alive and with the support of Cycling UK, Operation Spartan, North Yorkshire Police’s campaign to protect vulnerable road users, is keen to educate drivers that they should leave at least 1.5m of space, in order to safely overtake a cyclist.

North Yorkshire Police will be the first force in the UK to use a ‘close pass mat’ which has been developed and funded by Cycling UK’s “Too close for comfort” kickstarter appeal. The mat clearly depicts the amount of room drivers should use when carrying out an overtaking manoeuvre.

For more information visit https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/drivers-advised-keep-safe-distance-overtaking-cyclists-north-yorkshire-roads/

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) workshops

The workshop provides information on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) guidance, and supporting tools, which were published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in April 2017. The workshop will also provide details of DfT-funded technical support available to Local Authorities who wish to develop local cycling and walking plans.

Locations

Monday 12th June: London, Palestra (Transport for London), 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ (3.30pm - 5.30pm)

Tuesday 13th June: Bristol, Folk House, Main Hall, 40a Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG (10am - 12pm)

Wednesday 14th June: Manchester, Rm F13, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (10am - 12pm)

The workshop is for officers from Local Authorities and will be delivered by the Department for Transport. To book a place, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cycling-walking-and-investment-strategylcwip-support-briefing-registration-34314322061

Partner Blog – Introducing Outspoken

We’re really excited to have become a new Modeshift partner this month, having been a supporter of the organisation for many years. Last year, our Bikelife programme was a Modeshift award runner-up and we thought we really ought to get more formally involved.

We’re from Cambridge and get our inspiration from here where cycling feels completely normalised and it’s not uncommon to see five people on a bike going to school - whether it’s a specialist tandem or cargo bike!

We work with over 500 schools throughout the Eastern region, encouraging children to cycle more through positive and engaging cycling activities. We’re principally a Bikeability provider but along with our sister business Outspoken Cycles, we run exciting events that generate enthusiasm for cycling as well as deliver skills training to overcome barriers.

All in, we’re a business that sees the benefits of cycling not just as an easy form of transport but as a tool to create cities that are healthier and friendlier and give families the freedom to get about in a fun and sociable way. In Cambridge we’ve even found a way of getting your Amazon deliveries to you by bike with our zero-emissions delivery service.

We look forward to working with you, hearing your experiences and sharing our stories this year in making our towns and cities more liveable!

Rob, Kieron and all of us at Outspoken

Excellent feedback for Modeshift training course

Nine delegates attended the Introduction to Travel Plans on 24th May. The feedback was excellent with all attendees saying they would recommend this course to colleagues and that the presenters were receptive to their comments and questions.

It’s not too late to book your Introduction to Travel Plans which will take place in Darlington on 7th June. For more information visit http://www.modeshift.org.uk/events

Renew your Modeshift membership

If you have not sent your purchase order for 2017/18 Modeshift membership, please send this to treasurer@modeshift.org.uk by the 31st May 2017.

The Modeshift Management Board

National Working from Home Day

Friday 19th May is National Working from Home Day. The aim of the day is to promote modern “smarter” working practices such as agile, flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home.

More people working from home also means fewer cars on the road, so less congestion and better air quality.

For more information about this please visit https://www.workwiseuk.org/workwiseweek/


National Sustainable Travel Awards open for nominations

It's that time of year again!

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 National Sustainable Travel Awards are open for your nominations, in 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

This is your opportunity to shout about your sustainable travel iniiatives and projects and share them with your Modeshift colleagues.

We are also delighted to announce that all Winners and Finalists will receive a logo to add to their letterheads and websites. These are a great way to promote your success to a wider audience.

logo logo

For further information please go to the Awards 2017 webpage.

Liftshare Partner Blog - Is this the biggest car sharing scheme in the UK?

Here at Liftshare, we work with 700+ business clients who want to encourage their staff or residents to share journeys where they can, for a variety of reasons. Some companies approach us with a lack of parking and a need to cut down on single-occupancy vehicles, and others are looking for ISO sustainability accreditation or help with corporate social responsibility. (If any of this sounds like you - get in touch!)

Between all of those business clients, a whopping 1,000,000 trips are shared monthly; 97,240,000 miles are saved annually; 35,000 tonnes of CO2 are saved annually, and £24,440,000 is saved in petrol costs every year!

The race is now on to see which company scheme can grow to save the most miles, carbon and money. We think we have a winner (click here) - but how does your company shape up in comparison?

26,000,000 miles saved is the equivalent of driving around the world 1,040 times. Which, of course, may be easier in a plush, posh car... say either, a Jaguar or a Land Rover!

Do you think your workplace can step up the challenge and take on this employee scheme to sign up more members and make a bigger carbon saving? Get in touch with our team now and let's get sharing... and saving!

Gender differences in walking practises

A review undertaken to look at gender differences in walking for leisure and transport, and to assess whether gender differences in walking practices change across the life-course, found that there are consistent gender differences in participation in walking for some purposes, including for leisure, and that there are gender differences in the impact of age on walking. For more informaiton visit https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-017-4253-4

Road Safety Trust – funding opportunity

The Road Safety Trust is welcoming funding applcations for practical projects which enhance Road Safety through education,training or enforcement or for research. Applications for innovative projects with the potential to develop new approaches are particularly sought as are projects with a strong focus on evaluation. The Road Safety Trust does not fund statutory provision or replace statutory funding. The closing date for applications for this round is 26 May 2017. To find out how to apply visit https://roadsafetytrust.org.uk/

MODESHIFT 2017 CONVENTION - FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS ENDS TODAY

Preparation for the 2017 Modeshift Convention is progressing well. We still require more papers linked to school and business travel. Do you know about apps? Have great research to share? A new idea you will be launching soon? The deadline to submit is today!

The event will be taking place at Sheffield City Hall, November 9th and 10th 2017. You will be able to register soon - please put the dates in your diary for now.

Modeshift is now in the process or forming the agenda for the two-day event. We are looking to our members and partners to share best practice projects, programmes, approaches and resources.

Modeshift are looking for between 20-25 presentations focusing on audiences linked to education, workplaces and communities (singular, all or any combination). Presentations will either need to be in a traditional format - ie around 10-20 slides or in a Pecha Kucha style (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide) see http://www.pechakucha.org/ for more info. Interactive presentations are also welcome.

Linked to the theme 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', we are looking for presentations associated with;

  • Technology
  • Communication
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • New Behaviour Changes approaches
  • Funding
  • Strategy
  • Innovation

Please email Chair@modeshift.org.uk if you wish to present, detailing in no more than 250 words what your presentation is about and the themes above it covers. For time being, papers will only be considered from Modeshift members, partners and supporters.

Closing date is Friday 5th Mayl.

Modeshift STARS National* School Travel Awards Video

The 2017 National* School Travel Awards Event took place at the Houses of Parliament last month. The Modeshift STARS Team welcomed Andrew Jones MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport to present the awards. Ladycross Infant School from Derbyshire won National STARS Primary School of the Year 2017 and The Grammar School at Leeds won the National STARS Secondary School of the Year 2017.

The National Awards video is now live on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GpKG1a30v8&t=4s

This year’s awards were judged by British Cycling, Living Streets, Bicycle Association, Greener Journeys, RoSPA, Ashden Awards and Modeshift. Seven schools of the region coming to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate best practice in school travel.

The schools were:

North East - St Augustine’s RC VA Primary, Darlington,

Yorkshire & The Humber – Boothferry Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire
Midlands – Ladycross Infant School, Derbyshire
South West – Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon
East of England – The Meads Primary School, Luton
South East – Wendover CE Junior School, Buckinghamshire
Yorkshire & The Humber – The Grammar School at Leeds, Leeds

We would like to thank not only all who attended the event but everyone involved with Modeshift STARS

*National = England (excluding London). In future years, it is hoped that the London region will also be eligible for the National STARS Awards.

Effective ways to grow the urban bus market

Experience with major bus system improvements provide findings consistent with the market response evidence – that the largest patronage growth levels are related to increases in service levels and in bus rapid transit and bus priority systems targeting improved reliability.

Improving the quality of urban public transport is one of many strategies proposed to improve mobility options for the transport disadvantaged, to address car dependence and urban congestion, environmental sustainability and global warming concerns associated with car dependence.

For more on the latest offering of Essential Evidence by Dr Adrian Davis, visit https://travelwest.info/project/ee-no-160-effective-ways-grow-urban-bus-market

Cyclepods Partner Blog Update

Hello Modeshift members and partners, and thanks for the chance to share our ‘partner’ update with you all. Having been supporters of Modeshift for 9 years it’s great to share part of our story with our friends in sustainable travel.

As some of you may already know we also do projects overseas, usually through a distributor partnership (Indeed, we have Cyclepods installed as far away as Australia, Canada and Azerbaijan). One of our new partners ‘Euroskilt’, who are based in Norway, have been so impressed by our flagship ‘pod’ range that they invited me to Oslo earlier this month to deliver some product training to their sales team.

Naturally, I jumped at the chance. Aside from spending some time with our new Norwegian friends I thought it would be a great opportunity to also check out the cycling infrastructure in Norway’s capital city and see how it compares to the UK. I should have known better! Let’s just say, I can give you a comprehensive assessment of the inside of a hotel room, conference suite and airport lobby! Somehow, I don’t think I will be writing any trip advisor reviews.

The training session was made slightly more challenging considering the ‘infamous’ Norwegian hospitality we had received the night before! Nevertheless, the session went very well and everyone seemed to ask the right questions, all of them in perfect English (which was just as well as my Norwegian is a little rusty). When I returned to the office in Kent I received an email from one of the reps to say that he has since spotted one of our ‘Streetpods’ in a futuristic PC computer game called ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ (he even sent through some screen shots to prove it which you can see on our website here - http://www.cyclepods.co.uk/deus-ex-streetpods/). Ha, well, we can now say that our Pods are not just world-wide but also in the world of virtual reality.

Our next challenge will be cycle racks on the moon!

See you all soon….

Luc & the Cyclepods team

Cyclepods to cycle to Paris for charity

In June 9 Cyclepods staff members will cycle from Westerham to Paris to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

The fundraising activity has been organised to honour Cyclepods Director Pat McCarthy who unexpectedly passed away from a heart condition in 2016.

If you would like to fnd out more and make a donation, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TourdePat


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