The Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards 2018

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Stop prioritising the car to tackle childhood obesity

An article published by the British Medical Journal states that the dominance of the “windscreen perspective” whereby governments and planners view the world from quite literally the driving seat, has allowed car travel to become the “default choice.” 

Parents don’t realise when their children are obese

Parents are being urged to walk their children to school after the Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England (published by NHS Digital on 4 April) revealed that one in five children in Year 6 and 1 in 10 children in Reception are classified as obese. 

Brake Kids Walk

On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children across the country will put their best feet forward to take part in Brake’s Kids Walk. The walk, co-ordinated by Brake, the road safety charity and sponsored by Coop Insurance, promotes road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking whilst getting the children to raise awareness of important road safety messages in their community:

New Partner Peddle My Wheels tell us about their services

Peddle My Wheels is a business that aims to encourage cycling by making bikes affordable for everyone.

In 2014 we started our pop-up bike markets, giving the public the opportunity to buy and sell used bikes. These public, second-hand bike markets have become our flag-ship event.  We now run school markets that are a great opportunity for parents to clear out their outgrown and unwanted bicycles.  This creates an affordable bike stock for their community

Agenda announced for Hackney Cycling Conference

Hackney Council, Steer Davies Gleave and the Hackney Cycling Campaign are pleased to announce the agenda for the 7th annual Hackney Cycling Conference, on 17th May. A full programme will be ready shortly but we thought you'd be as excited as we are about the emerging line-up.

Speakers will include: 

Andreas Røhl - Associate, Gehl Architects
Andreas has worked at both national and city levels - including 7 years as director of the Bicycle Programme at the City of Copenhagen - creating efficient urban transport systems, with a consistent focus on transport as a means to creating liveable cities. His experience includes acting as a consultant for the cities of Vancouver, Berlin and Vienna which provide unique insights into delivering on high profile political agendas, as well as promoting cycling in urban areas via both hard and soft infrastructure. 

Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, GLA and TfL
Will will talk about London’s cycling plans in light of the recent publication of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. This is the first time he will speak at a major cycling conference since its publication.

Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning and Research,Transport for Greater Manchester Manchester is about to launch their Cycling and Walking Strategy. Nicola will talk about planning for a step-change in cycling in Manchester how growth of cycling fits in with Manchester’s wider transport strategy.

Gold Award for Wigan Council

Wigan Council is one of twenty businesses that have been celebrated for inspiring thousands of people across Greater Manchester to opt for more sustainable journeys to work.

We Want Your News

We are always looking for good news stories and best practise to share with members.  If you are running a successful initiative please let us know and we may be able to feature it in the newsletter.  Please email 

Age-related decline and cycling: New evidence

While aging is a fact of life, the pace of the aging process appears to be compounded by modern sedentary lifestyles. By contrast, high levels of cycling, which often include bouts of vigorous activity, results in little age-related muscle decline. Moreover, immune system decline with age is lessened by this type of physical activity.

The Big Pedal

Sustrans Big Pedal 2018, which runs from Monday 23 April to Friday 4 May, will see pupils, parents and teachers across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school.

Apply for the Transforming Cities Fund

The Transforming Cities Fund aims to improve productivity and spread prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport in some of the largest English city regions. City regions across England are being invited to bid for funding from the £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund to help boost local economies. For further information and to apply for the Transforming Cities Fund visit

A FIRST for Pedibal's Electric Bike

Pedibal's electric bike, the NAVIGATA’ CitE, is the first street legal electric bike with BOTH Pedal Assist & Throttle options. Pedibal is the first company in the UK to gain 'Type Approval'.

The electric bike provides effortless, stress-less convenient commuting, as well as healthy exercise for only £999 delivered.

Contact for Modeshift preferential discount and visit to find out more.

Better Air - Lessons from Lewisham

Do you care about better air? If the schools you work with are in traffic-heavy, air-polluted environments this will strike a chord as they would benefit most from air quality improvements.

But what can pupils and teachers actually do to make a difference?
Pupils and teachers from 17 schools in Lewisham took part in an Air Quality workshop recently to help understand the problem and solutions... by enjoying fun activities with serious messages.

The event was organised by Lewisham Council, and supported by Modeshift partner Brightkidz.

Find out more including practical actions that can be taken by school communities you work with too at

or contact Alison Holland, Brightkidz,

Which Initiatives Provide Value for Money

This guide includes links, tools and reports that can help you work out which interventions provide the best value for money, by calculating their ROI, comparing costs, savings and outcomes. For more information visit

Introducing HomeRun

HomeRun is an innovative digital platform that connects and empowers stakeholders impacted by school commutes with the technology they require to make a difference and improve their journeys.

HomeRun Intelligence provides better data to help reduce ineffective spending and actively identifies high impact solutions to minimise the effects of poor air quality and congestion on the most vulnerable groups.

Visit our website to find out more –

Who we are working with

Over the past year, we have been working with Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire, achieving great results, and are in the process of expanding to other Local Authorities.

We are adding value in the following areas:

  • A cost-effective air quality and public health initiative.
  • A service that empowers constituents and communities to be part of the solution.
  • Driving efficiencies across the provision of Home to School transport services.
  • Promoting efficient spending on optimal infrastructure and initiatives.
  • Informing school expansions and town planning.

Get in touch

We have been Modeshift members for over 2 years and have been delighted to find a group of like-minded people driven to improve our communities.

Please visit our website and do not hesitate to contact us –

Walking and Cycling Investment Strategy Review

The Government wants walking and cycling to be a normal part of everyday life, and the natural choices for shorter journeys - such as going to school, college or work, travelling to the station, and for simple enjoyment. As part of its aim to build a society that works for all, the Government want more people to have access to safe, attractive routes for cycling and walking by 2040.

The aim of this review is to look at how can the issues that cyclists and pedestrians face, or perceive, when using our road infrastructure be addressed and therefore support the Government's aim of increasing cycling and walking.

For more information and to get involved visit

National Planning Policy Framework Consultation

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied. It provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development can be produced.

In the new National Planning Policy Framework draft some changes have been made to how sustainable transport improvements are secured for new development.

You can find out more and get involved with the consultation by visiting

Partner Blog from Brightkidz - School Cycle & Scoot Shops, Big Pedal, Air Quality and More

Hello everyone, I’m Alison from Brightkidz. Here’s an update on how we are supporting your active travel initiatives through our products, partnerships and practical tips.

Product News - Cycle & Scoot Shop Starter Packs: Following on from the success of our Reflector Shop Starter Packs, our new Cycle & Scoot Shop Starter Packs enable pupils to start a stall selling items to brighten and inspire their rides. The pack includes 160 fun, high vis items and 10 copies of books including ‘Why Animals Can’t Ride Scooters...and you can’’. Even better news… this activity helps schools achieve STARS accreditation. Pack cost: £119, see our website for more details.

Partnership News - Sustrans Big Pedal, Lewisham Air Quality and Wheelchair Users: Talking of cycling and scooting, we’re pleased to announce we are supporting Sustrans’ Big Pedal, their annual bike or scoot-to-school competition from 23 April to 4 May. Lots of prizes to be won so make sure your schools know about it.

Brightkidz is not just ‘all things bright’. This month we will be helping to deliver an Air Quality workshop for Lewisham schools in partnership with MP Smarter Travel and London Borough of Lewisham. Look out for our blog where we’ll be sharing some of the ideas from the event.

And Brightkidz is not just for kids! We’re working with a wheelchair users to develop products and information to support this group of vulnerable road users. If anyone else is working in this area and wants to get involved please get in touch.

Practical Tips - Road Awareness For Toddlers, Bright Bags and Travel Tales: As always, we’ve been very active in sharing good ideas via our blog and enews. Recent features include the story of Laura, a mother who set up her own organisation to promote road awareness for toddlers and includes free tips for parents.

Croydon Council’s annual Brighten Your Bag competition is also featured in our blog alongside ways to use the concept with schools you work with.

For World Book Day we had a post co-written by Modeshift’s Rob Bounds on active-travel themed books and related practical ideas for the classroom.

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, remember to Sign up to Bright News to keep informed of all the help we can give you and your schools through products, partnerships and practical tips.

Thank you for reading.

Alison Holland, Projects and Partnerships, Brightkidz

Brightkidz is a social enterprise promoting active travel and road safety initiatives.

Folding Electric Bike on Cycle to Work Scheme

The 'NAVIGATA’ CitE Folding Electric Bike is only £9.99 per week on Cycle to Work Scheme. To find out more about the bike visit and for more information email

Launch of the 2018 Bikeability Awards Programme - An invitation to submit nominations

The Bikeability Trust is delighted to be launching the first ever Bikeability Awards programme for the industry. The primary aim of the Awards Programme is to reward and promote the good work that the Bikeability industry and partners are doing. Secondary aims include collecting a series of ‘case studies’ that can be used both to showcase Bikeability to external audiences, but also provide examples of best-practice for peer-to-peer learning within the industry.

Anyone may submit a nomination form, which is a very straightforward process. The Bikeability Trust encourages as many people as possible to submit a nomination(s) to ensure that the good work taking place within the industry is well represented! And please share this information about the Awards Programme with your colleagues, the organisations and individuals you work with.

All nominations will be assessed by a panel of independent, expert judges against a set of criteria for each award category. Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the National Bikeability Conference, run by TABS in London on Thursday 17th May 2018 at which the winners will be announced and presented with their awards.

To apply - download the nomination form, together with notes on how to apply and Terms & Conditions via the links below or from the website here

Bikeability Awards - Nomination guidance notes

Bikeability Awards - Nomination form

Bikeability Awards - Terms and Conditions

The 5 award categories are:

i. Instructor of the Year

ii. Scheme of the Year

iii. Local Authority /SGO Host School Partner of the Year

iv. School/School Teacher/Governor of the Year

v. Trainee of the Year (Pete Rollings Award)

The timings are:

  • Nominations accepted: Thursday 1st March – 12 noon Monday 26th March 2018
  • Nominations judged: Tuesday 3rd April - Friday 13th April 2018
  • Short list announced: Monday 16th April 2018
  • Awards Ceremony: Thursday 17th May 2018

Why Oxfordshire WOW

Oxfordshire County Council is one of the latest authorities to sign up to WOW - the year round walk to School challenge with Living Streets. They want more children to walk to school and Richard Kuziara, Health Improvement Practitioner in Oxfordshire's Public Health team told Living Streets why. You can find out why and how the scheme works by visiting

Partner Blog from Outspoken Training - Learning to Enthuse More People to Cycle

It may have been one of the coldest weeks of 2018 but that didn’t stop the latest group of enthusiastic cycle instructor trainees coming together in Cambridge for a 4-day National Standard Cycle Instructor Course.

Once again Outspoken Training have been busy guiding course participants through the mixture of theory and practical sessions designed to equip new instructors with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver positive and progressive cycle training sessions.

Key learning from the course includes:

  • Understanding of National Standard Level 1, 2 & 3 outcome-based programme
  • The Bikeability brand, materials and quality assurance structure
  • Assessing trainees, to develop ability and confidence through positive feedback
  • Using a variety of different teaching methods to maximise learning
  • Risk assessing to create challenging sessions and realistic learning environments

Layered up with hats, snoods and thermals the team braved the cold to explore their way around some of the busiest streets in Cambridge, demonstrating their cycling ability and keenness to deliver training to each other.

The group managed well with all the challenges set by the National Standard Instructor Trainers Nick Bradford and Stuart Meadows, who said:

“The group really bonded, and it was clear they were willing to support each other throughout the course. It’s fantastic to see people from different backgrounds all striving for the same goal, and the feeling of success they shared at the end of the course”

The feedback from the newly qualified NSIP’s was great and reflected their enjoyment of the course;

“I thought the course was brilliant, a great balance between theory and practice, fun and stretch. I’m now qualified but a better rider too! Chapeau Outspoken Trainers!”

“I have done many types of courses and this was the best one ever from the point of view of delivery, content, information and fun! Thank you”

“An excellent 4-day course. It covered a great deal and the sessions were stimulating and interactive. Good mix of theory and practical”

We wish them all the success in their new role as cycling instructors enthusing more people to get cycling.

Outspoken Training deliver National Standard Instructor Training throughout the East of England and East Midlands. For more information please visit:

Twitter: @outspokentrain

Brake Kids Walk

On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children across the country will put their best feet forward to take part in Brake’s Kids Walk. The walk, co-ordinated by Brake, the road safety charity and sponsored by Coop Insurance, promotes road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking whilst getting the children to raise awareness of important road safety messages in their community:

Foot paths
Cycle Paths
Safe places to cross the road
Slow traffic
Clean air

You can register to receive a free action pack full of posters, lesson plans and activities to help your schools get involved.

For more information visit or email

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 closing date for applications for this round is 31 March 2018. To find out how to apply visit

Modeshift Membership Renewal

Modeshift membership for 2018/19 only costs £399. Includes over £1000 worth of benefits:

–2 x Regional meetings (Summer & Winter)
–Unlimited users on the Modeshift website
–Online forum and knowledge bank
–National Sustainable Travel Awards
–Fully funded convention space for one person
–A free Scooterpod from Cyclepods worth £350
–Option to sign-up to Modeshift STARS and STARSfor
–Other discounts and offers from partners and supporters
You can also pay in advance for 2019/20 now for just £399. For more information email

Government Funding Boost for Cycle Safety

Cyclists in a number of cities will benefit from a £7 million government investment in projects to improve road safety, helping create more bike-friendly areas.

The funding has been announced as part of the Department for Transport’s cycle safety review, which will help ensure that our roads are as safe as possible for all who use them.

Eight cities, which the government has already been helping to lead the way in promoting cycling, will be given the chance to bid for an additional £6.5 million of funding to trial new schemes which improve safety. This will support the government’s aim of encouraging more people to cycle as part of everyday journeys.

The remaining £0.5 million will be set aside to support Cycling UK’s Big bike revival — a successful initiative which is helping to get more people cycling safely and confidently across the country.

For more information visit

‘Brighten Your Bag’ Competition - Croydon Schools Show How to Shine

A design competition aimed at helping children from Croydon schools understand how to be bright and seen is now in its third year; the winners have been announced and the feedback from schools is better than ever.

In the autumn term the London Borough of Croydon’s Road Safety team ran it’s annual ‘Brighten Your Bag’ competition in conjunction with Modeshift partners Brightkidz.

Winning pupils were recently presented with prizes of scooters, book tokens and high vis bags in special assemblies.

To learn more about the competition, see winning designs, view the assembly presentation slides, read feedback from teachers and see how the activity can be replicated with schools in your area to help them achieve STARS accreditation visit the Brightkidz blog


Lewis Campbell, Croydon Council,

Alison Holland, Brightkidz,

School’s Yorkshire Tour – Request for help

The Modeshift Award Winning School’s Yorkshire Tour will be running again this summer and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. 12 Yorkshire and the Humber local authorities will be working tougher to encourage more young people to take up cycling by promoting cycling as a fun and ‘cool’ method of transport. The ultimate aim is to increase the number of pupils cycling safely to school whilst improving the health of children and reducing congestion outside of schools.

The School’s Yorkshire Tour is a large scale cycle event for primary, secondary and SEND schools in Yorkshire. Children and young people from across the region will be taking part in a cycle relay starting on Tuesday 5th June in North Yorkshire and passing through the East Riding of Yorkshire, York, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield, Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale before ending in Leeds on Tuesday 3rd July. A baton will be passed from school to school across the local authority boundaries along a pre-planned route across Yorkshire. In addition, there will be a variety of events planned at some of the schools that are taking part in the relay and at historical locations that are on the route.

We are now putting an appeal out to all Modeshift Partners for any support that your organisation is able to offer to enhance the Schools Yorkshire Tour. We are anticipating up to 2,000 pupils taking part in this year’s event and would like to provide them with incentives e.g. bags, slap bands, stickers to reward them for their participation. If your organisation is able to help in anyway then please contact Sue Walker at Leeds City Council –

Run a Beep Beep! Day

Beep Beep! Days are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce children to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake.

You can register for your free e-pack or purchase a bumper pack for just £12.60 (per 50 children)! The pack includes colouring sheets, posters, laminated activity cards, road map and A2 activity poster, certificates, stickers, balloons and our new themed resources.

For more information visit

Test Ride Pedibal's Electric Folding Bike - Telegraph Bike Show - Excel London

Visit Pedibal at the Telegraph Bike Show on 23- 25 February 2018 at stand BS712 for a chance to find out more about their electric folding bike the ‘NAVIGATA’ CitE eBike.

You will also have the opportunity to test ride the bike. To pre book your test ride, visit

On the day you will be able to discuss Pedibal's unique investment opportunity. For more information about this visit


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