Schools of the Region are set to star at the National School Travel Awards with Modeshift STARS.

10 schools were awarded School of the Region at the Modeshift STARS Regional awards that took place throughout November. These schools are invited attend to the National School Travel Awards taking place in March 2018 in London where the National Schools of the Year will be announced. Schools from across the country were nominated for the regional awards by their local authority for demonstrating best practice in promoting sustainable travel throughout their school. Schools could be nominated in one of four categories consisting of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Partner Blog from PWLC Projects - Air Quality, Travel Planning and STARS

At the end of the last academic year we were lucky enough to be involved in Royal Greenwich’s Low Emissions Neighbourhood Project which focused on improving air quality in the Greenwich West and Peninsula wards. It used a mixture of 'smart technology' and tried-and-tested techniques to reduce transport emissions and make the area a more people-friendly neighbourhood.

Season's Greetings and Regional Meetings

This will be the last weekly digest until 12th January, so the Modeshift Management Board would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 

Evaluation results from the Modeshift 2017 Sustainable Travel Convention

Over 200 delegates attended the Modeshift 2017 Convention in Sheffield on November 9th and 10th. 61 delegates took part in our post event survey and a summary of the results have been published on our convention page -

Walking and Cycling Statistics Update

For updated statistics on walking and cycling, produced by Department for Transport visit

Partner Blog from Scootfit - Some Under 5’s scooters are simply not fit for purpose

A push scooter is now becoming a child’s first mode of transport in their early years. A large majority of children receive a scooter for their 2nd, 3rd or 4th birthday or as a Christmas present.

Win for riding with Winter Wheelers!

Riding to work can make you happier, healthier and wealthier – plus it’s better for the environment and helps reduce pollution and congestion. With Winter Wheelers, it could also win you a brand new bike and fantastic winter cycling gear: every day you log a ride in December you will go into the draw. Find out more and register in one minute at - if you would like a promo pack to spread the word to your colleagues, write to

New Think teaching resources for 3-6 year olds

This week Think launched brand new teaching resources to make it easier for teachers to include road safety within their lessons.

Gold Star for Next PLC

Next PLC were recognised nationally for their efforts to promote sustainable travel and employee well-being. On Thursday 9th November, they became the first ever company in the UK to be awarded the Gold Level STARSfor award in recognition of the work they have undertaken to reduce the number of cars accessing their Head Office in Enderby, Leicester and their Gedding Road site in Leicester. In addition, they were also presented with the Best Sustainable Travel Initiative Business Award as part of the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards.

Transport Social Research and Evaluation

For social research and evaluation reports, guidance and toolkits which help shape policy and operational delivery across the Department for Transport visit

Partner Blog from Brightkidz - Bright Rabbits, Blogging Pupils and Better Odds Than the Lottery

It was great to meet so many of you at the annual conference this month. I hope those of you who visited the Brightkidz stand enjoyed having a chat and learning about some of our products and resources – not just the bright waistcoats and accessories you know us for - but also the new walking, cycling and scooting products we’ve added to our range.

Star attractions were the active travel/road safety themed books we now offer. Copies of ‘A Rabbit’s Tale’ by Modeshift’s very own Rob Bounds were for sale… with the chance to track him down and get your copy signed if you wanted! This charming book is about Rabbit learning from the other animals how to be bright. I’ll be using my copy for a school workshop I’m doing locally for Road Safety Week with help from our new toy bunny and some of Rob’s follow up activity ideas he has let us publish on our website.

At the time of writing I am on the train returning from the North West,Yorkshire and Humber Modeshift STARS School Travel Awards in Leeds. Congratulations to St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Beverley who were crowned regional winners today. It was also a good opportunity for me to talk to teachers and pupils to hear about the many clever ideas for active travel schemes they have put into practice. We will be featuring some in our own forthcoming blogs soon with a focus on showing how the ideas can be replicated in other schools... and already have a Year 6 pupil ready to provide our first of many pupil guest blogs.

Finally, whether you are new to the school travel sector or an experienced travel planner we are sure you will find our enewsletter useful. We are now doing two different versions – one for schools and one for local authorities. Features include teaching activities, events, products, links to our blogs, offers and initiatives as well as a prize draw competition - not massive prizes but low entrant numbers mean you have a MUCH better chance of winning than doing the lottery!

Sign up for Bright News at

Partner Blog from Pedibal - Accelerate Cycle to Work Schemes – No Capital Outlay

Now company’s, organisations and LA’s will be able to accelerate Sustainable Travel Programmes as well as STARSfor initiatives with Cycle to Work Schemes with the Pedibal Programme:


Employees complete a 12 month contract with the employer for Salary Sacrifice. Employer issues purchase order to Pedibal. Ebike supplied by Pedibal. Employer repays Pedibal in arrears following employee salary sacrifice deduction.


Provision by employer of healthy commuter transport mode for employees without capital funding requirements.

For more information visit

National Sustainable Travel Award Winners 2017

Thank you to all Modeshift Members who submitted an application for the Awards and for voting for their favourite in each of the categories. The winners were announced by our Award sponsors, at the Modeshift Convention Awards Dinner, in Sheffield, on Thursday9th November.

For the full list please visit

Shortlisted nominations are available to download from the Member's Knowledge Share

The Modeshift Management Board

Road Safety Conference 7 March 2018 - ROSPRA

Can Road Safety, Public Health and Air Quality Priorities Support Each Other?

This years conference which will be held at the Ricoh Areana, Coventry, will explore the growing debate about how effective road safety policies can be maintained and developed at the same time as policies to reduce air pollution, improve air quality, and encourage active travel to improve public health.

The conference will allow you to:

  • Hear key guidance from a range of road safety experts
  • Discuss ideas with like-minded individuals who have the same goals
  • Learn about exciting new initiatives

For more information and to book visit

Partner Blog from Outspoken Training - Creating a Sustainable Cycling to School Culture

Sustainable travel is something we care deeply about and support through the variety of cycling programmes we deliver.

As proud partners of Modeshift, we were delighted to attend our first Modeshift convention in Sheffield to hear from like-minded people about the variety of excellent initiatives helping people to choose sustainable travel.

Our Head of Instructor Development, Stuart Meadows, delivered a presentation introducing our Bikelife Schools programme, offering a detailed insight into how we have created a sustainable cycling culture within primary schools throughout the 7 local authorities in the East of England where we currently operate.

Bikelife Schools is a unique programme which equips pupils, families and school staff with the skills and enthusiasm to cycle more. We achieve this aim by working with clusters of up to 5 local primary schools and deliver a range of fun, practical cycling events and activities including:

  • Cycle try out show launch for pupils, parents/guardians and school staff
  • Balance bike training for pupils in reception
  • Learn to ride training for any children who cannot ride
  • Bike maintenance training for pupils in years 5 and 6
  • Gate duties to promote cycling to school and discuss potential barriers preventing families from cycling to school
  • School competitions to encourage cycling to school.

Check out our Bikelife Schools Video to see a project in action.

Since 2015, our Bikelife projects have engaged 11,341 pupils, parents/carers and school staff and have increased the number of pupils cycling to school by an average of 14%.

We believe the success of these projects is down to involving the whole school community in regular and exciting activities, events and training. This helps to create a love of cycling, showcasing cycling as a viable form of transport and giving individuals and families the confidence and skills to ride more often.

For more information on Bikelife Schools, please visit our website:

Speed Down Saves Lives - Road Safety Week November 2017

Speed Down Save Lives is Brakes theme for for Road Safety Week 2017 (20-26 November).

The campaign will focus on:

  • speed causes deaths and serious injuries on our roads
  • rural roads are not race tracks
  • 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built-up areas used by pedestrians and cyclists
  • going slow = stopping in time
  • speed is scary and noisy. It stops communities being enjoyable places for children and families to walk, talk and play
  • speed cameras work. They save lives.
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) is an important development that is likely to be fitted to all vehicles in the future

It's not too late to register to take part, visit and get a free electronic action pack.

If you are running a campaign during the week, let us know so that we can promote it in the newsletter. Email us at

Partner Blog from Sustrans

I’m writing this on the way to the Modeshift Convention, and looking forward to getting together with partners from across the sector and hearing about all of the excellent work going on across the country.

The focus of this year’s convention is the future of sustainable travel.

The ongoing challenges of air quality, obesity and physical activity, climate change and congestion in cities shows that the future of travel has to be sustainable, and that to be truly sustainable it needs to be active. While technology will transform how we travel and the role of cars, walking and cycling will remain the most efficient way to move people around urban areas, and one of the best ways to incorporate physical activity into busy lives. Sustrans will continue to focus on making it easier for people to walk and cycle, particularly for everyday journeys to school and work.

The future of sustainable travel also has to be based on partnership, with national and local government, charities and technology companies all working effectively together. It’s great to hear about all the excellent work going on locally throughout the UK, much of it involving Sustrans working with local partners.

A great example of this partnership working is the Big Pedal, the UK’s biggest interschool cycling and scooting competition. The Big Pedal is delivered by Sustrans, but only a success due to the commitment of local authorities, schools and partners across the UK. We’re already planning for 2018; the date is set for April 23rd to 4th May, and we want it to be the biggest ever.

To find out more about Sustrans work, and how we can work together, take a look at our website or email on

Win a Pedibal bike at the Modeshift Convention

Are you attending the Modeshift Convention 'The Future of Sustainable Travel' on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield? Stop by the Pedibal stand to enter a free raffle to win a SPRINTA - 16” Wheel- 3 in 1 – Balance to Pedal bike. For more informaiton about Pedibal visit

And if you haven't yet booked to attend the Convention, please visit for your lasts chance to book.

Partner Blog from Liftshare - Scoping Smart Mobility

Here at Liftshare we are constantly innovating to provide sustainable, useful and relevant Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to the world’s mobility problems. After nearly 20 years of doing what we do, we have reinvested to understand what encourages modal shift, and what we know is this: Behaviour change can only occur when users are made aware of the full scope of their transport options.

In other words, people need to understand all of the transport options available to them, as well as the relative costs and benefits of each for the individual, the community and the environment, if we are to encourage people into regular engagement with sustainable transport.

People need information. They need options. They need incentives. But that’s not all.

The rising profile of discussions surrounding Mobility as a Service (MaaS) highlights the critical need for information to be presented in a way that is quickly and easily accessible.

Enter… Scoping.

The scoping process takes departure and destination postcode data and arrival times and uses this data to analyse groups of commuters, i.e. groups of people with existing travel habits we need to change.

Armed with this analysis, we are able to produce a scoping report, which demonstrates the most appropriate sustainable travel solutions for these commuter groups, meaning that initiatives can be targeted according to what is likely to bring about the greatest degree of measurable change.

Not only this, but we are also able to demonstrate the financial and environmental impact a switch to sustainable and active modes of travel will have when implemented. Another added benefit of the scoping process is that we are able to identify areas of genuine transport poverty, where requirement is high and accessibility is low, and bring this to the attention of transport providers.

By using data analysis to help us make informed decisions we can concentrate our efforts in the right places to bring about real impact in modal shift.

Hear about scoping-in-action at the Modeshift 2017 Convention

We will be sharing live case studies of how local County Councils and organisations are using this tool to drive greater impact of their investment in sustainable travel. Jules Staples, Client Project Manager at Liftshare will be presenting during the ‘focus on workplaces and communities’ seminar in the South Hall between 9.15am-10.30am on Friday 10 November 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention.

Partner Blog from Cyclepods

Hello Modeshift Members!

We at Cyclepods hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful autumnal weather, I always find it the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy a leisurely bike ride ????

Cyclepods are well into our ‘show season’ at the moment and you may have met Luc and Ellie at the ‘Smarter Travel Live!’ Conference in Milton Keynes last week! As well as the upcoming Modeshift conference (which we are VERY much looking forward to!), we will also be at the EduKent show on Wednesday 8th November and are happy to be the headline sponsors of the National Cycle-Rail Awards on Thursday 23rd November at Central Hall, Westminster!

You may have heard of the National Cycle-Rail Awards before, which is an annual event run by the Rail Delivery Group. The event features a Panel Debate and Question session which this year will cover a series of issues surrounding cycle-hire and will be chaired by the Bike & Go Business Manager. The panel will be made up of industry experts and previous winners from organisations including Train Operator Company Merseyrail and Santander Cycles.

Cycle-hire is fast becoming the hot new thing for smart towns and cities, as better cycling infrastructure is created there is a real opportunity to get more people on bikes, whether they be tourists or locals who simply want a healthier, cheaper, easier and much more fun way of getting from A to B!

The Cycle-Rail Awards are a fantastic opportunity for those working in partnerships with Train Operating Companies to create seamless cycle-rail integration journeys in your local area. Many rail projects that involve cycling require the input of a Local Authority to ensure cyclists have good routes and infrastructure in and around train stations, with the main goal being the encouragement of cycle-rail journeys for both commuting and leisure purposes.

Key Note Speakers for the event include Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, and Alex Montgomery of Microsoft UK.

Places at the event are limited and delegates must RSVP in order to secure a place but this is a free to attend event and there’s even a drinks reception afterwards which is the perfect opportunity to network!

If you would be interested in attending the Awards on the 23rd November, or would like some more information, please get in touch with Ellie Blackman at Cyclepods – or 01959 546040 – or visit the Cycle-Rail Awards website here,

Modeshift Convention - last chance to book

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', please book today while you still can.

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

PE and Sports Premium doubles to £320 million - Active travel to school is included

On Tuesday (24th October 2017) the government announced that it was doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320million a year. The funding aims to improve the quality of PE and Sports Provision in schools, supporting children’s health through physical activity.

The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department for Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. The area that is key for the promotion of sustainable and active travel is that the government have outlined that the money can be used to “embed physical activity into the school day through active travel for journeys to and from school”.

For those of you that are working with schools, this is a huge opportunity for you to make them aware of the range of services that you can offer and to provide them with hints, tips and ideas for spending an allocation of their PE and Sports Premium budget on walking and cycling.

Some specific areas that they can spend the funding on include:

  • · Providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PO and sport more effectively
  • · Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • · Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending schools sports and holiday clubs
  • · Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • · Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school

Modeshift will be providing further guidance to local authorities on the types of activities they could promote to schools in the coming days but in the meantime, please visit the links below for the full details of the announcement.

Navigata’ CitE eBike update

Pedibal's new ‘Navigata’ CitE eBike is now designed with the most versatile handling, with Simple Fold – Easy Wheel system. Vist to find out more.

Are you attending the 'Big Debate'?

Would you like to send through a question to our Big Debate Panel, on November 10th at the Modeshift Convention in Sheffield?

On the panel we have

Danish Cycling Embassy - Marianne Weinreich

Sustrans - Xavier Brice

Living Streets - Joe Irvin

Campaign for Better Transport - Stephen Joseph

Greener Journeys - Claire Haigh

Send questions to by November 2nd

Modeshift Convention - It's not too late

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', places are going quickly so please book today while you still can.

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Modeshift Management Board

Awards voting closes today at 6pm

We wanted to remind you that voting closes for this year's awards today at 6pm

Vote for your favourite in each category by going to the page for the 2017 Awards

Partner Blog from Stylebrands - To buy, or not to buy British!

You’ve probably had the thought yourself while standing in the supermarket – do you buy that UK honey or go for the “blended” variation for half the price? Or, if not honey, then maybe your salad? Did it come from down the road or 2000 miles away?

Companies can have the same thoughts when it comes to purchasing their branded goods, clothing and business supplies, and we are regularly asked for products which are British-made. There are a huge number of UK-manufactured items available such as badges, water bottles, paper and plastic products and leather goods. Choosing British-manufactured has many advantages, including quick turnaround, flexibility in production should you require a bespoke item or need to change something, and quality control. The UK has much stricter regulations on the manufacturing industry and therefore products go through rigorous testing and quality control processes, which other countries may not have to carry out. This does not necessarily mean that an EU or Far East-made product is of a worse quality only that it may not have as many official certifications which focus on different product aspects. Furthermore, manufacturers committed to British-only production also invest in best practices within the industry in general, allowing for a great deal of knowledge share and home-grown innovation, and ultimately creating a stronger UK economy.

This topic is particularly relevant at the moment due to the UK’s pending EU exit – how will it affect the quality of our products, and the prices we buy them at? From the promotional industry’s perspective, the biggest change so far has not been an increased British focus but rather a closer scrutiny on pricing – although demand for UK production is rising at an average of 11% (2016), customers still wish to buy but budgets are tighter than ever and so the consumer has had to become much more financially discerning.

All that said, buying foreign manufactured items doesn’t have to mean you are purchasing a lesser product. How can you make sure you are getting the best for yourself, your budget and the environment?

Ask us to help. We can provide various options according to your needs – if you need more details on a certain product such as material, source etc we are happy to assist. It can be useful to ask about origin of goods, and if manufacture certifications & instructions can be supplied. Similarly, you may have a very specific bespoke product requirement which can only be created abroad but you’re not sure where to begin – we are available to advise in this process.

If you regularly purchase the same item through the year, or perhaps in large quantities, this is a great opportunity to see if you can optimise by consolidating into fewer batches and/or receiving a better price. By bulking orders together and planning ahead we can liaise better with our factories to plan production more efficiently - you could even group your orders together with other local authorities / schools etc in order to gain better buying power, and therefore an even greater price. Panic buying doesn’t help in these cases! The number of unnecessary deliveries and shipments made due to poor planning can be greatly reduced, and thereby also minimise environmental impact through fewer shipments and the flexibility to choose a more economic, environmentally friendly freight method.

If you have any queries about these topics, or any of the services we provide in general, please do get in touch. We look forward to advising you soon!

Style Brands Team
T: 01795 890900

Partner Blog from BROXAP - Cycling for part of your commute

Commuting long distances to get to work is fast becoming the new normal. Over 3.7 million workers in the UK are now travelling for more than two hours or longer every weekday in order to get to work. This vast amount of people comes from the fact that more and more of us are choosing to live outside of the big cities such as London, or Manchester and travel in for work. Many people who choose to make the commute decide against taking their car, and decide to take the train instead. And though this is the best option for both the environment and public health, they still need to get to the station in the first place.

Many people who catch trains on a daily basis choose to drive to the train station. This can cause heavy congestion around busy commuter stations. Due to this fact, 47% of those that use their car stated that they would much prefer to take an alternative means of travel, yet their car is by far the most convenient. However, is this really true?

Most people choose to commute via train, in order to avoid heavy traffic, especially on motorways and carriageways. However, as previously stated, by driving to the train station there is still a high possibility of hitting heavy traffic around busy commuter stations. Not to mention that all day parking on train station car parks can sometimes cost more than the train fare itself.

Therefore, it is a good idea to leave the car at home and take your bicycle instead. Cycling to the train station is highly beneficial. Not only is this environmentally friendly form of transport a great way for saving money, it can also drastically reduce your commute time, especially in heavily congested areas.

Travelling to and from the station is the easy part, and many commuters state that the reason they do not cycle to railway stations, is because they are unsure of what to do with their bicycle once they get there. Though many British trains do allow bikes on board free of charge, there is only limited space for bicycles on the trains. With the limit usually being around only four bikes per train, and these spaces have to be booked with a railway company in advance. As well as that, many London trains have actually banned bikes from boarding during peak, or rush hour times. Which you may argue are the key times when you would need to board with a bicycle. Therefore in order to encourage commuters to travel to the train station via bicycle, it is essential that more bike racks and cycle hubs are installed at railway stations. And many key stations across the UK are hearing your request.

In order to encourage more commuters to travel to work via a combination of both rail and bicycle many railway stations have begun to install safe and secure cycle parking facilities. This is because many railway lines are aware that by keeping your bicycle at the station rather than attempting to board the train with it, you are much less likely to face disappointment due to lack of space on busy commuter trains. Though many people argue that leaving your bicycle at the railway station reduces your travel options when you arrive at your destination, this is not necessarily true. Many experts suggest that commuters should keep two bicycles, one at the train station near your work, and the other near your home. This will allow you to cycle both to and from both stations, thus improving your entire commuting experience. For most people, this idea is simply ludicrous as two bikes is an expensive luxury.

Two bikes, however, may not be that farfetched. When commuting to big cities such as London or Edinburgh, there are plenty of bicycle hire services which are extremely inexpensive and can cost as little as £1 for a full 24 hours. Providing your workplace has a safe and secure cycle parking facility, this option is great as it enables you to safely and sustainably commute for the entire journey to work! Without having to cycle a four hour round trip each day, which one commuter chose over the prospect of boarding a train with a bike!

For more information on cycle storage and shelters visit

Love to Ride super successful #CycleSeptember

Love to Ride would like to thank everyone who got on a bike to make this year’s Cycle September such a huge success! It’s the third national workplace cycling competition we’ve run and it was the biggest and best so far.

20,362 awesome individuals from 3,084 wonderful workplaces together cycled a staggering 2.75 million miles, clocking up 262,800 trips (including over 113,000 commutes).

Together we encouraged 1,574 new riders to experience the joys and benefits of riding a bike, starting their behaviour change journey to becoming happier, healthier and wealthier.

For more information about #CycleSeptember visit

Modeshift Convention - final spaces remaining

If you haven't yet booked for this year's Convention on the 9th and 10th November in Sheffield, 'The Future of Sustainable Travel', you have until Thursday October 26th. After this time Modeshift cannot guarantee a hotel room as part of a delegate booking and you may need to book your own accommodation.

For registered delegates - you will receive an email this weekend

The full agenda can be found on our Convention page -

You can book to attend at

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Modeshift Management Board


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