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.


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