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Book Today for the 2019 Annual Modeshift Convention. 

This two day conference brings together industry professional from a range of sectors to showcase and share best practice in the delivery and promotion of sustainable travel. Modeshift will present a range of speakers from leading organisations who are at the forefront of sustainable travel promotion.

Multimillion Pound Government Funding Boost for Children’s Cycle Training

The Bikeability programme will receive 13 million extra funding after it celebrates teaching 3 million children bike safety skills.

JTA - Look the Part - News from David Richards

There are thousands upon thousands of Junior Travel Ambassadors in schools up and down the country. Spreading road safety and active travel to peers, parents and teachers is fundamental to each school community and support both TfL and Modeshift STARS. To help JTAs do their role, David Richards are here to help them look the part. We can supply to your schools JTA pin badges, high vis jackets, printed guides, pens, pencils and a range of other road safety and active travel resources. We've been doing it for years and we can guarantee excellent prices and resources delivered on time and to your spec.

Double Investment in Active Travel Say Walking and Cycling Groups

Cycling and walking groups have repeated their call for an immediate doubling of funding as the Government responds to the Transport Committee’s report on active travel.

Delivering and implementing an effective workplace/residential travel plan programme

Rotherham Road Closed so Pupils can Play and Enjoy Clean Air

Find out where to go at the Modeshift Convention with our handy event map, provided by Pindar Creative

Bullying on the School Journey

A few years ago Paul Vodden spoke at the Modeshift convention about the heart-breaking story of his son taking his own life after being bullied on the school bus.

School Run Traffic Chaos

Research by the AA shows that 56% of parents interviewed reported traffic chaos near their child's school at dropping off and picking up times. And 91% of these parents claimed there isn’t an effective school traffic management plan in place nearby.

Birmingham Car Free School Streets Scheme Goes Live

A pilot scheme which will see roads around six Birmingham schools closed to motorised traffic at the start and end of the school day launched in late September.

Government to Deliver National Bus Strategy

The Government will deliver a National Bus Strategy from March 2020, thanks to the Campaign for Better Transport.

Millions of people use buses to get to school, work and training, shops and services, and to ease loneliness. The Campaign for Better Transport say that: "a steady decline of our most used form of public transport has led to communities being cut off and an increase in car dependency. A National Bus Strategy, backed up by a long-term funding settlement, will give local authorities and bus operators the ability to plan for years to come and ensure the sustainability of critical services for communities while stemming the cuts in services and working to increase patronage."

To find our more and say what you think should be included in the National Bus Strategy visit https://bettertransport.org.uk/blog/buses/finally-a-national-bus-strategy


Voting has closed for 2019 awards

Thank you to all those who voted in the 2019 Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards. The voting has now closed and we are preparing the winner's trophies and certificates. These will be presented at the Modeshift Convention awards dinner, on 7th November, at the Athena Conference Centre in Leicester. We look forward to seeing you there.

Funding Opportunity With The Road Safety Trust

The Road Safety Trust Small Grants Programme is aimed at funding projects which will improve road safety at a local level. The Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

The maximum project length under this grant programme is 24 months. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £10,000 and the maximum is £30,000 over two years in total. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind.

The total amount currently available under this funding round is £120,000. For more information including how to apply visit https://www.roadsafetytrust.org.uk/small-grants-2019

Road closure event tackles air pollution outside the school gates.

Pupils, parents and staff at Listerdale Junior Academy have made a stand against traffic and air pollution today by arranging a ‘car free’ road closure event, the first of its kind in the Borough ahead of October’s Walk to School Month.

Working with the borough council and Modeshift STARS, the school aims to encourage families to leave the car at home and travel actively to school. The event hosted a range of activities including a park and stride walking bus from the local pub, playground games like hopscotch, free bike repairs and a range of cycling and scooter skills training.

A section of Beech Avenue just off the A631/Bawtry Road was closed outside the school from 7:30am to 4.30pm to reduce harmful air pollution from cars. Pupils and parents were able to walk, cycle and scoot to school without the danger of traffic caused by poor parent parking.

The school has been involved in promoting walking, cycling and scooting for several years. They are a Gold accredited Modeshift STARS school and have been recognised as Rotherham’s Modeshift STARS ‘School of the Year’ for the last two years running thanks to their commitment to sustainable travel and road safety.

Last year the school carried out their own air pollution monitoring and found that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels outside the school gates more than doubled in term-time compared to the summer holidays. Pollutants such as NO2 are released from car exhausts and can cause a range of breathing problems, especially for young children with asthma. Increased traffic, brought about by parents driving their children to school, is likely to be a key cause of increased nitrogen dioxide levels during term time.

Active Travel Officer for Rotherham, Dom Qaiser Sweeting said, “We are faced with school streets across the country that are dangerous, stressful and unpleasant places to be. Closing a school road to all but essential traffic and hosting a range of activities for children is a great way to demonstrate that streets can be enjoyable places for children and families to live, work, play and learn together.”

Mrs Millner, the Active Travel Champion and Events Coordinator, "We are extremely proud to be the first school in Rotherham to host a road closure event like this. I am sure that parents can see the benefits of spending time with their children walking or riding to school together.”

Integrating Road Safety and Public Health Programmes Survey

Royal Society for The Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is conducting a survey to look at the progress made since 2013 in integrating road safety and public health programmes through Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs).

Local Authorities took over control of Public Health in 2013 and were required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). In March 2014, RoSPA surveyed local authorities and found that half included road safety in their JSNAs.

This new survey will look at the progress made since the original 2014 survey

and the results will be used to inform a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment progress update report

The survey take 15-20 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential.

To access the survey visit: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=156257974033

If you have any questions about the survey email rneedham@rospa.com or call 0121 248 2149.







Car Free Day - Sunday 22nd September

Modeshift would love to hear about the events you are you planning to celebrate Car Free Day 2019?

Email info@modeshift.org.uk to be featured in our next newsletter.

Home to School Travel and Transport Consultation

The Department for Education is consulting on revised statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport for children of compulsory school age (5-16).

For more information visit https://consult.education.gov.uk/home-to-school-transport-and-admissions-team/home-to-school-travel-and-transport-statutory-guid/

Developing and Implementing School Streets Training Course

Modeshift, in partnership with Hackney Council have created the Developing and Implementing School Streets training course which will be held on 4th December 2019 in Hackney, London.. This course is designed for transport professionals who want to learn more about how to set up and deliver a School Streets project in their area. School Streets have proved to be a great tool for reducing congestion and improving air quality around schools at the time when pupils are arriving and leaving school.

This course will take you through the process of selecting schools, developing a School Street scheme, implementing the scheme and evaluating its effectiveness. Having the course taking place in Hackney affords delegates with the opportunity to experience real school streets in action with a number a of site visits taking place during this one-day course.

For full details regarding the course please visit the Modeshift Events page at www.modeshift.org.uk/events.



Voting Continues for the National Sustainable Travel Awards

A reminder that you can now vote for your favourite of 3 projects in each category of the National Sustainable Travel Awards by going to the Modeshift webiste https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

Each Member (individual in the organisation, registered as a Modeshift member) has one vote in each category. The average vote for each organisation will be calculated to give the final score for each category, giving one complete vote per organisation. Please see below for an explanation of how the voting works.


Please go to the 2019 Awards page to cast your vote https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

Bike to School Week 2019

Bike to School Week, 23rd to 27th September, is a free event designed to showcase the benefits of cycling to school across the UK.

Organised by Sustrans, Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing and health.

During the week, pupils, parents and staff are encouraged to bike to school.

For more information visit https://www.sustrans.org.uk/campaigns/bike-to-school-week-2019/



Revised road closure guidance to boost children's outdoor play

More children are set to enjoy playing outside safely away from traffic after government rules around closing roads for community events were simplified.

The process for making Play Street Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) has been a costly barrier for parents because of the requirement to advertise them.

Guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) has been updated, making it easier for residents who want to turn their quiet neighbourhood roads into occasional ‘play streets’.

The DFT advice to councils includes enabling them to make ‘special event’ orders, which mean roads can be temporarily closed to enable children’s play – and these do not need to be advertised.



Go Travel Solutions - New Modeshift Partner

Go Travel Solutions is a specialist consultancy for sustainable transport; serving employers, public bodies and travel providers.

Working in collaboration with leading transport consultants, operators and marketers, we tailor solutions to the requirements of our customers. This enables us to deliver travel solutions which provide discounts, benefits and enhances economic and social well-being through reductions in road traffic and carbon emissions.

The company engages with a range of organisations; including employers, the public sector and travel service providers; through direct relationships with car clubs, car sharing schemes, transport operators and cycle providers.

With over 30 years combined experience, we specialise in employer engagement on sustainable forms of transport using initiatives such as developing travel plans, behaviour change programmes, brokering of travel services and the creation of business travel networks.

Modeshift members can find out more, by visiting https://www.go-travel-solutions.com/what-we-do, emailing info@go-travel-solutions.com or calling 0116 216 8326.


New Active Travel Packs from Brightkidz

Brightkidz has launched their new autumn range of packs for schools to support a range of active travel and road safety initiatives. www.brightkidz.co.uk/product-category/products/packs-for-schools/

Local authority Modeshift members can request a free mini sample pack (value approx £5.00) by emailing contact details to alison@brightkidz.co.uk

The offer ends Friday 13 September 2019. Maximum of one pack per local authority.

Voting is open for the National Sustainable Travel Awards

Thank you to all Members who submitted nominations for this years National Sustainable Travel Awards. We received 62 fantastic nominations in 9 categories. As always it was very difficult for the Management Board to decide which projects to shortlist. You can now vote for your favourite of 3 projects in each category by going to the Modeshift webiste https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

Each Member (individual in the organisation, registered as a Modeshift member) has one vote in each category. The average vote for each organisation will be calculated to give the final score for each category, giving one complete vote per organisation. Please see below for an explanation of how the voting works.


Please go to the 2019 Awards page to cast your vote https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

Have a look round this year's Modeshift Convention Venue The Athena - Leicester

Last week we visited the Athena, the venue for this year's Modeshift Convention and National Sustainable Travel Awards. You can check out our 360 Sneak peak from the venue over on our Facebook page. Feel free to have a look around the venue.

Bookings for the 2019 Modeshift Convention are coming in thick and fast. Make sure you book your space at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modeshift-annual-convention-2019-tickets-68467398833

World's largest cycling database set to make cycling in the capital easier

Transport for London (TfL) has launched the Cycling Infrastructure Database, the world's largest database of cycling infrastructure which will help to make cycling in London easier and more tailored to people's needs. The database contains the details of all 240,000 pieces of cycling infrastructure in London, such as cycle parking spaces and cycle lanes.

The database has been made available to London boroughs and has also been released as open data for third-party developers. The data has already been used to upgrade TfL's own Journey Planner, meaning that people using the planner for cycle journeys can now see the nearest and most convenient place to park for every journey.

For more information visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2019/august/world-s-largest-cycling-database-set-to-make-cycling-in-the-capital-easier

Thinking outside of the box for funding opportunities – A Best Practise Project

When applying for Gold Modeshift STARS status there is a requirement for each school to identify and obtain other sources of funding aside from that available from the local authority. Below is an example of a school who have come up with an innovative way of funding cycling activities.

Chester Park Junior School, is a 2 form entry school for children aged 7-11 based in Fishponds, Bristol. The school were awarded Silver Modeshift STARS in 2018 and have been working hard towards gaining their Gold Modeshift STARS accreditation for the last 18 months. As mentioned above, one of the requirements for the Gold Award is investigating and obtaining alternative funding streams and Tracey Ellis, the Chester Park Junior School’s Active Travel Champion, had the brilliant idea of using textile recycling to fund cycle training for pupils.

Tracey contacted local business, Bristol Textiles Recycling an organised for a large clothing recycling bin to be dropped off and installed at the school. The textiles bin was set up by the entrance of the school and Tracey launched a campaign for parents, staff and local residents to donate unwanted clothes and textiles. The textiles are collected by Bristol Textiles on a monthly basis, resulting in £25-£50 per month income for the school. The funds are then used internally for cycling projects for pupils including subsidising Bikeability cycle training, booking Learn to Ride training and running a BMX club. To date the school have raised £800 through the scheme. Many pupils in the school have benefitted from cycling activities as a result of the scheme, lots of which who may not have otherwise been able to afford to take part.

Several of our other Bristol schools have also come up with ingenious funding ideas. One school trialled setting up a ‘Be Bright Shop’ selling bright and reflective clothing and accessories to pupils and parents, with profits going back into road safety and active travel initiatives. Other great fundraising ideas have included holding sponsored walks for pupils and their families, non uniform days and putting on cake sales. Schools can also apply for local funding pots either directly with their Local Authority or to local charities, or nationally with organisations such as Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund.


Future High Street Summit 2019: Focus on Footfall

After a successful debut in 2014, the Future High Street Summit is returning in 2019 to offer councils, town teams, business improvement districts (BIDs) and solution providers the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences for a more prosperous future high street. The Future High Street Summit 2019: Focus on Footfall will take place on 18th September 2019 at the Nottingham Conference Centre.

The Future High Street Summit was the brain-child of Clare Bailey, was Clare Rayner, consumer champion and a passionate high street campaigner. At a time when the media almost constantly proclaimed ‘the death of the high street’, Clare felt that there was simply too much talk and too little action.

By connecting with several individuals from town teams and industry bodies across the UK, it became clear that there were fantastic examples of towns, communities and high streets implementing projects with a significant positive impact – and often at a modest cost.

Pindar Creative will be exhibiting at the summit for the first time, to showcase recent projects promoting active and sustainable travel, and their impact on footfall. This will include wayfinding schemes and mapping projects designed to promote BIDs.

The summit promises an action-packed agenda focusing on measuring, managing and promoting footfall.

Employees of BIDs, local authorities and councils or volunteers with an organisation such as a Town Team are eligible to register for two free delegate tickets per organisation.

For further details on promoting active and sustainable travel, please get in touch on 01296 390100 or via the website.





Resources from Brightkidz

'How Will You Get to School?' is the title of the latest free active travel resource from us here at Brightkidz. We developed this guide with the support of a local school as a way of helping parents and pupils to get an active travel habit from day one for the school journey. Although it is designed for parents of new starters at primary school, it is useful for any year groups and can be downloaded free of charge from the Brightkidz website at www.brightkidz.co.uk/how-will-you-get-to-school/ (Printed copies available to purchase in bulk).

A big furry bear, a well-known comedian, a scooting head teacher... plus lots of Modeshift partners - what else have we been doing over the last year to promote active travel? Most people take a look back at the year when they get to December - as we are so focused around schools we do this every August instead. Find out which familiar Modeshift faces and partners feature in our review of 2018-19. It could be you!!!! www.brightkidz.co.uk/about-us/a-year-with-brightkidz-2018-19/

We've an exciting year ahead with a couple of police-funded projects in the pipeline and some great new Walking Bus resources coming soon (thanks to a project with Bath and North East Somerset Council).

We're also working hard on some new Brightkidz products www.brightkidz.co.uk to support active travel initiatives and our general promotional products range - www.brandmythingy.com - for which 100% of profits are ploughed back to support our campaigns and resources.

If you need a bit of help or guidance planning resources for the new school year we are here to help. Just get in touch! https://brightkidz.co.uk/about-us/contact-us/


World Car Free Day 2019

World Car Free Day is celebrated around the world annually on 22 September. The event encourages drivers to give up their cars for the day and, in some cities, organised activities take place to celebrate streets that are normally dominated by cars.

This is an opportunity for local authorities and partners to promote walking, cycling, improvements to air quality and a reduction in car use.

Please do share the activities that you are planning by emailing info@modeshift.org.uk

For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car-Free_Days



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