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Inquiry into boosting take-up of active travel options

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry to consider ways of increasing active travel across England.

Meet the Modeshift Team - Michael Kitchen


Meet the Modeshift Team - Nicky Batkin

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: With Modeshift it's Awards Officer. In my day job, I'm Senior School Travel Advisor at Ealing Council.

Grants to encourage more Londoners to take up cycling

TfL has launched a fourth year of 'Cycle Grants London' funding, managed by Groundwork London, which will enable up to 30 more projects to make cycling more accessible to all Londoners.

More Cyclists Make the Roads Safer

The new study "Living. Moving. Breathing. Ranking of European Cities in Sustainable Transport" shows that more cyclists and pedestrians can make cities safer. The ranking, compiled by the Wuppertal Institute and funded by Greenpeace, compared 13 metropolises in terms of public transport, road safety, air quality, mobility management, and the proportion of cyclists and pedestrians. The result: Amsterdam and Copenhagen, residents travel about a third of their trips by bicycle, and these cities have the fewest bicycle accidents.

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Nominations are Open for the National STARS School Travel Awards


We are inviting Local Authorities to nominate their Schools for the Modeshift STARS Regional Awards. The awards take place in this autumn and will recognise schools that have shown Best Practice in Sustainable Travel.  Schools can be nominated in the following categories:
  • Best Early Years/Nursery
  • Best Primary School(including infant and Junior Schools) 
  • Best Secondary
  • Best SEND
At the awards the Modeshift STARS Schools of the Region will be announced. Those schools will be invited to attend the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards to stand the chance of winning the coveted National STARS School of the Year title.

Deadlines for Nominations Close on Friday 17th August 2018

To begin preparing your nominations, please login to the STARS site and visit https://modeshiftstars.org/admin/accreditationApplicatons.php and then select the ‘National Awards Submissions’ tab where you will find further instructions on completing your nominations.

Modeshift CPD Accredited Training – “Introduction to Travel Plans”

We are looking forward to hosting our next ‘Introduction to Travel Plans” CPD Accredited Training, which will be taking place in Sheffield on the 2nd October.

Meet the Modeshift Team - Denise Adolphe

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: Active Travel and Health Manager at London Borough of Haringey

free2cycle- Motivating Sustainable Commuting

free2cycle is shaking things up and enabling sustainable, measurable carbon reduction for individuals, organisations and government by motivating active commuting. With only around a 4% using a bike on a regular basis we have a long way to go to emulate the likes of Holland or cities like Cambridge.

We are at a tipping point, the challenges of inactivity and the problems it causes and the critical need to value and improve our environment weigh one side of the scale. On the solution side of the scale we have: Technology which allows us to measure the environmental benefit of each commute mile and e-bikes with opens up cycling to a much wider market; Removal of barriers to entry, with free2cycle there is no upfront cost to organisations who only fund measurable results and earn a healthy return and measurable environmental savings while individuals earn a bike of their choice by riding it rather than paying for it.

I believe we have a responsibility to take advantage of every opportunity to address wellbeing and sustainability. The good news is that awareness has never been greater. We do however need more people to step up to the plate, do the right thing, now! We can’t afford an increasing number of people and families being exposed to ill health, depression or early death simply because we are not motivating people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of our environment.

To find out more about free2cycle hop over to https://www.free2cycle.com/

Augmented reality brings ‘a bit of magic’ to pre-school road safety education

The new generation of The Children’s Traffic Club (CTC) has been launched by Zinc Communicate, a multi-sensory augmented reality (AR) road safety and active travel education programme for under- fives. The CTC Let’s Go Resource Pack helps parent/carers and their children understand safe, sustainable and active travel choices whilst having fun as they learn to travel out and about. The resource comes to life when used with the App and with a mobile device camera, images come to life with 3D scenes and characters.

The Children’s Traffic Club (CTC) has evolved over time, embracing developments in education and technology, using AR and mobile technology to help enrich children’s understanding of safer and active travel. The new ‘Let’s Go’ resource pack aims to make road safety education magical whilst reinforcing lifesaving messages and encouraging good behaviour on the road.

The pack includes the Lets’ Go Activity & Learning Book featuring six themed sections and accompanying flashcards that can be used with or without the free app.

It includes ideas and suggestions for ‘grown-ups’ on how the learning can be extended and fun activities to practice, repeat and reinforce good habits and not forgetting new stickers to reward the children.

The Club features the original six child characters, updated to represent the main ethnic groups in the UK, and reflecting a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The popular balloon characters also reinforce their learning to maximise the retention of these messages.

Zinc Communicate is looking to collaborate with partners and sponsors for the Club in all areas across the UK. To find out more contact Sandie - 07725 964412 or Racheal - 07584 238744]or visit http://www.childrenstrafficclub.com/

HomeRun reduces car usage by 15% during the school commute.

HomeRun is an innovative app that connects and empowers school communities with the technology they require to make a difference and improve their journeys.

We have recently completed a successful one year trial with a number of schools across Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire. The benefits observed have resulted in both local authorities deciding to offer HomeRun across all of their schools.

Please visiting the following page to see how we reduced car usage on the school commute: www.homerun-app.com/modeshift-benefits

Want to find out more about HomeRun?

Please contact us by emailing info@homerun-app.com

Meet the Modeshift Team - Jen Holden

Name: Jen Holden

Job title: Policy Officer at Transport for Greater Manchester

Modeshift Board Responsibility: North West Rep

How long have you been with Modeshift? 3 years

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? Walking – you see so much more than you do travelling by other modes and it’s the most accessible form of transport. In Manchester at the moment we have over 100 giant bee sculptures dotted around as part of the ‘Bee In The City’ project. It’s such a fun and colourful trail and each bee is designed by a different local artist – it’s a really great way to get people walking across the citywww.beeinthecitymcr.co.uk

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I love baking and have probably made myself quite popular with my colleagues as I regularly bring in goodies from different recipes I have tried out!

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Probably setting up and delivering a travel support scheme for apprentices in my previous role at TfGM. There were lots of hurdles to overcome but it’s great to now see people benefitting from the offer.

What do you do for fun? I’m a big football fan so you’ll find me most weekends cheering on my local team, Oldham Athletic. Although I’m not sure that could actually be classed as fun!

Community parklets coming to residential streets in Hackney

People in Hackney are being encouraged to come up with their own ideas and host brand new mini-parks as part of a new Council trial to reclaim the borough’s roads from cars.

The mini-parks - known as parklets - will replace individual parking bays on streets and transform the spaces for community use.

Applications for the trial open this Wednesday 25 July with a roadshow on Broadway Market showcasing two parklets, one of which will be set up by People's Parking Bay campaigner, Brenda Puech, where people will be able to get a flavour of the scheme and get inspired to host their own.

Residents’ ideas for parklets could include planters, benches, games, notice boards or anything else they can think of, with successful applicants able to access grants of up to £150 to help with the cost of setting them up.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “We’re delighted to deliver on our commitment to residents to launch a residential parklets scheme. This is in line with the ambition in our Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan to make sure that by 2025, Hackney has the most liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods and streets in London.

“Only 35% of households in Hackney own a car. Our parklets scheme will help reclaim our streets from the car and open up spaces to the whole community. By encouraging local people to join forces and host their own parklets, they will not only be able to make their street a better place, but work with their neighbours in the process. I can’t wait to see the ideas we get, and look forward to visiting the finished parklets.”

The trial scheme will support 15 parklets, which will be in place from one to six months. The most successful parklets may then be able to apply to become permanent.

Residents can find out more and apply to host a parklet at www.hackney.gov.uk/parklets.

Applications close on 26 August 2018.

The Broadway Market parklets roadshow will be open at 10am-6.30pm on Wednesday 25 July.

For more information, contact press@hackney.gov.uk.

Augmented reality brings ‘a bit of magic’ to pre-school road safety education

The new generation of The Children’s Traffic Club (CTC) has been launched by Zinc Communicate, a multi-sensory augmented reality (AR) road safety and active travel education programme for under- fives. The CTC Let’s Go Resource Pack helps parent/carers and their children understand safe, sustainable and active travel choices whilst having fun as they learn to travel out and about. The resource comes to life when used with the App and with a mobile device camera, images come to life with 3D scenes and characters.

The Children’s Traffic Club (CTC) has evolved over time, embracing developments in education and technology, using AR and mobile technology to help enrich children’s understanding of safer and active travel. The new ‘Let’s Go’ resource pack aims to make road safety education magical whilst reinforcing lifesaving messages and encouraging good behaviour on the road.

The pack includes the Lets’ Go Activity & Learning Book featuring six themed sections and accompanying flashcards that can be used with or without the free app.

It includes ideas and suggestions for ‘grown-ups’ on how the learning can be extended and fun activities to practice, repeat and reinforce good habits and not forgetting new stickers to reward the children.

The Club features the original six child characters, updated to represent the main ethnic groups in the UK, and reflecting a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The popular balloon characters also reinforce their learning to maximise the retention of these messages.

Zinc Communicate are looking to collaborate with partners and sponsors for the Club in all areas across the UK. If you are interested to learn more please visit our website www.childrenstrafficclub.com

Meet the Modeshift Team - Kat Harrison

Modeshift BoardJob title: Senior Transport Planner, Sheffield City Council

Modeshift Board Responsibility: Regional Adviser for the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber

How long have you been with Modeshift? Since 2016.

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why?Cycling – its fun, fast and efficient.

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I actually live in the mountains of Snowdonia – ssshhhh!!!

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Setting up and running the South Yorkshire 10 day Active Travel challenge, it’s increasingly popular with schools in the area, in June we had a 100 schools register, reaching over 30,000 children with over half of those children successfully completing the challenge. Budgets have been cut year on year and other funding sources increasingly difficult to find so it’s amazing to see the scheme become ever popular and inspire new schools to get active on the journey to school.

What do you do for fun? Disappear off in the campervan with my partner and the dog to climb, cycle, walk and relax in beautiful places.

Leicestershire County Council: 'Make your own map' portal

In 2017 Leicester and Leicestershire were successful in securing a £3.2milllion Sustainable Travel Access Fund joint award to support a three-year programme of sustainable transport schemes. The funding enables the City and County to extend and deliver more sustainable transport projects under the 'Choose How You Move' branding and focusses on the west of the city and neighbouring areas of the county.

'Choose How You Move' aims to improve access to jobs, training and education, and as part of the on-going project, Leicestershire County Council asked Pindar Creative to create a portal that would enable schools and workplaces to produce their own leaflets featuring a site-specific map.

For more information visit https://www.pindarcreative.co.uk/news/20180716-leicestershires-make-your-own-map-portal.html

Cyclepods Supporting British Industry

Cyclepods use UK manufacturers to support British Industry and also for environmentally friendly aspects such as reduction in shipping needs. We are committed to making the world a better place, both through supporting healthy lifestyles and sustainable travel choices. Our ‘Pod’ range are all made from recycled, and where possible recyclable, plastic (or medium density polyethylene (MDPE) to use it’s proper name!).

A few weeks ago we visited one of our manufacturers based in Cornwall, Revolutions Mouldings, and had the great opportunity of meeting with Sheryll Murray MP (South East Cornwall) and Cllr Nick Craker. We were given a tour of the factory and shown how our products were manufactured using a rotational moulding process.

It is of great importance to us is that the way in which our products are manufactured is as sustainably as possible, which is why we are delighted that Revolution Mouldings now use 100% renewable electricity!

“We’re delighted to be supplying renewable electricity to Revolution Mouldings and to provide a certificate to that effect. At Haven Power, we believe that renewable energy is good for the world and good for business. It’s great to see that UK companies of all sizes share this sentiment, and that firms like Revolution Mouldings are striving to achieve their sustainability goals as well as their commercial ambitions.”

Paul Sheffield, Chief Operating Officer at Haven Power

Revolution Mouldings have been manufacturers of 4 of our most popular MDPE products for over 9 years; the Cyclepod, Spacepod, Minipod and Streetpod.

Most of you will know our Minipods by now; designed for schools, we have installed Minipods in around 2,700 schools across the UK. During Sheryll Murray’s visit, we showed her one of our ‘Streetpods’. A bestselling product for Cyclepods which Revolution Mouldings have manufactured over 4,000 of for installation across the UK! The Streetpod is one of our most popular products and the most secure freestanding cycle stand on the market, it has been tested to Sold Secure Silver standard and is endorsed by the Police.

“I was delighted to visit Revolution Mouldings in Kelly Bray near Callington. I was shown how this superb local enterprise manufacture various plastic moulding products, for clients all over the UK. The company were manufacturing bicycle storage units when I visited for a business called Cyclepods. This growing local business is a real success story in my constituency which employs local people, utilises recycled plastics and is powered by renewable energy sources”

Sheryll Murray MP (South East Cornwall)

“I was really impressed to see this manufacturing business at work, producing high quality, plastic moulded products, in Cornwall. The whole manufacturing process, from start to finish, was a real eye opener to me. Cornwall is a great place to do business and it is really positive to see high quality manufacturing in action.”

Cllr Nick Craker, Cornwall Councillor

We are currently running a promotion on all our MDPE products with savings of up to 35% on the ‘Pod’ range! Contact us for more information on the promotion – info@cyclepods.co.uk or call 0845 094 0490.

Modeshift STARS - a year of milestones!

Modeshift STARS has had over half a million hands up survey responses this 2017-18 school year! Now that we draw to the end academic year the STARS team are reflecting on what has been a busy and exciting year. Here are some more STARS headlines for the 2017-18 Academic year:

  • This school year has seen the most attended Modeshift STARS Regional awards to date.
  • The National School Travel Awards took place in in the Houses of Parliament for the second time. At the awards the National STARS Schools of the year were announced for Early Years/Nursery, Primary School, Secondary School and SEND. Remember to check out our Facebook Video! https://www.facebook.com/ModeshiftSTARS

  • Modeshift STARS reached over 3,000 schools signed up to the scheme.

  • Over 1,000 schools have achieved STARS Accreditation since the scheme’s inception.

  • Over 500,000 hands up survey responses have been logged in Modeshift STARS this academic year.

Modeshift would like to thank all the Modeshift STARS Schools, Local Authorities and Supporters. Please celebrate with us on social media Twitter - @ModeshiftSTARS and you can find us on Facebook.

If you would like to know more about Modeshift STARS. Modeshift STARS is the National* School Travel Awards recognising best practice in sustainable school travel. Modeshift STARS is the online platform that allows schools and local authorities to develop a school travel plan, gain accreditation and be nominated for regional and national awards. Modeshift STARS is supported by the Department for Transport and for more information visit http://www.modeshiftstars.org.uk/

*please note Modeshift STARS operates throughout England and excludes London where TFL STARS is in operation.

Hackney School Streets on the BBC

Hackney School Streets are featured on BBC Radio Wales. “Many schools in Scotland and England are clamping down on the school run because of safety fears. Would live be better if we banned parents from driving their kids to school?” The radio coverage starts at 1 hour 39 minutes into the programme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bb85kh

National Sustainable Travel Awards DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thank you to those members who have submited their nominations for this year's Modeshift Awards.

For those that haven't you will be pleased to know the deadline has been extended to FRIDAY 27th JULY 2018

Share and shout about your projects, initiatives and campaigns by submitting a nomination in one of 10 categories:

  • Excellence in Walking -
  • Excellence in Cycling - sponsored by Cyclepods
  • Best Partnership - sponsored by PWLC Projects
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual - sponsored by Living Streets
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Team award - sponsored by Broxap Ltd
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation - sponsored by Scootfit
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Brightkidz
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - sponsored by David Richards (printers and distributors) Ltd
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by Love to Ride
  • Best Project under £1000 - sponsored by Style Brands Marketing Ltd

http://modeshift.org.uk/2018-awards

Apply Now for Your Free Brightkidz School Flyers

Despite the heat we're thinking ahead to help you get ready for the autumn term. Local authorities can now request free 'active travel to school' info/resource leaflets from Modeshift partner Brightkidz.

Please send all requests to Brightkidz by 31 July. The leaflets will be sent to you in time for your September mail-outs to your schools.

For more information and to order your free leaflets (including a discount voucher for each school) visit https://brightkidz.co.uk/school-flyer-requests-local-authorities

Have a great summer everyone.

Alison, Projects and Partnerships, Brightkidz

Meet the Modeshift Team - Heather Bolton

Modeshift BoardJob title: Transport Planner, Telford & Wrekin Council

Modeshift Board Responsibility: Treasurer

How long have you been with Modeshift? Since 2005!

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? Walking. It’s part of everyday life and a great way to get to know the area you live and work in. It also links to other forms of transport such as the bus and train.

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I’ve been to the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. There are 15 islands in total and we stayed on Rarotonga, the largest island which has a population of around 13,000. It has one round the island road which is 20 miles long.

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Although some time ago now, it was getting all Telford & Wrekin schools to adopt and implement a school travel plan under the DFT and DFE Travelling to School Initiative.

What do you do for fun? Completing art trails in different towns and cities is a favourite family activity! Over the years we have found dragons, Snowdog, owls, bears, wolves, ducks and Shaun the Sheep. This summer we plan to find giraffes in Worcester, robins in Nottingham, bees in Manchester, and Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw in Bristol. They are great fun!

Modeshift Convention and AGM

We will be returning to Sheffield City Hall, on 1st and 2nd November 2018 for the Modeshift Annual Convention. We have an action packed agenda full of insight designed to share best practice in removing the barriers to sustainable travel.

For full details regarding booking your place at the Modeshift Convention 2018 visit our Events page at https://www.modeshift.org.uk/events

Meet the Modeshift Team - Sarah Grattage

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: School Travel Adviser, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Modeshift Board Responsibility: Vice-Chair - Schools

How long have you been with Modeshift? Two and a half years.

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? Walking – it is the most accessible form of transport. You need very little training and no expensive equipment. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point during their day/week but not many people see themselves as ‘walkers’.

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? In a previous life I used to train volunteers in conservation activities, so I am more than capable of building a dry stone wall and I have a chainsaw licence!

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? A couple of years ago I worked with Living Streets on a very successful Car Free Day campaign, spanning a week of intensive interventions. This resulted in a number of STARS accreditations and prompted our trial of Park & Stride locations in partnership with Parking. Parents will be able to park on council owned facilities as long as they have a permit from the school.

What do you do for fun? I am a bit of a thrill seeker and love nothing more than a good rollercoaster (as long as it doesn’t spin!). My children share this passion and we are often found on Smiler as Alton Towers! I also do Kick boxing once a week to keep fit.

Road Safety Week - 19th to 25th November

This is a chance to engage children, staff, parents and the wider community, launch campaigns, and work towards safer streets – using FREE resources from Brake.

To get your free online action pack, including assembly and workshop slides, activity sheets and digital content. visit http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/educators

Sun shines on Hackney Bike Around the Borough

A sea of smiling faces and gleaming bikes greeted onlookers on 28 June as hundreds of children cycled around Hackney for Bike Around the Borough 2018.

1073 children and adults from 42 schools took to the borough’s streets by bike as temperatures soared to nearly 30 degrees for the eighth-annual fun-filled celebration of cycling.

The children, who were cycling together in a ‘bike bus’ - where a group of cyclists ride together along a set route, picking up people as they go - started from Hackney Downs, and then made their way to Clissold Park via Clapton, before heading down to London Fields and past Hackney Town Hall back to Hackney Downs.

For more information about this event visit http://news.hackney.gov.uk/sun-shines-on-bike-around-the-borough/

Little Feet - Living Streets Walking Challenge

This month a brand new walking challenge aimed at children aged 2-5 has been launched by charity for everyday walking, Living Streets.


A huge 9 in 10 children aged 2-4 years old do not meet recommended daily activity levels and Living Streets wants to put an end to this through Little Feet, a walking challenge for early years.

Little Feet aims to get little ones active through fun and engaging activities. The resource features games to complete with parents or carers on their walk to or from the early years setting; linking learning to the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Ofsted descriptors. The initiative will provide an enjoyable and educational way for children to learn all about the importance of walking, at the same time as forming a healthy habit that will stay with them onto primary school.

Want to know more about Little Feet?

If you would like to sign up please contact Living Streets at: orders@livingstreets.org.ukor to find out more visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/early

Solutions for the School Run

Inconsiderate parking outside schools is a reoccurring problem that seems to have no solution. It seems whatever we try and do, the problem goes a way for a while before returning to haunt us again. Many drivers will say they are ‘only there for a moment, what harm are they doing’. Others simply seem unaware of how their behaviour affects young children.

To address this York has developed an animated film about 2 minutes long, as well as 3 shorter animations of about 30 seconds using parody to highlight the effect inconsiderate driver behaviour around school has on children from their point of view.

The humour appeals to children and adults alike, whilst giving a serious message. All four animations can be found at https://www.itravelyork.info/journey-planning/going-to-school/journey-to-school-animation (scroll down to find the ‘shorts’ or on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh-0Xl2BPtQ&list=PLD5rZwwsKea03MkS6G2qzxFDad4wRCxdP

The resource was funded through the Access Fund and now that it has just been launched York would like to share it with colleagues in other local authorities. When shown at the regional meeting in Leeds, feedback was very positive with several colleagues asking to use it when the product was finally ready. Well here it is ready to use. York hope colleagues find it a useful addition to their resources for schools.


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