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Air Quality Conference North - Manchester 28th April 2020

The Northern Air Quality News Conference explores some of the issues and the possible solutions to the increasing levels of toxic air in our communities.

Regional Meetings

If you have not already done so, please do make sure you are making the most of your Modeshift membership by attending your regional meeting.

Living Streets' CEO named in the New Year Honours list

Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets, receives an OBE for his services to walking, active travel and the wider charity sector. Since joining Living Streets in 2014, Joe has successfully raised the profile of the charity and the rights of pedestrians.

Happy New Year and Regional Meetings

Happy New Year to all Members, Partners and Supporters.  We hope you all had a fantastic break.

Launch of Bus Open Data Service in early 2020 could be the start of a golden age for buses

Bus passengers across England will soon be able to plan their journeys down to the minute thanks to a pioneering project to collate and share bus location data.

Team Modeshift Seasons Greetings

As we close out 2019, it's a great time reflect on the achievements of the past 12 months, get some much-needed rest and time with loved ones, before preparing for 2020.

Go Travel Solutions at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Earhaan from Go Travel Solutions to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

TfL Awards Funding to Community Groups Encouraging People to Walk and Cycle

TfL has awarded more than £400,000 of grants to 60 community and not-for-profit groups that encourage local people to walk and cycle more.

Book your Modeshift Regional Meeting

If you haven’t already done so, please do make sure you are making the most of your Modeshift membership by attending your regional meeting.

Nominations are open for the 2020 Street Design Awards

2019 Convention Evaluation

Over 215 delegates attended the Modeshift 2019 Convention in Leicester on November 8th and 9th. 82 delegates took part in our post event survey and a summary of the results will be presented at our upcoming spring regional meetings.

This year the convention scored a very impressive 8.4 out of 10, and for a new venue, we took away some really positive comments.

Modeshift would again like to thank all the presenters, its partners and members for helping to deliver a successful convention. Planning is now underway for the 2020 convention on November 5th and 6th, again at the Athena Conference Centre in Leicester. More news on this event to follow soon.

Modeshift CPD-accredited Training

Modeshift offers five courses that costs from just £199 for members. The courses are:

  • An Introduction to Travel Plans
  • Delivering Effective School Travel Plan Programmes
  • Creating and Implementing an Effective Travel Plan Programme
  • Developing and Implementing School Streets
  • Engaging secondary schools through the Youth Travel Ambassador Scheme

For more information about the courses visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/training and if you are interested in attending and would like to register your interest please email info@modeshift.org.uk and we will let you know the next course date and location.

Living Streets at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Rosie from Living Streets to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

WOW, the year round walk to school challenge. Pupils record how they get to school on the WOW travel tracker. Those who walk once a week for a month are rewarded with a badge.

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Contact rosie.swanson@livingstreets.org.uk or visit www.livingstreets.org.uk

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

The Hackney Council presentation.

Funding Available for Road Safety Projects

The GEM Road Safety Charity is inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 for road safety projects until Tuesday 31 December. The Charity has previously funded many projects which have aimed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads.

The Trustees are keen to encourage applications from community groups, registered charities, professional bodies, road safety organisations, partnerships, schools and colleges whose projects demonstrate a clear road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level. This can include anything from educational initiatives through to research.

For more information including how to apply, visit https://blog.motoringassist.com/news/latest-gem-funding-window-for-road-safety-applications-closes-on-31-december/

Broxap at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Paul from Broxap to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

Secure cycle parking to bolster the current and coming infrastructure.

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Contact us for advise and support, visit https://www.broxap.com/

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

The event was great to attend. Fantastic discussions and good contact with various local authorities who we are already working with.

Room9Media at the Modeshift Convention

We asked John and Denise from Room9Media to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

Our booklet 'Air, Land and Sea' - aimed at 10-11 year olds exemplifies the Modeshift message and brings it to the schools, families and children themselves. It begins with the environment, looks at family choices and then encourages the children to look at alternative ways they and their families can use to travel.

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Visit our website at www.room9media.com

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

We really enjoyed the conference. Meeting lots of great people with really good ideas. Meeting our customers who are wonderful and do great work. The venue was great and it was a relaxed but very positive atmosphere.

Anti-Idling Campaign - Staffordshire County Council

Ryan from Staffordshire County Council spoke to us about Staffordshire's latest Anti Idling Campaign.

Why did you decide to do an Anti Idling Campaign?
I told our Communications team that we wanted to do an Anti-Idling Campaign which was pupil led, after seeing a similar initiative about parking in Birmingham. The Communications team came up with the idea of giving the children different roles; The Time Bandits (they measure and record idling cars before, during and after the campaign), the Sweet Talkers (they are the ones who speak to parents), the Cheer Squad (who celebrate and thank drivers for switching off their engines) and the Strong Arm Crew (who carry the campaign banner).

How does this work in the schools?
Every school that I am working with has a group of “Active Travel Ambassadors” who we set up in school with our Stars Champions and they help deliver the school travel plan and assist with all matters active travel. They are the ones who usually run the campaign and collect the data. They have the campaign toolbox for a full week and run it as many days as they are able during that week both before and at the end of the school day. Some support this with letters and notifications in advance to let parents know, whilst others just run the campaign with no advance notice to try and target repeat offenders. The parent reaction is 99% agreeable and most have admitted they did not realise that it was causing a problem idling their cars whilst waiting.

What support do you give to the schools so that they can run the Campaign?
We supply the school with:

3 railing banners
1 carry banner
Leaflets for parents
Car stickers for parents
A pledge sheet
A recording sheet
Flags
Balloons
Air Horn and a loudhailer
Instructions
Stopwatches
Foamex signs for the school gate/grounds (to keep)
Hi Vis tabards including their roles and campaign logo

How easy was it to get schools to take part?
ITV Central recorded a 5 minute report for their evening news and the Express and Star newspaper covered the event. BBC Radio Stoke also covered an event as well as local Stoke newspaper 'The Sentinel'. A lot of other schools saw these features and started requesting the resource, so we intend to roll it out across the county.

How have parents/carers responded to the campaign?
The feedback from parents (and the schools) is excellent and has proved useful for getting the schools to engage further with us in other initiatives. It has been nothing but positivity so far.































Seaford Active Travel Map wins the Transport Planning Society Award

Seaford Head School won the People's Award at the Transport Planning Day 2019. The award was presented to the secondary school for giving new students the confidence to walk and cycle to school. The Active Travel Map was created using Pindar Creative's map design services.

It was designed to provide a useful resource for students moving from primary school, who will be making these journeys for the first time this year. Living Streets, the UK charity behind the Walk to School campaign, worked with enthusiastic Year 8 students and school governors to develop maps of the easiest and safest routes to school, including safe places to cross roads, walking routes and cycling routes.

The aim is to empower students and their families to take more independent, healthier and sustainable journeys to and from school. This also helps to reduce congestion, road danger and air pollution, whilst ensuring children are more active.

The awards are run by the Transport Planning Society, a professional body for transport planners in the UK, and recognise transport planning initiatives that help people live healthier, low carbon lifestyles. It aims to highlight good practice in putting people at the heart of transport plans.

David Richards at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Stephen from David Richards to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

Hi viz vests and armbands.

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Speak to others members for referrals and contact us by email sales@davidrichards.co.uk or visit http://www.davidrichards.co.uk/

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

The venue, friendly Modeshift members and meeting lots of past acquaintances.

Balanceability launch new 'Scooter Wise' programme

Balanceability has developed the 'Scooter Wise' programme so staff at school can now deliver sessions directly to the children. You can buy the equipment and resources needed to provide you with a sustainable, affordable, long-term programme to teach scooter sessions and promote an active lifestyle year upon year.

For more information visit https://www.balanceability.com/scooterwise


Road Safety Week 2019

Road Safety Week runs from 18th to 24th November 2019. If you have organised any innovative events or activities during the week, please let us know and you may feature in the next issue of the newsletter. Email us at info@modeshift.org.uk to share what has worked for you to support those who live, work and travel through your area to travel safely.

The Modeshift Management Board

Two organisations going for gold with Modeshift STARS Business

The National Sustainable Travel Awards, held on the 7th November at the Athena Conference centre in Leicester, saw Next Plc and Chelmsford County Council awarded with the Gold STARS Business accreditation for their ongoing work in sustainable travel. Chelmsford County Council also celebrated being the first ever Local Authority to receive this award.

The National Accreditation Scheme gives recognition to the achievements of Workplaces and Organisations that have ‘demonstrated excellence’ in the delivery of sustainable travel plans for all involved within their organisation.

Representatives Sarah McAlinden from NEXT PLC and Councillor Marie Goldman from Chelmsford County Council accepted the awards on the night.

Nick Butler, Modeshift STARS Accreditation Manager says “We are delighted to recognise Chelmsford City Council and NEXT PLC for their efforts to increase levels walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel through the delivery of an effective Travel Plan. By achieving STARS accreditation, these organisations have demonstrated their on-going commitment to sustainability and are contributing to our shared aims of improving Air Quality, tackling congestion, creating safer environments for all road users and supporting a healthier work force through active travel. The outcomes that both NEXT and Chelmsford City Council have achieved are outstanding and they fully deserve their STARS Gold Accreditation awards.”



Modeshift Convention Photos

If you would like to download any pictures from this year's Modeshift Convention, please visit:

https://adobe.ly/2NqzhfV - day one.

https://adobe.ly/34IKVbT - day two.

https://adobe.ly/2CqYwII - awards.

All images were taken by Scott Akoz and will be available at the website above until mid December.

Hackney Council Launches Eighth School Streets

Barn Street, outside St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Stoke Newington, became Hackney’s eighth School Street this week, seeing motor traffic banned at the school’s opening and closing times, which will make it easier and safer for children to walk to school.

The St Mary’s launch came as the Council announced a further nine schools it would consult on introducing School Streets in the next year.

Subject to the results of the consultations, this would see the Council reach its target of introducing 17 School Streets in 2021 a year earlier than planned.

Following this, the Council will accelerate the roll-out of School Streets by carrying out assessments of all primary schools in the borough, and move forward with introducing a School Street at each one, unless they opt-out.

A recent review of Hackney’s first four School Streets showed that traffic and vehicle emissions outside the school gates is down and the number of children walking and cycling to school is up. The schemes have also proved popular with residents with the latest consultations showing 86% and 69 % support.

St Mary's will also be one of the first to receive a green screen through the Council's newly refreshed Green Screen for Schools programme. The Council is currently commissioning experts in the field to recommend the best product for blocking air pollution through green infrastructure and will then roll out the new standard to every school adjacent to a main road.

For more information about School Streets in Hackney visit https://www3.hackney.gov.uk/school-streets.


Stylebrands at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Daryl from Stylebrands to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

We help schools & workplaces promote sustainable travel by offering a wide range of promotional clothing and products. One of the most popular items we supply to Modeshift members are our bike lights. By Bulk buying we increase cost effectivity and are sourcing from fully vetted factories so help members get more for their budget

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Contact us by email daryl@stylebrands.co.uk or we always happy to offer any advice on 01795 890900

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

The Partner pitch was great opportunity to see what all the partners are doing to help the members initiatives.


Peddle My Wheels at the Modeshift Convention

We asked Alper from Peddle My Wheels to answer a few questions at the Modeshift Convention which took place on 7th and 8th November in Leicester.

Q1 If Modeshift Members could choose one product or service from you to help them achieve active safe and responsible travel what would it be and why?

Try before you buy - pay monthly until you OWN or return the bike. This includes accessories, cycle training, insurance, maintenance and ongoing support.

Q2 How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services?

Visit https://www.peddlemywheels.com

Q3. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

I really got a lot from Tyler Linton's presentation about cycling in Hackney and how an interdisciplinary approach has helped to increase cycling. This has been a great convention.

2019 National Sustainable Travel Award Winners Update

If you would like to find out more about the 2019 winners please visit https://modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

The Modeshift Management Board

National Sustainable Travel Award Winners 2019

Thank you to all Modeshift Members who submitted an application for the National Sustainable Travel 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 Leicester, on Thursday 7th November.

The winners are:

Execellence in Walking - London Borough of Islington for Moreland Street Re-imagined

Execellence in Cycling - sponsored by Broxap -North Somerset Council for Bike Fix; Boomsatsuma Creative Boombox Youth Project

Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by PWLC Projects - London Borough of Redbridge for Streets Apart: Walking with Older Adults in Redbridge

Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - Bristol City Council for Business Electric Pool Bike Loans

Best Sustainable Trvavel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Scootfit - Brighton & Hove City Council for The 'Six Ways to Smile' Project

Best Partnership - sponsored by David Richards - Hertfordshire County Council for Project Stevenage

Best project Under £1,000 - sponsored by Brightkidz - North Yorkshire County Council for 'Travel Tuesdays' at CU Scarborough

Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation - sponsored by Pindar Creative - London Borough of Islington for Pedal Me

Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual - Cambridgeshire County Council for Julie Millard

On the night Modeshift recognised Chelmsford City Council and Next who both received a Modeshift Stars Business Gold Award. Living Streets also received a special Modeshift award for 90 years of working to improve the experience of pedestrians.

We would like to thank everyone who came along to the awards and helped to make it the success it always is. Next week's bulletin will include a link to the National Sustainable Travel Awards 2019 winners, including further information about the projects and a list of all the runners up.

The Modeshift Management Board



Successful Modeshift 2019 Convention

We had well over 200 delegates join us on the first day of our Modeshift convention in Leicester.

It was a great day all round, looking at numerous elements of the delivery and promotion of sustainable Travel and the multi disciplinary approaches used.  Our guest speakers provided a broad insight into the nature of the work currently going on, how it is being achieved and how it will progress in the future.

Something that is really important to us at Modeshift is to encourage the sharing of best practice, and we are so proud of the example set on the first day with the sharing of ideas, challenges, successes, knowledge and advice.  

We had the opportunity to think about how we can add to our current practice, collaborate, and support each other in achieving our goals.  

We saw our Modeshift partners come together on stage to give us a glimpse into the exciting projects and programmes they are running and how they are facilitating the work to increase the levels of sustainable and active travel across the sector.

It was fantastic to see the display of commitment and enthusiasm from our guest speakers who have given their time today to represent their organisations, showcasing the diversity of work  they are undertaking and their personal role within it.

Our Panel discussion and questions session gave us the opportunity to engage with our panel members and triggered an exploration of the real challenges and issues we face, creating dialogue around finding solutions and how we can support each other in doing so.

Ross Butcher National Chair of Modeshift emphasised how Team Modeshift ‘is not just about Team Modeshift- It is about schools,  businesses, communities, and every person we reach in the daily drive to promote and deliver sustainable and active travel.

A big thank you to all our speakers, guests, partners, members and everyone involved in bringing our Convention together.

Modeshift Annual Conference Welcome

Well over 200 delegates will be attending our two day annual conference on 7th and 8th November and Modeshift Board Members and Partners are looking forward to meeting old friends and new. The conference brings together industry professional to 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.

This year's conference theme is the "Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Promoting Sustainable and Active Travel". This theme will look at the broader role professionals need to play to deliver against broader societal objectives as a collective.

At the conference, you will have the opportunity to talk to our Modeshift partners, who will be exhibiting at the event, sign up to our newsletter and find out more about the training courses we have on offer.

On Thursday evening (7th November) you will also have the opportunity to attend our National Sustainable Travel Awards, find out more about the innovative projects which have been shortlisted in each category and celebrate with the winners.

Visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/convention for the agenda, and a map created by Modeshift Partner Pindar Creative to make travel during your visit easier.



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