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Exhaust and High-Risk: Polluting the Gateway to Learning

Year on year, we see an increase in awareness of the importance of sustainable travel. However, there is still a country-wide activity which sees vehicles causing problems. It may seem easier to simply bundle your kids into your car for the school run but, as huge numbers continue to do this, there are some really worrying effects.

Meet the Modeshift Team - Janine McCretton

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: Senior Sustainable Transport Officer

Why Walking is Good for Children's Mental Health

See the latest Brightkidz blog for a feature on walking and children's mental health, including links to research. It could be the information you need to get schools on board.

South Yorkshire stride on Clean Air Day

In recognition of National Clean Air Day this year PWLC’s STARS South Yorkshire Team have undertaken a huge one-day challenge - walking a 16 mile route passing through all 4 local authorities in the region while encouraging schools on or near the route to either join in the walk or run a ShoeShare event.

What activities did you plan for National Clean Air Day

National Clean Air Day took place on Thursday 21st June.  We would love to hear about your activities. Email us at info@modeshift.org.uk to tell us what you did.

Meet the Modeshift Team - Steve Glazebrook

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: Vice-chair for Business & Communities

Love to Ride

Love to Ride are Bristol-based behaviour change experts that aim is to get more people on bikes, more often and for transport. They run a year-round calendar of events to do just that.

National Sustainable Travel Awards are launched!

It's that time of year again!

Have you renewed your Modeshift Membership?

As 2018 picks up pace, it is the time of year where we are asking you to renew your Local Authority Modeshift Membership. If you haven’t already done so, here’s a reminder of what is included in the Local Authority Membership.

Meet the Modeshift Team - Chris Ward

Modeshift Board MembersJob title: Travel Plan Officer at Suffolk County Council.

Air pollution: a tool to estimate healthcare costs

A new report highlights the following main findings of air pollution on the NHS. They include the following:

  • In England, the total NHS and social care cost due to PM2.5 in 2017 was estimated to be £41.20 million (based on data where there is more robust evidence for an association), increasing to £76.10 million when diseases are included where the evidence is associative or emerging.
  • In England, the total cost to the NHS and social care due to NO2 in 2017 is estimated to be £1.68 million (based on data where there is more robust evidence for an association), increasing to £81.06 million when diseases are included where the evidence is associative or emerging.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-pollution-a-tool-to-estimate-healthcare-costs?utm_source=55592db7-4186-4fa5-9d0d-7a2a1f17589e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=weekly

Scooting Excursions and Scooter Hire

Modeshift partner Scoot Fit is launching the very first scooter excursions and scooter hire in MeidaCityUK - http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk this summer.

Families and tourists will be taken on an hour long scoot around MediaCityUK, taking in sights such as the BBC Studios, ITV studios, the Lowry and Wakeboarding Park.

Along with sightseeing, the excursions are about improving people's skill and ability on a scooter to give them the confidence to scoot in their own time. Each group will scoot for 3-5mins before they come to a challenge area that will help improve their braking, speed management, control and confidence on a scooter.

If you are a local authority and would like this in your town or city, please email us today at info@scootfit.co.uk

Meet the Modeshift Team - Rob Bounds

Modeshift board membersJob title: Senior Transport Officer for Sustainable Travel to School

Modeshift Board Responsibility: East and West Midlands regional co-ordinator

How long have you been with Modeshift? I’ve been working in school travel since 2004 & so I’ve attended local authority school travel forum meetings in their various guises since then! I joined the Modeshift board in 2012

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? As I can’t decide between bicycles and scooters – I’m going to go off on a tangent and say horse! I like the idea of having a mode of travel with its own personality and you’d always have a constant supply of fertiliser for the roses!

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I have quite a few pets – including an aviary of noisy cockatiels, budgerigars & a variety of finches, a very cheeky cat, a rabbit whose tunnelling talents match the Great Escape and an axolotl – which is the neotenic larval form of the Mexican salamander if you didn’t know!

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? I can’t think of one specific thing but I take a lot of pleasure and a sense of achievement every time I see someone master the skill of cycling or scooting as part of the work we do in schools to promote active travel.

What do you do for fun? I write and illustrate stories for children – primarily for my nieces and nephews but the audience is now widening….

To find out more about the Modeshift Board visit http://www.modeshift.org.uk/board-members

Modeshift CPD Training: An Introduction to Travel Plans (Manchester)

Modeshift's 'Introduction to Travel Plans' is for local authority members of staff new to travel planning. The course covers school, workplace and residential travel plans.

Attendees will be introduced to travel plans and initiatives and shown how to write an effective travel plan.

The 'Introduction to Travel Plans' takes place in Manchester on Friday 15th June, 9.30am to 4pm and costs just £199 for members.

To find out more and book your place visit http://www.modeshift.org.uk/events

Modeshift Membership Renewal and GDPR

If you haven’t already renewed your Modeshift Local Authority Membership for 2018/19 you have until Friday 29th June to renew.

If your local authority is no longer a member of Modeshift we are required to revoke access to the Modeshift website and delete the individual user accounts for the Modeshift website as we no longer require this personal information. We are doing this in accordance with our privacy policy ensuring that Modeshift adheres to GDPR legislation. Full information regarding our privacy policy is found at http://www.modeshift.org.uk/privacy-policy

If your local authority will like to take up Modeshift Membership after this date, your local authority just needs to visit http://www.modeshift.org.uk/membership and reapply for membership. At this point you will be able to re-register to the Modeshift Website and gain access to our membership benefits.

Modeshift membership has over £1000 worth of benefits, including:

–2 x Regional meetings (Summer & Winter)

–E-communications

–Unlimited users on the Modeshift website

–Online forum and knowledge bank

–National Sustainable Travel Awards

–Fully funded convention space for one person

–A free Scooterpod from Cyclepods worth £350

–Option to sign-up to Modeshift STARS and STARSfor

–Other discounts and offers from partners and supporters

Membership only costs £399 and you can also pay in advance for 2019/20 now for the same price of £399. For more information email admin@modeshift.org.uk

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 info@modeshift.org.uk

The Modeshift Management Board

Meet the Modeshift Team - Ross Butcher

Modeshift board members
Job title: National Chair of Modeshift

Modeshift Board Responsibility: Manage the Modeshift Board and its services to over 600 members Nationwide. Manage the Modeshift STARS and STARSfor teams to deliver excellence in travel planning

How long have you been with Modeshift?
In November 2018 I will have been on the Modeshift Board for ten years

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why?
Tough one, but it would be walking. It’s the most sustainable form of transport, the best way to get exercise, be social and interact with the environment

Tell us something we didn’t know about you?
I love foraging and creating my own flavoured spirits. I have my own branded Sloe Gin and who knows one day I might start selling it but for now I give away bottles as gifts.

What’s your biggest work achievement to date?
For Modeshift its launching the National Modeshift STARS scheme.

What do you do for fun?
Travelling with my partner. We love exploring places both at home and abroad.

Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards Video is Online!

The National Awards Video is now Live on Facebook and Youtube! Why not check out what went on at the Modeshift STARS School Travel Awards? Watch our short highlight video capturing the days events!

You can see the video on either the Modeshift STARS Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ModeshiftSTARS

Or you can see the video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CkVEnYQ3i7I

For more information regarding Modeshift STARS please visit www.modeshiftstars.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter - @ModeshiftSTARS

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Conference - 24th June 2018

At the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Conference leading experts in transport technology and logistics will discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by CAV innovation. Anticipate the impact of new legislation, discuss how CAV will reshape our urban environment and understand how government funding can help keep the UK at the forefront of this disruptive technology.

If you are interested in attneding please visit http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/conferences/connected-and-autonomous-vehicles-conference

New THINK Road Safety Resources

This week THINK launched new education resources for teachers and parents aimed at keeping children safe on our roads. To check out the new resources visit https://www.think.gov.uk/education/

The Dinosaur Discovery Trail

Created to celebrate Walk to School Week (21-25 May 2018), the Dinosaur Discovery Trail is an incentive that encourages families in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to get out and about exploring their local area on foot, while searching for dinosaurs hidden in different locations.

Now in its third year, we’re running the trail from 14 to 27 May to give people two whole weeks to find dinosaurs. Families can use the map to find dinosaurs in 32 different locations across the borough while they’re walking to and from school, or as a special trip at the weekends to find dinosaurs that are further afield.

The official adventure map is available to download and print or view on a smartphone:

Dinosaur trail official adventure map[PDF] (file size 1.3 MB) and people can also use our Google map.

Paper maps can be found in libraries in the borough, the Ecology Centre in Holland Park, the Portobello and Golborne Street Trading Office, and the Chelsea Theatre so anyone can pick one up.

Win prizes!

Everyone who takes part and returns their completed maps to us gets a dinosaur badge and the chance to win one of three goody bags stuffed with active travel goodies, and for those who manage to visit all dinosaur locations we have a scooter up for grabs!

All the information about the Dinosaur Discovery Trail is available on our website www.rbkc.gov.uk/dinosaurdiscoverytrail so if you’re in the borough check it out! You can also contact us with any questions at school.travel@rbkc.gov.uk

Happy dinosaur hunting!

Modeshift convention video and call for papers

The Modeshift 2018 Convention deadline for papers is Friday 11th May 2018

Preparation for the 2018 Modeshift Convention has begun. The event will be taking place at Sheffield City Hall, November 1st and 2nd. You will be able to register soon - please put the dates in your diary for now.

The 2017 Modeshift Convention Video on Facebook

Want to know more? Why not check out our video on the Modeshift Facebook page and remember to like our page. You can find our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Modeshift1/

Modeshift is now in the process or forming the agenda for the two-day event. We are looking to our members and partners to share best practice projects, programmes, approaches and resources.

Modeshift are looking for between 20-25 presentations focusing on audiences linked to education, workplaces and communities (singular, all or any combination). Presentations will either need to be in a traditional format - ie around 10-20 slides or in a Pecha Kucha style (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide) see http://www.pechakucha.org/ for more info. Interactive presentations are also welcome.

The theme this year is 'Removing the barriers to sustainable travel'

Please email Chair@modeshift.org.uk if you wish to present. You will need to answer the following questions.

  1. Name of presenter (if multiple state all names)
  2. Your organisations name
  3. Provision title for the presentation
  4. What is your presentation about?
  5. What barriers (actual and perceived) to sustainable travel your presentation is addressing
  6. Who is your audience? Ie educational, commuter, leisure journeys...
  7. What presentation style will you choose?

Closing date is Friday 11th May.

Walking, Cycling and Clean Air promotions

May is National Walking Month and many of you are gearing up for Walk to School Week, 21st to 25th May 2018 - https://www.livingstreets.org.uk

Bike Week will take place from 9th to 17th June 2018 - http://bikeweek.org.uk

National Clean Air Day is on 21st June 2018 - https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/news/clean-air-day-2018

These are a great way to promote events/activities to get more people walking, cycling and doing everything they can to improve air quality.

We want to hear about your plans for these days so please email us at info@modeshift.org.uk

The Modeshift Management Board

May is National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month and Living Streets has lots of ideas to encourage more people to walk or walk more. Visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/national-walking-month-2018 to sign up for activity direct to your mailbox. You can also find out about what you can do for Walk to School Week - 21st to 25th May.

Modeshift 2018 - Call for papers - closing soon

Preparation for the 2018 Modeshift Convention has begun. The event will be taking place at Sheffield City Hall, November 1st and 2nd. You will be able to register soon - please put the dates in your diary for now.

Modeshift is now in the process or forming the agenda for the two-day event. We are looking to our members and partners to share best practice projects, programmes, approaches and resources.

Modeshift are looking for between 20-25 presentations focusing on audiences linked to education, workplaces and communities (singular, all or any combination). Presentations will either need to be in a traditional format - ie around 10-20 slides or in a Pecha Kucha style (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide) see http://www.pechakucha.org/ for more info. Interactive presentations are also welcome.

The theme this year is 'Removing the barriers to sustainable travel'

Please email Chair@modeshift.org.uk if you wish to present. You will need to answer the following questions.

  1. Name of presenter (if multiple state all names)
  2. Your organisations name
  3. Provision title for the presentation
  4. What is your presentation about?
  5. What barriers (actual and perceived) to sustainable travel your presentation is addressing
  6. Who is your audience? Ie educational, commuter, leisure journeys...
  7. What presentation style will you choose?

Closing date is Friday 4th May.

Hackney Cycling Conference - Register Today

Be a part of the 7th annual Hackney Cycling Conference and help shape the discussion about cycling’s role in the future of our cities.

This will be the first major cycling conference after the local elections in May 2018 and comes at a time when active travel is high on the political agenda. It is the perfect time for professionals, politicians, academics and campaigners to come together and discuss the implications of these changes for our streets and neighbourhoods.

For more information and to book your place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hackney-cycling-conference-2018-registration-41144085066

Are you ready for Walk to School Week

Taking place during National Walking Month, this year Walk to School Week is 21st to 25th May. Living Streets want schools throughout the country to take part in the challenge by undertaking their Five-day Walking Challenge and Happy Shoesday fundraiser.

For more information about Walk to School Week and activities you can do to support the whole school community walking more to school, visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/walk-to-school

School capital funding allocations

The Department for Education and the Education Skills Funding Agency is rolling forward their existing funding approach for the financial year 2018 to 2019 for school capital funding allocations with no changes to the methodology used in 2017 to 2018.

For further details including eligibility, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-allocations

The Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards 2018

Modeshift STARS Logo

Walking and Cycling Super-STARS at the Houses of Parliament

The 2018 National STARS Schools of the Year have been announced by Andrew Selous MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, at a special school’s awards event which took place at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 24th April.

Modeshift STARS, which is supported by the Department for Transport, is the national school travel awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school. 69 local authorities across the country participate in the scheme representing around 15,000 schools.

The nine STARS Schools of the Region came together at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate their achievements and find out which of them would earn the coveted title of National STARS School of the Year for 2018.

The 2018 National STARS Schools of the Year are as follows:

  • National STARS Primary School of the Year Barnabas Oley Church of England Primary School, Cambridgeshire
  • National STARS Secondary School of the Year Turves Green Boys’ School, Birmingham
  • National STARS SEND School of the Year Holbrook School for Autism, Derbyshire.
  • National STARS Early Years Establishment of the Year Footsteps Day Nursery, Portslade.

Overseeing proceedings was Ross Butcher, National Chair of Modeshift. He said ‘Every year it is an honour to hear about the new and creative ways that schools come up with to engage their school community in the promotion of sustainable travel. Over 3,200 schools nationally have signed up to Modeshift STARS so each of our STARS Schools of the Region has proven to be at the forefront of our collective effort to encourage more young people and their families to adopt healthy and sustainable forms of travel. Together, they are helping us to make a real difference on how people are undertaking the journey to school.’

For more information regarding Modeshift STARS visit www.modeshiftstars.org, follow us on Twitter @ModeshiftSTARS or find us on Facebook

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.”

As a consequence they suggest that the investment in road building far exceeds that for active travel–public transport, footpaths, and cycle lanes– “resulting in an environment that often feels too risky for walking or cycling,”

The article goes on to state that whilst the average journey to school has doubled since the 1980s the age at which parents will allow children to go to school by themselves has also increased due to parents fears around road safety.

For more information visit http://healthmedicinet.com/news/stop-prioritizing-the-car-to-tackle-childhood-obesity-governmentsplanners-urged/


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