STARSFor Conference

Our STARSFor conference on effective travel planning will take place on 30th April.  A copy of the agenda, which includes key note speakers, how to implement STARfor, best practice presentations, demonstrations of the system and a discussion panel, is available at  To register visit .

Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs - News from Brightkidz

Portadown’s pre-schoolers ‘learn to ride’ boost thanks to SureStart and Balanceability link-up

Hundreds of pre-school children in Portadown will be given learn-to-cycle training as part of a campaign to improve skills and help them get more active.

Liftshare scoop two highly prestigious awards

Liftshare has been highly commended in two separate industry award ceremonies, one for tech innovation in parking and another recognising their achievements using ‘tech for good’.

£3 million boost for innovative local air quality improvements

More than £3 million of government funding has been awarded to 28 innovative projects to improve air quality across local authorities in England.

Modeshift STARS news from the Childrens Traffic Club

The Children’s Traffic Club Early Years pack has been developed to support practitioners in nursery settings to effectively educate young children about active travel and road safety, using visual aids and AR. The scheme engages early years aged children in fun, interactive learning that instils long term positive behaviours when out and about.

United Nations Global Road Safety Week

1.35 million people die on the world's roads each year. Road traffic injuries are the leading killer of children and young adults aged 5-29 years.  UN Global Road Safety Week will take place from the 6-12 May 2019.  The theme for this year is #SpeakUp to SaveLIVES.

Nearly two thirds of UK teachers want car-free roads outside schools

Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates during school drop off and pick up times, new figures reveal.

STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference - Agenda

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Travel Planning - the broad to narrow approach

Travel planning requires a broad to narrow approach for it to be delivered effectively. Gone are the days when a travel plan was created and placed on a shelf to gather dust. Now travel planning is all about the delivery of the travel plan. This uses the travel planning process to outline the steps at which a given site can integrate with its local community reducing the impact in the surrounding areas. Motivations for effective travel planning can be far reaching. The common motivations Modeshift see are reducing congestion, improving air quality, supporting road safety and active travel. If done correctly travel planning can in fact combine all of these factors and deliver a rounded plan that supports the work force, local community and local transport infrastructure. Although travel planning is a broad subject, it ultimately comes down to the movement of people, how they access a given site and the interaction with the local environment that the site resides in. If you would like to know a bit more about Travel Planning we have the STARSFor Effective Travel Planning Conference taking place on the 30th April. Our agenda has now been announced and if you would like to see the full agenda visit our convention page at

Brightkidz named in top 100 UK social enterprises

Modeshift partners Brightkidz are over the moon to have been named as one of the UK's top 100 social enterprises at an event in the City of London. Brightkidz, which was set up 15 years ago after founder Alison Holland set up a walking bus scheme at her son's school, was listed in the highly acclaimed 2019 NatWest SE100 Index – a national scheme which celebrates the growth, impact and resilience of successful UK social ventures.

Brightkidz supply a wide range of products to support active travel campaigns alongside provide useful tips for schools and school travel professionals. They enjoy working collaboratively with many Modeshift local authority members as well as other Modeshift partners such as Scootfit, Cyclepods and Pindar Creative.

Read their latest issue of Bright News to find out more, including their latest offer; currently £25 off Scoot and Cycle Shop Starter Packs (240 assorted items).

free2cycle – it’s time to take action

Let’s consider 3 things:

  1. Physical inactivity costs the UK 7.4 billion each year;
  2. Government's draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy sets the available funds available at just £1.38 per person; and
  3. Cycling has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health as well as our environment.

Can we afford to wait for the decision makers in Government to realise the value that active commuting will bring to the economic and personal health of our nation?

Our opinion is that we cannot. At free2cycle we are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. We make cycling beneficial for organisations and offer people a bike they can earn by riding it rather than paying for it. Organisations earn a healthy return and measurable carbon savings, we support individuals to keep riding and importantly we report back on activity levels and CO2 savings so we can all measure our impact.

Join us, together we can do more.  Get in touch on or check out

£23 million government funding boost to cycling and walking nationwide

Communities are set to benefit from £23 million investment to rejuvenate cycling and walking across the UK. In the Department for Transport's latest step to drive down emissions and improve safety, Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has announced £21 million to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network.

A further £2 million will encourage more people to cycle and walk, particularly children and young people, so that greener travel choices are the norm, helping clean up our air.

For more information visit

Why the UK should start closing school streets to traffic

Air pollution is linked to up to 36,000 premature deaths in the UK each year and more than 2,200 schools and nurseries are near to roads with damaging levels of motor emissions.

So how do we improve road safety near schools? How do we get children fitter, healthier and happier through being active? How do we increase the numbers of children walking, scooting and cycling to school? How do we stop children dying from invisible polluted air?

Rachel White is a senior policy and political advisor at Sustrans. Her article answers these questions. Visit to find out more.

HomeRun is bringing travel planning into the 21st century

HomeRun brings together the most effective solutions to improve school journeys on a single digital platform, and achieves the following:
  1. Tangibly reduces the number of cars used on school commutes and evidences modal shifts to sustainable and active modes of travel.
  2. Provides a direct digital channel to engage and connect parents.
  3. Automatically collects and transforms school journey data into live, measurable, visual information that drives action.
  4. Modernises school travel planning, greatly reducing the admin effort required from school
  5. Creates a database of rich information that feeds into all school transport initiatives.
    For more information visit or email

Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) facilitator training

This course is designed to introduce transport professionals to the necessary classroom skills for delivering safe and sustainable travel workshops to Secondary school audiences. Modules include coaching, classroom management and presentations skills. Delegates have the opportunity to explore a number of teaching techniques and experiment with their delivery in a practical workshop. School engagement techniques and case studies of effective Secondary school travel initiatives for are also examined to give an example of best practice.

Date - April 17th 2019

Cost - £199 per delegate (modeshift members) £399 for non members. Includes lunch, refreshments and course materials

Time - 09.00 arrival for a 09.30 start. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The course will end by 16.30.

Location – Transport for London, St James Park Station, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD.

Pre-course instructions

This course will be delivered the London Transport Museum YTA team and all delegates will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding prior to the training event

For more information or to book your place visit

The need for flexibility in cycle schemes - News from Peddle My Wheels

‘Cycling on London roads is too dangerous’, ‘I wouldn't know where to start’, ‘bike shops are scary’, ‘ I can't afford it’ - some of the responses we heard when promoting cycling and the reason we created ‘Try Before You Bike’. A scheme so inviting that it was surely only a matter of time before London became a larger Copenhagen.

We soon learnt that changing the behaviour of a car addicted public is not so easy. Our new scheme covered all possible objections to trying cycling with a range of attractive offers - affordable at under £20 a month, free delivery of fully assembled bike, free cycle training to overcome the fear of London roads, route guidance, easy online ordering, helpful online tools to select the appropriate bike, maintenance assistance, theft cover and, if all that fails, the ability to return the bike. It became apparent that we needed to be much more adaptable to people’s personal situations and that getting someone trying a bike was not the end of it, continuous personal support was required to make that shift in behaviour more permanent.

As the Try Before You Bike scheme extends into other London boroughs we are learning more about the individual needs and challenges of different councils and people: hillier areas need more focus on electric bikes, some councils require us to adapt our working week to the cultural or religious requirements of residents, some want to target schools, others want a particular demographic catered for and so on. On an individual basis we need to consider such things as participants working hours, ie do they need us to deliver outside of our normal hours; changes to their financial position, ie what happens if they lose their job but want to hold on to their bike; family considerations, ie how many children they have to drop off before work. Such factors were not obviously apparent when the project was first launched and it is only by having the space to adapt that the scheme has started to fulfill its potential.

The Try Before You Bike model is based on it becoming self-funding after the initial support from councils. Not only does this hold obvious advantages for councils but it means we are able to grow and adapt the scheme year after year without the pressure of needing further funding from councils. Given the budgetary pressure councils are now under, there would have been a risk that our scheme might have been cancelled in some boroughs before it had the chance to flourish. Now though we can introduce different bikes, add new features such as family packages, share knowledge with councils in order to tailor the scheme to changing requirements and use ongoing participant feedback to improve the scheme.

Whilst not claiming to have all the answers when it comes to getting people cycling, we do at least have a scheme that can accommodate both councils and peoples varying and changing requirements. Space to learn, experiment and even fail is a disappearing luxury under today's budgetary conditions. Simply relying on public sector funding will not allow for this flexibility and businesses like ours must be innovative and creative when partnering with local authorities.

To contact Alper Muduroglu - CEO at Peddle My Wheels visit

NHS Cycle Parking Framework Agreement - News from Cyclepods

Cyclepods has been successful in our bid to join the NHS Shared Business Services Framework Agreement for Cycle Parking Infrastructure!

This is not just for NHS trusts to take advantage of – Councils can use it, too!

This is great news for public sector organisations like your own. It means that we have passed a rigorous selection process to join this OJEU compliant framework as one of just two cycle parking providers. This framework provides Estate, Facilities and Capital teams a compliant route to market for the provision of Cycle Parking Infrastructure as well as Cycle and Car space monitoring systems.

Not only does this mean discounted rates on all our cycle storage solutions, it means that you can buy direct from us or if you prefer, in a mini-competition between us and the other provider. No need for three quotes or time-consuming tenders. It’s that easy!

The Key Benefits are:

· OJEU Compliant - No formal tendering is required, saving valuable time and money in the procurement process.

· Competitive Pricing – Prices are discounted for 2 year period.

· Direct Award - Ability to directly award a contract to approved suppliers on the framework providing a timely and compliant route to market to meet your requirements.

· Mini Competition - Opportunity to run a mini competition to meet the bespoke requirements of each organisation; as well as helping to drive further competitive pricing.

When does the framework start? 30th November 2018 – 29th November 2022

Who can take advantage? NHS and Public Sector organisations within the UK.

What products are included? Lot 9 – Cycle Parking and Infrastructure includes the delivery, supply, installation, management and maintenance of cycle parking goods and services, from bike racks to cycling hubs and everything in between.

Speak to your procurement colleagues about registering as an Associate – Its Free! And the chances are that your organisation is already registered. Over 800 public sector organisations are already!

If you are not currently one of NHS SBS’s Core or Associate members, but wish to take advantage of the NHS SBS’s Framework for free, please contact the Contract Enquiries Team at: Email: or telephone them on 0161 212 3940.

For more information or for a list of our products available on the framework, please contact Chris Tsielepi – or Luc Bonnici –

Framework Reference Number: SBS/18/JC/ZDC/9317

Car Park Management & Infrastructure Framework Agreement Information -

NHS Shared Business Services Framework Agreements Portfolio - file:///C:/Users/eblackman/Downloads/Framework_Portfolio__29.11.20181.pdf

Scooterpods price increase from 1st April

From the 1st April 2019, Cyclepods will be increasing the price of our Scooterpods in line with rising manufacturing costs.

We have tired to keep the price of the Scooterpods as low as possible as we know how popular they are amongst schools and children. From 1st April the prices will be;

Round Scooterpod (2 segments) - £398.00

Freestanding base for soft ground (grass, gravel etc.) - £45.00

Linear Scooterpod (2 segments) - £549.00

Freestanding base for soft ground (grass, gravel etc.) - £89.00

Scooterpod Island (4 segments) - £849.00

Freestanding base for soft ground (grass, gravel etc.) - £129.00

For more information telephone Cyclepods on 01959 546046 (please update your records with this new telephone number).

Bright News Relaunch and Shiny New Website

Read all about it! Modeshift partners Brightkidz are re-launching Bright News - their e-newsletter which is full of active travel news and ideas for schools and school travel professionals. It also links through to their new blog for adults on active travel - Think Outside the Tin Box.

Make sure you have signed up by heading to the newsletter sign up form on their new website - while you are there check out their products, information and projects around active travel for children.

BBC News Article - "Schools should have 'no idling zones', Public Health England chief says"

BBC News Article - "Schools should have 'no idling zones', Public Health England chief says"

On Monday 11th March the BBC released this news article regarding no idling zones around schools. Read the full article on the BBC News website link below.

Government approval for Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans

Birmingham City Council’s plan for a Clean Air Zone to help tackle the problem of air pollution in the city has received Government approval.

Find the full article on Birmingham City Council's Website

How ‘Travel To’ leaflets can help schools work towards Modeshift STARS accreditation

How ‘Travel To’ leaflets can help schools work towards Modeshift STARS accreditation

Following the launch of ‘SALI’ last year, we are delighted that the following Local Authorities are now using the portal to generate ‘travel to’ leaflets for schools and businesses within their area.

Did you know that if your authority is signed up to Modeshift STARS, the leaflets generated from ‘SALI’ could be used to complete several different initiatives within Modeshift STARS including:

- Creation of the Map

- Sending the map out as part of a school newsletter

- Promoting the map via social media

- Used as part of classroom based lesson

Adam Walker - Modeshift STARS Communications Officer says "Schools can work towards Modeshift STARS accreditation by completing and delivering initiatives such as these in schools. SALI can be used as a part of a range of sustainable and active travel initiatives to further promote sustainable school travel."

“SALI is an innovative, user-friendly online portal enabling you to generate sustainable travel leaflets (web and print) for a specific location (school/business/event). “

Prime Minister Joins MP in Congratulating Tweedmouth Community Middle School for Winning National STARS Secondary School of the Year 2019

Anne-Marie Trevelyan asks the Prime Minister to join her in congratulating Tweedmouth Community Middle winning the Modeshift STARS Secondary School of the Year 2019 and their success in promoting sustainable school travel. You can see the video on our social media platforms at Facebook at Linkedin - or Twitter -


The Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards 2019 and Further Funding From the Department for Transport

Department for Transport affirms its commitment to the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards

The Modeshift STARS National Awards Celebration took place in London on the 5th March. Twelve schools from across England came together to compete for the coveted National STARS School of the Year 2019 titles for demonstrating best practice in walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel.

In order to reach the National School Travel Awards event, the twelve STARS Schools of the Region had to compete with over forty other schools that were nominated for this year’s Regional STARS Awards. Nick Butler, National STARS Manager said “The Modeshift STARS National Celebration Event is the culmination of the hard work done by schools over a number of years. To be considered for the National STARS School of the Year title is a huge achievement in itself. Our STARS Schools of the Region are shining examples of the dedication and commitment that is being put into increasing levels of walking and cycling by schools across the country.”

The STARS Schools of the Region were assessed by Modeshift’s National Awards Panel, and considered for one of four categories; Early Years Establishment, Primary School, Secondary School and SEND School of the Year.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

“I was delighted to attend the National School Travel awards and meet students who have made a dedicated effort to improve air quality by walking and cycling to school.

“We want to make walking and cycling the natural choice for journeys, which is why we’ve committed funding for a further 3 years to ensure the good work can continue.”

  • Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) congratulated all schools on their achievements before announcing the National STARS Schools of the Year for 2019, who were as follows:

STARS Primary School of the Year – Mandeville Primary School, Hertfordshire

STARS Secondary School of the Year – Tweedmouth Community Middle School, Northumberland

STARS SEND School of the Year – Forest Park School, Hampshire

STARS Early Years Establishment of the Year – Footsteps Day Nursery – Hove, Brighton & Hove

The Department for Transport went on to announce it’s continuing support of the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards scheme with a commitment to part-fund the scheme for the next 3-years. This funding will allow Modeshift to continue to develop the scheme for schools across England and coordinate Regional and National Awards event up to 2022.

Ross Butcher, Chair of Modeshift said, “We are hugely grateful to the Department for Transport for their continued support of Modeshift STARS. Since they first began supporting the STARS scheme in 2014, the number of local authorities participating has grown from 22 to 69, whilst the number of registered schools has grown from 200 to over 3,500. Modeshift STARS is now making a significant difference to how children and young people are travelling to school with our latest figures for STARS accredited schools showing an increase in walking of 11.6% and an increase in cycling of 59% for those schools over the last 3-years.

Modeshift STARS is the National School Travel awards and supported by the Department for Transport. It is free for schools to use and if you would like more information visit

Sustainable products for sustainable travel – News from Pogu

Talking with members from Modeshift, it’s apparent those involved in sustainable travel see the synergies between safer sustainable travel and that of sourcing sustainable products too.

What is Pogu doing to protect environment and ensure ethical production of the products that promote and aide safe travel? We make sure:

· All our packaging is recycled and recyclable

· We source products only from factories we have personally visited, ensuring we speak to the factory workers and sit down and have a go at this ourselves

· Where possible we use materials in our products that are recycled

· Never use items that have single use batteries, only rechargeable units

· Paying a premium to have more robust materials that last increasing lifecycle and reducing waste

· Where possible our products are made in the UK

Our newest the recycled Hi Viz vest

Why the Hi Viz vest?

The Hi Viz Vest is made in its millions each year, it’s probably the most produced garment on the planet. Typically just over 6 million are made each year for the UK market and can be bought for a couple of pounds. Seen as a throw away garment due to its price level, So why so cheap? Made in such numbers, we asked two questions of the manufacture of these vests:

Who makes them? child / slave labour?

And; what are they made from? Virgin plastic i.e. straight from oil.

We’re determined to make a difference. After much work over the past two years we are now ready to go into production in summer with the worlds first recycled Hi Viz vest made by people we know. It would be great to hear from all Modeshift members wanting more information.

We’re happy to tell you more about this journey and more about how we can support your work in ensuring the safe travel for those choosing sustainable travel.

Limited offer; for all Modeshift Members 10% off all our range and 20% off our fantastic reflective sticker range for all orders made in March.

If you have any questions or just need some advice about our products please email

OLWIN: Bus Poster Production Tool for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Established in 2014, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is a strategic authority with governance over transport, economic development and regeneration for the Leeds City Region. The Combined Authority also operate the Metro network of bus stations, travel centres and public transport information in West Yorkshire.

With six service changes for bus and rail each year, the task of keeping travel information up to date has not been simple. The public transport team at the Combined Authority needed an effective way of managing updates to over 100 ‘where to board your bus’ posters across the region. The Combined Authority decided to replace their existing system, taking the opportunity to add a number of enhancements and move to a hosted, cloud-based solution with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface.

The Combined Authority commissioned Pindar Creative to deliver the new solution within three months of the project start date. Our existing OLWIN (Onward Localised Wayside Information Notices) solution was customised to the Combined Authorities specific requirements. OLWIN is a tool to identify all bus stops within a specified radius of a hub and automatically generate destination information required for onward travel and wayfinding posters. Once new TransXChange data imports are carried out, the inbuilt reporting system will identify which posters need to be updated based upon agreed parameters and business logic.

For the mapping element Pindar created a new, seamless cartographic base covering the whole area at 1:2,500 and reflecting the ‘Legible Leeds’ branding, which is widely recognised in the area. The user interface allows the team at the Combined Authority to add additional features to the base mapping, such as cycle parking, taxi ranks, points of interest and stand-alone text labels. The team can select from a number of pre-determined templates and can include or omit bus stops, services and destinations dependent on the available space within each poster.

OLWIN was delivered on time and on budget providing the team at the Combined Authority with an effective, automated way of producing new, or updating, onward travel information posters.

Contact Pindar Creative for further information - website or 01296 390100.

UK's first 3D zebra crossing is in London

Westminster City Council is the first council in the UK to install a 3D Zebra Crossing.

The crossing in St John’s Wood is located only minutes from The Beatles’ famed Abbey Road crossing.

The design gives the appearance of a raised road, creating the illusion that pedestrians are floating across whichever side drivers approach it from.

For more information visit

Meet Eryn... Our New Apprentice at Brightkidz

Modeshift partners Brightkidz are pleased to welcome Eryn, their 19-year-old marketing apprentice to the team, just in time for National Apprenticeship Week. If you are heading for the York regional meeting this month you will have a chance to meet her too as she will be coming to learn about the world of active travel campaigns.

Eryn said: “So far I am leading on the Instagram account, planning social media campaigns and also doing some admin – helping the team pack up products for mailing. Yesterday I spent the day putting miniature

hi vis jackets on tiny teddies! “An apprenticeship means I can earn while I still learn and I now aspire to learn as much as I can about marketing and later do a degree, to challenge myself even more.” Read her full interview at

If you are in need of any promotional products to support your campaigns - with or without your logo printed - give Brightkidz social enterprise a call on 01536 526461 and Eryn or another member of their friendly team will be happy to help. Alternatively check out their full range online or request a quote at

Modeshift are looking for a new Vice-chair

Joining the Modeshift Management has been described by current board members as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Board members have the opportunity to shape the future of the organisation whilst developing skills, experience and knowledge in sustainable travel.

Modeshift is led by a management board of voluntary members who are transport professionals in the field of sustainable travel. Positions on the board last for two years and the time has come for members to apply to join the board. There are no cost implications for you or your Local Authority, just some of your time depending on the role

There are two Vice-chair positions in Modeshift - one with a focus on school travel and the open position has a focus on businesses (and development control).

    If you wish to apply to join the board then please email for information and an application form


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