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

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

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

Future High Street Summit 2019: Focus on Footfall

Resources from Brightkidz

Book your Place for the 2019 Modeshift Convention



We are proud to announce bookings are open for the 2019 Annual Modeshift Convention. 

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

World Car Free Day 2019

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

Plastic – you just can’t give it away - News from Room 9 Media

Luton Street Closures Hailed a Success

There are calls for more traffic free zones around schools after the first temporary street closure in Luton came to a positive end. Between 10 and 21 June Hillborough Road was transformed into a traffic free space in mornings and afternoons with school Eco Warriors keen for the street closure to continue and want to cycle more. 
The closure was the result of a team effort between Hillborough Infant and Junior schools, Luton Council’s Road Safety Team, Public Health and walking and cycling charity, Sustrans. It coincided with Clean Air Day on 20 June, a national initiative, to raise awareness of the links between transport and air pollution. 

Bike To School Week

   

Nominate your schools for the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards

The nomination process for the 2019 National STARS School Travel Awards is now open! Local Authorities are able to nominate up to three schools in each of the four categories set out below:

Last chance to nominate your projects for the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards

The Deadline for the Modeshift National sustainable travel awards close at midnight on Wednesday 7th August.

The Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards recognise best practice in the promotion of sustainable travel. Through the awards, Modeshift Members are recognised by their industry colleagues for showcasing best practice for their work, schemes, and projects.

We would like to invite Modeshift Members to nominate their projects for the National Sustainable Travel Awards that have demonstrated impact in the promotion of sustainable travel. Projects can include work undertaken in a range of settings including education, business and community settings.

Criteria

The awards will recognise initiatives or projects that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • innovative or creative - a new idea or successful adaptation of an old one
  • shows engagement and involvement with target group – pupils, students, staff, volunteers have been involved in design and/or deliver
  • involves joined up approach – collaborative working with other organisations or teams
  • can measure success in outputs and outcomes; e.g. providing 10 pool bikes for staff (output) has seen a reduction in 20 journeys per week (outcome)
  • sustainable – has proven longevity
  • transferable - other Members have, or can, duplicate the initiative
  • cost effective – showing good value for money
  • identifies barriers and provides solutions to allow target audience travelling more sustainably

For full information regarding this year's awards visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/2019-awards

Take Part in the Modeshift Fantasy Football League 2019-20 Season

A Modeshift Fantasy Football League has been set up by Modeshift Regional Representative - Chris Ward. He would like to invite Modeshift Members to take part.

“For those that play the Fantasy Premier League, a dedicated Modeshift league has been set up for the 2019-20 season. To take part you need to register at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ and choose a squad of 15 players with a budget of £100 million to compete against rival teams. To join the Modeshift League, select ‘Leagues’ from the top menu, select ‘Create and join a new league, ‘Join a league’, ‘Join private league’ then enter the following code:

1juu0m

If you cannot decide on your team now you can auto select your team and make transfers at a later date without penalty, to allow you to join the league straight away.”

Modeshift 2019 Convention - call for papers closes on July 31st

The 2019 Modeshift Convention will take place at the Athena Conference Centre in Leicester. Do you want to present to the nation's leading industry professionals?

    Dates – Doors open from 09.30am November 7th and ends around 14.30 on November 8th

    This year's agenda.

    The Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Promoting Sustainable and Active TravelOur industry like no-other, brings together a huge range of teams and individuals     with experience from a whole host of backgrounds.            
    Each member with their own unique experiences is essential to achieving our shared aim.
    Collectively, our group is affectionately becoming known as Team Modeshift
    The 2019 Modeshift Convention will celebrate and share best practice on all that is good about the multi-disciplinary nature of promoting sustainable and          active travel.

We are now welcoming papers on the following themes:
Psychology of Behaviour Change
Getting infrastructure right
STARS best practice session – Education, Business, community
Age is no barriers – Early years, Higher Ed, Work places, Schools, Older adults
Development Control – Working together to create a national standard
Building barriers to unsustainable travel

If you are interested to present please email events@modeshift.org.uk and answer the following questions

1. Theme
2. Presentation synopsis - Proposed title and what you plan to cover
3. How long you would need ie 15 / 20 mins
4. Name of presenter/s and organisation/s
5. Presentation style and is there anything you plan to do that will make your presentation stand out?

Deadline to submit is July 31st - Send your submissions to events@modeshift.org.uk

Up-cycled cycle storage – Shooters Grove Primary School, Sheffield

Shooter’s Grove Primary school in Sheffield wanted to promote cycling as a form of transport to and from school, particularly as they already had a high number of pupils walking. One barrier which was identified was a lack of specific cycle storage where cycles could be kept upright and safe from damage caused by lying bikes on the floor.

The school along with ModeshiftSTARS staff decided to make their own cycle storage by recycling old wooden pallets. This provided a valuable opportunity for children to learn about environmental and conservational issues and how they could help to reduce waste by recycling. It is also a great example of a low cost, but effective idea to solve an otherwise potentially expensive problem.

The school sourced the wooden pallets from a local builders merchant and the caretaker constructed the pallets once they had been painted by the pupils. There was a grand opening of the cycle storage where children and parents enjoyed a free healthy breakfast and had a chance to cycle in the playground before the school day started. It was a great celebration of the school’s achievement.

The grand opening was followed up with a cycle safety assembly for the whole school, where children learned about how to keep themselves safe when riding their bikes and the importance of being seen by other road users. A very busy Dr Bike session then took place, where all three cycle racks were full, demonstrating the value of the project.

If you would like more information regarding the Modeshift STARS Scheme, visit for www.modeshiftstars.org for more information.

School Sport and Activity Action Plan


"A cross-government action plan to provide pupils with greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day."

"The action plan:

  • outlines a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person’s daily routine
  • explains how teachers and parents can play their part
  • promotes a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing

The action plan will be of interest to schools, teachers, parents and the sport sector."

For full details visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-sport-and-activity-action-plan

A Balanceability Case Study - Modeshift Partner


If you would like more information about Balanceability, visit https://www.balanceability.com/

North East Lincolnshire - Low Cost Scooter Pod Initiative for Modeshift Members

A message from North East Lincolnshire -

"We thought it would be a good idea to share with you the idea which we came up with here in North East Lincolnshire with regards to the free Scooter pod which Cyclepods were providing to all Modeshift members.

We decided that the fairest way to award the free scooter pod was to run a competition on the council’s Facebook page where general members of the public could nominate either a school, nursery or children’s centre in the borough to win the free scooter pod.

Over the 5 days which the competition was open for we received 982 comments , 562 likes, 330 shares & 17,176 post engagements, this in turn has increased the amount of people who are viewing the councils Facebook page meaning more people will be aware of what we are doing across the borough"

On behalf of Modeshift we would like thank North East Lincolnshire Council for sharing this case study.

Modeshift STARS mentioned in the latest Road Safety Statement 2019

On the 19th July 2019 the Department for Transport published the "Road Safety Statement 2019: A Lifetime of Road Safety". Modeshift STARS alongside Modeshift Partner Living Streets received acknowledgement within the statement for their work in supporting road safety through the promotion of sustainable and active school travel.


The statement looks at road safety throughout the lifetime of a road user and this statement brings a refreshed 2 year action plan addressing road safety issues. Full details on the statement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/road-safety-statement-2019-a-lifetime-of-road-safety



Using Gov Delivery for targetted E-Communications - A best Practise Project

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, like many councils, use Gov Delivery as a form of communication. Over the past 12 months we have been using it to communicate with various groups on targeted subjects. It works on the same principal as the Modeshift digest but we send ours out monthly.

The project started with a cycling subscribers list of nearly 1500 before we had even put out a newsletter! The email subscription system asks users what they are interested in and cycling was a topic. With a subscription list this big we thought we had better start producing an e-newsletter. This monthly newsletter focuses on seasonal tips, events and quirky news we have found about cycling. We get requests for our cycle and leisure rides maps which we can send out in the post.

Our schools group has over 500 subscribers and we use this newsletter to pass on STARS information, topical news, information about campaigns and best practice. We are often flooded with requests following the release of the newsletter and have encouraged a number of new schools to start their STARS journey. As with all of our newsletters the ‘open rate’ is high and subscribers are clicking through to links we have provided.

The latest e-newsletter is for subscribers interested in Urban Walking. We use this one to give information about events in the local area, local groups they can join, safety tips and we have a ‘Walk of the Month’. Although walking has only been an option on the subscription list for a few months we have over 300 subscribers.

In a time when everyone is pushed for time an e-newsletter is a great way to communicate as recipients can read it at their leisure and engage with us on their own terms. We have certainly engaged with more schools this year than in recent years which has been a massive positive and it is a fantastic tool to remind very busy people that you are still here!


South Western Railway Funding for Community Projects

South Western Railway is seeking applications for projects based on its railway network that look to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

The funding pot totals £5.3m and applications are open to fund community projects across the rail network which could address, educate or engage on social issues in order to make a real difference to people lives. Local authorities, community groups and other organisations are encouraged to apply.

Successful bids can include a wide range of schemes and activities, from outreach projects opening rail travel to more communities, to full-scale building and refurbishment projects.

The funding will run every two years, until the end of 2024 and is currently open.




Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Modeshift member's have asked for an extension to the deadline to submit nominations for this year's Modeshift Awards. The Management Board are supporting this request and have agreed to a new deadline of midnight on WEDNESDAY 7th AUGUST 2019

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 Broxap
  • Best Partnership - sponsored by David Richards (Printers and Distributors) Ltd
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Individual
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Team award - sponsored by Brightkidz
  • Contribution to Sustainable Travel - Organisation
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education - sponsored by Scootfit
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Business - sponsored by Pindar Creative
  • Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Community - sponsored by PWLC Projects
  • Best Project under £1000

Further details and a link to the online form can be found by clicking here.

Bike around the borough returns to Hackney for Ninth Annual Ride

More than 1000 people on bicycles took part in the Bike Around the Borough in Hackney on 11th July. Over 100 adults and 900 children from 42 schools took to the borough’s streets by bike as the sun shone and temperatures soared for the ninth-annual fun-filled celebration of cycling, which continues to be the world’s largest ‘bike bus’ event.

"It was really fun to cycle around Hackney and see places you know but also finding new places and views of London. Best of all it's not a race, it's a relaxing ride and you chat with your friends." Juni Harrison, Year 5, Rushmore Primary School

To find out more about Hackney Council's Bike Around the Borough visit https://news.hackney.gov.uk/bike-around-the-borough-2019-returns-for-ninth-annual-ride/




Renew Your Modeshift Membership Today

As part of your Modeshift membership you gain access to the Modeshift Convention in November, Regional Meetings three times a year, our weekly newsletter and your organisation can participate in the National Sustainable Travel Awards. Members will also get a scooter pod from Cyclepods.

So don't delay, sign up today. Visit https://www.modeshift.org.uk/apply


Start the New School Year with Road Safety in Mind - News from Living Streets

In October, Living Streets is giving schools the opportunity to take part in yet another fantastic Happy Shoesday, the school fundraising event with the aim of creating safer streets for all. The event is taking place on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

By taking part, your school can reduce congestion and pollution around school gates, while raising vital funds for Living Streets’ charitable work to create safer streets. Registering is very easy and children love showing off their happy shoes on the walk to school. On the day of the event, schools can simply encourage pupils to wear their happy shoes, walk to school and collect a suggested donation of £1 towards road safety.

Once registered, schools will receive FREE fundraising resources including fundraising box and fun stickers for the pupils.

For more about Happy Shoesday

The ‘Places to Ride’ programme - funding opportunity

The British Cycling Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

The programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

For more information visit https://www.funding4sport.co.uk/2019/06/21/places-to-ride-programme/

Forest Park SEN School: adapting STARS initiatives to gain Gold accreditation - A Best Practise Project

Forest Park is a two site school on the outskirts of Southampton. Pupils are aged between 2 and 19 and have a range of Special Educational Needs, including learning difficulties and communication disorders such as Autism. In addition, many pupils have physical or medical difficulties, including the need to use wheelchairs, or sensory impairments such as visual or hearing loss.

The school has recently been awarded their Gold Modeshift STARS and are the STARS National SEND School of the Year 2019.

The school worked hard to adapt STARS initiatives in order to enable all pupils to access the STARS travel activities. Their ‘inventive inclusion’ included:

Extending a ‘bling your bike’ competition to include scooters and wheelchairs. This was also a great way to encourage families to become involved as equipment could be ‘blinged’ at home and then a photo sent in for judging.

  • Adapting the ‘Be bright, Be seen’ initiative to become a ‘Neon walk’ between the two sites. This meant that all pupils could be involved as the focus was no longer on just those who walked to school.

  • As many of the pupils not being able to access regular bicycles many of the STARS cycling initiatives were not accessible to them, so the school invited an inclusive cycling project to join them. They brought a range of bikes and volunteers with them. All pupils were then able to access the session and plans were made to support primary-aged pupils to access cycling sessions for a set block during the next academic year. The school also promoted cycling opportunities that families could access during weekends and holidays.

See the Forest Park School travel plan webpages for more information.


New Change4Life Campaign to Inspire Children to get More Active.

A new survey from Change4Life and Disney UK has found that less than half of parents are aware that physical activity can build children’s self-confidence (49%), reduce anxiety (47%) and improve their self-esteem (46%). Just 16% (1 in 6) think that physical activity can help children develop attributes which make it easier to cope with life’s little set-backs.

Earlier this year, research from Sport England also found that enjoyment is the single biggest factor that motivates children to be active. So, to help the nation’s kids get more active this summer, the Change4Life campaign is encouraging children to play 10 Minute Shake Up games inspired by favourite characters from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2; and Disney’s Frozen and The Lion King. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of children surveyed said they would be inspired to be more physically active if they saw their favourite characters being active. 4 in 5 parents (82%) think that kids are likely to enjoy sports and physical activities if they’re fun and 61% of children agree that this helps.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/physical-activity-helps-children-to-deal-with-life-s-challenges?utm_source=ae1642b1-9d5c-4b5f-8e54-8e150f99676e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=weekly

Electric cars 'will not solve transport problem,' report warns

A report which has been highlighted by the BBC warns that car use will still need to be curbed even when all vehicles are powered by clean electricity.

The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) report calls on the government to devise a strategy allowing people to have a good standard of living without needing a car.

For more information visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48875361


High Streets Fund Shortlist Unveiled

The government has revealed the winners of the first phase of a £675 million pound fund to transform local high streets and make them fit for the future, with 51 areas of the country through to the second phase.

Those shortlisted will receive £150,000 of new funding to help them work up detailed proposals based on their initial plans.

Winners include Whitehaven in Cumbria down to Penzance in Cornwall, as well as Hull, Sheffield, Northampton, Wigan, South Shields and Haringey in London, who all have until spring 2020 to submit their final business cases.

A full list of winners can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d234462ed915d0bc832da73/future-high-streets-fund-shortlist.pdf


Enormous Walking Bus - A Best Practise Project

One of our Gold STARS accredited schools, located on a busy main road, wanted to find a new way to celebrate their success and encourage even more families to walk to school. We suggested an Enormous Walking Bus as a one-off event, to motivate and inspire the children whilst showing parents and carers how easy it was to walk their children to school. The route we chose also gave us the opportunity to walk through one of the Boroughs beautiful parks and point out the newly installed fitness equipment.

Over 200 children, parents, carers, staff and Borough Officers joined the walk on a beautiful sunny day in May. Children had made a cut out of a bus, posters and footprints to carry during their walk and the teachers held huge flags to show which school they were from. It was a magnificent sight to see.

Our mascot Terri the Tiger greeted the children on arrival and parents were invited into school for coffee and cake.

It was a huge success and was the talk of the school for many days after, with many families continuing to walk when they’d have previously travelled by car. The school have told us they will be running a similar activity at least once every half term. Some families and staff had never visited the park and said they would take the children to play and for picnics in the summer, they also mentioned that they would go there themselves to use the fitness equipment.

Further information can be found here: http://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/walking-bus/



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