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Season's Greetings and Regional Meetings

This will be the last weekly digest until 11th January, so the Modeshift Management Board would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 

RED-dy Steady, Go!

The festive season is in now full swing – having started around late September (which was way too early) but now, even though we’ve not yet reach the 25th December, thoughts and plans are already turning to January 2019!

The Modeshift STARS Schools of the Region are set for the National School Travel Awards.

The Modeshift STARS Regional Awards took place throughout England in November. Over 70 schools were invited the award events, in recognition for demonstrating best practice in the promotion of sustainable school travel. At the events the Modeshift STARS Schools of the Region were awarded and the schools were presented their awards by representatives from the Department for Transport.

2018 Convention Evaluation

210 delegates attended the Modeshift 2018 Convention in Sheffield on November 1st and 2nd. 82 delegates took part in our post event survey and a summary of the results will be presented at our upcoming spring regional meetings.

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 'Wayfinding Signs'

With around 30 million visitors annually, Surrey Hills wanted to encourage visitors to travel sustainably and approached Pindar Creative to produce a series of posters for railway stations along the Guildford to Gatwick North Downs Railway Line, promoting the links to the North Downs Way and other locals trails.

Making our roads safer for vulnerable road users - Road Safety Conference 2019

The RoSPA Road Safety Conference will return on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham.

THINK Mates Matter Campaign

THINK is launching a new campaign calling on friends to look out for each other, not to let their mates drink drive, and to step in when necessary when a friend who is driving is drinking.

David Richards at the Modeshift Convention

Stephen Moody from David Richards was at this year’s Modeshift Convention.  This is what he had to say.

Pindar Creative at the Modeshift Convention

Maria Heaman from Pindar Creative was at this year’s Modeshift Convention.  This is what she had to say.

Road Safety Week in Haringey

Road Safety Week this year saw Haringey undertake a number of activities to support those who live, work, study and/or travel through the area to be safer on the road. 

Living Streets' Happy Shoesday

Join Happy Shoesday 2019 and swap the school ride for a school stride! On the day, schools can celebrate walking to school and help reduce congestion and pollution around school gates, while raising funds for Living Streets’ charitable work to create safer streets. The event is very easy to run; encourage pupils to wear their happiest shoes and walk to school, and on the day collect a suggested donation of £1. Your invaluable donations help Living Streets carry out their work to create safer and more enjoyable streets for all. Of course all of this will help schools with their Modeshift Stars accreditation (initiative PR11).

Schools can take part on one of the two dates below:

Tuesday, 21 May

Tuesday, 1 October

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL HERE

With fewer cars at the school gates, pupils can enjoy a happy, healthy and safer walk to school with fewer traffic jams, potential collisions and less toxic air. For more information and if you have any questions about Happy Shoesday, please visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/happy-shoesday





School Streets knowledge share session

Hackney Council invites local authorities who have implemented School Streets to attend a School Streets knowledge share session on - Tuesday 11th December 2pm- 4pm

In response to the growing numbers of London boroughs and local authorities who are implementing School Streets road closures in their area, Hackney Council have convened this session to share best practice and discuss common issues/lessons learned.

Agenda items for discussion include a coordinated approach to School Streets:

  • Signage
      • Permitting
      • Publicity

The session will be held at Hackney Service Centre. Lunch is provided from 1pm - 2pm, when there will be an opportunity for networking.

Spaces for the seminar are limited, so we suggest that the representatives who attend are briefed on all aspects of School Streets and able to contribute to the discussion.

If you are unable to attend please forward this invitation to a suitable representative, or let us know who is leading on School Streets in your area. To register your attendance please email: dominique.humbert@hackney.gov.uk

This invitation is only for authorities who have already implemented School Streets. However, Hackney Council, in conjunction with Modeshift and Edinburgh Economics, will be hosting School Streets Workshops in 2019 for authorities wishing to implement School Streets in their area.

Dates are TBC, but the events will be listed here: https://www.modeshift.org.uk/events



Peddle My Wheels at the Modeshift Convention

Alper Muduroglu from Peddle My wheels was at this year’s Modeshift Convention. This is what he had to say.

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 Bike - affordable bikes for all, combined with a cycling mentor to overcome confidence issues.

How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services? Visit our website at https://www.peddlemywheels.com/ or email alper@peddlemywheels.com or call 07960 638649 with any questions.

What was the highlight of the conference for you? This was an excellent, well organised and relaxed event. I found the presentations very interesting and informative and the awards ceremony was good fun. Thank you Modeshift.

Pogu at the Modeshift Convention

Neil from Pogu was at this year’s Modeshift Convention. This is what he had to say.

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 products are designed to be high performing hi-viz protection for children. Our products help to protect children, especially during the darker periods of the day. Our kit is also great for rewards encouraging safer travel.

How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services? Visit our website at https://www.pogu.co.uk/or email neil@pogu,co.uk or call 07766 812193 with any questions.

What was the highlight of the conference for you? Hearing about School Streets and the movement towards safer streets during the school travel periods.

Road Safety Week Best Practise - We Need You

What did you do during road safety week to support your community to travel safer? If you worked on any projects that were well received, and you would like to share with your Modeshift colleagues, please email info@modeshift.org.uk

Your project, event or activity could be featured in the next news bulletin.

Bold new measures to keep people safe on the roads

The Government has released a 2 year action plan to improve road safety which include measures to combat road rage, encourage more mutual respect between road users and protect the vulnerable.

The full action plan can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bold-new-measures-to-keep-people-safe-on-the-roads


Effectiveness of 20 mph speed limits on roads

The Government has published a report into the effectiveness of 20 miles per hour road speed limits.

The research concludes that:

  • 20mph limits are supported by the majority of residents and drivers
  • there has been a small reduction in average (median) speed - less than 1mph
  • vehicles travelling at higher speeds before the introduction of the 20mph limit have reduced their speed more than those already travelling at lower speed

The full report can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/20-mph-speed-limits-on-roads?utm_source=4a35f8cc-0f02-429c-b984-0a590e326628&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Play Streets and Physical Activity

Play Streets, leading to a safe play space near home, is an effective way to increase children’s physical activity and decrease sedentary time during summer the holidays.

This is the latest evidence from Dr Adrian Davis. Mores information can be found at https://travelwest.info/project/no-176-play-streets-during-school-vacations

New research shows getting more people walking and cycling could help save our high streets

Transport for London (TfL) has published research that shows improvements to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle in London’s town centres and high streets lead to an increase in retail rental values, more retail space being filled and a 93 per cent increase in people walking in the streets. The research has also found that people walking, cycling and using public transport spend the most in their local shops, spending 40 per cent more each month than car drivers.

In one major study published today, locations including Bromley North Village, Hornchurch Town Centre, Clapham, Woolwich Town Centre and Walworth Road were studied to assess the impact of improvements, such as widened footpaths, increased space for outdoor seating, new public squares and pedestrian crossings.

For more information visit https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/economic-benefits-of-walking-and-cycling

Parents say school run most stressful part of the day

New research has revealed just how stressful parents find the daily journey, with 31% confessing it’s the most stressful part of their entire day and more than a quarter (26%) saying they find the school run as stressful - if not a more stressful experience - as buying a house.

Read more at: https://www.belpernews.co.uk/news/parents-say-school-run-is-most-stressful-part-of-their-day-1-9430671

Room 9 Media at the Modeshift Convention

John Billington from Room 9 Media was at this year’s Modeshift Convention. This is what he had to say.

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? If you're involved in any area of safer and sustainable travel we will have something to help you or you can work with us on something new.

How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services? Visit our website at http://www.room9media.com/ or email john@room9media.com with any questions.

What was the highlight of the conference for you? Talking to delegates and sharing ideas and information. There were some really interesting talks on working with schools and nurseries.










60 seconds with Modeshift Convention Speaker Ian Farquharson

Ian Farquharson is a Senior Environmental Management Officer at Babergh & Mid-Suffolk District Council. He spoke at the Modeshift Convention about 'Securing an EV future through the planning process.’

How long have you been involved with Modeshift and in what capacity? This is the first time that I have been involved with Modeshift.

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? The train. It's fast, comfortable and sociable if people actually talk to each other.

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I once built a kit car that leaked when it rained.

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? I am currently in the middle of installing 11 rapid EV chargers across East Anglia.

What do you do for fun? Kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and upcycling.

National Sustainable Travel Award Winners 2018

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 Sheffield, on Thursday 1st November.

For the full list of 2018 winners please visit https://modeshift.org.uk/2018-awards

The Modeshift Management Board

Register your interest for our CPD training courses

Modeshift run four courses aimed at supporting you to undertake your role better. Courses include:

  • An introduction to travel plans
  • Delivering an effective school travel plan programme
  • Delivering and implementing an effective workplace travel plan programme
  • Youth Travel Ambassador facilitator training

Courses are offered at the reduced rate of £199 per delegate for Members, Partners and Supporters of Modeshift. For non-members, the cost is £375 per delegate.

For more information about each course visit https://modeshift.org.uk/training

To register your interest to attend one of these courses please email admin@modeshift.org.uk

Cyclepods at the Modeshift Convention

Luc Bonnici from Cyclepods was at this year’s Modeshift Convention. This is what he had to say.

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? Any of our 'Pod' range. The items are made using recycled and recyclable materials, look great and actually encourage people to scoot and cycle!

How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services? Come and talk to us at any Modeshift event or simply pick up the phone and give us a call - 0845 094 0490.

What was the highlight of the conference for you? Knowing that it's the final year in Sheffield added an extra gloss to the occasion. The Awards Ceremony is always the highlight as it's a chance to honour and recognise all those individuals, teams and schemes that are making such a positive difference.


60 Seconds with Modeshift Convention Speaker Bridget Fox

Bridget Fox is a Sustainable Transport Campaigner representing the Campaign for Better Transport. She spoke at the Modeshift Convention about 'Practical policies for cutting car dependency.’

How long have you been involved with Modeshift and in what capacity? We are long term Modeshift supporters. I've been in post for the last 3 years, promoting sustainable transport and fighting car dependency.

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? It's really difficult to say! Multimodal trips are the reality. Bus is a critical mode to connect communities.

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I recently started cycling again after 30 years! Thanks to a mix of bike hire schemes and quietways.

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Lots! We have secured more funding for environmental improvements to Highways England roads, more funding for e-cargo bikes - and the Welsh Assembly recently agreed with our evidence that road maintenance should take priority over new road building. Seeking support for sustainable transport reinforced in the new National Planning Policy Framework was also a win!

What do you do for fun? Exploring European cities on foot with my partner.

Bike Smart - Road Safety Week November 2018

The theme for Road Safety Week (19-25 November) is the safety of those on two wheels and encouraging everyone to be Bike Smart.

Everyone can play a part in raising awareness about the importance of protecting those on bikes. This year's campaign will focus on:

  • policy-makers being Bike Smart by implementing a safe systems approach, mandating lifesaving technology and prioritising cycle friendly infrastructure
  • drivers being Bike Smart by looking out for those on two wheels, driving safely and slowly and giving bike riders plenty of space
  • cyclists and motorcyclists being Bike Smart through safe riding behaviours and appropriate training and equipment

For more information and to register, visit http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/our-theme

Brightkidz Guest Blog - School Reflector Shops, Tips for Engaging with Schools and Shout About Your Success

November is always a bit crazy here at Brightkidz… and this year more than usual.

The clocks have gone back and for these darker evenings reflectors and lights can help many children (and adults) to be bright. Our Reflector Shop Packs are proving popular as they enable pupils to set up their own stalls at schools - ideal for schools on a tight budget and this activity counts towards STARS.

Wasn’t it a fantastic Modeshift conference this year? I was really honoured to be awarded the ‘Individual Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award’ and thank you to everyone who voted for me or who gave me such warm congratulations after.


Although we may prefer to be modest, I think it is important for all of us who won or were shortlisted to share our achievements as it raises the profile of the sector. So I’ve peppered my social media with mentions of my award and will happily retweet, like etc anyone elses I see (tag #modeshift2018 and follow web link below for my social media).

The benefits of social media came up in my presentation ‘Engaging with primary schools - techniques from the business world’. For those who missed it or if you want a reminder of the ten tips to help you, see my link below. This also gives info on the free Brightkidz sample pack offer for delegates which we have extended to any Modeshift local authority member even if you weren’t there (but be quick, ends 19 Nov)!

At Brightkidz we’re looking forward to attending a few more events soon… the STARS regional awards in Stoke and York, Road Safety GB in Brighton and lots of local events with schools. Do come and say ‘Hi’ if you spot us.

Finally, if any more school travel professionals would like printed copies of our flyer for schools please let me know your details and how many schools you have. Or download the pdf version here to view or share.

Here’s the link to 10 Tips, social media and LA/delegate free sample pack: www.brightkidz.co.uk/modeshift2018

Request Brightkidz flyers for your schools: alison@brightkidz.co.uk

That’s all folks! Have a safe, active autumn.

Alison Holland, Projects and Partnerships, Brightkidz


Broxap at the Modeshift Convention

Emma Godhey and Paul Smith from Broxap were at this year’s Modeshift Convention. This is what they had to say.

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?

Definitely our lockable cycle shelters or lockers. They provide a safe and easy way to store cycles when out-and about, or a safe place for students when at school or studying.

How can Modeshift Members find out more about your products and services? We have an array of leaflets with us today, which have detailed links to our website showing where to find relevant information and products. You can also email sales@broxap.com or call us on 01782564411.

What has been the highlight of the conference for you? The highlight has to be the interesting, in-depth conversations being head with each individual that passes the stand. It has been exciting meeting new people and seeing what is going on within sustainable travel.














60 seconds with Modeshift Convention Speaker Joe Green

Joe Green is Transport Behaviour Manager at Birmingham City Council. He spoke at the Modeshift Convention about ‘Utilising STARSfor to deliver Effective Travel Plans.’

How long have you been involved with Modeshift and in what capacity? Five to six years in various capacities, as in my previous job I worked for Sustrans West Midlands.

If you could only choose to promote one way to travel, what would it be and why? Bike, because it is a quick, easy way to making short door-to-door journeys (but I like being able to travel in different ways).

Tell us something we didn’t know about you? I’ve played in an internal football world cup tournament.

What’s your biggest work achievement to date? Working with people in Kings Heath on reimagining the High Street, as featured in last year’s BBC Fighting for Air Documentary.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy my job! But I also enjoy watching and playing sports, seeing live music socialising with friends – and I need to start training for a 100 mile bike ride that I’ve signed up for next May! Velo Birmingham.


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