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Free walking from home resources - News from Living Sreets

Calling all members - Consultation on the reform of the planning system in England

Do you want to have your ideas and views heard on the new consultation to reform the planning system in England?

2020 Convention update

Key Walk to School Products - News from Living Sreets

PM kickstarts £2bn cycling and walking revolution

Thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription will be rolled out under new plans to overhaul cycling and walking in England launched by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Tuesday 28 July).

Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

Cycling and walking plan for England

This plan describes the vision to make England a great walking and cycling nation. It sets out the actions required at all levels of government to make this a reality, grouped under four themes:

Summer Campaign Cycle More 2020 - News from The Bikeability Trust

Art competition launched for green-minded youngsters

Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards - nominations close 9th August

Nominations for this year’s National Sustainable Travel Awards close on 9th August.

Podcast Emily Cherry - The Bikeability Trust - News from Room 9 Media

Room 9 Media speaks to Emily Cherry, the Executive Director for 'The Bikeability Trust'.

Emily addresses a variety of topics; including starting her new role with The Trust. She talks about the resources Bikeability are offering to encourage family cycling. She reflects upon the effect of lockdown on children and the 'Peace One Day' campaign. She also takes the opportunity to answer some of your questions!

You can listen here:https://soundcloud.com/room9media/emily-cherry-executive-director-for-the-bikeability-trust

For more information email John Billington at john@room9media.com

Walking from Home to school safely - News from Living Streets

As we are still being asked to practise physical distancing when outside our homes, the government is highlighting the importance of this also happening during school drop-off and pick-up times. Living Streets have put together some useful reminders and tips for when children go back to school:

1. On your journey to school, where possible, maintain two metres distance from others.

2. Where safe physical distancing is not possible, if you can, use a face covering.

3. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey to school.

4. Plan ahead your route.

5. If you have no alternative to public transport, refer to this infographic for guidance.

6. Consider staggered drop-off and pick-up times to limit the number of people approaching the school gates at the same time.

7. Use tape, posters, cones, or stencils to mark the road to remind families about keeping a safe distance from others. Here you can find downloadable government posters and shareables.

8. Encourage families who are coming back to school to walk their journey using our Walk Back To School shareable.

For more information visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/blog/walkingfromhome-walking-to-school-safely

Catch the Latest School Streets Webinar

Modeshift's School Streets webinar was successfully delivered on Monday 6th July. Over 200 participants registered with approximately 170 joining on the day.

Here is the recording of the webinar:

The training took you through the key elements of a 'traditional' School Streets scheme and gave an overview of how local authorities can quickly establish schemes in their area as a response to the current public health crisis. We also shared examples of best practice from local authorities across the country who have already managed to set up School Streets schemes in recent weeks as part of their response. Specifically the webinar focussed on the following areas:

- What is a School Street scheme

- The different approaches to delivering School Streets

- Setting up a School Street scheme in response to COVID-19

- 'School Space' and complimentary measures to School Streets

- Examples of best practice for COVID-19 School Streets schemes

If you missed out please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4VajfD_NUc&feature=youtu.be to see a recording of the webinar if you are unable to watch on this page.

Pupils encouraged to Stay Safe Get Active

As more pupils prepare to return to education in September, a North East school is encouraging parents and children to get more active and improve the air quality and safety around schools.

The Federation of Mowden Schools, in Darlington, has been working with Modeshift STARS, a national schools awards scheme recognising excellence in supporting sustainable travel, to create a ‘walking bubble’ around the school for students.

The bubbles are part of Modeshift STARS’ latest initiative, #StaySafeGetActive, which enables any registered school to create a walking zone map to support them with their re-opening whilst encouraging social distancing outside of the school gates.

Nick Butler, Modeshift STARS accreditation manager, said: “We would like as many schools as possible to create a #StaySafeGetActive walking bubble around their school, ensuring that children and their families can enjoy a safer and more active journey to school.

“Everyone where possible should walk, cycle or scoot to school. Where families must travel by car, we’d like them find a safe place to park at least five minutes away from the school gates and walk for the final few metres to create a car-free zone.”

This initiative, which will be rolled out nationally before the end of the school holidays, has been launched on the back of research that found that only 51 per cent of primary children walk to school, compared to 70 per cent a generation ago. The Modeshift STARS team also hope it will build on the positive effect of the recent lockdown on air quality; research has found that pollutants from vehicle emissions are linked to rising levels of heart disease, as well as increasing the severity of Covid-19 infections.

Nick added: “We feel that this is the ideal time to launch the walking bubbles as, during lockdown, more people than ever were taking a daily walk, scoot or bike ride. Furthermore, with the reduction in traffic on the roads, the air quality improved dramatically with some cities seeing nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels falling by up to 60 percent.

“In addition to the recognised benefits of active travel, fewer cars around the school gates will mean that there is plenty of space for families to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines.

Peter King, Headteacher of the Federation of Mowden Schools, added: “We’re delighted to be working with the Modeshift STARS Team to establish the first ever walking bubble scheme in England.



































London Walking and Cycling Conference Webinar series

The London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the City of London and Steer, present the London Walking and Cycling Conference Webinar series.

The first event in the series will discuss how local authorities can rapidly repurpose our cities streets, capitalise on the unprecedented demand for walking and cycling as well as lock in the benefits of cleaner air and quieter streets.

Further information about the first event and how to register will be included in the next Modeshift weekly digest, so watch this space.

Emergency Active Travel Fund - invitation to bid for Tranche 2 - News from Cyclepods

On Friday the DfT released their guidance on the second tranche of the Emergency Active Travel Funding, which you can find here - https://www.cyclepods.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/200708-Letter-T2-invitation-letter-FINAL-UPDATED.pdf.

This states that Local Authorities have until Friday 7th August to apply for the next wave of funding for cycling and walking investment, to “allow cycling in particular to replace journeys previously made by public transport, and will have an essential role to play in the short term in helping avoid overcrowding on public transport systems” as we start travelling after the lockdown.

It’s also important to note that this tranche of funding is also for longer term cycling and walking investment to “help deliver significant health, environmental and congestion benefits”. Important issues that we were all working hard to combat before the pandemic and must not lose sight of!

To help you all stretch any funding allocated to cycling and scooting, Cyclepods are offering 10% off ALL of our products if you are members of Modeshift. This discount only applies to product and not installation or deliver and is valid until 31st March 2021.

The document we have linked to contains more information on how Local Authorities can bid for funding, including the link to the online bid proforma which can also be found here - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EmergencyActiveTravel_tranche2proforma/

We have also been advising and assisting several Local Authorities and other organisations in their bids for funding and would be happy to help you should you need anything. Just contact one of our team at info@cyclepods.co.uk or call 01959 546046.



















Over 200 registered for Modeshift School Streets Webinar

The webinar on the 6th July will take you through the key elements of a 'traditional' School Streets scheme and give an overview of how local authorities can quickly establish schemes in their area as a response to the current public health crisis. We will also share examples of best practice from local authorities across the country who have already managed to set up School Streets schemes in recent weeks as part of their response. Specifically the webinar will focus on the following areas:

- What is a School Street scheme

- The different approaches to delivering School Streets

- Setting up a School Street scheme in response to COVID-19

- 'School Space' and complimentary measures to School Streets

- Examples of best practice for COVID-19 School Streets schemes

For more information and to book your place visit www.modeshift.org.uk/events


Including COVID-19 into the Travel Plans – News from Next

So, at the start of each year I create a plan to encourage staff at all of the Next sites in the UK and Eire to travel by a sustainable mode to work. Competition prizes are purchased and travel Incentive vouchers are issued for some of the larger sites.

As we all know, encouraging behaviour change in January and February can be very difficult. No one wants to give up the cosy warm car to walk or cycle in the rain or snow. But come March time when the weather improves, staff are more open to consider their travel options.

That was until March 2020 when everyone was faced with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Next had to close over 500 stores due to mandatory government guidelines. Distribution centres and online centres had to close for a short time whilst sites were made COVID-19 secure. Head Office reduced their staff on site to ensure social distancing measures were met. This led to a number of staff working from home.

The Pandemic changed everyone's daily life routines which led to the Travel Plans being reviewed and updated to include COVID-19. Sustainable Transport policies for bus use and car sharing was updated to include safety measures staff now needed to take to be able to travel to work by bus, or car share (where no other travel option was available). Those that did drive were asked to reverse park only at the Head office site, thus ensuring a distance between drivers when exiting cars.

Staff, as per government guidelines, were encouraged to walk or cycle to work. However staff found it difficult to purchase bikes (many retailers currently have a 3 month waiting list due to demand in bike sales).

Next had to find new ways of reporting working behaviour as well as travel behaviour. How many people were travelling to work, how many worked from home, and how many were placed on the Furlough scheme. Of those travelling to work, did we now have more drivers, or do we now have more cyclists and more walkers. The Travel2Next website was hit with a number of queries to help with planning a staff members journey to work.

Over three months on and we are now in July, and the Pandemic is still taking a toll. The Travel Plan is constantly reviewed to update changes as and when Government guidelines change.

2020 will be a very unusual year, and a very unusual Travel Plan.

Sarah McAlinden
Travel2Next Facilities Co-ordinator


New Chief Executive - News from Living Streets

Living Streets has announced Mary Creagh as their new Chief Executive. Mary has over 20 years’ experience campaigning for environmental and social justice as an MP, Government Whip, Shadow Cabinet Minister and Select Committee Chair.

Mary will start her role on 1 September 2020 and is looking forward to working with partners, staff, and supporters to put walking at the heart of the nation’s green recovery.

To find out more visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/press-media/mary-creagh-steps-up-as-chief-executive-of-living-streets?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=walking+newsletter+&utm_content=20200630+Project+Partners+June+newsletter



Covid-19 temporary cycling and walking interventions - News from Sustrans

We're seeing more and more local authorities making changes to our streets to make it safer for people to walk and cycle during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

So we've put together a list of guidance, technical briefings and examples to support designers in creating temporary cycling and walking interventions.

To find out more visit https://www.sustrans.org.uk/for-professionals/infrastructure/walking-and-cycling-infrastructure-design-guidance/covid-19-temporary-cycling-and-walking-interventions/

Modeshift Webinar - The role of School Streets in supporting the wider re-opening of schools

We caught up with Nick and Caroline School Streets course tutors, ahead of the upcoming Webinar taking place on the 6th July.

Please note this video is host on Facebook and may not be viewable on your device depending upon your organisations corporate policy. This video is also available on LinkedIn.

The webinar taking place on the 6th July will will take you through the key elements of a 'traditional' School Streets scheme and give an overview of how local authorities can quickly establish schemes in their area as a response to the current public health crisis. We will also share examples of best practice from local authorities across the country who have already managed to set up School Streets schemes in recent weeks as part of their response. Specifically the webinar will focus on the following areas:

- What is a School Street scheme

- The different approaches to delivering School Streets

- Setting up a School Street scheme in response to COVID-19

- 'School Space' and complimentary measures to School Streets

- Examples of best practice for COVID-19 School Streets schemes


For more information and to book your place visit www.modeshift.org.uk/events

Beryl partners with Pushing Ahead to launch the BetterByBike initiative in Norwich

Beryl, the British micro mobility operator of Norwich’s bike share scheme, has partnered with Norfolk County Council’s Pushing Ahead programme to encourage more journeys by bicycle and help rejuvenate the city’s local economy. Throughout the coming summer months, hundreds of thousands of riding minutes will be accessible for free to help those across the city looking to travel in a safe and more sustainable way.

Beryl’s #BetterByBike campaign aims to build on the growing support for cycling in the UK and the positive behaviour changes many have made towards active travel. Within a year of Beryl’s bikeshare launch across the UK, over 200,000 rides have been completed and riders are rapidly closing in on reaching one million kilometres cycled collectively.

In partnership with Norfolk County Council’s ‘Pushing Ahead’ programme, an active travel scheme to get the community moving, the first 1,000 users to redeem the local #BetterByBike promotion will receive 200 minutes of free riding minutes to use across the city. The offer of free minutes is live from today, allowing people to visit Norwich’s reopening high streets in a socially distant, environmentally friendly and convenient way. To access the promotion, residents need to download the free Beryl App on relevant smart phone stores, and follow the in-app messages.

Global research shows cyclists visit shops more frequently than people in private cars and can spend up to 40% more than motorists. According to a health economic assessment tool, Norwich’s local economy could see a boost of £31,000 and a carbon saving of 2.2 tonnes if all of Beryl’s free minutes are redeemed and used.

For more information visit https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/news/2020/06/beryl-partners-with-pushing-ahead-to-launch-the-betterbybike-initiative-in-Norwich

Are you offering cycle training

With an increasing number of people opting to cycle so they can comply with social distancing, we know that some members have reintroduced free cycle training.

East Riding of Yorkshire is keen for people to continue cycling as the restrictions are eased and they are offering safe, free personal cycle training to support residents in this transition.

The sessions will help to give adults and children aged 11 and over the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to cycle more regularly as workplaces, shops and schools begin to reopen.

What are you doing about cycle training? Let us know by emailing info@modeshift.org.uk

For further information about East Riding of Yorkshire's Cycle Training visit https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/news/?entry=5ede11ffa063462630de9b1b


Garden Villages and Garden Towns - Visions and Reality

From Kent to Carlisle, the Government wants to build more than 50 Garden Villages and Garden Towns to help tackle the country’s housing supply crisis.

Garden Communities are envisaged as sociable, green communities, each with a centre that is easily walked to and a transport system built for sustainability.

The Transport for New Homes report, Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality, found that the reality threatens to be very different.

For further information visit https://www.transportfornewhomes.org.uk/the-project/garden-villages-and-garden-towns/

Workplaces, Travel & Covid 19 Webinar for Employers - Modeshift Partner Go Travel Solutions

Practical ways for employers to deal with the commuting challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The SmartGo sustainable transport scheme would like to invite you to attend the latest in our series of webinars for employers on Friday 26th June at 10:00-11:00.

See how your organisation can benefit from the future opportunities to promote sustainable transport and respond to the big increase in interest in cycling and walking both during the ongoing restrictions and for when life begins to return to normal.

We'll be joined by several presenters to give insight and advice from different angles. Arriva will discuss bus travel under current guidelines, Halfords will explain how a proactive approach to cycling can be good for employers, and we'll get a business perspective from St Johns Shopping Centre,Liverpool.

You will also receive the latest information on expected post-pandemic workplace travel trends and hear how businesses can help manage and support the return to work of their employees.


For more information and to register your place, please click below:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5038555322775373325

Go Travel Solutions are a Modeshift Partner and if you would like more information visit https://www.go-travel-solutions.com/

Traffic to be banned outside 40 schools in Hackney as part of emergency plan

School Streets – where motor traffic is banned from outside schools at opening and closing times – will be introduced at almost every primary school in Hackney by September, as part of the Council’s radical plan to aid social distancing, support walking and cycling and protect people from an increase in traffic as lockdown eases.

The rollout of School Streets to 40 new schools follows the Council’s successful bid for £350,000 from Transport for London’s Streetspace programme. The Council will implement the scheme, contributing an additional £100,000 towards the project.

School Streets help to reclaim roads outside schools from motor traffic, aid social distancing, improve air quality at the school gates, and make it easier for children to walk and cycle to school.

Nine School Streets are already in place in Hackney, with evidence from the first four showing that traffic reduced by an average of 68%, the number of children cycling to school increased by 51% and vehicle emissions outside schools (NOx, PM10 and PM2.5) are down by 74% as a result of the schemes.

Hackney Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to introduce School Streets, and has since created a toolkit that other local authorities are now using to implement their own.

To find out more visit https://news.hackney.gov.uk/traffic-to-be-banned-outside-40-schools-as-part-of-emergency-plan/

New survey reveals parent concern over street safety

A new survey finds six out of ten parents are worried about increased levels of traffic when lockdown is lifted.

The survey, commissioned by Global Action Plan and carried out by Opinium, finds that six out of ten parents are worried about increased levels of traffic when lockdown is lifted, but that they are also keen to play their part. Over half (53%) plan to walk or cycle more than they did before after lockdown, and the vast majority of those that plan to be more active (79%) say that restricting vehicle access at certain times of the day would be helpful.

In response to the survey, Living Streets alongside 10 other organisations are calling on councils to use £280 million of funding that has been made available by governments in UK for local authorities to build cycle lanes, widen pavements and restrict motor traffic to make neighbourhoods safer.

To find out more visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/press-media/new-survey-reveals-parent-concern-over-street-safety

20mph speed limit in Westminster

Westminster City Council is introducing a 20mph speed limit on all its roads, as part of their commitment to making streets safer, healthier and cleaner for everyone.

Reducing speeds reduces the severity of accidents and makes it safer to walk and cycle – helping improve public space and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles.

Lower speed limits are supported by an overwhelming majority of Westminster residents, who feel it would be safer to walk and cycle in their community.

For more details visit https://www.westminster.gov.uk/westminster-wide-20mph-rollout%C2%A0

Modeshift STARS Summer Update 2020 Video

Nick Butler National STARS Manager takes you through the summer update ahead of the Virtual Modeshift Regional Meetings.

(Please note this video is hosted on Facebook and may not work due to your organisation's corporate policy on this webpage. The video is also available on our Linkedin page)

For more information about the Regional meetings visit www.modeshift.org.uk/events


For information for Modeshift STARS visit www.modeshiftstars.org

Modeshift Summer Update Video 2020

In this video Adam takes you through the summer update ahead of the Virtual Regional meetings for the summer of 2020.

(Please note this video is hosted on Facebook and may not work due to your organisation's corporate policy on this webpage. The video is also available on our Linkedin page)

Find out the latest new from Modeshift including the National Sustainable Travel Awards, Modeshift Convention and of course all of the great benefits available to Modeshift Members.

If you would like more information about the events taking place for your region visit www.modeshift.org.uk/events


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