Record Expansion for the Modeshift STARS schemes
Despite the challenges of the last 18-months, the Modeshift STARS schemes are continuing to see unprecedented growth across all sectors. Two thirds of local authorities in England (81 in total) are now using the STARS Education scheme to engage schools in activities to promote sustainable and active travel. In addition, 35 LAs (including London Boroughs) are implementing the STARS Business scheme for effective Travel Plan engagement with business and community organisations.
Effective Travel Plans are vital for a healthier, greener and safer future, as they promote and enable more sustainable modes of travel. Modeshift work with thousands of business, education and community settings across the UK to improve Travel Plan standards, share best practice and award Modeshift STARS accreditation. The Modeshift STARS system empowers organisations by providing a centre of excellence for developing, delivering and monitoring effective Travel Plans.
Over 3,000 sites in England have now achieved STARS accreditation and 2020/21 has been a record year for accreditation applications. Almost 750 organisations have applied for accreditation in the last 12-months, which is over 25% more than the previous record of 564 in 2018/19. Amongst them are household names such as Birmingham City Council, BBC Birmingham, Next PLC, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and National Express Coaches West Midlands.
Modeshift introduced a new Platinum level of accreditation in January 2021 to recognise and reward those sites that specifically excel in increasing levels of active travel. 8 schools have already achieved this new level with many more applications submitted in the summer term. All considered the commitment to delivering effective Travel Plans has never been so driven and Modeshift are now looking forward to another record-breaking year in 2021/22.