Recognising Best Practice in Sustainable School Travel

What is a Travel Plan?

a travel plan consists of...

Site Audit

A travel plan looks at the location, facilities and site access. In the case of Modeshift STARS this is a school but could be a business, residential development or any kind of site. The site audit considers the current modes of transport used to access the site along with the different types visitors that attend the site. An audit of the local transport infrastructure surrounding the site identifies access to public transport, roads (including traffic volumes/congestion), cycleways and walking routes. The Travel Plan also identifies existing facilities at the site such as the availability and occupation of car parking, cycle parking and security, building facilities such as showers.

Target Setting

The site audit captures mode of travel data, from this targets can be set. Target setting is specific to the site and identifies areas for development. A site could aim to reduce single occupancy car use, increase car sharing or increase cycling and walking levels. Motivations behind target setting can vary, whether it is to reduce congestion, alleviate parking issues, improve health or air quality the STARS system will allow you to set targets specific for your school. Schools can monitor their progress to achieving these targets by delivering Hands Up Surveys in school that capture travel data for staff and pupils.

Set of Actions

A travel plan identifies a set of actions that are going to be delivered in order to meet the set targets. Modeshift STARS allows you to plan, manage and record activities you deliver in school supporting the promotion of sustainable travel. We have over 100 initiatives that can be delivered and promoted in school. We have the following initiative categories: Sustainable Travel Initiatives - walking/scooting, cycling, road safety and training, smarter driving, public transport. Supporting Initiatives - Promotion, Curriculum, Partnerships. Consultation Initiatives - consultation with the school community.

Monitoring Process

Modeshift STARS allows you to monitor your progress towards a school's targets. Schools can also record the activities and initiatives that have been delivered in school, upload evidence and monitor their progress whilst they work towards Modeshift STARS Accreditation. Monitor your school's modal shift to sustainable modes of transport and compare your school with schools in your area via average local authority data. Review your targets and plan new initiatives to deliver in school to further reduced congestion, improved air quality and support pupil health.

What is Modeshift STARS?

Online Platform
Accreditation Framework
National School Travel Awards

Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. On completion of an application for Modeshift STARS, schools will automatically have a brand new national standard School Travel Plan.

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