Excellence in Walking award hopefuls

Published: 02 Oct 2018

An Active Travel to School campaign in Hertfordshire has attracted attention from the judges of a national awards scheme.

The County Council’s Active & Safer Travel Team has been shortlisted for ‘Excellence in Walking’ in the Modeshift STARS national travel awards for their ‘Walk to Clean Air’ project. A total of 208 schools in the county signed up to ‘Walk to Clean Air’ during Walk to School Week in May.

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.

In Hertfordshire, 209 schools were registered on Modeshift at the end of August, representing 42.7 per cent of the county’s schools - almost triple the national average of 14.3 per cent.

Cllr Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways & Environment, said: “As October is International Walk to School Month, the news of our nomination is very timely. It recognises the great effort of students, parents, teachers and council officers in taking up the challenge to become more active and walk their journey to school instead of taking the car.

“By linking walking to school to the subject of clean air, we highlighted the benefits of reducing cars around the school during drop off and pick up times.”

The winners of the awards will be announced on 1 November at the National Modeshift Conference, where Hertfordshire County Council’s Active & Safer Travel Team will also be giving a talk on their current projects to promote active travel to school.