Hertfordshire County Council walks home with active travel award

Published: 13 Nov 2019

Hertfordshire County Council has been awarded for its project to encourage Stevenage residents to walk regularly, leave the car at home and stay healthy.

Working in collaboration with Stevenage Borough Council, the police and fire and rescue service, the award-winning project included an Active Challenge Week, a focused ‘Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen’ campaign, and a well-attended Walking Festival family trail.

Faced with stiff competition from across the country, the county council’s Active and Safer Travel Team received a National Modeshift Award for the Best Partnership Initiative. The team was also awarded as a runner-up in the Best Project Under £1,000 and Excellence in Walking Awards categories.

Simon Aries, Hertfordshire County Council’s Assistant Director for Environment and Infrastructure said: “We are delighted to win this award for our work with partners in Stevenage.

“With significant growth planned for Hertfordshire, it has never been more important to encourage everyone to leave the car at home when possible and walk, cycle and use public transport to their destination. It is good for us as individuals and for the environment.”

Further events organised in Stevenage by the team included supporting Older Person’s Active Learning and Safety Sessions, delivering road safety training at community play centres and working with local schools to develop and maintain travel plans.

Pic cap: Lindsey Day, the Senior Road Safety Officer, Active and Safer Travel Team receiving the award at the National Modeshift Conference 2019.