Hertfordshire County Council win national sustainable travel award

Published: 21 Nov 2018

Hertfordshire County Council were crowned winners of the Excellence in Walking category at the Modeshift awards 2018 for their Walk to Clean Air Day project, despite facing stiff competition from other local authorities.

The Walk to Clean Air Day project linked Walk to School Week (W2SW) with Clean Air Day, encouraging families to walk to school for an entire month. Pupils and their parents and carers changed their behaviour over this extended period, rather than the usual week long W2SW.


Pupils had the opportunity to learn more about Clean Air Day at school, encouraging them to keep them walking and were given stickers and activity sheets. With almost 50% of primary schools in Hertfordshire taking part it was a very successful campaign.


Each year the county council creates a theme to increase interest in W2SW and this year a total of 208 schools took part, up 19% on last year when 175 participated.


David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It is great to see the hard work and innovative thinking of the Active and Safer Travel team here at Hertfordshire County Council being recognised on a national level.


“The award also recognises the efforts of parents, carers, teachers and pupils who took up the challenge to become more active and walk to school rather than taking the car.


“We hope that this will inspire more people across the county to think about the environment when considering how they travel.”


The winners of the 2018 National Sustainable Travel Awards were announced at the Modeshift Convention, on Thursday 1 November, in Sheffield City Hall.


The annual awards are designed to recognise and reward Modeshift Members for schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practice, showing innovation and being inspirational.