It was an exciting year in 2015/16 for school sustainable transport. Wokingham Borough Council became a member of the national sustainable travel organisation, Modeshift and launched the Modeshift STARS travel plan scheme in September 2015.
Modeshift STARS provides an online travel plan framework for schools, offering a step by step process to encourage sustainable travel to schools. The STARS scheme helps to embed active travel culture within a school. The My Journey team provides additional local support to help schools achieve this national recognition.
There are three levels of accreditation; bronze, silver and gold. In 2016, six Wokingham schools have successfully gained bronze accreditation and shown inspiring commitment in promoting active and safe travel:
- Highwood Primary School
- Oakbank School
- Radstock Primary School
- All Saints Primary School
- Gorse Ride Junior School
- Holme Grange School
Each year a free scooterpod is available for the first primary school to achieve accreditation and to include scooter training on their action plan. Highwood in Woodley were successful in completing the plan first in 2015 and have been making use of their new scooterpod since May 2015.
Wokingham has ambitious plans for the 16/17 school year with a target to double the number of Modeshift STARS accredited schools with at least two schools achieving silver accreditation.
If you're interested in finding out more about how to gain Modeshift STARS accreditation at your school, please contact us.