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More York schools become Modeshift stars

Even more schools in York have been recognised for their work in helping to make their local areas safer by reducing car journeys and using sustainable forms of transport such as walking, cycling and scooting.

Three schools are following in the footsteps of Archbishop of York Junior School, who achieved the gold award in Autumn 2015, by becoming the latest schools to sign up to a national road safety campaign.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary School, Bishopthorpe Infants School and Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy have all achieved a bronze award and are a step closer towards gaining a ‘silver accreditation’.

The Modeshift STARS (sustainable travel accreditation and road safety for schools) scheme is a national on-line tool showcasing green travel options. It recognises schools that are working hard not only to encourage parents and staff  to travel to school more sustainably but also use sustainable transport as part of their curriculum activities.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “It’s great to see more schools, pupils, parents and carers getting involved in the national Modeshift Stars scheme. Not only are they reducing the number of cars around the school they are also helping to encourage a more healthy and active lifestyle. I hope that we will see even more schools step up to the challenge in the future."

The aim of the project is to increase the number of people walking and cycling to school, and reducing congestion during the school run making it safer for everyone.

Schools taking part in Modeshift STARS work towards a national award which recognises the continuing efforts a school makes to increase sustainable travel by the whole school community.

For more information on Modeshift STARS visit: www.itravelyork.info/for-schools/travel-planning/stars.