Items filtered by date: October 2018

MP Smarter Travel was awarded a contract by Better Bankside to deliver surveys amongst businesses in the Borough Market area to better understand how freight works in the area. This data that we are gathering will be used to make deliveries more efficient and reduce their impact on traffic congestion, noise and air quality. Our client, Better Bankside is a Business Improvement District (BID) and works on behalf of local businesses to improve the Bankside area, offering services including area promotion, cleaning and recycling, and travel planning.

If you are looking for support with freight consultancy, data collection or business engagement, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel is currently delivering the School Travel Plan programme on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley during the Autumn 2018 term. This marks the seventh year in which MP Smarter Travel has delivered this programme for the south-east borough.

If you are looking for support with sustainable school travel or other engagement projects, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel is currently delivering an exciting project with the London Borough of Brent to engage with schools on the subject of air quality, and to carry out air quality monitoring at 40 schools. This work builds upon the Mayor’s School Air Quality Audit programme, and seeks to teach children about the actions they and their families can take to minimise air pollution whilst collecting accurate data about NO2 concentrations.

We have been liaising with school administrators to schedule air quality assemblies. Our team of sustainability educational consultants have been delivering air quality assemblies to primary and secondary schools. As part of this project, we are working with students to set up diffusion tube monitoring, which will provide a detailed picture of the distribution of NO2 concentrations in school grounds both indoors and outdoors.

If you are looking for support with air quality education/engagement or air quality monitoring, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel will be delivering the School Travel Plan programme on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for the second year in a row. This work builds upon our strong background in increasing school engagement, mode shift and STARS accreditation. 

Figure 1 provides a summary of MP Smarter Travel’s achievements in increasing total school accreditation (Gold, Silver or Bronze). All multi-year work on borough programmes are shown, including the school year prior to MP Smarter Travel’s involvement.

STP fig 1

Figure 1 shows consistent growth in School Travel Plan accreditation in the first four to six years of MP Smarter Travel’s management of the programme before plateauing. Accreditation in Tower Hamlets increased from 13 in 2016-17 (the year prior to MP Smarter Travel’s management of the programme) to 57 in 2017-18.

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Figure 2 shows strong growth in the number of schools achieving Gold accreditation, with only one year of decline (Lewisham 2015-16), which bucks the trend of growth through to the 2017-18 school year. This chart shows the achievements of moving accredited schools to higher levels of accreditation, which are not visible in Figure 1.

If you are looking for support with sustainable school travel or other engagement projects, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel was awarded a contract by Better Bankside to deliver surveys amongst businesses in the Borough Market area to better understand how freight works in the area. This data that we are gathering will be used to make deliveries more efficient and reduce their impact on traffic congestion, noise and air quality. Our client, Better Bankside is a Business Improvement District (BID) and works on behalf of local businesses to improve the Bankside area, offering services including area promotion, cleaning and recycling, and travel planning.

If you are looking for support with freight consultancy, data collection or business engagement, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel is delighted to announce that Oli Ivens has joined the team as a Sustainable Transport Consultant. Oli is a passionate cyclist, having worked in conjunction with Cycle Confident as a cycling instructor, and as a cargo bike operator with Zedify. With a first class Geography degree from the University of Manchester, Oli has a strong background in engaging directly with members of the public to help overcome barriers to the adoption of sustainable transport, and in developing Travel Plans and engagement events.

Oli will form a key part of MP Smarter Travel’s project delivery team, with responsibility for freight surveys, air quality analysis, and travel plan monitoring.

MP Smarter Travel is always on the lookout for talented sustainable transport consultants. If you are interested in full-time, part-time and freelance positions, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel has been selected by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver an event to promote sustainable transport amongst the borough’s schools. Specifically, the event aims to increase the implementation of School Travel Plan (STP) measures, increase STP accreditation, and achieve school mode shift in the east London borough.

The event provides a fantastic opportunity for schools to showcase their achievements in promoting active and sustainable travel, and can serve to inspire other schools to follow their lead. It is an opportunity to teach STP Champions and pupils about disseminating key messages at their schools, and helps schools foster links with other schools to develop a support network.  

This project builds upon our successful delivery of the Lewisham Schools Air Quality event which featured an opening statement from the Mayor of Lewisham and workshops delivered by Trees for Cities and Tranquil Spaces.

If you are looking for support with delivering events to promote sustainable transport, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel has recently been awarded a contract with London Borough of Newham to deliver their School Travel Planning programme for the 2018-19 academic year. Since 2012, MP Smarter Travel has delivered 22 School Travel Planning programmes on behalf of local authorities. This will be our first such programme with LB Newham.

Our key task will be to increase engagement and STARS accreditation with the borough's 109 schools. In addition, our tasks will include:

  • Hosting workshops to secure engagement, share ideas and provide training for school champions;
  • Integrating School Travel Plans with key campaign weeks (e.g. Walk to School Week, Road Safety Week, and the Big Pedal); and
  • Gathering detailed and up-to-date information about transport-related issues around schools; including walking/cycling infrastructure, traffic calming and disability access.

If you are looking for support with sustainable school travel or other engagement projects, feel free to get in touch.

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MP Smarter Travel has been awarded a contact with Westminster City Council to deliver ‘Hands Up’ surveys at 33 schools. These surveys gather data on the mode of travel that children currently use to travel to school, and the mode that they would like to use if they could choose. MP Smarter Travel will make all arrangements with schools, and will conduct surveys by speaking with children in classrooms to ensure that data is thorough and accurate.

This work is an extension of a project we delivered for Westminster City Council in the 2017-18 school year, and focuses on schools in 20mph zones. The data will be used to understand School Travel Plans’ influence on mode of travel. It will also form part of the evidence base for the Westminster City Council’s Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTS), which sets out all the proposals and programmes that will be undertaken to encourage school communities to choose safer, healthier and environmentally friendly methods of travel.

If you are looking for support with stakeholder engagement, survey deliery or data analysis, feel free to get in touch.

 

 

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Air Quality
MP Smarter Travel is helping turn the air quality crisis into an opportunity for local people to come together as communities to make their neighbourhoods cleaner, healthier and more sustainable.
Behaviour Change
Transport programmes that focus on influencing behaviour often represent fantastic value for money. MP Smarter Travel has the resources and expertise to deliver behaviour change projects of practically any size.
Business Engagement
MP Smarter Travel staff have a strong track record in engaging with local businesses, understanding their operations, and securing successful participation in council and BID programmes.
Campaigns and Awareness
MP Smarter Travel has a large pool of enthusiastic and outgoing built environment specialists who can be quickly and effectively deployed to raise awareness for and support sustainability causes.
Community Engagement
Our model consisting of a core team of project managers and consultants, with access to a large pool of engagement specialists, means that we can deliver community engagement work to scale.
Data Collection and Research
We offer an independent research service, staffed by experienced consultants, analysts and statisticians who provide clear evidence-based answers to policy questions.
Development Control Travel Plans
MP Smarter Travel staff have a long history of finding out why people travel the way they do, understanding what measures can tip the balance, and implementing the right measures to maximise walking and cycling at a given site.
Education and Training
MP Smarter Travel delivers fun and creative sustainability lessons at local schools, and delivers training to a wide variety of audiences on local environmental, transport and health issues.
Public Consultation
MP Smarter Travel consists of a core of experienced project managers and a large pool of consultants who publicise, deliver and analyse large-scale public consultations on behalf of our clients.
School Travel Plans
The average walking time to a school in London is about 12 minutes. MP Smarter Travel has a long history of working with councils and schools to increase levels of walking, scootering and cycling to and from school.
Sub-consulting
We support transport and environmental consultancies in delivering their projects. Whether you are looking to identify sub-consultants as part of a bid, or you require our support immediately, give us a call.
Urban Freight and DSPs
MP Smarter Travel works on behalf of local authorities, Business Improvement Districts and individual businesses to develop and deliver Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs) and address the impacts of urban freight trips.

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