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STARS is the online portal for schools to record their actions to promote active and sustainable travel to school. 

The London Borough of Croydon requires a well-designed STARS user guide for school staff, which will serve to supplement School Travel Plan workshops delivered by the council, and act as a reference tool to answer frequently asked questions about using STARS.

MP Smarter Travel will use its in-depth knowledge of School Travel Plans and STARS to develop the user guide contents including workbook activities to train school staff to use the portal.

We have teamed up with graphic designers Aptronym to produce a high- quality visual document. 

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Unlocking the potential for cycling in London Bridge             

Team London Bridge wants more people to cycle to and from the area every day for all types of trips. In order to increase cycling, they commissioned MP Smarter Travel and ActivePlanning to develop a Cycling Strategy.

MP Smarter Travel focused on cycle hire, deliveries by cargo bikes, behaviour change, and communications. Our approach was to consult with the general public and a wide range of businesses, Business Improvement Districts and local authorities to understand their priorities and get examples of best practice.

MP Smarter Travel’s recommendations for increasing cargo bikes formed the basis for Team London Bridge’s successful application for the TfL Deliveries Reduction Fund.

If you would like support with promoting cycling, business engagement or strategy development, feel free to get in touch.

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Full-service event hosting to promote a sustainability scheme                                                     

MP Smarter Travel has been delivering the Lewisham School Travel Planning programme since 2011. Lewisham’s air quality team developed an air quality app and requested that MP Smarter Travel facilitate an event to launch the app for schools. We worked with the council to design the event; and secured speakers and activities, identified a suitable venue, and liaised with schools to ensure attendance at the event.

The event featured a keynote speech from the Mayor of Lewisham, and received very positive feedback from schools and the client

If you would like support with managing and hosting sustainability events, feel free to get in touch.

Lewisham event


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Working with schools to promote sustainable and active travel                                

Since 2011, MP Smarter Travel has delivered 22 academic years’ worth of School Travel Plan programmes on behalf of six local authority clients. Our core services include follow-ups with schools to maximise engagement and accreditation, training through workshops and phone/e-mail support, and expert advice on selection and delivery of sustainable transport measures.

We have a strong track record of increasing accreditation levels (ie. schools with Gold, Silver or Bronze). For the average multi-year commission, boroughs start with 29% school accreditation, and end with 77% accreditation.

If you would like support with School Travel Plans, feel free to get in touch.

School Travel Plan programme


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Spreading awareness about air quality amongst the general public              

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. In 2018, Brent Council asked MP Smarter Travel to set up an information kiosk about air quality in London, to discuss the issue with members of the public, school children and council officers. We set up a kiosk containing information about the science of air pollution, its causes, and health impacts, and what Brent Council and the Greater London Authority are doing about it. We also spoke with people about actions that they themselves can take, including travelling sustainably using clean air routes, minimising engine idling, and using low energy appliances.

If you would like support with air quality engagement, feel free to get in touch.

Brent Clean Air Day cropped 4x6


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Lambeth Air Aware

Delivering air quality education and awareness in schools                                      

Lambeth Council commissioned MP Smarter Travel to deliver an engaging and interactive air quality awareness programme at eight primary schools. The key objectives were to empower children to make decisions to reduce their exposure to air pollution, and to lower pollution around schools through travel behaviour change.

MP Smarter Travel delivered a series of six ‘Air Aware’ lessons based on the Clean Air 4 Schools Toolkit, and the children used the facts they learned to direct their own news report with assistance from a professional film maker. These films were used extensively to spread the ‘air aware’ message.

If you would like support with air quality education and awareness, or similar work with schools, feel free to get in touch.


Lambeth Air Aware




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