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Bedford Borough Council celebrates walking and cycling accreditation scheme success

Since October 2020, Bedford Borough Council has worked, alongside Sustrans, to increase the number of active travel initiatives in the Borough and the amount of people who are taking part in them.

To help achieve this, the Council is now working with schools and businesses in Bedford Borough to support them to get accredited through Modeshift STARS.

This is a scheme that recognises organisations that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel.

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100 bikes donated to key workers

Earlier this month saw the 100th free bike donation to NHS key workers from Sustrans, through Bedford Borough Council.

Bikes have been donated from numerous different sources including Govia Thameslink, Bedfordshire Police and several ‘Give your bike a new life’ events where the Bedford public donated their unused bikes.

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Bedford Borough steps up to Autumn Walking Challenge

The Autumn Walking Challenge, delivered by Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council, has now started and the Council is encouraging businesses to get back outside and exercise.

The Autumn Walking Challenge, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), encourages participants to join a team with two colleagues to track their daily and weekly step count from 28 October to 23 November. Successful teams will win one of three great prizes, which are also funded by the DfT.

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​Abandoned Thameslink bikes restored for Bedford Hospital staff

Around 30 NHS key workers at Bedfordshire hospitals are now travelling to work on free bicycles, thanks to a scheme to renovate abandoned bikes. The scheme is being run by Thameslink, Luton Council and Sustrans, the charity promoting cycling and walking.

The aim was to help hospital staff get to and from work while maintaining social distancing and getting some valuable extra exercise. Fittingly the project has completed its first batch of bikes in June, National Bike Month.

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Bedford Borough children getting active and car use reducing on school journeys

Bedford Borough Council and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans have been working with schools to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease. More pupils are regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities. Over 23,000 pupil attended a variety of sessions including learning how to scoot safely, bike skills and learning to balance on a bike.

The Sustrans project is not just about getting local children more active on their journey to school, but throughout their lives.

A survey of local school children found that more are using their bikes during their free time, forming good habits for a lifetime.

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