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Kilburn officers bring home national award for sustainable travel

Posted on 17th November 2014


Photographed L-R:  Lindsey Coates from Parose Projects, PC Neil Hopwell, PCSO John Midgley and Rob Bounds, Senior Transport Officer atDerbyshire County Council.

Officers from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team have been awarded a national award having been recognised for their contribution to promoting sustainable travel alongside Derbyshire County Council.

PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley were presented with the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award – Team 2014’ during the national Modeshift awards ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the McDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday, November 6.

The award was to recognise the work that the officers have achieved alongside Derbyshire County Council and the Travel Smart initiative.

Examples of their work include a cycle to school event that was held in Denby as part of their priority to target road safety issues around schools and throughout their area, including speeding and parking.

Alongside this, the team have hosted Community Speed Watch checks to encourage motorists to think carefully about their speed. Numerous security marking events have also been held at schools in the area to encourage residents to protect their property from criminals.

PC Neil Hopwell of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are so honoured to have won this national award in sustainable travel and we are proud to be representing Derbyshire Constabulary at such a level.

“Our work would not have been possible without the continued help and support of the sustainable travel team at Derbyshire County Council, local schools and the communities we serve.

“We will continue to work alongside our partners to carry out future cycling and bike marking security initiatives in Kilburn and surrounding areas.”

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins added: “It’s great that the Travel Smart project has been recognised in this way.  

"This project is all about encouraging pupils to either walk, cycle or scoot to school and they’ve been successful in doing this.”

The awards are given out annually by Modeshift, a national organisation which aims to increase active and sustainable modes of travel and supports the provision of skills, training and experience to allow young people to travel more actively, safely and independently.

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