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Kilburn officers head to London conference to promote sustainable travel

Posted on 27th January 2015

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PCSO John Midgley, Rob Bounds, Senior Transport Officer at Derbyshire County Council and PC Neil Hopwell

Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood officers teamed up to present at the Modeshift STARS conference after picking up an award for promoting sustainable travel in the community.

The team were presented with the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award – Team 2014’ during a national awards ceremony that was held in November last year.

Following this, PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley were invited to speak at the School Travel Conference in London to highlight the work that they achieved alongside Derbyshire County Council and the Travel Smart initiative.

Examples of their work include a Denby cycle to school event to target road safety issues around schools, and numerous Community Speed Watch checks to encourage motorists to think carefully about their speed.

PC Neil Hopwell from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was a great privilege to be invited to speak at the conference and represent Derbyshire Constabulary at a national event.

“We were able to speak with local authorities to share with them the work that we achieved alongside our partners and the difference that this can make in the local community.

“All in all it was a fantastic day that seemed to be really well received by all those attending. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the other speakers to see how, by making a small change; we can make a big difference to our neighbourhoods.”

Rob Bounds, Senior Transport Officer at Derbyshire County Council, said: “Our Travel Smart initiative aims to help reduce traffic congestion around schools by promoting the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school.

“Our partnership work with Kilburn SNT demonstrates the positive impact that police officers can have on local schools and the community by actively engaging with parents and children to promote active, safe and environmentally friendly ways to travel to school.

“It was great to be able to share this experience at a national level and we hope we can carry on this work at Kilburn as well as extending it further by working with other Safer Neighbourhood teams.”

Ross Butcher, Chair at Modeshift, added: “The conference brought together a wealth of ideas and national best practice to encourage more children to travel by sustainable modes of travel.

“The presentation was very inspiring and the feedback from delegates has been very positive. Several authorities commented that they would return to work and try and duplicate the relationship between Derbyshire County Council and the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team.”

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