Portsmouth City Council works with school communities to :

  • encourage walking and cycling to and from schools to reduce the number of car trips
  • improve the safety of the school journey to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist injuries
  • educate children and work with the community to introduce measures to reduce vehicle speeds around schools.

Below are some of the initiatives we offer.

For more information email roadsafety@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or write to us at Transport and Environment, Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2NE.

Our Road Safety team is giving Portsmouth schools the chance to work towards a nationally-recognised road safety award through the 'Modeshift STARS' programme.


Modeshift STARS is the national award scheme that has been set up to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.


The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel, in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.


Schools can take part for free. When an application for Modeshift STARS is completed, schools will automatically have a brand new national standard School Travel Plan.


To prepare schools for the programme, a road safety officer provides training to the local Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) taking part. After their training, they will spend time developing their own road safety schemes in a bid to compete with schools across the region for a coveted place at the Champion of Champions event!


How do schools join?

If your school has not yet registered for the scheme, email us at the address above to get started!


Resources for JRSOs

We will create school travel plans, which encourage and enable children to walk or cycle to and from school, and help schools develop travel plan objectives, such as:

Walking - set up a walking bus, child pedestrian training, walk to school month activities, alternative entry points and routes, mapping and marking of safer routes

Cycling - secure visible storage for bikes and helmets, cycle training and maintenance lessons, alternative entry/access points

Bus & train - concessionary fares, provide improved information, private minibuses, consultation with bus company

Engineering measures could include:

  • reducing the speed limit near the school
  • improving pedestrian crossing points, especially at preferred routes to school
  • building speed-reducing features such as road humps, junction tables, speed cushions, chicanes and pedestrian refuges to reinforce reduced speed limits 
  • cycle lanes
  • improved street lighting on busy road and quiet paths

We offer a variety of road safety activities aimed at different school age groups:


Key stage 1

Key stage 2

  • Transition year walking and cycling training for 10 and 11 year olds
  • Bikeability Level 1 and 2 cycle training
  • Modeshift STARS (includes a variety of road safety schemes)
  • Scootability scooter training
  • Pompey Monster Walk to School Challenge

    Key stage 3
  • bikeability cycle training level 3 (and level 2 catch up sessions)
  • Street Skills: cycle safety for Year 8 and 9 pupils


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