Travel schemes up for awards

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A Ripley police officer and a Riddings school have been nominated for national awards for their efforts to promote greener transport.

PC Neil Hopwell, of the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, has been shortlisted for his individual contribution to sustainable travel in the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards.

Also known as #Bobbyonthebike, award judges said PC Hopwell has demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm championing the cause of the ModeshiftSTARS scheme to schools and police colleagues within Derbyshire Constabulary and other police forces.

A spokesman said: “PC Hopwell gets actively involved in campaigns and events working with parents, young people and area residents to encourage support and participation in walking, cycling and scooting.

“He has worked with nursery children on balanceability, providing security marking for bikes and scooters and engaged in the Big Pedal and Bike Week campaigns.”

He was further commended for using social media to reinforce key sustainable travel messages.

It is not the first time PC Hopwell has been up for a national Modeshift award.

In 2014 he won the Contribution to Sustainable Travel team award alongside his colleague PCSO John Midgley and Rob Bounds, senior transport Officer at Derbyshire County Council.

Following his example more than 20 other police officers are now involved in supporting schools in their locality in promoting safer and active travel.

One of those is PCSO Richard Plant who has been nominated with Riddings Infant School for the Effective Partnerships award.

The winners will be announced at a special dinner at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, November 3.

Rob Bounds, of Derbyshire County Council travel team, said: “These nominations show how beneficial partnership work is between schools, police and other partnership agencies in helping to encourage children to travel safely and actively.”

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