Governments and societies around the world are beginning to get to grips with the problems of climate change, public health, obesity and road danger. The issues that Sustrans addresses - and their solutions - are replicated world-wide, and by effective collaboration we can most effectively tackle them.
For many years Sustrans has been involved in international projects and associations. By learning from and sharing information with organisations and authorities abroad, the effectiveness and quality of all our work is improved.
Our associates in a number of countries gave invaluable advice in the early 1990s, when we began planning the National Cycle Network. This collaboration has grown into a two-way communication programme - helping people in other countries with our own experience, and learning from those who are ahead of us in so many ways.
Sustrans has worked with the Danish Road Directorate and De Frie Fugle to develop the UK national cycle signage system, based on the Danish model. We have supported a number of countries in adopting and adapting this Danish/UK system, and worked more recently with the European Cyclists' Federation and Velobuero in Switzerland on standards for international cycle route signage for the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
The National Cycle Network guidelines have also served as a reference work for organisations in many other countries and have been translated for local use in a number of countries.
Sustrans is very proud of our central role in planning and launching the European cycle route network project EuroVelo; we continue to support and help guide the project.
Sustrans plays an active role in several European organisations:
- POLIS a network of European cities and other authorities, promoting innovation and good practice in local transport.
- European Cyclists' Federation promotes the interests of cyclists at a European and international level and co-ordinates the EuroVelo cycle network.
- European Greenways Association develops and supports the preservation of greenways across Europe.
- HEPA Europe is a WHO network of government bodies, NGOs and research institutes that seeks to promote health-enhancing physical activity.
- International Federation of Pedestrians is a network of international organisations and individuals that campaigns for the rights of pedestrians.
View more information about International projects.
Please see the links page for international partners and organisations websites.