The Portrait Bench

"The Portrait bench is the best thing about Kirkby's new traffic-free path! It's generated more comment and more interest than anything else. Kids take their parents out to visit it. It's brilliant."   Knowsley Council Officer.

Sustrans' Portrait Bench series is a national social history project that celebrates the uniqueness of each location. Communities across the UK nominated local people for the contribution they have made to local life, culture or history to become the figures on their local Portrait Bench to be part of a collection of over 250 portraits.

The benches are part of a national Sustrans project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, linking networks of walking and cycling routes - bringing the National Cycle Network into the heart of communities across the UK and making it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle for their everyday journeys. Find a Portrait bench near you. 

Project benefits:

  • raising community engagement and increase social cohesion
  • providing access points for communities to get involved in local infrastructure projects
  • providing a lasting legacy of a wider infrastructure project and its importance to the community
  • demonstrating best practice in improving public space to make it safe and attractive for people to use.

Get in touch if you are interested in commissioning a Portrait Bench or similar project. 

Browse our cycling merchandise, maps and guides

The Sustrans Shop stocks cycle maps and guides, and a wide range of products for the everyday cyclist. 

View our selection of panniers and bike bags.

Cycle maps and guides of the National Cycle Network and other routes.

Celebrate your ride with our iconic route T-Shirts.

We have a selection of routes in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England.