The Portrait Bench

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 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.

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. 

Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of oppurtunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots to things to see and do along the way. 

a group bike ride on the NCN

Come along to one of our fun rides and walks on the National Cycle Network.

volunteers on the NCN

Check out our volunteer vacancies in your area.

kids out on a bike ride

Your donations will help maintain the National Cycle Network and provide safer routes for everyone to enjoy.