2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network. We spent the year celebrating and saying thank you to all the people who helped us to develop it, the thousands of volunteers who work to maintain it, and the millions of people who enjoy it every day.
- We held fun events across the UK, including a big celebration day where it all started, in Bristol.
- Our brilliant volunteers led thousands of family friendly rides to get more people out discovering their local Network.
- We found out that the UK's favourite routes on the Network are the long distance Trans Pennine Trail and the Monsal Trail in the Peak District.
- An expert panel of professionals recognised the most innovative and impressive sections of the National Cycle Network, announcing the award winners in October.
- And our research showed the incredible impact of the Network.
The year was a great success and showed just how many people use and love the National Cycle Network everyday.
In September 1995 the Millennium Commission placed their faith in what was, at the time, a small charity, awarding us £42.5 million to create our vision of a UK-wide network of high-quality, convenient walking and cycling routes. The Network has demonstrated that providing safe, attractive walking and cycling networks is a crucial way to give people the confidence they need to leave their car at home and walk and cycle more.
We’re proud of what the Network has achieved. It’s a great step in the right direction, but we know there is still so much to do. We need to see more investment in developing and maintaining walking and cycling networks to ensure that the walking and cycling revolution continues to grow.