We're working with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations right across the UK to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. We're making journeys safer and empowering people to make travel choices which are good for them, their neighbourhoods and the environment.
2017 marks 40 years of Sustrans and we’re excited to be sharing our achievements and successes from over the years.
The celebrations kicked off with the opening of the fantastic new Skleton Bridge near Leeds in late April and we’ll be continuing the celebrations throughout the rest of the year. You can follow and get involved on social media by using #SustransAt40.
We're currently working with residents in communities across England, Wales and Scotland to reclaim their streets, transforming them into lively, community-centred neighbourhoods that are safer to play in and easier to travel through on foot and bike.
Using placemaking principles we work with the local community to redesign spaces to pass through into places to be.
Our project teams often set up blogs to record their activities or to provide local info to their communities. Take a look at some of their blogs and Facebook pages for an idea of what we're up to.
The National Cycle Network started way back in 1995 with just a few miles of routes, now it passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.
We've continued to build on this amazing work with new infrastructure projects across the country. The most recent of these are:
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The Big Pedal is the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scootering challenge. It inspires pupils, staff and parents to get active and cycle or scooter to school. In 2017 we counted over one million journeys by scooter or bike during the The Big Pedal, which took place between 20 and 31 March.
Our accreditation scheme, School Mark, recognises the hard work and achievements of schools working to increase walking, cycling or scootering to school. Since being launched in 2009 almost 800 schools have been accredited with the Sustrans School Mark.
We're also collaborating with seven cities across the UK on the biggest survey ever conducted on attitudes to cycling in the UK. The aim is to report on progress towards making cycling an attractive and everyday means of travel.
The first part of the Bike Life survey was completed in 2015 and the next survey will be published in Autumn 2017.
After creating a network of off-road travel corridors for people we discovered that other species were finding them useful too. Green corridors that allow wildlife to travel is hugely beneficial to them and our greenways have become a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from bats and frogs to bees and butterflies.
With the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we have been able to extend the project to cover all of England (outside of London), Wales and Scotland.
This is all achieved with the help of our fantastic wildlife champions. We now have 254 wildlife enthusiasts recruited as volunteers across the UK.
Our vision for the UK is a healthy, clean and prosperous place where people can choose to travel safely and conveniently by foot or bike.
To achieve this we've been working with Transport for London to deliver Quietways, cycle routes designed for people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds that will provide safe and convenient routes to school, work, or the shops. Quietway 1 (Q1) opened in June 2016 and there are six more routes to be delivered.
This video was filmed along NCN78, the Caledonia Way. The Caledonia Way is a long distance cycle route, linking Campbeltown in the west, with the Highland capital of Inverness in the east.
"I was inspired to make this film with Sustrans because I'm reminded daily of the positive, emotion-regulating effects that cycling and outdoor exercise can have on the mind. It's so easy to forget that the simple action of riding a bike in the fresh air can make you feel better about almost anything."
Find out more about the Caledonia Way.