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What we are doing

We're working with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations right across the UK to enable people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and to create better places and spaces to move through and live in.

By transforming the space outside people's homes and schools we make walking or biking an attractive and fun choice. In the last year alone we've worked in a dozen communities and over 100 streets.

community street design project in Peckham

We're currently working with residents in communities across England and Wales to reclaim their streets, transforming them into spaces 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.

two cyclists on a traffic-free path

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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In 2015-16 our schools officers delivered over 16,000 activities UK-wide, with over 1 million attendances

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 2016 we counted over 1 million journeys by scooter or bike over the two weeks. Big pedal 2017 will run from 20 to 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.

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.

This is all achieved with the help of our fantastic wildlife champions. We now have 254 wildlife enthusiasts recruited as volunteers across the UK.

Read more about biodiversity projects on the Network

Two women cycling along a quietway in London

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.

man and woman with bicycle

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.