About us

We're the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle

The work we're doing creates healthier places and happier people.

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We’re custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.

Read about the National Cycle Network
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We bring people together to create places with clean air and green spaces, where friends and facilities are just a short walk away.

Cities and towns where everyone can thrive without having to use a car.

Read more about how our work contributes to healthier places and happier people

Our latest work

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Our policy work

We're working to improve everyday journeys for everyone. We make contributions that assist in the development of all official active travel policy and guidance.

Read about our policy work

We’re talented, creative and dedicated people

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication from our 650 colleagues, 3,000 volunteers and 30,000 supporters – we all work together to make change happen.


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Meet our executive directors

Read about our Board of Trustees


We work to ensure that the benefits of walking and cycling are enjoyed by everyone

The benefits of walking, cycling, wheeling and healthy places aren’t experienced in the same way by everyone. We prioritise work with people and in places that challenge this.

We involve people with different and seldom-heard voices, to develop solutions that work for everyone.

We keep questioning and asking if we can do more. We know we can’t do this on our own so we work closely with others.


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If you’re not physically active, don’t have access to a car, and live in a congested neighbourhood, it being easy to walk, cycle, scoot or wheel around, with fewer cars on the roads, can make a big difference. Blockquote quotation marks
Xavier Brice, Sustrans CEO

We’ve been working on walking and cycling since 1977


We have a clear vision for the future

Our vision is a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.

Our mission is to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

We have developed a theory of change to demonstrate how our projects bring about change. This:

  • Helps us evidence our impact
  • Provides an accessible summary of a complex situation
  • Helps us understand how and why our interventions work, and identify new ones
  • Defines the short-term benefits for people and places, and long-term societal changes.

Download our theory of change


Our values guide us in everything we do

  • Including everyone
  • Having the courage to question
  • Acting local, thinking big
  • Getting things done, together
  • Always learning.

Our annual review

Download the full report and accounts for 2020-21.

And take a look at our 2019-20 annual review.

You can view the full report and accounts from previous years on the Charity Commission website.

Railway Paths Ltd

Railway Paths Ltd is a charity we work closely with. It was set up in 1998 to manage a large portfolio of disused railway land for transforming into walking and cycling routes.

Find out more about Railway Paths Ltd