Connecting people: Sustrans Scotland Review 2012-15

Sustrans staff and school pupils

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made over the last three years almost all of which we have delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, local government and other partners. This partnership work is allowing the people of Scotland to choose healthier, cleaner, more affordable and more sustainable journeys every day.

Working with Scotland’s schools

Chris Topping works jointly for NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Council. Chris and Sustrans Scotland have been working together for the past three years to encourage children to be more physically active, through Sustrans’ I Bike programme.

“What we especially like about I Bike is that it’s a long term approach. It helps school staff and the wider school community to build their own skills to carry on the work of the project, and supports everyone – parents and teachers as well as the children and young people – to be more active.”

Read more about our work in Scotland’s schools

Working with Scotland’s communities

Elaine Robertson is a Councillor in Oban North and Lorn, in Argyll and Bute. For the past 12 years she’s been actively supporting us to create a new cycle route, the Caledonia Way, which runs through her community.

“The cycle path has connected our communities in a sustainable way. It’s allowing children to get to school safely, as there are few pavements in this rural area. It’s well used by families out walking, people on horses, and local residents cycling between the local villages.”

Find out more about our Community Links programme

Working with Scotland’s businesses

Eight years ago we set out, in partnership with Transport Scotland and others, to build a spectacular new cycling and walking route between Oban and Fort William. The route is almost complete and is already having a positive impact on local businesses. Part of the route uses the Camusnagaul passenger ferry between Fort William and Camusnagaul on the Moidart peninsula, which is run by Dougie Roberston.

“I’d definitely like to think about buying a second boat. It would be nice if we had a small landing craft that passengers could easily wheel their bikes on and off. It would also help us meet high demand in the summer, so we could get people across the loch more quickly.”