Our work in Scotland

Together, we are making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination

Sustrans Scotland provides advice, support and funding that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.

Two women sitting on a wall next to Forth Bridge

Sustrans Scotland manifesto 2021: The time to act is now

We're calling on the next Scottish Government to prioritise funding for walking, wheeling and cycling.

Find out more about our manifesto asks for political parties in Scotland.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary For Transport, Infrastructure And Connectivity At Places For Everyone Launch 2019

Places for Everyone

Funding for ambitious projects to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys.

Places for Everyone
woman cycling near water in Scotland

The National Cycle Network in Scotland

The Network in Scotland is promoted and developed by Sustrans, in partnership with local and national roads and planning authorities, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Canals, Scottish Natural Heritage, National Park Authorities, landowners and other bodies.

pupil group cycling in Edinburgh

Policy

Sustrans Scotland successfully influences policy development to ensure that more people have the choice to walk, cycle or take public transport for more of their everyday journeys. We work closely with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, government agencies and politicians in order to achieve this aim.

Policy context for school active travel in Scotland

cutting the ribbon with the community to celebrate new street design in Dumfries

Street Design

Award-winning design and engagement service, empowering communities to transform their neighbourhoods and urban spaces.

Street Design in Scotland

Pocket Places Scotland
adults and children walking and scooting to school on footpath

Transforming the school run

We support schools in Scotland in a variety of ways:

People walking and chatting

Active workplaces

Our workplace offers provide you with all you need to achieve healthier, happier staff, corporate social responsibility and business savings. 

Commuters take bikes from a cycle share scheme in Edinburgh

Partnership working

We work closely with local authorities, regional transport partners, national stakeholders and public transport providers across Scotland to make sure that active and sustainable travel is safer, easier and more rewarding.

Partnership working in Scotland
A group of three women happily chatting in Sustrans'  Active Travel Hub in Kilmarnock

Active Communities

Our Communities team in Scotland support locally based community groups and organisations to develop and run programmes encouraging the people they work with to walk, wheel and cycle more.

We do this in partnership with other teams in Sustrans, and with other organisations such as Paths for All, Forth Environment Link, Living Streets, Cycling Scotland and Cycling UK in Scotland.

We have a specific mission to support those who experience inequalities, and we know that walking, wheeling and cycling may be a means to an end, not the main purpose of your activity.

  • Contact us for advice on running a community based project that includes an element of walking, wheeling or cycling, or for ideas on how you can support your local community to walk, wheel or cycle more.
  • Join our Activate Mentoring programme – Launched in 2022 this programme provides opportunity for those groups who already do fantastic work encouraging their local community to walk, wheel and cycle to share their knowledge with other organisations.
  • Sign up to our Community Active Travel Support Service - Launched in 2022 our support service provides ongoing direct advice to community groups or organisations working in deprived areas, or those who experience inequalities.
  • *ArtRoots: Community fund for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland. *Already mentioned under network development as they administer it, but specifically relevant to community groups.
  • Love Your Network Grant: Grant for community groups on the National Cycle Network for equipment and training such as litter picking, hand tools and wildlife ID.
  • Our Active Communities Volunteers run community engagement activities like led rides and cycle skills training. We are always keen to link of with local community groups to co-run activities and help them develop the skills they need to run their own cycling and walking activities. Contact the volunteer team.
  • Our IBike Communities officers in different regions support families to get walking, wheeling and cycling outside the school environment.
  • Cargo Bike Scotland Project: Our Scotland-wide cargo bike project aims to bring together knowledge and expertise on cargo bikes from across Scotland, to support more people to embrace this flexible, efficient and green means of transport.
  • Contact one of our Active Travel Hubs in Ayr or Kilmarnock, or join the Active Travel Hub Network to access resources, training, networking and volunteer opportunities across Scotland.

Latest news

Scotland Review 2019

From large scale infrastructure projects to working with communities, workplaces and schools, see a summary of our work in Scotland.

Scotland Review 2019

Funded by Transport Scotland, we’ve used our knowledge and experience to back hundreds of projects across Scotland.