Sustrans and Covid-19

Last updated 25 March 2020

It is our top priority to support staff, volunteers, supporters, partners and the communities we work with during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

We’re following government and NHS guidance closely, and have made some arrangements to protect people and help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Sustrans takes the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and communities we work with very seriously.

And we want to do everything we can to protect people and curb the spread of the virus as much as possible.

Walking and cycling

New Government lockdown measures allow one form of exercise a day. This includes running, walking or cycling. 

The government advice is to stay local when exercising, using open spaces near to home.

And cycle shops will remain open for repairs​ and maintenance.

Please only walk and cycle alone or with members of your household (as long as they have not presented symptoms).

Cycling and walking remain an easy way to stay fit and keep active, as long as government advice on social distancing is followed.

Remember to keep 2-3 metres between you and the nearest person.

And always follow NHS guidance on hygiene too.

Read our call to the UK Government to make individual walking and cycling easier amid Covid-19.

Using the National Cycle Network

We’re asking users and all affiliated groups not to run any group activities, group walks or rides, and events on the National Cycle Network.

However, as long as current government advice on social distancing is followed, you can still go for one walk or cycle on your own, or with members of your household (as long as they have not presented symptoms) per day.

We ask that you please think ahead about which route you plan to take.

Stay local and only go where you know will be quiet.

Please be aware that many paths on the Network may not be wide enough for you to maintain the minimum of 2 metres of physical distance between yourself and the nearest person.

And, if you’re currently unable to go outside, we’ll continue to bring the Network to you here on our website and on our social media channels.

How we’re supporting staff

We’ve asked all staff members who are able to, to work from home. This particularly includes any staff members who are vulnerable to the outbreak or are the carers of vulnerable people.

All staff members have been asked to avoid non-essential travel too.

You can still contact teams by email, and by mobile phone where relevant. Our offices are currently open. And the main reception in our Bristol office is still open to phone calls too.

Please visit the contact us page for more information.

Our advice to volunteers

Sustrans volunteers have been asked to suspend any volunteering activities that involve leaving your home.

However, we want to make sure they stay connected as a Sustrans volunteer community.

Our volunteer coordinators will keep in touch regularly. And they'll share ways you can support fellow volunteers during this time.

If you are a volunteer and have any questions or concerns about your activities in light of Covid-19, please email volunteers-uk@sustrans.org.uk.

Fundraising on the National Cycle Network

We have suspended face-to-face fundraising on the National Cycle Network paths across the UK.

If you’d like to donate to support our work to make walking and cycling easier, check out our donation page.

Events led by Sustrans

We have cancelled all Sustrans-led meetings and events, particularly where these involve the most vulnerable people.

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel Big Pedal 2020. You can read more about this on the Big Pedal page.

Meetings and events organised in partnership

We’ve advised that all staff and volunteers should not attend any meetings and events organised by third parties or in partnership with Sustrans.

Thank you for your continued support

For over 40 years, Sustrans has worked towards a vision of a society where the way we travel creates healthier and happier lives for everyone.

We're very grateful to all the volunteers and individuals who have supported and continue to support Sustrans.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation carefully. We’ll be taking advice from the Government, Public Health England and partners.

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