When Sustrans was set up in Bristol in 1977, we had a vision to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
As the birthplace and home of Sustrans for over 40 years, and the European Green Capital for 2015, Bristol holds a special place in our heart.
The European Green Capital Award supports European cities like Bristol to improve their environment by awarding those that are making active and innovative efforts to achieve a more sustainable and healthy environment.
Bristol 2015 provided a unique opportunity for the city to reinforce its reputation as a leader in sustainability.
Where better to develop test-bed projects that begin to pave the way for the streets of tomorrow, and help shape how we create low carbon places where quality of life is the focal point of our built environment?
We had a place on the Bristol 2015 Board and have been delivering a programme of high quality projects that will enable more people to make healthier and greener travel choices.
The projects we've been delivering as part of Bristol 2015 are:
- The Good Transport Plan
On behalf of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Transport Action Group and it’s members, Sustrans has delivered The Good Transport Plan to engage people in developing and promoting a vision for a sustainable transport system for Bristol and enabling more people to make healthier and greener travel choices.
- Southmead Green Street
We've been working in Southmead on this innovative project to help make the drainage system there more sustainable as well as better able to deal with severe rain. We have engaged with the residents and local school children to create a community led design to help improve the visual impact, use and interpretation of the streets as a more welcoming place for people and nature.
- Street Pockets
Sustrans has been working with communities throughout Bristol, to help them to transform their streets, and create space for community use. 15 Street Pockets trials have been created across the city.
A big commuting challenge
Sustrans delivered 2015’s West of England Big Commuting Challenge in partnership with TravelWest. More than 4,500 people from across the West of England region took part and were encouraged to walk, cycle, use public transport or lift-share.
- Participants logged more than 98,000 journeys, reducing single occupancy car travel by 23,000 journeys.
- The challenge succeeded in removing hundreds of vehicles from our roads every day, saving 83 tonnes of CO2 and £100,000 that would have been spent on fuel and associated driving costs.
In 1999 Sustrans began working with the community of St Werburgh's, Bristol, to pioneer our community street design work, creating more liveable neighbourhoods.
In 1982 Sustrans began working on converting the disused railway between Bristol and Bath into a dedicated route for people travelling on foot and by bike.
Get out and explore National Cycle Network routes local to Bristol
Check out our local volunteer opportunities to get involved in Sustrans work.
As well as being home to our Head Offices, you can also visit our shop at College Green in Bristol. Visit us for cycling maps, books, accessories and gifts, and by choosing to buy from Sustrans shop you are making a positive choice to support our work.
These projects were implemented with funding from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).