Active Travel Toolbox

The Sustrans Active Travel Toolbox provides guides, resources, tools and case studies to help local authorities and their partners make the case for and improve walking and cycling schemes. The toolbox is also designed to help you plan and deliver walking and cycling schemes in your local area. It was written by Sustrans with support from Dr Adrian Davis, Living Streets and The TAS Partnership Limited. To be notified when new evidence, case studies or tools are added to the Toolbox sign up for updates.


STDEP Toolkits listing

Shopper walking through market

Investment in walking and cycling can play a significant role in local economic development. This toolkit includes:

  • The evidence base for the economic benefits of active travel.
  • A number of tools to help you including: a strategic investment tool to evaluate the cost and benefits of a multi-intervention programme, a tool to calculate the typical impact of different infrastructure investment schemes, and a tool to estimate the economic benefit from recreational cycling.
Houses and Trees

The UK population is expected to increase by almost 10 million over the next 25 years. Linking housing growth with walking, cycling and public transport will help ensure new developments are built in the right places and with the right infrastructure to enable efficient and sustainable mobility that is attractive for people and businesses. This toolkit includes:

  • How to align housing growth and planning with sustainable transport.
  • How to better plan housing growth to enable sustainable transport.
  • Delivering sustainable transport infrastructure in new housing developments.
people walking enjoy the benefits of improved wellbeing

One of the major attractions of cycling and walking are the positive benefits for public health and wellbeing. Active travel is an important means of building physical activity into our daily routines, also improving air quality and mental health. This toolkit includes:

  • How walking and cycling can improve health and wellbeing in the workforce.
  • Improving air quality by active transport.
  • The role of walking and cycling in improving mental health.