Annual Review

Whether we’re making it easier for children, teachers and parents to walk to school, engaging residents in improving the spaces around them, or designing and building new routes for people, Sustrans is valued for creativity, commitment and 40 years of practical on-the-ground knowledge.

Photo of Xavier Brice, CEO

"Sustrans’ work in 2017-18 built connections between people and their communities and challenged the cultural consequences of a car-dominated society. By making it easier to walk and cycle, we’ve created healthier, more prosperous places. Working in partnership, we’ve helped keep things moving, reduced congestion, supported economic growth and reconnected with our space."

-Xavier Brice, Chief Executive

Photo of Lynne Berry, Chair

"Since joining Sustrans as Chair of the Trustees in January 2018, I have been impressed by our commitment to understanding and measuring the impact of our work. Sustrans has achieved a great deal so far. We still have a great deal to do and I’m proud to be part of the team that really is going to make it easier to walk and cycle."

- Lynne Berry, Chair of Trustees

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Being active is good for our health.

An estimated 7,940 serious long-term health conditions have been averted by walking and cycling on the National Cycle Network, saving the NHS over £51 million in expenditure, equivalent to the average annual salary of 2,206 nurses.

85% of National Cycle Network users say that the presence of the Network helps them to increase the amount of physical activity they regularly take.

Newton Abbott street design project resident consultation

We engage communities to draw out their expertise in their own area.

Our approach means solutions are designed by the community for the community, using knowledge from people who know the area best and ensuring the long-term success of projects.

In 2017-18 we delivered 45 community street design projects and engaged with 19,000 residents.

students receiving cycle training

The number of children meeting the recommended amount of physical activity drops significantly as they move through primary school.

As a result of our work, an additional 5% (13,600) of primary school pupils across the UK are now travelling actively to school, by foot, cycle or scooter.

Our school programmes worked with 284,819 pupils across 1,295 schools last year and removed 5.2 million school run trips by car from the road.


Group photo of groundbreaking event on Glasgow's South City Way

Since our beginning, we’ve worked in close partnership with communities.

Our volunteers have enabled us to accomplish much more and have given local people a further stake in our work.

In 2017-18 our volunteers contributed a total of 250,000 volunteer hours, equivalent to 149 staff members working full-time.

Family travelling to school by bike, scooter and walking. Image credit: ©2017, Jonathan Bewley

Sustrans is at the forefront of monitoring and evaluation techniques for active travel.

We use these to build an evidence-based case for effective investment in walking and cycling, for the benefit of our partners and policy-makers.

Our research into the public health benefits of walking and cycling was recognised by the United Nations as an example of best practice.

Walking and cycling are clearly key to addressing the challenges of congestion, air quality, public health and climate change. So, what are the barriers?

People need to feel and be safe when walking and cycling, which means things need to change. We could not achieve any of this without our incredible staff, volunteers, supporters and partners.

In 2018/19 we will continue to develop a movement that is fun and inspiring, where everyone can see how their contribution changes society for the better.