Connect 2: Connecting communities to safe, traffic free cycling and walking networks

Supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund we completed many high quality walking and cycling routes between 2009 and 2013 as part of 'Connect2'.

This work was carried out through working closely with a range of partners and extended the National Cycle Network into more than 80 communities across the UK. It created new bridges and crossings that overcame busy roads, rivers and railways, making it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys to shops, work, schools, friends and family.

This project created:

  • 84 new walking and cycling networks
  • 80 major new safe crossings of roads (and countless more smaller crossings)
  • over 100 brand new or renovated bridges.

In doing so we enabled millions of people to get about on foot and bike for everyday journeys by delivering a national project to extend the National Cycle Network into the heart of communities across the UK.

Big Lottery funded

Big Lottery Fund

We worked with local authorities and many other partners and were funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Read about the impact of this project in a blog from the director of our Research and Monitoring team.