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We're the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle

Our vision is a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.

Two friends with bicycles stop at the end of a road next to a sign which reads "Road open to" followed by symbols for a parent and child, push scooter, wheelchair and bicycle.

Streets for everyone

Creating streets that make walking, wheeling and cycling safer for everyone has wide-ranging benefits for local communities.

In our series of videos, local businesses and residents across the UK tell us why the changes made in their area matter to them.

Find out more and watch the videos

  

Our two strategic priorities translate our vision into reality:

  
  

Liveable cities and towns for everyone

Cities and towns should be places that prioritise the people who live and spend time there. For too long they have been designed around cars, leaving less space for walking, cycling and spending time in; things that make our lives better and add to our happiness.

Car-dominated spaces create congestion and damage our environment and health. They harm people who are already disadvantaged the most.

Our cities and towns can – and should – be designed with everyone’s health and wellbeing in mind, rather than cars.

At Sustrans, we create places that connect us to each other and what we need, where everyone can thrive without having to use a car. Sociable places where friends and facilities are a short walk away, and it’s easy and pleasant to travel beyond our neighbourhood.

These are communities in which friendships are made and people belong. Places with clean air and green spaces where everyone has the choice to walk, cycle, scoot or wheel safely to school, work and around their local area.

We don’t work alone to create liveable towns and cities. We bring together the people who live and spend time there, including those with seldom-heard voices, to make the change they want to see.

 

Examples of our liveable cities and towns work

Children with Olympic athlete Dame Sarah Storey

Sustrans Big Pedal

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. It inspires hundreds of thousands of pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school.

Find out more about the Big Pedal
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Places for Everyone

Sustrans Scotland provides advice, support and funding for the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. Funded by Transport Scotland, we’ve used our knowledge and experience to back hundreds of projects across Scotland since 2010.

Take a look at the project
Three people posing with a bike outside a shop with flyers in hand Pedal Perks launch in Northern Ireland

Pedal Perks Cycle Reward Scheme in Northern Ireland

Our cyclist loyalty scheme - Pedal Perks - hopes to encourage more people to cycle to local shops and cafes. Find a business near you and join the scheme.

Read about Pedal Perks
Children on bikes outside of a Sustrans stand in London

Community-led design in Marks Gate

We delivered a project in Marks Gate in East London combining community-led street design, behaviour change and infrastructure improvements to increase opportunities for walking and cycling whilst creating a lively and more people-centred environment. 

See what we learnt

  

Paths for everyone

The National Cycle Network is a network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling and exploring outdoors.

Read our vision for a National Cycle Network that is safer and more accessible for everyone.

 

Examples of our paths for everyone work

Route upgrade in Marsh Mills

With funding from Highways England, we've created almost 2km of high-quality path for walking and cycling near Plymouth.

Take a look at the project
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Improving access to popular path in Reading

We’re working with Reading Borough Council, the Canal and River Trust and Thames Valley Police to redesign barriers on the popular traffic-free path between Katesgrove, Waterloo Meadows and Fobney Lock.

See how we're making the route more accessible
Group of people cutting the ribbon at opening of new walking and cycling path

Vital new traffic-free link opens on the Caledonia Way

Funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, the new link sees the first protected pathway for walking, cycling and wheeling between the rural communities of North Connel and Benderloch, Argyll and Bute.

Read more about this significant milestone
The launch of a new traffic-free path in Pembrokeshire

First Linking Up project opens in Pembrokeshire

We opened a brand new 17-kilometre route between Narberth and Haverfordwest which incorporates traffic-free sections and quiet roads and follows existing highways, tracks, bridleways and public footpaths.

Take a look at the project

Our theory of change clarifies how our work brings about change

Our theory of change:

  • Helps us evidence our impact
  • Provides an accessible summary of a complex situation
  • Helps us understand how and why our interventions work, and identify new ones
  • Defines the short-term benefits for people and places, and long-term societal changes.

Download our theory of change

 

Partner with us

We can offer you tailored solutions that are practical and pragmatic, delivering your vision from the strategic policy level, right down to schemes on the ground.

Read about our approach

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