Art on the National Cycle Network

Bicycle sculpture, Sustrans Portrait Bench, Dumfries

Bicycle sculpture and portrait bench in Dumfries

We work with artists, schools and local communities to create and explore landmarks, environments and ideas that celebrate the surrounding areas, helping to create a strong sense of location.

This has resulted in a huge collection of public art and created special places that you can visit again and again by foot or bike.

Working with artists

We've worked with a wide variety of artists, when travelling along the Network you’ll find all sorts of art, particularly on our Art Trails. These include iconic earthworks and sculptures by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Cragg.

Below is a selection of art projects we are proud to have made possible:

Art in the community

The Portrait Bench is the best thing about Kirkby's new traffic-free path!

- Knowsley Council Officer

We encourage people to take an active role in their environment and integrate artists to work with communities to improve their neighbourhoods alongside our Community Street Design team.

We have worked with communities across the UK who have nominated local people for the contribution they have made to local life, culture or history to become the figures on their local Portrait Bench.

When you walk you see more wildlife, things you wouldn’t see in a car.

- Year 5 school pupil.

In our Sensory Journeys project pupils took part in a variety of activities designed to heighten their sensory experiences and used GPS units to ‘tag’ important experiences on their journeys to school. 

Artist Christian Nold then developed high-quality, large-scale Sensory Maps, incorporating the pupils’ thoughts, feelings, observations and drawings about their local area.

Art that paves the way

We've created some amazing artworks that are functional as well as being great to look at. These include our wonderful bridges, gateways, seating and way markers. Some of the most interesting and unique have been designed by artists or local communities, from beautiful bridges to our special benches carved with intricate details of local butterfly species.

Search for an art trail on the National Cycle Network near you

To view any of these artworks please visit our Flickr account

Support our work on the Network by volunteering or donating

Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

Find out about the fantastic artwork we have on the National Cycle Network and where you can spot it.

volunteers on the NCN

Check out our volunteer vacancies in your area.

kids out on a bike ride

Your donations will help maintain the National Cycle Network and provide safer routes for everyone to enjoy.