New Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland to make her first official appearance by meeting the people delivering active travel infrastructure

Photo of Lee Craigie meeting Transport Scotland’s active travel delivery partner organisations on an urban cycle path in Scotland

Lee Craigie as Active Nation Commissioner meeting Transport Scotland’s active travel delivery partner organisations

Photo of Lee Craigie next to a bicycle on National Cycle Route 78- The Caledonia Way

Lee Craigie was announced as Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland in December 2018 | Image credit: James Robertson, ©2017

23 January 2019

In her first official appearance in her new role Scotland’s newly appointed Active Nation Commissioner, Lee Craigie is to meet the people at the frontline of delivering walking and cycling infrastructure at a major event in Dundee.

Raising the Standards Day, Caird Hall, Dundee, 23 January, is an annual knowledge sharing event run by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, that brings active travel partners together to meet and share best practice project ideas and experiences.

 I am looking forward to attending this event. I am delighted to have been tasked with the privilege and responsibility of helping more people to realise the benefits of walking and cycling for everyday journeys.

- Lee Craigie, Scotland's Active Nation Commissioner

Speakers and experts will come together to share knowledge and best practice in delivering well designed, safe and accessible walking and cycling infrastructure. Sustrans sees it as an opportunity to raise ambition and promote innovation in infrastructure through inspirational presentations and workshops that empower partners to deliver big, bold and pioneering projects that will restore the balance of Scotland’s streets. Sustrans manages funds to support walking and cycling infrastructure on behalf of Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Transport Agency.

The charity expects around 200 delegates to attend on the day, from each of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, community groups, NHS, universities and colleges, Scottish Government and other statutory bodies.

Lee Craigie was announced as Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland in December 2018. This new position will see Craigie as an official representative for walking, cycling and physical activity. This will be Craigie’s first opportunity to address, meet and talk to Sustrans and travel partners working towards increasing and making active travel easier across the country.

Other speakers at Raising the Standards Day include world-renowned Danish urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen, transport engagement consultant, Jon Little and public health and transport expert, Lucy Saunders alongside workshops, panels and exhibitions.

Sustrans Scotland National Director, John Lauder said:

'Sustrans Scotland warmly welcome Lee Craigie to her role and we are delighted that she has chosen to attend our Raising the Standards Day event as her first official appearance.

'Raising the Standards Day is an opportunity for those at the forefront of delivering infrastructure that makes places better for walking and cycling, to be inspired and to share best practice. It will be a great opportunity to hear from Lee and for her to learn about, and discuss, many of the challenges and opportunities we all face in making Scotland a more active nation.'

Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland Lee Craigie said:

'I am looking forward to attending this event. I am delighted to have been tasked with the privilege and responsibility of helping more people to realise the benefits of walking and cycling for every day journeys. This event is a great opportunity to meet the technical experts and those in charge of delivery and learn about the challenges faced on the ground.'

For more information please contact:

Claire Daly, Sustrans Scotland Policy and Communications Manager: T: 0131 346 3010 / M: 0786 8701678

Henry Northmore, Sustrans Scotland Senior Communications and Public Affairs Officer: T: 0131 346 1384 / M: 07824 664445