The 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network was celebrated by our staff, supporters and volunteers, as well as some cycling celebrities.
Over 130 people celebrated the 20th birthday of the National Cycle Network in style on the top floor of News UK building, at the foot of the Shard in London Bridge. The venue for the charity fundraising event was gifted to Sustrans by News UK.
“ We need to keep up the pressure, growing and improving the National Cycle Network. ”
The event was a great success, with speeches from Chief Executive Malcolm Shepherd, London Director German Dector-Vega and London Volunteer Project Officer Sandra Jarzebska.
Cycling celebrities were also in attendace.
In addition to the public, staff and volunteers a number of high profile cycling celebrities attended to lend their support with presentations from Andrew Ritchie (inventor of the Brompton bicycle), Shu Pillinger (first British woman to complete the Race Across America) and Rebecca Charlton (author and presenter for the ITV Cycle Show).
It was amazing riding the Bath Two Tunnels, one of the most exciting stretches of the NCN, with Paralympian David Stone.
“ It was amazing riding the Bath Two Tunnels, one of the most exciting stretches of the NCN, with Paralympian David Stone. ”
The state of cycling in the United Kingdom has seen a great deal of change since the inception of the National Cycle Network 20 years ago.
The presentations focused on personal achievements, worldwide firsts, how the industry has changed and the part the National Cycle Network has played in it all.
The National Cycle Network has nurtured British cycling in many ways, from making it possible to explore tunnels in Bath on a weekend ride to improving people's everyday commute.
The Network has grown a lot since it's inception.
The Network passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and now stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.
20 years ago whilst others talked about cycling, Sustrans actually got out their spades and started building.
“ 20 years ago whilst others talked about cycling, Sustrans actually got out their spades and started building. ”
Almost five million people use the National Cycle Network, and despite its name, the Network isn't just for cyclists, it’s popular with walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and horse riders too.
As we celebrated the Network we also thanked our volunteers for the tireless hours they put in to make the National Cycle Network the success it is today. Sustrans would not be able to do the level of work it does without the fantastic efforts of our volunteers and patrons.