Stars celebrate 20 years of the Network

Five Sustrans fundraisers at event in London

Sustrans' volunteers enjoy the NCN 20 celebrations in style

Two people and volunteer

The event was well attended and the venue was donated by News UK

Two speakers at event

London Director German Dector-Vega with Andrew Ritchie (Brompton inventor) speaking

Crowded room

The event was held at the prestigious News UK building with views of the London skyline

Packed conference room at event

A huge turnout of volunteers, VIPs and supporters came along to listen to the speakers

NCN 20 Cake

Everyone enjoyed the event, with cake and bubbles provided. Thanks to Waitrose!

Woman speaking with a microphone

We had so many great speakers there to celebrate the Network

Man speaking with a microphone

The event was well attended and a great evening was had by all

Man standing by a screen with the NCN 20 logo on it

London Director German Dector-Vega talked about the progress made over the last 20 years

Three people at the event

We were delighted to celebrate and want to thank all who came for their support

30 October 2015

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.

- Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans Chief Executive

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.

-  Rebecca Charlton, ITV Cycle Show presenter

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.

- Andrew Ritchie, founder of Brompton Bicycle.

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.

If you want to get involved you can volunteer with us.

Or donate and sponsor your favourite mile of the Network.