Sustrans birthday celebrations in Leicester

Sustrans staff group photo in Leicester

Sustrans staff and representatives from Leicester City Council celebrate our 40th anniversary

8 December 2017

We've been celebrating our 40th birthday throughout 2017, and this week our team in the midlands held an event in Leicester.

We've come a long way from our early Bristol based days, and to celebrate we were joined by a number of representatives from Leicester City Council, including Cllr Adam Clarke and Cllr Sarah Russell who cut a special cake.

The cake came from a local Leicester firm (Chocoholic) and was delivered by bicycle. There were also awards handed out to local Sustrans volunteers for the work they’ve done in the area.

Funded through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund and the People’s Health Trust, we engage with workplaces and schools in Leicester. Our aim is to encourage more people to take part in active travel such as walking and cycling. We've also delivered a number of community projects, such as the Braunstone Gate Places for People Project and improved cycling infrastructure at a number of locations - including Watermead Park.

In the afternoon our staff and volunteers had a fabulous time at Leicester’s closed road circuit and then attended an annual low-carbon lecture at City Hall.

Speaking on the celebrations our Regional Partnership Manager in Leicester, Dave Clasby, said:

“It was great to celebrate the success we’ve had over the past forty years at our event in Leicester. We’ve received strong support from the community and the Council - there’s clearly real interest in cycling and walking. There’s so many benefits to active travel including better air quality, a healthier lifestyle and fewer cars on the road means less congestion. Today’s event was a celebration of what we’ve achieved over the last forty years – just think what we can achieve in the next forty.”

Learn more about our 40 years of hard work, bold ideas and incredible support