We are proud to announce we have won two prestigious London Transport Awards last night, Thursday 1 March, coming top in the categories Excellence in Cycling and Walking and Transport Consultant of the Year.
Excellence in Cycling and Walking
In an inspiring field, Sustrans was recognised for the Marks Gate project which will continue to benefit the residents of Barking and Dagenham, East London, for years to come.
The two-year project delivered in partnership with the council brought together hundreds of residents, local politicians, businesses, faith leaders, Transport for London (TfL), transport planners and designers to transform the Marks Gate area into a place where people can enjoy healthier and safer streets.
In partnership with the community and council, Sustrans delivered improvements including redesigning streets, making the area walking and cycling friendly, installing artwork and opening up of public space.
Marks Gate has been brought up to a Healthy Streets standard. The collaborative design process was delivered at the same time as a comprehensive cycle training and access programme, which helped the residents lead more active lifestyles, increased social interaction and improved community cohesion.
Sustrans’ London Director Matt Winfield said:
“We are hugely proud of our work in Marks Gate and are thrilled to win this award. The project has involved many people who have all come together to make Marks Gate a great place to live and work. Transforming the local environment has meant people are more active and there’s a greater sense of community. Residents have been vital to making this project a success and I hope they continue to enjoy the local environment they have helped to create.”
Transport consultant of the year
Sustrans was also named the Transport Consultant of the Year.
We were recognised for our work with TfL, London Boroughs and many others, in helping to transform the capital into a cycle and pedestrian-friendly city.
As delivery agent for TfL's Quietways programme from 2015-2018 and in ongoing partnerships with a range of organisations including local councils, Sustrans has helped to roll out the £119m Quietway programme across 30 London boroughs to encourage people to switch to pedal power.
Quietway 1 (Q1) from Waterloo to Greenwich opened in 2016. Six new routes are close to completion, with 28 routes currently in delivery.
Research on the route shows a 56% increase in cyclists using Q1 since it was completed*.
Sustrans London Director Matt Winfield said:
“We are hugely proud of our work with TfL and all our project partners, including London Boroughs, on Quietways. We’re all about making it easier for people to cycle and walk around our amazing capital.
“Quietways provide routes which can encourage people to change the way they get around, reducing traffic congestion, improving physical and mental wellbeing as well as helping to improve air quality.
“We know providing great alternatives for active travel has a positive impact on people’s quality of life. We want to work with other cities across the country to help streets work better for more people.”
* Included in the written response from the Mayor of London received 31/07/2017 to a question on cycling and walking expenditure from Caroline Pidgeon MBE (Question No: 2017/2852)
Notes to editors
1. Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We are engineers and educators, experts and advocates. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Sustrans works in partnership, bringing people together to find the right solutions. We make the case for walking and cycling by using robust evidence and showing what can be done. We are grounded in communities and believe that grassroots support combined with political leadership drives real change, fast.
2. Sustrans and TfL are working with the following partners on Quietways:
Wheels for Wellbeing – supporting disabled people to enjoy cycling
Royal Haskoning DHV – innovators in Dutch cycle design
Local Transport Projects – road safety experts
Phil Jones Associates – transport planning consultants
Mayor of London’s transport strategy targets
80% journeys by walk/cycle/public transport by 2041
70% Londoners within 400m of cycle network by 2041