What we are working on in Scotland

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Scotland Review 2017-18

We work closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes. Together, we are making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination. Find out more about some of the highlights from our work in Scotland during 2017-18.

There are more than 2,000 miles of National Cycle Network in Scotland, including the recently upgraded Caledonia Way, NCN Route 78. From stunning coastal cycles to rugged rural routes, you are bound to find your next adventure by exploring our best routes in Scotland or viewing our online map.

The NCN is a key tourist attraction in Scotland, and in order to realise the full potential of the leisure cycling opportunity, it is vital for businesses to understand the needs of leisure cyclists.
We have developed a free guide to provide businesses with the insights and advice they need to welcome cyclists.

We want to help people of all ages and abilities to make more journeys by foot and bike. Our Community Links programme funds the design and construction of walking and cycling infrastructure improvements.
Our Community Links PLUS design competition encourages the creation of big, bold and innovative projects which aim to restor the balance of Scotland's streets in favour of people walking and cycling. 

Dumfries Street Design project

Through our Street Design programme, we work in partnership with local authorities and communities to develop ideas that will improve neighbourhoods, communities and urban areas.
Our Active Travel Hubs in Kilmarnock and Ayr deliver a wide range of activities and events in the local communities, designed to assist and encourage the residents and visitors to travel more actively.

I Bike is an innovative Sustrans project that promotes cycling, walking and scooting to school, and is currently running in 12 different local authority areas in Scotland.
I Bike aims to create a culture of active travel in schools promoting safer, happier and healthier communities and providing sustainable travel habits in children which can last a lifetime.

We have a variety of curriculum based resources which explore active travel and support a wide range of learning outcomes in schools. We also have information on how to encourage a more active school run, either by walking, cycling or scooting.  
We offer funding to enable active travel to school, including our Safer Routes to School Fund for building walking and cycling infrastructure and Cycle and Scooter Parking Funding to allow their safe storage. 

We help workplaces support and enable staff to travel actively and sustainably. The Scottish Workplace Network provides workplaces in Scotland with tools and resources to achieve a more active workforce. Our Active Travel Champions project works intensively with passionate individuals within organisations to provide them with the knowledge, skills and resources to promote walking and cycling to their peers.
Our Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is a fantastic yearly event for workplaces looking for a fun, free and easy way to encourage their staff to travel actively to and from work every day.

We successfully influence policy development in Scotland to ensure that more people have the choice to walk, cycle or take public transport for more of their everyday journeys.
We work closely with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, government agencies and politicians in order to achieve this aim.

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The UK’s most comprehensive assessment of cycling in cities, Bikelife, has revealed that eight out of ten people in Edinburgh (80%) support building more protected roadside cycle lanes even when this could mean less space for other road traffic.

Our volunteers help keep the National Cycle Network in good shape, promote our work, attend events, organise walks and rides and encourage people to walk and cycle in their local communities.
There are a variety of volunteer roles on the National Cycle Network, in the community, workplace and in schools.

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