National Cycle Network

People cycling and walking on traffic-free path ©2018, Jonathan Bewley
Seven level of service measures have been developed to enable the quality of the user experience on the National Cycle Network to be assessed. These measures will be assessed based on the answers to...
18 October 2018
person on bicycle

Principle 1. Be traffic-free or quiet-way

man walking alongside horse riders

Principle 2. Be wide enough to comfortably accommodate all users

volunteers cutting down vegetation around path

Principle 3. Be designed to minimise maintenance

sign pointing to different cycle routes

Principle 4. Be signed clearly and consistently

people walking and cycling on traffic-free smooth path

Principle 5. Have a smooth surface that is well drained

people using adapted bikes on cycle path

Principle 6. Be fully accessible to all legitimate users

woman on bike path near residences

Principle 7. Feel like a safe place to be

woman on bike crossing bridge

Principle 8. Enable all users to cross roads safely and step-free

family cycling on traffic-free path near local point of interest

Principle 9. Be attractive and interesting

The National Cycle Network design principles set out the key elements that make the Network distinctive and that need to be considered during the design of new and improved routes forming part of the...
17 October 2018
people on bikes on traffic-free path ©Dean Smith
The vision for the National Cycle Network is for a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside and loved by the communities they serve. We are...
17 October 2018
Man and child in wood, posing next to woodcarving of gnome

Wood carver Stephen Tarr with Ruby, who named the carved gnome 'Sleepy John'

Two friendly gnomes are the latest fantastical creatures which have appeared along a section of the Trans Pennine Trail maintained by Sustrans volunteers in Yorkshire. Sleepy John and Clumbsy were...
27 September 2018
Men and women volunteers for Sustrans enjoy Festivol

Volunteers gather in Bristol for the three day Festivol celebration

Volunteers from across the UK arrived in Bristol for a special celebration that took place on Friday 14 September to Sunday 16 September. Held over three days at locations across Bristol, Festivol is...
24 September 2018
family on bikes in bee costumes

Winning bees: Nicola Dowling (left) and family were one of two winners of Micro-Scooters for their costumes in the Bee Ride. PICTURE: Lorraine Taylor.

queue of people lining up for the Beeride

The Bee Ride from Abbey Hey to Chorlton attracted around 50 people. PICTURE: Lorraine Taylor

people on bikes

Bee Ride winner Andrew Scott. PICTURE: Aspa Paltaglou.

Around 50 bike-riding bees made a buzz at Manchester’s first ‘FloopFest’ last weekend to celebrate the Fallowfield Loopline and gather views to help improve the popular walking, scooting and cycling...
19 September 2018
cyclists on Hadrian's Cycleway study map

The new funding for Hadrian's Cycleway will help create links between local attractions and businesses and the cycle route. Photo: Vicki Deritis/Sustrans

Cyclists on Hadrians Cycleway

Over 160,000 people a year use the 174 mile (National Cycle Network route 72) cycle and walking route

We are delighted to have won £48,362 from Solway, Border and Eden LEADER to improve the popular Hadrian’s Cycleway in Cumbria for tourists and local people. Over 160,000 people a year use the 174...
17 September 2018
Silsden cycle route, West Yorks

The local community celebrated improvements on the Riddlesden to Silsden section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. CREDIT: West Yorkshire Combined Authority

We attended a community celebration at Silsden on Saturday 18 August to mark the official re-opening of a section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, following improvement works as part of a £2.9m...
29 August 2018
Sustrans and Local Councilors launches One Path on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Sustrans and Local Councillors launching One Path on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

One Path logo

The One Path initiative encourages users to "Share, Respect, Enjoy" the path.

An initiative designed to promote positive behaviour on shared paths was launched on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path (BBRP) yesterday. Designed to tackle conflict that can arise between different...
13 August 2018