Published: 14th JUNE 2021

Volunteer walking and cycling champion, Birmingham

Can you help improve your local community and make it easier for everyone to move more easily? Local walking and cycling champions help to build a picture of their local area to make it easier for everyone to travel actively and sustainably.

  • Role: Community
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Time commitment: Half a day per month
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 14062021

Local walking and cycling champions help to build a better picture of their local area.

They help to make it easier for everyone to travel actively and sustainably whether that be by foot, wheelchair, scooter, pedal or hand cycle, trike, cargo bike or trike or mobility scooter.

They help to:

  • identify and improve barriers to walking, cycling and wheeling
  • educate people about the benefits of healthy streets.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do.

They work with partners and other community groups to help get more people travelling sustainably in their area.

They work with expert staff from across the country and spend time with like-minded people to generate support for the work we do.

What does a walking and cycling champion volunteer do?

As a champion in your local area, you will be able to get involved in a number of different activities, including:

  • traffic counting: counting people walking, cycling and driving in a location
  • crossing and parking audits of zebra and toucan crossing, is the crossing/waiting time too long?
  • putting up posters about walking, cycling and clean air on community boards or posting leaflets or information on schools gates or through doors
  • recording activities and feeding these back to your volunteer supervisor
  • organising or supporting the delivery of led walks with a focus on air quality, air quality monitoring and street audits
  • become a National Cycle Network route custodian. Looking out for overgrown narrow paths, litter, physical barriers, steps or gates that make it hard for people to use or access?
  • help with the development of the National Cycle Network, recommending routes, barrier audits, physical improvements, Millennium Milestone repainting etc.

What we're looking for

We're looking for people who are:

  • passionate about their local community and area and helping people to walk, wheel or cycle
  • self-motivated and practical individuals to carry out tasks independently
  • we are keen to recruit volunteers from Ladywood, Handsworth, Lozells, New Town, Castle Vale, Moseley, Edgbaston, Longbridge and Tyseley areas of Birmingham but welcome applications from anyone living in Birmingham. We hope to roll out this opportunity to other areas and other towns and cities later in 2021.

Time commitment

We would recommend a minimum of half a day a month. 

Training and support offered

  • One-hour induction.
  • Online learning platform.
  • Personalised skill development sessions.
  • Volunteer supervision and guidance from experienced staff.
  • Reasonable agreed in advance expenses covered.
  • Online networking opportunities.
  • Support from your local staff supervisor and coordinator.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.

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