Published: 25th AUGUST 2021

Volunteer walking and cycling champions, Black Country, Solihull, Coventry and 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: Black Country, Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham
  • Time commitment: Half a day per month
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 25082021

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 whether that be by foot, wheelchair, scooter, pedal or hand cycle, trike, cargo bike or trike or mobility scooter.

They help to identify and remove barriers to walking, cycling and wheeling, educate more people about the benefits of healthy streets and play a positive and active role in their local community.


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.  Working 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 can get involved in a number of different activities, these can include:

  • supporting community engagement events and mapping and signage workshops
  • traffic counting: counting people walking, scooting, cycling and driving in a location
  • crossing and parking audits of zebra and toucan crossing, is the crossing/waiting time too long? Are signs in place and correct? Is there parking on zig-gags or across dropped curbs?
  • recording activities and feeding these back to your volunteer supervisor to help build a picture of local areas and support our work to create Liveable Towns and Cities For Everyone
  • organising or supporting the delivery of Led Walks with a focus on Air Quality and Street Audits
  • National Cycle Network route custodian, are there: overgrown narrow paths, litter, physical barriers, steps or gates that make it hard for people to use or access?
  • National Cycle Network development, recommending routes, barrier audits, physical improvements, Millennium Milestone repainting etc.


What are we looking for?

  • Individuals and families who are passionate about their local community and area.
  • Individuals and families who are passionate about helping people to walk, wheel or cycle.
  • Self-motivated and practical individuals and families to carry out tasks independently.

We are particularly keen to recruit volunteers who live close to the following roads and areas:

  • Dudley/Sandwell: Birmingham New Road / A4123 (Dudley, Tipton, Tipton Green, Burnt Tree, Kates Hill)
  • Wolverhampton: Wednesfield Road (Heath Town, Wednesfield, New Cross, City Centre)
  • Coventry: Foleshill Road corridor (Foleshill, Bishopsgate Green, Radford Little Heath, Great Heath)  and Clifford Bridge Road (Binley, Wyken, Wyken Croft, Clifford Bridge)
  • Solihull: Blossomfield Road Corridor (Shirley Heath, Dickens Heath, Shirley, Blossomfield, Sharmans Cross and Solihull) and Warwick Road Corridor (Knowle and Solihull)
  • Walsall: Wolverhampton Road West (Bentley, Alumwell and Willenhall)
  • Birmingham: A45 Corridor (Digbeth, Small Heath, Sparkbrook, Hays Mills and Yardley) and A457 Corridor (Jewellery Quarter, Summerfield, Ladywood, Rotton Park, Cape Hill)


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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