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What we are doing

We're working with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations right across the UK to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. We're making journeys safer and empowering people to make travel choices which are good for them, their neighbourhoods and the environment. 

By transforming the space outside people's homes and schools we make walking or biking an attractive and fun choice. In the last year alone we've worked in a dozen communities and over 100 streets.

We're currently working with residents in communities across England, Wales and Scotland to reclaim their streets, transforming them into lively, community-centred neighbourhoods that are safer to play in and easier to travel through on foot and bike.

Using placemaking principles we work with the local community to redesign spaces to pass through into places to be.

Our project teams often set up blogs to record their activities or to provide local info to their communities. Take a look at some of their blogs and Facebook pages for an idea of what we're up to.

The National Cycle Network started way back in 1995 with just a few miles of routes, now it passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.

We've continued to build on this amazing work with new infrastructure projects across the country. The most recent of these are:

When our Active Travel Officer Ian Cullen first started at Fagley Primary School there were very few children cycling to school.

Find out how we helped change that by helping children at Fagley Primary School in Bradford get on their bikes for their daily journeys.

Read more about our travel behaviour change in schools.

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Air pollution is the leading public health crisis in the UK today hitting children, people with a lung condition and the elderly hardest.

In partnership with Eunomia, we have developed a first-of-its-kind model to quantify the contribution of walking and cycling in reducing levels of air pollution – and the subsequent benefits to public health.

Found out more about our work on air quality.

cyclist on a protected cycle path

We recently published our Bike Life 2017 reports, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities.

Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, Bike Life is delivered in collaboration with seven major UK cities. The study is an assessment of city cycling development including infrastructure, travel behaviour, public attitudes, the impact of cycling, and new initiatives.

Bike Life reports every two years and covers a wealth of information on cycling in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. Find out more about Bike Life 2017 in each city.

Want to help us make it easier for people to walk and cycle? Make a donation to our Winter appeal or become a regular supporter.

Mark Beaumont re-discovers Scotland through the National Cycle Network.

Have you ever tried to discover new parts of the town you live in? Or escape the city by a completely different route?

In this new short film, cycling legend Mark Beaumont heads out on the National Cycle Network near Scotland’s towns and cities. He moves through various guises: from stylish corporate Brompton rider to about-town family man with toddler in tow and then leisure cyclist escaping the city.

Find out more about everyday adventures.

 

After creating a network of off-road travel corridors for people we discovered that other species were finding them useful too. Green corridors that allow wildlife to travel is hugely beneficial to them and our greenways have become a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from bats and frogs to bees and butterflies.

With the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we have been able to extend the project to cover all of England (outside of London), Wales and Scotland.

This is all achieved with the help of our fantastic wildlife volunteers. We now have 254 wildlife enthusiasts recruited as volunteers across the UK.

Read more about biodiversity projects on the Network

Our vision for the UK is a healthy, clean and prosperous place where people can choose to travel safely and conveniently by foot or bike.

To achieve this we've been working with Transport for London to deliver Quietways, cycle routes designed for people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds that will provide safe and convenient routes to school, work, or the shops. Quietway 1 (Q1) opened in June 2016 and there are six more routes to be delivered.

The Big Pedal is the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. It inspires pupils, staff and parents to get active and cycle or scooter to school. In 2017 we counted over one million journeys by scooter or bike during the The Big Pedal. The Big Pedal 2018 will run between 23 April and 4 May.

Our accreditation scheme, School Mark, recognises the hard work and achievements of schools working to increase walking, cycling or scooting to school. Since being launched in 2009 almost 800 schools have been accredited with the Sustrans School Mark.