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.
Sustrans 40th anniversary cupcakes

2017 marks 40 years of Sustrans and we're really proud of what we've achieved so far.

As we celebrate our birthday this year, it's a perfect chance for us to look back on where we've come from and plan ahead for the future.

Take a look at the lovely birthday messages we've received from our partners, volunteers and high profile supporters

community street design project in Peckham

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.

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.

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:

Attendee's celebrate the opening of Skelton bridge

2017 marks 40 years of Sustrans and we’re excited to be sharing our achievements and successes from over the years. 

The celebrations kicked off with the opening of the fantastic new Skleton Bridge near Leeds in late April and we’ll be continuing the celebrations throughout the rest of the year. You can follow and get involved on social media by using #SustransAt40

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man and woman with bicycle

We're also collaborating with seven cities across the UK on the biggest survey ever conducted on attitudes to cycling in the UK. The aim is to report on progress towards making cycling an attractive and everyday means of travel.

The first part of the Bike Life survey was completed in 2015 and the next survey will be published in Autumn 2017.

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

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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.

In 2015-16 our schools officers delivered over 16,000 activities UK-wide, with over 1 million attendances

The Big Pedal is the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scootering 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 scootering to school. Since being launched in 2009 almost 800 schools have been accredited with the Sustrans School Mark.