The National Cycle Network is a fantastic network of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes, offering 16,575 miles for everyone to enjoy. It is used by almost five million people each year and crisscrosses its way around the country between villages, towns and cities.
Despite the name, it is ideal for everyone and isn’t just for cycling. It’s also used for walking, running and is the perfect place to take your scooter out for a spin.
Nowadays there is a wide range of scooters available for the whole family so that everyone can get involved.
Scooting for fun or leisure is a great way to spend time with friends and family and can help keep you fit and active.
To help you make the most of your days out on the Network with your scooter, we’ve teamed up with Micro Scooters to give you our top 10 reasons why you should go out scooting on the National Cycle Network.
1. The terrain is perfect
If you are looking for somewhere to scoot then the National Cycle Network is the place for you. A third of the Network is traffic-free and provides the perfect terrain for scooting.
2. It's close to home
You’re never too far from the Network. Over half the UK population live within one mile of their nearest route so scooting along the National Cycle Network has never been easier. Chances are there’s a route near you. Why not use our map to find routes?
3. You can find a green space
Many National Cycle Network routes run through green spaces such as parks and nature reserves that help support a variety of wildlife. With help from our fantastic volunteers across the country who maintain habitats and carry out surveys, our Greenways are teaming with wildlife that also benefits from our green corridors.
4. See some public art
Looking for interesting things to see? We have a plenty of collections of public art dotted across the network making our routes special places to visit and enjoy. Local artists have contributed hundreds of pieces of artwork displayed around the UK so there are lots to see and explore as you scoot on by.
5. Choose a route that takes you places
Many of the routes use disused railway paths and canal towpaths and we have raised the funds needed to transform them into a Network that takes you to cities, or towns or you can escape to the countryside. This means you can scoot safely to new far-flung places without the need to jump in the car.
6. It's great for the school run
Over 27 million journeys on the Network are made by children travelling to and from school. Chances are your school run could suddenly become a lot healthier and less stressful by choosing to scoot to school. Even if scooting the whole way is not possible, why not try scooting the last part? That way you can avoid traffic and parking troubles near the school, arriving energised and refreshed, ready for the day ahead. If you're considering scooting to school, we have tips to help get you started.
7. Inspire the next generation
Scooting with children regularly will inspire them to consider sustainable alternatives as long-term solutions to travel. You’ll be supporting and promoting good habits that benefit their health and improve air quality, fostering healthy transport solutions which will last a lifetime.
8. There are lots of things to see and do
There are loads of things to see and do along the Network – cafés, nature reserves, beautiful architecture, national parks and much more. Scooting is a quick way to get between them whilst enjoying the journey along the way. Explore the options and be inspired.
9. Finding a route is easy
Our online map covers all of the routes that form the National Cycle Network, so it is easy to find a local route or somewhere further from home for a special day out.
10. It's great fun!
Scooting is a lot of fun and the National Cycle Network is a safe and interesting place to practice it, so get out there and enjoy it!