Sustrans News

  • Record numbers attend Cycle Sunday in Bristol
    by Sustrans on 22nd September 2018 at 6:39 PM

    21 September 2018Over 3,000 people enjoyed traffic-free cycling in Bristol at the weekend – a record number for the event that has been established since 2015. Cycle Sunday showcases traffic-free cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. The event is an opportunity for those new to cycling to try out their skills and improve their confidence in a supportive, fun and safe environment. Held on Sunday 16 September on the picturesque Clifton Downs in Bristol, the event is organised by us in collaboration with local community groups and was supported by leading Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby. This is the first year the event has featured a circular route, which proved very popular with participants who were keen to see more regular traffic-free days on the Downs. More demand for traffic-free days in Bristol Esther DeAngelis a local resident who regularly attends the event said she felt this year was bigger and more diverse. She said: “It’s drawn in families from all over Bristol – it’s so important for everyone to get an opportunity like this, to cycle along these beautiful roads safely and with no traffic. It’s so enjoyable, I really don’t know why we can’t do this more often.” We need to reduce reliance on getting to places by car The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cleo Lake, who attend the family-friendly Cycle Sunday event said she was keen to see more access to the area by bike. She said: “As Lord Mayor, one of my roles is to chair the Downs Committee which manages the Downs. "I am keen to see more access to the Downs by bicycle and in particular to create opportunities for people from all over Bristol to enjoy this beautiful place.  “It was great to see people of all ages and abilities cycling on a car-free route around Circular Road and Ladies Mile. In particular, Cycle Sunday enables children to have more freedom and get to the "hard to reach" parts of the Downs!   “We need to reduce reliance on getting to places by car. My hope is that one day, people will be able to get the bus to the Downs, hire a bike by the Water Tower and explore the Downs safely on two wheels rather than four." Walking and cycling is good for our health and mental well-being James Cleeton, Sustrans England South Director said: “Cycle Sunday was a great opportunity for communities across Bristol to come together and enjoy waking and cycling in a traffic-free, safe environment. We are all well aware of how good walking and cycling is for us, and at Sustrans we think it’s important to hold regular events like Cycle Sunday which encourage and enable all communities and abilities to enjoy walking and cycling in the outdoors.” Find out more about how you can use your car less for more everyday journeys […]

  • Sustrans comments on RAC report
    by Sustrans on 22nd September 2018 at 6:39 PM

    21 September 2018Commenting on the RAC Report on Motoring 2018, which reveals that one in three motorists are more reliant on their cars than they were 12 months ago, Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said: “With the UK’s air pollution a daily headline, there has never been a more important time to shift shorter journeys away from cars towards healthy, clean alternatives such as getting around by foot or on bike. “One in four car trips are under two miles – a distance that can be walked or cycled. “The research by RAC is a reminder to governments at all levels to take urgent action and prioritise the development of safe and high quality walking and cycling routes, alongside engagement programmes, to enable more people to walk and cycle.” For more information and interviews contact: Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, 07557 915 648, anna.galandzij@sustrans.org.uk Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, 07768 035318, liv.denne@sustrans.org.uk […]

  • Fallowfield Loopline and local community celebrated at FloopFest
    by Sustrans on 22nd September 2018 at 6:39 PM

    19 September 2018, , Around 50 bike-riding bees made a buzz at Manchester’s first ‘FloopFest’ last weekend to celebrate the Fallowfield Loopline and gather views to help improve the popular walking, scooting and cycling path. An online survey is still live for contributions relating to the festival until 30 September. There was live music, local food and drink, as well as nature, community and arts and crafts activities along the six mile path. Two of the best dressed bees on the Bee Ride won a Micro-Sprite Scooter plus accessories. The Fallowfield Loopline is Manchester’s most popular urban traffic-free cycle way (known affectionately as the Floop), with around 65,000 users a year, and is now part of Chris Boardman’s Beelines Plan. Rosslyn Colderley, our Director in the North of England said: “Floopfest celebrated the Fallowfield Loopline and the surrounding local community, and was a chance for us to gather views about how people use the Floop and what improvements they would like to see. It was a fantastic atmosphere with brilliant live music, local food and drink, bees on bikes, arts and crafts and community activities. Thanks to everyone who came, dressed up, took part or gave their views. If you haven’t filled out a questionnaire about the Fallowfield Loop please contribute to our online survey.” The Fallowfield Loopline is six miles long and runs from Chorlton to Debdale. The route, which we own and manage, is part of Chris Boardman’s new Beelines plan launched in June, to create 1,000 miles of cycle and walking routes in Greater Manchester. The former railway line closed in 1988 and was created into a cycle route in 2001. FloopFest was funded by PukkaTea and MicroScooters provided prizes for winning Bee Riders. Please contribute your views by taking part in the Floop Fest Survey […]

  • Hadrian’s Cycleway wins £48,000 for improvements
    by Sustrans on 22nd September 2018 at 6:39 PM

    17 September 2018, We are delighted to have won £48,362 from Solway, Border and Eden LEADER to improve the popular Hadrian’s Cycleway in Cumbria for tourists and local people. Over 160,000 people a year use the 174 mile (National Cycle Network route 72) cycle and walking route, which runs from the Roman Bath House at Ravenglass to the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields. It traverses through spectacular landscapes including the Solway Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and passes some of Britain’s most iconic historic buildings, such as Abbey Town Holme Cultram Abbey, Birdoswald Roman Fort or the Augustinian Lanercrost priory. The new funding will allow our team to install new signs to link people cycling the route to nearby attractions, as well as interpretation boards about the area’s history and natural beauty. Local officers will also work with businesses along Hadrian’s Cycleway to help promote the route to wider audiences. Claire Kerrin, our Network Development Manager in the North East said: “Hadrian’s Cycleway attracts thousands of visitors on bicycles each year but not all of them are aware of the attractions along the way. We will work with businesses, attractions and the local community to market their products and services directly to people traveling through the area on bikes, and help boost the local economy.” Chris Edwards, LEADER Programme Manager said: “The Solway, Border & Eden Local Action Group are delighted to support the rejuvenation of the Hadrian’s Cycleway.  The planned improvements will support rural business along the cycleway which in turn will boost the local economy.” Our research shows that improved marketing of Hadrian’s Cycleway could help generate an extra 39,000 visitors to Cumbria over the next three years. Find out more about Hadrian’s Cycleway Buy the Hadrian's Cycleway route ma […]

  • Disability writer David Reilly sets out to cycle the Caledonia Way
    by Sustrans on 22nd September 2018 at 6:39 PM

    14 September 2018Disability writer David Reilly will cycle the Caledonia Way to help raise awareness of accessibility along the National Cycle Network, setting off on Sunday 16 September.  Reilly, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, will undertake the 10 day long Caledonia Way Challenge Ride with support from Sustrans Scotland. He hopes his journey, which will see him travelling the length of Scotland, from Campbeltown to Inverness, will help to challenge perceptions about disability participation in cycling. As part of his ride David will stop off in Oban to speak to Sustrans Scotland Network Engagement Manager, Niall Shannon, about some of the challenges faced in making the National Cycle Network more accessible and inclusive to all. Speaking about his upcoming journey David said: “As a disability sports writer, I work to improve opportunities for disabled people to take part and participate in outdoor sports. “Inclusion and access are issues very close to my heart and I'm delighted to be working with Sustrans on this project. The Caledonia Way is an iconic route through the heart of some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery and I'm really looking forward to riding it. “I don't underestimate the challenge however, 237 miles lie between Campeltown and Inverness which is a really big push for me. I really look forward to completing the project." The National Cycle Network review  David’s ride comes as Sustrans nears the completion of a year and a half long audit of National Cycle Network Routes across the UK. The results of the National Cycle Netowrk review, which are set for publication in November 2018, will help us to create a network of safe, accessible and high-quality routes and paths that will make walking and cycling easier and safer for everyone. Sustrans Scotland Head of Network Development, Tom Bishop said: “We are really excited that David is to set out and ride the length of the iconic Caledonia Way. “As the National Cycle Network has grown over the years, we recognise that its quality has varied and that this has resulted in an inconsistent experience for the people who use it. We need to make it better, which is why we are undertaking a UK-wide review of the National Cycle Network. “As a leading disability writer, David’s unique experience of cycling the Caledonia Way, and the conversations we hope it will inspire, will help us to understand what is required to make all of our National Cycle Network routes accessible and inclusive to all.” Find out more about the Caledonia Way and plan your own adventur […]