Sustrans News

  • Sustrans helps Syrian refugee women gain independence by learning to cycle
    by Sustrans on 20th January 2019 at 10:44 AM

    15 January 2019Sustrans helps Syrian refugee women gain independence by learning to cycle. Sustrans Officers in Taunton collected a certificate for their outstanding contributions in supporting and teaching a group of Syrian refugee women how to cycle. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded by Tauntons’ MP Rebecca Pow at ‘Taunton Welcomes Refugees’ third birthday held at Taunton’s Methodist Church at the end of 2018. Volunteers from the organisation ‘Taunton Welcomes Refugees’ worked closely with Sustrans throughout the summer to help the women to cycle, increasing their independence and integration into the local community. Getting Around Taunton The initiative is part of the ‘Getting Around Taunton’ project which is works with workplaces, schools, community groups and residents across the South of Taunton to reduce traffic congestion and encourage more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, car share and public transport. Liz Bidmead, a ‘Taunton Welcomes Refugees’ volunteer said: 'Take a group of Syrian Refugee Women, some who have never ridden a bike before but would like to learn.  Add to the mix their determination to learn new skills, integrate and be independent. Finally, introduce them to a volunteer who is a strong Sustrans advocate and magic happens. 'The patience, enthusiasm, encouragement to learn and improve, and the insightful teaching of the Sustrans team - who even hired a bike for one woman to use - has been outstanding. 'The whole group were immensely grateful to Sustrans and the volunteers who facilitated the joining of the two. One Syrian woman proudly said "the bruises were worth it!"' Over 100 people attend the ceremony, including the Syrian refugee families and the partner organisations who have been involved in their community integration over the last three years. The families spoke of their moving stories and a huge spread of Syrian cakes and pastries with plenty of tea kicked off the evening’s celebrations. Ruby Tobin, Sustrans Taunton Project Officer said: 'We’re really happy to have been invited to such a special evening and to have been able to support these wonderful women. We now look forward to doing some more bike safety awareness as part of their English classes.' Find out more information about the Getting Around Taunton initiative You can follow the Getting Around Taunton Sustrans team on Twitter or Facebook&nbs […]

  • Our work in London 2019: Streets ahead
    by Sustrans on 20th January 2019 at 10:44 AM

    14 January 2019, , We are proud to have published our latest London review. 'Our work in London 2019: Streets ahead' shows just some of the progress we've made to help transform the capital, working with London boroughs, Transport for London (TFL), the Mayor of London as well as inspirational community groups, schools and businesses to build a healthier, happier city. “ We have worked with Sustrans for many years to support the delivery of walking and cycling infrastructure projects, and our experience has been very positive. ” - Joel De Mowbray, Royal Borough of Greenwich Principal Transport Planner Both locally in London and nationally, freeing up our roads and making them safer for everyone makes environmental and economic sense. Fewer vehicles on our streets mean a more efficient road network with less congestion. The average traffic speeds for the 12 hours between 7am and 7pm across central London are around 8mph. The knock-on health benefits are huge too. Air pollution and obesity continue to hit the headlines, with record levels of both, putting the lives of the next generation at significant risk. TfL estimated that over eight million daily journeys could be cycled in London. Walking and cycling offer the greatest potential to keep our city moving. To make this happen, we must create an environment where people feel safe and able to cycle or walk going about their daily business. Think how much less congested our roads would be, how much fitter we would be and how much cleaner our air would be to breathe. We work with boroughs to identify solutions that will unlock huge potential across London. Our study tours for councillors and officers take in some of London’s best cycling and walking infrastructure, allowing us to demonstrate how bold design decisions can benefit a community.  Transport for London continues to make strides in tackling congestion and air pollution with their Ultra Low Emission Zone and cycling infrastructure. We are proud to have been their delivery agent for the first four years of Quietways, creating quieter and safer routes to cycle in London. In addition to our project management role, we’ve designed schemes, built bridges, engaged communities in transformation and helped deliver behaviour change programmes on the ground. It is inspiring to work with hundreds of committed residents and businesses who are part of community groups around London. They are passionate about where they live and work and want the best for their area. Our collaborative design team has been working with the community group, Bermondsey.Street London, researching how streets in the area are used, generating ideas about how people would like to see their streets look in the future, making them more pedestrian and cycle friendly.  “ We have been pushing the political and social agenda for over 40 years, working to create a healthier and happier city where people choose to leave their car at home and walk or cycle instead. ” - Matt Winfield, Sustrans London Director Our Behaviour Change team’s work with schools is very rewarding, as we help change the way parents and children get to school. This year we worked with 94,176 pupils through our Bike It Plus programme. We also saw an increase a 107% increase in primary and secondary school pupils cycling at least twice a week as a result of our Bike It Plus programme. Take a look at Our Work in London, and find out about just some of the boroughs and communities we’ve been working with to build healthy streets and make that vision of a healthier, happier London a reality. Highlights include: Helping deliver 110km of Quietways as TfL’s delivery agent Unlocking huge potential in Bromley for a liveable neighbourhood Working on ambitious designs with Greenwich Successfully bidding for £400,000 match funding from the Mayor of London’s Green Capital Grants and Barking Riverside Ltd. for the new Ripple Greenway project in Barking and Dagenham Launching a London-wide action plan to overhaul the National Cycle Network. Transforming local business deliveries at Drings Butchers in Greenwich from diesel to e-cargo bike, resulting in a 75% fall in the business’ CO2 emissions Working with partners in every London borough Award winners  We were also very proud to win two London Transport awards in 2018: Transport Consultant of the Year and Excellence in Cycling and Walking. And it was fantastic to be appointed to TfL’s second Architecture Design Urbanism Panel (ADUP2) framework. We are now in prime position to help the public sector deliver the best quality streets and places. Joel De Mowbray, Royal Borough of Greenwich Principal Transport Planner said:  “We have worked with Sustrans for many years to support the delivery of walking and cycling infrastructure projects, and our experience has been very positive. “The engineering services provided from feasibility to snagging have always focused on the user experience to push for high-quality provision, whilst understanding financial constraints and the local context.” Matt Winfield, Sustrans London Director said:  “We have been pushing the political and social agenda for over 40 years, working to create a healthier and happier city where people choose to leave their car at home and walk or cycle instead." None of our work would be possible without the support of everyone whose enthusiasm and drive spurs us on and so a big thank you to all of you. We look forward to continuing our work together - creating a society where how we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone. Download Sustrans' 'Our work in London - 2019: Streets ahead' (pdf) […]

  • Sustrans comments on Clean Air Strategy
    by Sustrans on 20th January 2019 at 10:44 AM

    14 January 2019Responding to the publication of the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy, Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said: “Whilst it is important that the Government has a strategy for tackling all forms of air pollution, we are disappointed by the Government’s failure to tackle solutions to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. The Strategy is overly reliant on reactive measures and technological solutions to address poor quality air, leaving other, currently ineffective, pre-existing plans to tackle roadside emissions. It is clear we need fewer, not just cleaner, vehicles on our roads to truly tackle poor air quality, and while the Strategy acknowledges this it does not provide any new funding or measures aimed at achieving a meaningful shift towards walking and cycling. We call again on the UK Government to take meaningful action on road transport emissions by investing more into high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure which allows families to cycle and walk to school and amenities with confidence so that it is the most obvious choice for shorter journeys.” For more information, including the report of the trial, images and interviews please contact:Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer, 07557 915648Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer, 07768 035318 […]

  • ArtRoots funding period now open for community groups in Scotland
    by Sustrans on 20th January 2019 at 10:44 AM

    8 January 2019, , , Community groups across Scotland are being given the opportunity to apply for up to £5000 in funding towards artistic and aesthetic improvements to their local National Cycle Network routes. The ArtRoots fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower local communities in making improvements on local routes to increase user confidence and make journeys on the National Cycle Network more enjoyable for all users. The fund supports local enterprise and culture, and encourages communities to participate in shaping their local environment and increase their levels of physical activity. “  The chainsaw sculpture has attracted enormous interest and an increase in visitor numbers. People now travel just to have their photograph taken with the artwork. ” - Wendy Murray, East Haven Together Throughout 2018, ArtRoots funding enabled East Haven Together to celebrate the maritime heritage of their village through installation of a stunning, chainsaw carved bench on National Cycle Network Route 1, empowered the Scott Avenue Community Garden Group to create a new community focal point for Bowling, and encouraged young people from Craigmillar to explore the possibilities of the National Cycle Network in their area through circus workshops and a glow parade.      Interested community groups are encouraged to submit an expression of interest through the ArtRoots page Find out more about the fund, and submit an expression of interest​ […]

  • Local school comes out on top in Peterborough cycling challenge
    by Sustrans on 20th January 2019 at 10:44 AM

    7 January 2019A primary school in Peterborough is celebrating after coming out on top of a bike and scooter challenge that was held in the city between October and December 2018. A total of 364 bikes and 583 scooters were logged at Middleton Primary School which beat four other schools who also took part in the challenge.  During the competition, our Bike It+ crew and School Champions were encouraged to log their bike and scooter counts as regularly as possible and their reward was a picnic hamper full of goodies for the staff. The Bike It crew also received mini bicycle pumps and reflective wrist or ankle bands for coming in top place. Five schools across the city took part in the challenge this time around. The early indications are that it’ll be even bigger in 2019 with other schools in Peterborough expressing an interest in taking part. Commenting on the project our Bike It+ officer, Gemma Hughes said: ‘Staff and Bike It crew at Middleton Primary school have worked very hard over the last couple of months to regularly input their school's bike and scooter counts. This information allows the school and Bike It+ officers to monitor how many children are regularly travelling into school on their bikes and scooters. It also allows us to promote other exciting teaching opportunities and competitions which will further increase active travel and to help ease congestion during the school run.' Sustrans Bike It+ teams are working with a number of schools in Peterborough and across the country to transform the school run. They’re helping and encouraging more parents, teachers and pupils to travel sustainably. Find out more about our work with schools​ […]