Sustrans News

  • Sustrans responds to the Government’s Clean Air Strategy
    by Sustrans on 23rd May 2018 at 8:47 PM

    22 May 2018Responding to the publication of the Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy, Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans said: “We welcome the more holistic approach presented in the Clean Air Strategy to address all sources of particulate pollution. However, the Government isn’t doing enough to tackle poor air quality from motor vehicles, which account for 80% of the pollution where legal limits are broken. "The strategy, in particular, seems vague on solutions to tackle the problem of the pollution from braking and tyre systems. “It is clear we need fewer not just newer vehicles on our roads. “We're calling on the UK Government to take meaningful action on road transport emissions by investing in 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.” To participate in the consultation go to: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/clean-air-strategy-consultation/ Find out what we are doing about air quality […]

  • Iconic National Cycle Network to undergo major makeover
    by Sustrans on 23rd May 2018 at 8:47 PM

    23 May 2018, , , , The National Cycle Network (NCN) will undergo a major review of its walking and cycling routes to ensure they meet the highest design standards and offer the best experience to the millions of families, commuters and tourists who use it every year. The review will also help to identify new routes and missing links, and propose a long-term strategy for governance, funding, maintenance, promotion and mapping. The NCN is a critical part of the UK’s active travel infrastructure and strategy, encouraging people to walk and cycle in a safe environment and providing important commuting access. Every year, an estimated five million people use the Network, which totals over 16,000 miles* of traffic-free paths and on road routes linking up villages, towns and cities from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles.  These trips save the economy more than £550 million by reducing levels of obesity. Holidays and days out on the Network generate £650 million and support 15,000 jobs. (Source: Sustrans, 2014) As part of the review, Sustrans calls on governments and local authorities for dedicated and consistent investment in the development and maintenance of walking and cycling routes, including the NCN. Xavier Brice, Sustrans’ CEO said: “Much of the existing National Cycle Network was designed to standards that have since been changed and improved. With this review, we want to further build on the success of the NCN and achieve a network of safe, fully accessible and high-quality routes and paths that will make walking and cycling easier for everyone, regardless of their age and abilities, and inspire a new generation to get on their bikes. “Walking and cycling can hugely benefit public health and wellbeing, boost local economies and create greener local environments. The NCN plays a large role in achieving this, as it encourages active commuting and a healthy lifestyle, and contributes to economic growth. This is a reminder that governments at all levels need to prioritise dedicated and consistent investment for existing walking and cycling routes that will serve communities across the UK and generations for years to come.” Sustrans is working with a number of partners to carry out the review, which is due to be published in September. The Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Government have confirmed their support with a financial contribution towards the cost of the review. A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “We want cycling to become a natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds. “We are determined to make cycling and walking safer and easier across the country, and that’s why we have provided £83,900 towards the cost of this important review of the National Cycle Network which should lead to future upgrades for the families, commuters and tourists who use it every year.” Karen Furey, Cycling Policy Manager for Transport for Scotland said: “The National Cycle Network is an important and widely recognised public asset with around 2500 miles in Scotland alone, which incorporates beautiful scenic routes which residents and visitors can enjoy. “We welcome this review by Sustrans, which will help ensure the network remains safe and accessible, and continues to encourage people to make the switch to active travel.” Richard Rutter, Policy, Research and Impact Unit Manager for the Canal and River Trust said: “The Canal and River Trust currently hosts 500 miles of the National Cycle Network on our towpaths. "We are delighted to support the Review to understand how our 200 year old towpaths, which already attract over 400 million visits each year and which are on the doorstep of eight million people, can attract even more people and help to deliver even greater wellbeing benefits in our fast-paced world.” Find out more about the NCN For more information, images and interviews, please contact: Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, anna.galandzij@sustrans.org.uk, 07557 915648. Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, liv.denne@sustrans.org.uk, 07768 035318. About Sustrans Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Join us on our journey. Sustrans is a registered charity no. 326550 (England and Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland)About the National Cycle Network (NCN) The NCN was established in 1995 after Sustrans won the first-ever grant from the Millennium Commission for £42.5 million to create a UK-wide network of convenient routes for walking and cycling. The NCN is mainly owned by local authorities and other landowners, including Network Rail, the Highways Agency, National Trust, Forestry Commission and Canal and River Trust. Sustrans owns 348 miles of the Network, and is responsible for 80% of this land upkeep. Sustrans is also contracted to maintain land on behalf of some local authorities. A large number of volunteers, recruited and supported by Sustrans, help to look after routes on the NCN in their area. Sustrans relies on donations to maintain the NCN.  A UK Advisory panel of the NCN Review includes: British Cycling, Cycling UK, the Canal and River Trust, Forestry Commission – England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Highways England, National Trust, the Ramblers, Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland Government, Wheels for Wellbeing, Transport for London. Routes on the NCN will be reviewed according to the following criteria: surface quality; traffic related safety; way finding and signage; flow; social safety; and place. […]

  • New round of funding opens to tackle safety on the school run
    by Sustrans on 23rd May 2018 at 8:47 PM

    22 May 2018A new round of funding, aimed at delivering more safe routes to schools across Scotland has been launched today by Sustrans Scotland.   Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, the Safer Routes to School fund, aims to transform the school run into a safe, attractive and healthy option for pupils and parents who want to travel actively.   Schools and local authorities across Scotland are being urged to apply for funding to help create safe, traffic-free routes which encourage children and their parents or guardians to travel to school on foot, by bike or scooter.    Projects aimed at tackling dangerous driving practices around school, creating priority crossings or increasing safety at school entrances through child-friendly placemaking are also encouraged to apply.    While Safer Routes to School is aimed at schools across the country, Sustrans also wish to highlight funding available to promote safer routes to all places of education.  In the coming months, Sustrans plans to target further education colleges and universities, through its Community Links programme  to promote funding available to make the physical journey by active travel a realistic option for students across the country.    Sustrans Scotland Head of Project Delivery, Infrastructure, Matthew Macdonald said: “The journey to and from school is made by thousands of children across Scotland each day, however we know that for many, worries over safety prevents them from travelling actively.     “The Safer Routes to School programme prioritises ambitious and innovative projects that create better places for children and their carers to walk, scooter, cycle and spend time in.    “Ensuring that families can travel safely to school by foot, bike or scooter is a vital step to helping improve their health and wellbeing and encourage healthy travel habits in children which can last a lifetime.”   Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP said: “Further improving road safety and encouraging active travel are priorities for the Scottish Government, and we are fully committed to working with local authorities and schools to prevent our children and young people from being exposed to risk on our roads.   “The doubling of the active travel budget for 2018/2019 has created an opportunity to realise our ambition to build an Active Nation. Schools and all places of education can now benefit alongside local authorities by creating friendlier and safer active travel routes across Scotland.   ”The Safer Routes to School fund will help address people’s fears around safety and help to encourage more people to travel by foot and by bike every day.”      Research by Sustrans Scotland earlier this year found that the main barrier for parents and carers encouraging children to travel more actively to school was fears over their physical safety.    The School Travel Survey for Parents, which was run in partnership with the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, found that 42.4% of parents felt that unsafe walking and cycling routes, a lack of or inadequate pavements, ineffective or lack of crossings, unsafe school entrances and dangerous driving were all major factors which prevented their children from walking, cycling or scootering to school.    The first tranche of the Safer Routes to School programme is open until the 29th June 2018. Interested applicants can visit https://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/schools/funding-schools for more information. Sustrans is encouraging Universities, further education colleges and other educational establishments to get in touch with the Community Links team to find out more about funding opportunities for this sector. &nbs […]

  • New cycle route opens in Rufforth
    by Sustrans on 23rd May 2018 at 8:47 PM

    21 May 2018, , We are celebrating with villagers in Rufforth this week since we opened a new cycle and walking route which links the village to an existing traffic-free path towards York. Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council asked us to construct the new 400-metre section of path which connects to Moor Lane bridleway. Respected local resident Mrs Hilda Atkinson, who has lived in the village for 58 years cut the ribbon on the new route, which provides an important link to develop the National Cycle Network to the west of York. Moor Lane bridleway towards York was improved and extended in 2014. The Parish Council now plans to connect it with Knapton using an underpass to avoid crossing the A1237 outer ring road. Parish Councillor Helen Butterworth said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that after all our prolonged efforts the village is finally linked with the existing Moor Lane bridleway so local residents and visitors don’t need to walk and cycle on the busy road." Rupert Douglas, Sustrans Network Development Manager in Yorkshire said: “It’s been fantastic to work with local people in Rufforth and to create this latest important link to the National Cycle Network west of York. In the long term we hope to develop more paths so it will be possible for people from villages throughout the area to cycle into the city." The Rufforth path is funded by Yorventure and supported by City of York Council. In future the path will become part of the National Cycle Network. Click here to find out more about cycle routes in Yorkshir […]

  • Transport for London appoints Sustrans to latest architectural design and urbanism procurement panel
    by Sustrans on 23rd May 2018 at 8:47 PM

    18 May 2018Sustrans has been appointed to Transport for London's (TfL) second Architecture Design Urbanism Panel (ADUP2) framework. The Architecture and Urbanism Panel is the Mayor of London and TFL’s pre-approved panel of built environment consultants. The Panel’s job is (in its own words) ‘set up to advise London's public sector on how to deliver the best quality building and design work’.  The panel is live now and is scheduled to run up until April 2022. Following a detailed and rigorous vetting process, Sustrans has been appointed to the panel as part of a select, small number of experts. Over 1,100 submissions were received to the first qualifying stage, of which just 92 practices, including Sustrans, have been appointed across 14 categories. The previous panel saw over 100 projects procured through it, with over £30m paid in fees, and 27 public sector organisations accessing the panel. Matt Winfield, Director Sustrans London said: “This is great news for Sustrans, we’re proud to have been recognised by the Greater London Authority and TfL for our expertise and the value we offer. We’ve been helping partners deliver healthier streets through our innovative and highly effective collaborative design approach for over 20 years. "All London boroughs and many other organisations can now save time and money by using the ADUP2 framework to appoint Sustrans. This prestigious seal of approval makes it even easier to work with us to create a better built environment for people to enjoy.” TfL’s Urban Design team and the Mayor of London’s Regeneration team are responsible for providing advice and are the point of contact for anyone interested in using the panel. For more information contact: Theresa Hughes, Sustrans Senior Communications Officer (London), Theresa.Hughes@sustrans.org.uk Find out what we are doing in London […]