Sustrans News

  • £21m Government funding boost for the National Cycle Network
    by Sustrans on 21st March 2019 at 11:41 AM

    21 March 2019, , Communities across England will benefit from upgrades to existing cycle routes and improved cycleway connectivity. Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has today announced a £21m investment to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,575-mile National Cycle Network, as part of a multimillion pound investment to improve cycling and walking around the country, cut down emissions and improve safety. The investment will fund dozens of activation projects for upgrading the Network - which were identified in the Paths for Everyone review report, including:    Refurbishing and upgrading Cinder Track North in Whitby to improve access to a substantial new housing development.  Converting a poor on-road section of the NCN between Dewsbury and Huddersfield to a combination of traffic free and full segregation.  Connecting current paths through the centre of Lincoln.  Re-routing busy on-road sections with poor junction facilities to an alternative traffic-free route in Longbridge, Birmingham.  Creating a new quiet-way route to replace a busy on-road section between Luton and Dunstable.  Improving a road crossing and re-routing to traffic-free alternatives around Ashton Court in Bristol.  Improving and extending paths connecting Thatcham and Newbury. Welcoming the announcement, Xavier Brice, Chief Executive of Sustrans said: “As the custodians of the National Cycle Network, we are very excited by this investment in transforming crucial links for communities across England, making it easier for everyone to walk and cycle.” “The Network already makes it possible for 4.4 million people to travel actively every year, to work, school or for leisure. This investment is a vital boost to achieving a Network of safe paths for everyone, used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. "We look forward to working with local authorities and partner organisations around the country to improve people’s health, access to green spaces, and help our villages, towns and cities move sustainably.” It is estimated that the health benefits associated with walking and cycling on the Network prevented 630 early deaths in 2017 alone, and averted nearly 8,000 serious long-term health conditions. Alongside this major investment to encourage people to take to two wheels up and down the country, the Department for Transport has also announced £2m for broader cycling and walking initiatives, such as the Living Streets Walk to School outreach programme and Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival. Jesse Norman, Transport Minister, said: “Cycling and walking are a key part of our plans to make transport cleaner, greener and more productive. “This funding will help ensure that everyone can enjoy wonderful routes which connect communities across the UK, and benefit from the huge health and environmental benefits of cycling.” NOTES TO EDITORS DfT published the response to the CWIS Safety Review in November 2018, which outlined a number of actions to improve safety for those who are cycling and walking: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy-cwis-safety-review Read the full announcement from DfT […]

  • Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy - Sustrans response
    by Sustrans on 21st March 2019 at 11:41 AM

    19 March 2019, Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, welcomed the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy launched by Department for Transport today: “We very much welcome that the strategy puts walking and cycling at the heart of future urban mobility, one of nine sound principles the UK Government has defined to facilitate innovation in urban mobility. “The future of our towns and cities depends on our ability to move around sustainably and on solutions that have a better impact on public health, congestion and urban space. This is why it is good to see the principle that walking, cycling and active travel must remain the best options for short urban journeys. “Over the next decade technology is going to drive a revolution in transport as big as the railways and the internal combustion engine; one that could result in greener and more convenient travel for everyone. But we need to start with the end in mind. What type of places do we want to live in? What type of lives do we want to lead? And nothing is better at creating healthier places and happier lives for everyone than investing in solutions that make it easier to walk and cycle. “With leadership and action, the Government has a clear opportunity to transform walking and cycling for today’s and future generations.” Read our response to the call for evidenc […]

  • Hub rolls into new Stockton home
    by Sustrans on 21st March 2019 at 11:41 AM

    18 March 2019Our new cycling and walking centre, which offers everything from free bike parking to guided rides and walks, has opened on Stockton High Street. ‘The Hub’ has relocated from Bridge Street to the former Burton’s shop, which has been brought back to life through a beautiful restoration by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.The Hub is managed by us and offers free bike parking and a wealth of free information, advice and training on all things walking and cycling. The Hub team runs weekly guided walks and rides around Stockton, and training courses on cycle maintenance, learning to ride, and on-road cycling. There are also free drop-in bike MOTs every Thursday morning, run by qualified volunteer mechanics. Andy Elliott, our manager at The Hub said: “The Hub is a great place to find out more about getting more active and healthy in and around Stockton. There are regular walks and bike rides for all abilities, as well as bike storage and maintenance. It’s a really friendly and social way to exercise and a much cheaper form of transport than the car! We’re open every weekday - come along and find out more.” Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This is another great example of the Council investing in sustainable travel in the Borough. The HUB Stockton - Welcome to the New Hub from Ian Paine on Vimeo. “The Hub was the first centre of its kind in the UK and provides a brilliant service to our residents, offering advice on everything from your school run to your daily commute. “Moving The Hub to such a prime location at the heart of Stockton High Street makes it worthy of its name. It also happens to be a great example of what the Council can achieve when it steps in and takes control of an empty building. “This beautiful old building was standing empty but we have been able to step in and take control – renovating it to a very high standard and finding a new use for it, in this case, as the home of a valuable public service. “I would encourage anybody to see what the service can do for them. I bet there are many attractive places in the Borough to cycle and walk that you weren’t even aware of!” The Hub is in the former Burton’s store, opposite the Parish Church, at the Stockton High Street entrance to Wellington Square. It is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. More information at https://thehubstockton.wordpress.com/ &nbs […]

  • Launch of Places for Everyone, Sustrans Scotland’s streamlined infrastructure funding programme
    by Sustrans on 21st March 2019 at 11:41 AM

    13 March 2019 Community Links, Community Links PLUS and Safer Routes to Schools combined into one fund. Simpler to access funding, knowledge and expertise to make places better for everyone. Walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland are launching a redesigned infrastructure fund Places for Everyone on 13th March 2019. The fund is supported by Transport Scotland to invest in projects that create safer, more attractive streets and places for people to walk, cycle and wheel in. Following feedback from partners and applicants, Sustrans Scotland is simplifying access to funding to design and deliver places for walking and cycling. The new Places for Everyone fund will unify and simplify three funding streams - Community Links, Community Links PLUS and Safer Routes to Schools - into one programme with one application process. The same amount of funding and support will be available, however the Sustrans team want to ensure that there is a simpler application process for partners, also giving more flexibility to Sustrans officers to allocate support and funding where it will have the most impact.   Places for Everyone highlights Sustrans commitment to creating accessible spaces and places for all. Sustrans provides not just funding but also knowledge and expertise to work in partnership on projects of various levels, from building protected pathways, to working on the transformation of whole neighbourhoods that prioritise people, to making the school run safer and more convenient. Matthew Macdonald, Head of Project Delivery Infrastructure for Sustrans Scotland, said: “Places for Everyone is an important step in achieving clarity, consistency and simplicity so that our funding is accessible for anyone that needs it. There’s just one application process and we’ll do the hard work behind the scenes to identify the funding that matches your ambitions. “This rebrand is also an opportunity to underline the experience, expertise and partnership-approach that is at the core of how Sustrans works. Our success isn’t based on simply sharing funds but also in sharing knowledge.     “Infrastructure isn’t just new paths and cycleways it is about how places prioritise people movement over vehicular access. We want walking and cycling to be accessible to all providing infrastructure that makes it easier to change life-long travel habits and a chance to create healthier, happier places to live, work and play.” Places for Everyone opens for applications on Wednesday 13th March 2019 for funding, knowledge and expertise to improve walking and cycling routes, conditional on applicants matching the funding provided. For more information please contact Henry Northmore, Senior Communications and Policy Officer, Henry.Northmore@sustrans.org.uk, 0131 346 1384 Seumas Skinner, Communications Officer - Infrastructure, Sustrans Scotland, Seumas.Skinner@sustrans.org.uk, 07811 760 795 […]

  • Public Health England’s air quality review a significant step forward – Sustrans response
    by Sustrans on 21st March 2019 at 11:41 AM

    11 March 2019, Today Public Health England has published air quality interventions evidence review, which outlines a set of recommendations on how the government can improve air quality, including banning cars outside schools, investing more in clean public transport and foot and cycle paths as well as introducing road pricing. Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight, Research & Monitoring at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, who has contributed to the Review said: “This review is a significant step forward in providing clear guidance to tackle all forms of air pollution, including road transport emissions. “We need radical changes in the way we travel. There is a growing body of evidence that shows investing in and encouraging walking and cycling can make a major contribution to reducing roadside air pollution. The challenge now is to connect the evidence to legislative changes, and to practical measures. “This review is an explicit call to action for governments at all levels to join up transport, health and air quality policies so that we can effectively reduce emissions from motor vehicles across the UK while releasing health benefits from increasing walking and cycling. “Equally, it’s an urgent reminder to the UK Government to show leadership by creating new clean air legislation that tackles all forms of air pollution.” For more information 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 &nbs […]