sustrans.org.uk Archives - 18 April 2014, Friday

  • Poisoned by the exhaust pipe: Sustrans responds to new reports on air pollution deaths

    sustrans.org.uk 10 Apr '14, 2pm

    Public Health England (PHE) has today released figures for the deaths attributable to air pollution, broken down by UK local authority area. The report makes shocking reading. Philip Insall, Health Director at Sustrans, said: “Past months have brought shocking news on air quality in t...

  • Read about our current community-led street redesign project in Bridgwater here:

    Community-led street design, Bridgwater

    sustrans.org.uk 06 Apr '14, 9pm

    Sustrans’ community-led street redesign project in Hamp forms part of The Bridgwater Way Programme, a £4.34m investment in walking and cycling across the town. The programme includes 6.5 miles of cycle paths, community-led street redesign and business travel planning. The aim of the r...

  • With the lighter evenings there's no better time to get outdoors and set yourself a cycle challenge:

    Set yourself a summer cycling challenge

    sustrans.org.uk 30 Mar '14, 9am

    Spring is upon us and with the warmer weather and lighter evenings there is no better time to dust off your bike , get outdoors and set yourself a summer challenge. A cycle challenge is a great way of giving you something to look forward to and keep you motivated to keep cycling throu...

  • Why investing in sustainable travel is vital to boosting local economies by @jasontorrance: #Budget2014

    Why investing in sustainable travel is vital to boosting local economies

    sustrans.org.uk 24 Mar '14, 10am

    The 2014 budget by Chancellor George Osborne missed a golden opportunity. Investing further in local growth by providing additional support for the Single Local Growth Fund could have provided much needed support for the £4bn over five years fund, small in comparison to the £58bn call...

  • Women at the heart of change - a blog post for @womensday: #IWD2014

    Women at the heart of change

    sustrans.org.uk 08 Mar '14, 12pm

    Today is International Women's Day . The first International Women’s Day was in 1911, also the year that Alice Hawkins, a suffragette, took to her bike in Leicester in support of women’s rights. Wearing pantaloons (the first woman apparently to do so in the city) she caused outrage. T...

  • Project Managers, Research & Monitoring Unit

    sustrans.org.uk 22 Feb '14, 9am

    In this senior role you will ensure that the Research & Monitoring Unit (R&MU) continues to supply the best possible evidence to support a wide range of Sustrans’ interests. You will do this by providing leadership, motivation and guidance in monitoring, evaluation and research aligne...

  • Copenhagen style celebration of bike life comes to UK:

    Copenhagen style celebration of bike life comes to UK

    sustrans.org.uk 20 Feb '14, 10am

    Sustrans and six UK cities are aiming to boost the love of cycling to Copenhagen levels through a new citizens’ survey inspired by the Danish capital. The survey will show progress on creating a city fit for cycling through giving a voice on cycling issues to the people of Birmingham,...

  • Bike maintenance made easy

    sustrans.org.uk 16 Feb '14, 10am

    Like any machine, a bike will work better and last longer if you care for it properly. Get in the habit of checking your bike regularly – simple checks and maintenance can help you enjoy hassle-free riding and avoid repairs. Maintaining your bike doesn’t have to take up lots of your t...

  • Seeking experienced cyclists for @YFest2014 #TdF14 art project

    seeks experienced cyclists for Yorkshire Festival art project

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Feb '14, 3pm

    Sustrans is recruiting experienced cyclists to form the Ghost Peloton , a participative public art project and ambitious collaboration that features a new film and live performance, uniting dancers, stunningly illuminated cyclists and iconic locations along the Tour de France route th...

  • Community street design: a solution to our urban solitude by @FinMcNab

    Community street design: a solution to our urban solitude

    sustrans.org.uk 06 Feb '14, 1pm

    Sustrans is best known for its work to promote cycling and in particular the National Cycle Network - so why we are wasting our time with fluffy projects like community street design ? As wonderful as our greenways are which let's face it they are pretty wonderful, it's the street net...

  • London’s most efficient transport choice: the bicycle #tubestrike

    London’s most efficient transport choice: the bicycle |

    sustrans.org.uk 05 Feb '14, 1pm

    Even if you never want to cycle, even if you hate it and everything to do with it, it is in your interest that more people in London cycle. Here’s why - by various measures, cycling is indisputably the most efficient mode of transport. Bicycles are a mechanical wonder and one of the l...

  • Top tips on cycling in cold weather - winterproof your bike ride: #cycletowork

    Winterproof your bike ride: Top tips on cycling in cold weather

    sustrans.org.uk 14 Jan '14, 12pm

    Here are some top tips on how to stay happy and safe on your bike when cycling during the cold and icy winter months. Way to go Reconsider your route. Quiet roads that are good to ride on in fair weather are more prone to freezing, particularly early in the morning and bends can be ve...

  • "Using your #commute to get active is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into a busy routine"

    Beat those resolutions and get active getting there

    sustrans.org.uk 08 Jan '14, 7pm

    With the New Year most of us felt compelled to make extreme exercise and diet resolutions to get into shape and shed the excess Christmas cheer. But busy lifestyles and workloads means your appetite for gruelling gym sessions have probably already dwindled now you’re back at work. Ine...

  • "I’m going to challenge myself to make at least half of my car journeys by bike instead of by car":

    My New Year’s resolution to ditch driving |

    sustrans.org.uk 06 Jan '14, 10am

    I know that any journeys up to about 5 miles could be cycled rather than driven, so this year it’s time to finally bring an end to those car journeys. I’ve had a few New Year’s resolutions over the years and they have usually involved giving things up. I’ve usually stuck with them for...

  • Senior Engineer

    sustrans.org.uk 21 Dec '13, 11am

    Are you looking for an opportunity to use and develop your engineering skills in a different way? Are you an imaginative person who is committed to sustainable transport? If so, then we need you to help us deliver high quality infrastructure to support cycling and walking and to be a ...

  • Segregation-lite? Cycling up 50% by rubber armadillos & planters. Latest inspiring infrastructure

    Inspiring Infrastructure: light segregation at Royal College Street London

    sustrans.org.uk 19 Dec '13, 3pm

    The project on Royal College Street is the first time that “light segregation” has been used in the UK. Cyclists using the street are separated from traffic by a series of robust planters containing shrubs and flowers, together with rubber “armadillos”. The new layout sets aside half ...

  • This is a good article from one of our schools officers down in Reading:...

    Schools Officer @Knowlesy83 asks why some parents don't allow their children to walk, cycle or scoot to school

    sustrans.org.uk 06 Dec '13, 12pm

    The programme I work on as a Schools Officer in Reading, Bike It, is very effective at delivering large changes in the number of children cycling, walking and scooting to school. However, I find it really frustrating that there are many children I speak to everyday that cycle or scoot...

  • National Cycle Network to become corridors for wildlife:

    National Cycle Network to become corridors for wildlife

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Nov '13, 4pm

    Our biodiversity project to transform the National Cycle Network’s traffic-free walking and cycling routes into corridors for wildlife is launched today (12th November 2013). The Greener Greenways project will combat loss of habitats across the UK by protecting and enhancing biodivers...

  • Physical activity and health - facts and figures

    sustrans.org.uk 03 Nov '13, 8am

    “1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year”(25) “One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Each year more than 250,000 people are admitted to psychiatric hospitals”(26) Regular physical activity...

  • Looking forward to the launch events and news today for the new #ActivityCommission

    MPs and peers launch new Commission to increase levels of physical activity among children

    sustrans.org.uk 30 Oct '13, 7am

    New poll data shows UK parents concerned over lack of physical activity in children, as 70% do less than the recommended weekly amount. Today marks the launch of the first ever Commission on Physical Activity , chaired by politicians from across the political spectrum: Baroness Tanni ...

  • Be prepared for darker evenings: a guide to being seen when #cycling in the dark:

    Be prepared for darker evenings: a guide to being seen when cycling in the dark

    sustrans.org.uk 28 Oct '13, 5pm

    Since the clocks went back this weekend the darker evenings may mean you get caught out on the way home cycling in the dark, so it’s important to think ahead and pack lights and reflective clothing as a matter of habit once the season starts to turn. The UK legal minimum for riding af...

  • What is the biggest barrier to employees who wish to cycle to work? A new #cycletowork blogpost:

    The biggest barrier of them all?

    sustrans.org.uk 24 Oct '13, 4pm

    There are many barriers that people list when asked why they don’t cycle to work. For some it’s to do with physical, solid, tangible, objective stuff such as lack of showers, lack of secure cycle storage, lack of safe routes. For others it is more about subjective barriers such as per...

  • World first walking and cycling legislation passed in Wales

    sustrans.org.uk 01 Oct '13, 6pm

    The Welsh Assembly has this evening passed world first legislation on active travel that will see a duty placed on local authorities to plan a network of walking and cycling routes and then work to deliver it. The Active Travel (Wales) Act also calls on Welsh Ministers and Councils to...

  • "I urge you to be a #BikeBuddy & to encourage your employer to support Bike Buddies." READ the blog:

    Be my buddy…

    sustrans.org.uk 19 Sep '13, 5pm

    My recent attempt at blogging about what I think cyclists really need or don’t need certainly highlighted an issue for me - there are definitely some fairly entrenched positions out there and people don’t like being told what to do or think. For instance, back to the shower issue (jus...

  • Presumed liability is part of the mix not a magic fix. My new @sustrans blog:

    Driver liability: strict or presumed?

    sustrans.org.uk 17 Sep '13, 4pm

    Drivers who hit cyclists could in future be presumed to be liable according to a motion passed at the Liberal Democrats’ party conference this week. Changing the law on liability may be a less obvious way to improve cyclists’ safety than, say, 20mph limits or better facilities, but it...

  • Benefits for individuals

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Sep '13, 9am

    In these hard economic times people need more affordable alternatives to the car to travel to work, cycling is a low-cost alternative. The average cost of running a car each year is £1758, representing a significant portion of the average UK income and even more for low income earners...

  • Regional Development Manager

    sustrans.org.uk 08 Sep '13, 1pm

    This new exciting and challenging role will be responsible for supporting our Regional Directors in the Yorkshire & The Humber/North East regions in increasing Sustrans influence over local decision making to enable more people to choose sustainable transport for more of their daily j...

  • @AlternativeRoot @ASaleResident There's a bicycle fun day in Sale Town Centre tomorrow!

    Pedal On UK: Sale

    sustrans.org.uk 30 Aug '13, 3pm

    Join us for pedal powered family fun on the plaza! Activites include: Rollapaluza roller racing, brought to you by Specialized smoothie bike cinema art bike Dr Bike free bike servicing (tbc) cycling information and advice Change4Life information and advice Prize draw competition to wi...

  • "Ditch your car and save nearly £300 a year"

    Ditch the car for short trips and save nearly £300 a year |

    sustrans.org.uk 27 Aug '13, 10am

    Annual saving of £8.5 billion for all British drivers. British drivers each stand to save £23 a month by ditching the car for trips under five miles and choosing to walk, cycle or take public transport instead, according to research we published today . With two out of five short jour...