sustrans.org.uk Archives - 20 February 2017, Monday

  • Taxi trial in bus lanes 'a setback for cycling' in #Belfast @Sustrans response

    criticises taxis in Belfast bus lanes trial

    sustrans.org.uk 16 Feb '17, 4pm

    Sustrans has criticised the sudden decision by the Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister to allow taxis into bus lanes in Belfast. The Department for Infrastructure announced today that it will allow taxis to use bus lanes for a trial period of 12 weeks starting from Monday 20 Febr...

  • Will #2017 be the year of #cycling and walking? A specific point of view from the UK @sustrans

    Will 2017 be the year of cycling and walking?

    sustrans.org.uk 16 Feb '17, 12pm

    With a new year comes new hope and new opportunities for putting cycling and walking at the heart of decision making throughout the UK. The tide seems to be turning with increased priority being given to cycling and walking by national and local governments. Last year welcome steps fo...

  • The moment I realised why I love cycling and walking

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Feb '17, 8am

    I’ve always thought of cycling as a means to an end. For the last ten years I've been cycling on a daily basis to get from A to B. Personal bests or gruelling 80-mile rides at the weekend aren’t for me. Because of this mentality, it never occurred to me that I actually loved walking a...

  • "Cycling resets any emotional imbalance and I want that for everyone"

    Escape – Lee Craigie’s inner journey along the Caledonia Way | Sustrans

    sustrans.org.uk 02 Feb '17, 9pm

    Lee Craigie of The Adventure Syndicate shares her short film about cycling the Caledonia Way. "I was inspired to make this film with Sustrans because I'm reminded daily of the positive, emotion regulating effects that cycling and outdoor exercise can have on the mind. It's so easy to ...

  • Cycling / walking to work can help achieve your weekly recommended amount of physical activity

    Cycling or walking to work is great for your health: here’s why |

    sustrans.org.uk 29 Jan '17, 9am

    Only 66% of men and 56% of women in England claim to meet the recommended amount of physical activity per week. As this is self-reported the actual figure may be even lower. That’s a lot of us who know we should be doing more to look after our health. Keeping active can set you up for...

  • The incredible value of cycling and walking goes beyond economic benefits

    sustrans.org.uk 10 Jan '17, 1pm

    There is a growing evidence base setting out the economic benefits of active travel. A new report suggests that cycling is worth €500 billion to the European economy, with another report calculating the value of active travel to the UK economy at £14 billion. As we await the funding s...

  • Need some #mondaymotivation Why not sign up to #BigPedal Visit:

    Olympian cyclist backs our wheely big school challenge

    sustrans.org.uk 09 Jan '17, 11am

    Families across the country are being invited to get involved in The Big Pedal 2017 - our national challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school, backed by double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand. The Big Pedal 2017, which runs from Monday 20 to ...

  • Cycling & walking an important part of solution for cleaner air - our response on #airpollution

    Cycling and walking an important part of solution for cleaner air

    sustrans.org.uk 06 Jan '17, 5pm

    Today London's air breached the legal air pollution limit for the capital, just five days into January. We are warning that this is further evidence there has never been a more important time to shift short journeys away from cars and towards walking and cycling. “ There has never bee...

  • Find out how switching her commute to cycling transformed one woman's health:

    Cycling to work: My path to health and happiness

    sustrans.org.uk 04 Jan '17, 10am

    Lorreine started cycling the 12 mile round trip between Watford and Hemel Hempstead two years ago. She now rides her bike to work at least three times a week come rain or shine and wouldn’t want to commute any other way. Regular cycling has helped her to totally change her lifestyle. ...

  • Did Santa deliver a bike for your kids this year? Here's our top tips to ensure it's a gift for life.

    9 ways to make a bike a gift for life, not just Christmas

    sustrans.org.uk 26 Dec '16, 3pm

    Getting a bike for Christmas is often the highlight of a youngster’s childhood. But once the wrapping paper is off and the initial excitement is waning, what can you do to help make sure your child makes the best use of this new gift? With a little encouragement, riding a bike can bec...

  • The incredible value of cycling and walking goes beyond economic benefits

    sustrans.org.uk 21 Dec '16, 5pm

    There is a growing evidence base setting out the economic benefits of active travel. A new report suggests that cycling is worth €500 billion to the European economy, with another report calculating the value of active travel to the UK economy at £14 billion. As we await the funding s...

  • We're transforming walking & cycling along Scotland's canals, find out more at

    Community Links grant programme

    sustrans.org.uk 21 Dec '16, 3pm

    Our Application Portal will be open to receiving applications for the 2017/18 round of the Community Links Programme from the 11th of January 2017. The initial deadline for submissions will be on the 17th of February 2017 and successful applications will be announced by the end of Apr...

  • We teamed up with @metoffice to bust some of the myths around cycling and the weather:

    Five myths about cycling and bad weather

    sustrans.org.uk 14 Dec '16, 9am

    As Brits we love to talk about the weather. But even with all that chatter there's a lot of misinformation out there, particularly about cycling and the weather. We wanted to look at some of the myths about bad weather and cycling to see if they're really true. To do this we got some ...

  • We're asking @SadiqKhan to ban diesel cars from #London by 2025. #Airpollution

    Make London diesel-free: an open letter to Sadiq Khan

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Dec '16, 11am

    Sustrans has joined 10 other organisations in signing a letter to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asking him to ban diesel cars by no later than 2025, to tackle air pollution in London. The call follows the recent announcement to ban diesel vehicles by Mayors of four global cities, such as...

  • Please support our vital winter maintenance across the Network

    sustrans.org.uk 09 Dec '16, 10am

    We have 2,500 volunteer rangers out on the Network this Christmas carrying out important maintenance tasks and helping prevent some of the damage that can be caused by bad weather. With organised group days, our volunteers can tackle a wide range of activities and cover large stretche...

  • London to receive Danish levels of cycling investment

    Mayor to fund London cycling to Danish levels

    sustrans.org.uk 05 Dec '16, 11am

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today set out a commitment to invest record levels in cycling over his term. This amounts to £17 per head per annum – a similar level to that spent in Denmark and parts of the Netherlands. The Transport for London (TfL) Business Plan commitment of ...

  • Please support our vital winter maintenance across the Network

    sustrans.org.uk 24 Nov '16, 4pm

    We have 2,500 volunteer rangers out on the Network this Christmas carrying out important maintenance tasks and helping prevent some of the damage that can be caused by bad weather. With organised group days, our volunteers can tackle a wide range of activities and cover large stretche...

  • Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity to deliver an economy that works for all

    Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity to deliver an economy that works for all

    sustrans.org.uk 23 Nov '16, 3pm

    Today’s Autumn Statement was another in a long line of missed opportunities by the UK Government to support low-income households with investments to improve local travel choice with alternatives to car travel such as cycling and walking. Investing in infrastructure The Chancellor’s a...

  • What's your #MondayMotivation to get on your bike now the weather's colder?

    How I learned to love winter bike commuting

    sustrans.org.uk 21 Nov '16, 10am

    After a lovely dry summer I had my first experience of cycling to work and getting well and truly drenched in what feels like a long time. It got me thinking about the winter ahead and how hard it can be to motivate yourself to leave your cosy bed and jump on your bike on the winter m...

  • Bike Life

    sustrans.org.uk 18 Nov '16, 11am

    What does bike life mean to you? We're collaborating with seven cities in the UK to report on progress towards making cycling an attractive and everyday means of travel. Here are some of the results from this, the biggest survey ever conducted on attitudes to cycling in the UK. (Searc...

  • Our guest blogger Chris reflects on his change to commuting to work by bike:

    Chris Smith: Could Glasgow learn from the Tour de Yorkshire?

    sustrans.org.uk 17 Nov '16, 9am

    Glasgow based writer and our guest blogger Chris Smith, shares his views on cycle commuting in Glasgow: In the last few months, I’ve made the change from commuting by car to commuting by bicycle. Parking spaces are few and far between at my office. You could feed the meter at your per...

  • Walking and cycling are great ways to keep fit and healthy. Check out our list of health benefits:

    Health benefits of walking and cycling

    sustrans.org.uk 14 Nov '16, 3pm

    Getting out walking or cycling burns calories, gets your heart pumping and works your legs and abs. It can also lift your mood, put a smile on your face and improve your general health and wellbeing. Being inactive is a serious threat to our collective health – research shows that lac...

  • Why I still love cycling at 86

    sustrans.org.uk 13 Nov '16, 7am

    When I was around 70 I discovered Bicycle Belles, a local cycling group for women. The group was really good for all abilities as people would join who hadn’t touched a bike since school and we’d do rides up to 20 miles, which were fantastic. There would always be a back marker so you...

  • Lands End to John o'Groats: Join us for the ultimate challenge!

    Land's End to John o'Groats Challenge Ride

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Nov '16, 9am

    Join us for the ultimate challenge of cycling the full length of the UK. Covering 1,040 miles in 18 days (16 cycling days) you'll take in some of the best and most iconic routes the National Cycle Network has to offer - this Land's End to John o'Groats trip is not to be missed. This f...

  • Why I still love cycling at 86

    sustrans.org.uk 09 Nov '16, 3pm

    When I was around 70 I discovered Bicycle Belles, a local cycling group for women. The group was really good for all abilities as people would join who hadn’t touched a bike since school and we’d do rides up to 20 miles, which were fantastic. There would always be a back marker so you...

  • Here is how we can shape our streets to create lively, walkable, community-friendly environments.

    How we turn the vision of 'streets as places' into reality

    sustrans.org.uk 09 Nov '16, 3pm

    For too long city streets have been focussed on the car and prioritised moving vehicles around faster and more efficiently. We seem to have forgotten the human element in our cities. With people crowding into cities across the globe, space has become one of our most important assets -...

  • Winterproof your ride

    sustrans.org.uk 13 Oct '16, 8am

    Here are our top tips on how to stay happy and safe on your bike when cycling during the cold and icy winter months. This advice should help you winterproof your bike and your riding style to keep you pedalling all winter. Be seen Day or night, if you’re not sure if it’s dark enough f...

  • UK's first complete cycle map series complete!

    First complete UK map series

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Oct '16, 8pm

    We have completed the first series of cycle maps to cover the whole of the UK. The last four maps in a 56-map series of pocket guides were published this week. Together the maps cover all 14,000 miles of National Cycle Network, as well as other major routes such as the London Cycle Su...

  • London Mayor accelerates Bike Bridge

    sustrans.org.uk 12 Oct '16, 8am

    Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today pledged to accelerate delivery of a walking and cycling bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf following Sustrans campaign for a Bike Bridge. As early as 2020, thousands of Londoners could be making quick, clean and healthy trips across ...

  • Read our handy guide to riding with your kids

    Cycling with kids

    sustrans.org.uk 08 Oct '16, 9am

    Children love cycling - it's fast and fun, and gives them freedom and independence to get around. And you don’t need to wait until your kids are old enough to ride themselves to start enjoying the benefits of cycling as a family.