50 million for promoting walking and cycling schemes across the UK
Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. We are the charity behind the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools, Bike It and TravelSmart, all projects that are changing our world one mile at a time.
Connect2 will revitalise walking and cycling in 79 communities across the UK by creating new routes for the journeys we all make every day. Crossing and bridges will be created over busy roads, railway lines and rivers, linking into new networks of local paths to get you to where you want to go.
If Connect2 wins, millions of you will be able to travel in a healthy and environmentally-friendly way to the shops, school, work and the park. Connect2 will also bring people closer together, making journeys quicker and more convenient and leaving more time to spend with family and friends.
With 79 Connect2 schemes planned across the UK, from the White Cliffs to Derry, from the Millennium Stadium to Norwich City, from South Devon to Perth, there’s likely to be one near you. In fact, some 6 million people live within a mile of a Connect2 scheme.
But it’s not only the people who live close to a Connect2 scheme, or even the hundreds of thousands of children who go to a school near a Connect2 scheme, who will benefit. We all will. Obesity and climate change are the big challenges, but we can each play our part in tackling them. The more we can get ourselves active in our everyday lives, and the more opportunity we have to travel under our own steam for local journeys, the more chance we all have of changing our world.
Who are Sustrans?
- Active Travel Strategy outlines plans to put walking and cycling at the heart of local transport and public health plans
- New manifesto calls for improved public transport links and better walkability strategies
- Local authority transport policy to pay more attention to pedestrians, cyclists, and good urban street environments
- Number of people with diabetes up 60 per cent in last decade, underlining need for activity-friendly urbanism and mobility
- ECF launches think tank to create EU Roadmap for Cycling
- Car clubs, electric bike hire and a walking to school campaign have been awarded a share of £3.9m by the DfT
- Cyling's future looks bright with new models planned and investment secured, but what is happening about walking?
- Cycling is at a crossroads, and infrastructure will remain inadequate until someone agrees to put their hand in their pocket
- Government cycle delivery plan criticised as 'derisory' as it lacks firm funding commitments for cycling
- European Mobility Week sees innovation in sustainable mobility including reverse tolls for cyclists and pedestrians
- Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work
- The bikelash begins...are motorists beginning to fight back?
- Infrastructure Bill amendment would give cycling and walking the same priority as roads, say campaigners
- Commuting by methods other than car becomes the norm for over half of workers under 40 in Bristol
- National Travel Survey shows fewer journeys: walking declines by 30%, only 2% of journeys made by bike, car trips drop 12%
- People living in close proximity to high quality walking and cycling routes more likely to increase total level of activity
- Cycling spending should rise from £2 per head to £10 by the end of the decade, say MPs
- Liverpool Council is aiming to get an extra 30,000 people on their bikes over the next three years
- Increase in cycling to work in major cities, but proportion of people cycling to work across England and Wales remains static
- World first legislation on active travel places duty on local authorities to plan and deliver walking and cycling networks