Government urged to safeguard funding for cycling and walking in England

British Cycling, Sustrans and CTC have joined forces with three other national organisations to push for an amendment to the government’s Infrastructure Bill to safeguard funding for walking and cycling, which they warn “is in danger of falling off a cliff edge after 2016.”

Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans

A survey from Sustrans claims that this month’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France has inspired a quarter of the British population to ride a bike more often or take to one for the first time.

Millions of people lined the roadside for the two stages in Yorkshire followed by one from Cambridge to London after the race got under way on Saturday 5 July, and the event also received a huge amount of media coverage.

People living near cycle paths get 45 minutes' more exercise overall every week

People who live near a cycle path are more likely to do more exercise overall, according to a new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The research, led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, looked at adults who lived in three communities before and after Sustrans and the Big Lottery Fund delivered high quality traffic free cycle routes to their area.

National Cycle Network sees 50 million more journeys in 2013


Sustrans says that the number of trips made by walkers and cyclists on the National Cycle Network (NCN) last year rose by seven per cent – equivalent to 50 million additional journeys.

In its report, Millions of People on the Move, the sustainable transport charity says that the NCN contributed more than £1 billion to the UK economy in 2013.

Highways Agency to invest £20 million in strategic cycling improvements across the UK

The Highways Agency is to invest £10 million a year for two years in strategic cycling improvements across the UK.

In a video, Matt Sweeting, from the Highways Agency, explains where the £20 million will be spent to upgrade cycling facilities on the UK’s roads over the next two years.


The money will help provide access over and under motorways where cyclists are unable to ride.

Kids challenged to beat BikeStock 48-hour World MTB record attempt distance - 365 miles

A Sustrans Bike-It officer in Brighton & Hove plans to ride 365 miles this weekend, one for each day of the year as part of an initiative to get local kids cycling– and he’s challenging them to match him mile-for-mile. In the process, he’s hoping to set a new 48-hour MTB world record.

Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?

Remember our story last month reporting how coach operator National Express wanted the public to vote on which of two designs of sticker warning cyclists of its vehicles’ blind spots it should adopt? A reader has spotted the final design on one of its coaches – and he’s not impressed.

What's on in Bike Week 2014: your round-the-UK guide

Bike Week 2014, the UK’s national cycling celebration, starts this Saturday. We’ve picked a few events that have caught our eye, you can also check out what’s going on near you through the Bike Week website.

From June 14 until June 22, experienced and beginner cyclists alike will be saddling up, riding bikes and taking part in all sorts of cycling-oriented events and excursions.

Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans

Sustrans says that parents who take their children to school by car could save an average of £642 each year if they let their offspring walk, cycle, or use a scooter instead – adding up to a potential collective saving of £2 billion annually. Last week, it revealed that more than half of Glasgow’s schoolchildren travel to their place of study on foot, or by bike or scooter.

Over 40 percent of kids have experienced a ‘near miss’ on school journey, says survey

Riding or walking to school could be a lot safer, says active travel charity Sustrans, citing the results of a new survey that shows 41 percent of parents say their kids have been involved in some sort of ‘near miss’ while walking or cycling to or from school.

Sustrans today launched its Campaign for Safer Streets. The charity is urging parents to write to their local MP to demand every child be given the right to a safe journey to school.

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