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Sustrans launches video competition to celebrate 15 years of the NCN

Has using the National Cycle Network changed your life? Sustrans wants to know

Sustrans, the Bristol-based sustainable transport charity is marking the 15th anniversary of the National Cycle Network with a video competition, My National Cycle Network, that's open to children and adults.

The charity want to hear from people who use the network, which has grown from the 17 mile Bristol to Bath railway path and now covers 12,000 miles of quiet lanes and shared use traffic free cycle paths, to find out how it has changed their lives.

All you need to do to enter is submit a short (maximum 2 minutes) film about your experience of using the NCN.

"We are really looking forward to marking the network's anniversary with a collection of creative and original stories revealing why people use it, how they feel, what they see and who they meet. The stories can be funny, witty, quirky or musical and the film doesn't have to be technically brilliant," said Sustrans' chief executive, Malcolm Shepherd.

Entries open on 5 July and close on 30 September, all you need to do is grab you camcorder, come up with an idea (or you can do it the other way around) and then upload the finished results to Youtube and then enter the competition online at

The films will be judged by by Wallace and Gromit creative director Merlin Crossingham, BBC Two's Coast presenter Alice Roberts and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis who will pick winners in three categories: under 11, 11-17 years-old, and over-17.

According to Sustrans the under 11s winner will get an Aardman exclusive family prize that's so exclusive Sustrans can't even say what it is yet, they're on firmer ground though for the 11-17s who'll get four VIP passes to NASS 2011, the action sports and music festival, the adult winner gets a short break holiday for four.

Harnessing the creativity of the people that use the network to celebrate its anniversary fits neatly with much of the work Sustrans has done over the years installing artworks along its routes and encouraging local people to get involved with their routes. To find out more about Sustrans and the National Cycle Network visit's founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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John_the_Monkey | 13 years ago

It's nice for bimbling about of a sunday, but I can't think of much of it that's been life changing for me personally.

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