Recreation Groups


Background of Organisation

Sustrans -stands for 'sustainable transport'. The charity was founded in 1977 by a group of Bristol environmentalists, and was initially called Cyclebag. Its formation expressed the concern and desire to do something about the dangers to the environment recently highlighted by the oil crisis. Within two years of its formation a programme on building cycle routes was initiated by its members.

Organisational Objectives

Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity - works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects. Sustrans' flagship project is the National Cycle Network, creating 10,000 miles of routes throughout the UK.

Relevant Policies, Projects & Activities

Much of Sustrans work relates to continuing the development of the National Cycle Network (NCN), namely the establishment of alternative routes for cycling throughout the UK by 2005.

It is generally assumed that communities served by the Network benefit from traffic reduction, a safer travelling environment, inclusive transport facilities and improvements in health. Sustrans Research and Monitoring section has developed in response to the need to demonstrate the validity of these assumptions, and to establish whether progress is being made towards achieving cycling targets set by the government.

Sustrans also is involved in and supports a number of other initiatives aimed at promoting walking and cycling in both urban and rural areas. These include:


For more information follow the link: About Sustrans Homepage