West Bute Street
Position: Manager for Wales
Phone: 02920 650601
Email: [email protected]
35 King Street
Phone: 0117 926 8893
Email: [email protected]
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.
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:
- Safe Routes to Schools - A project aiming to enable children to walk and cycle to school through a package of practical and educational measures
- Safe Routes to Stations - the creation of safe links for walking and cycling to rail and bus interchanges. A project run under the New Opportunities Fund Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities Programme.
- Slower Speeds - Sustrans is founding member of the Slower Speeds Initiative which seeks to reduce traffic speeds in conjunction with promoting sustainable transport
- Home Zones-namely help establish streets or groups of streets where car users don't have priority over other users, with cars travelling at little more than walking pace.
- Rural Travel-aiming to help people get around the countryside without relying on private cars.
- Travelsmart- using an innovative technique for increasing walking, cycling and use of public transport.
- Active Travel-set up to manage this health promotion aspect of our work and to focus on health policy.
- Working the Net-linking businesses to the National Cycle Network and encouraging more sustainable ways of getting to work.
- Cyclemark Awards Scheme-is designed to reward individuals and companies within the rail industry who have made a special effort to promote or facilitate cycle use, improve overall journey experience, or develop bike & rail as a competitive transport alternative. It is fast becoming an industry standard.
For more information follow the link: About Sustrans Homepage