Lack of transport choices leaving young people behind, report finds 

A new groundbreaking study warns that young people cannot access work, education, and social opportunities, due to transport barriers.  16-24-year-olds made 21% fewer trips compared to 25-64-year-olds in 2019 and this gap has widened over the past 20 years. At the stage in life when young people should be developing themselves, poor transport provision is preventing them […]

Study finds better streets and pavements will let older people be active for longer

A new study suggests older people could benefit from getting outdoors more in their neighbourhoods if there were better pavements and roads, alongside some measures to reduce or slow traffic. Research by Heriot-Watt University for walking, wheeling and cycling charity, Sustrans and funded by Transport Scotland, found that older adults valued walking and staying active […]

Sustrans says active travel must be part of Scotland’s journey to net zero

A new report by Sustrans shows that walking, wheeling and cycling could cut around a quarter of car emissions in Scotland. Karen McGregor, Director of Sustrans Scotland, has written a blog explaining “the positive impact the switch to active travel could have on communities and the environment”. Read it here: A new report from Sustrans […]

Six cycling and walking organisations criticise government’s ‘Plan for Drivers’

Six of the UK’s leading cycling and walking organisations have criticised the government’s ‘Plan for Drivers’, which announced at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, saying it denies people their choice, health and freedom, reports Air Quality News. The following is a joint statement released  by the CEOs of Bikeability Trust, British Cycling, Cycling UK, Living […]

Cross-party peers and MPs call on government to reverse active travel cuts

A 60-strong group of parliamentarians from all parties, have put their names to a letter calling for the recent cuts in England’s active travel budget to be reversed.  Earlier this year, the active travel budget was reduced by at least £200 million, about two thirds of the budget. Organisations opposed to the cuts were quick […]

Data breakthrough for active travel policy sector

A breakthrough tool that provides unique analysis of localised data on public behaviours and attitudes towards walking and cycling, has launched this week at the Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index Summit in Manchester. The Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index Data Tool will provide expert insight to policy makers in local and national government, campaigners, researchers and the […]

Active journeys to Scottish schools remain higher than pre-pandemic levels

New data from the 2022 Hands Up Scotland Survey, which looks at how young people travel to school across Scotland, shows that walking, wheeling and cycling journeys are higher than pre-pandemic levels The Survey was first established in 2008, and since then the survey has been providing insight into journeys to school, and is the […]

£3.6m boost for active travel in Glasgow

Projects that encourage walking, wheeling and cycling in Glasgow are to receive a £3.6m cash injection after the city’s council secured funding from Places for Everyone – an active travel infrastructure programme funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans. The funding will help progress a range of projects including the Govan City Network […]

Industry calls for greater integration of spatial planning, transport and decarbonisation

Fix a failing planning system to decarbonise transport and improve health say leading transport professional and campaign bodies. In a rare collaboration, the Transport Planning Society, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, Transport for New Homes, Sustrans, Living Streets and CPRE the countryside charity have joined forces. Together they have submitted a joint response to […]

Glasgow sets out plans to implement citywide 20mph speed limit

Glasgow has set out plans to implement a citywide 20 mile per hour mandatory speed limit aimed at boosting road safety and encouraging active travel. The City Council’s Environment and Liveable Neighbourhoods Committee heard that a roll-out of 20 mph speed limits across the majority of Glasgow’s roads will be delivered over the next 18 […]


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