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Looking for new and ambitious Community Links projects in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Community Links 2018/19 funding is now open for applications, and this year Sustrans are looking for ambitious, inclusive projects that will make Scottish towns and cities friendlier and safer places for people to walk and cycle. Projects that meet the following aims will be eligible for funding: - Create infrastructure that enables people to walk, cycle or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys - Meet the needs of communities, providing people with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places they live with the places they want to go - Raise the standards by using innovative and imaginative approaches for community and business engagement, design and construction of walking and/or cycling projects - Encourage placemaking that promotes greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel - Create an enabling context/environment for active travel that facilitates the delivery of other projects Find out more here:

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Nature Walks for Wellbeing Pilot Launched

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Waterways Trust has launched a new pilot programme to offer outdoor nature therapy to adults in Falkirk, along the town’s canals and surrounding greenspace. Nature Walks for Wellbeing, funded by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, is a programme of green exercise, health walks and nature-based therapy activities aimed at helping adults in Falkirk who are living with poor mental health, and may be experiencing exclusion and isolation. The 2 10 week-long pilot programmes aim to improve community health and wellbeing through a vibrant range of activities, including sensory explorations, mindful discovery, natural history learning, and outdoor physical activities such as yoga. Participants, who are referred onto the programme through the Woodlands Resource Centre in Falkirk Community Hospital, will also get to try new experiences and learn new skills. Led by NHS clinical staff and a Community Engagement Officer from Scottish Waterways Trust, Nature Walks for Wellbeing are delivered in 90 minute sessions which enhance mood and self-esteem, and provide a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, along with reducing social isolation. In total, 30 people are set to benefit from the initial pilot programme in Falkirk, and Scottish Waterways Trust is fundraising to continue the project once the pilot programmes have ended. More information can be found here:

survey

Rate your Walk to School

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Families across the UK are being asked to comment on their walk to school throughout October to help Living Streets build a picture of our streets. The survey will help them to identify barriers that prevent families from walking to school. ‘Rate Your Walk’ is an online tool that enables families to comment on their walk to school. You can rate any length walk, but they recommend to rate a walk of approximately 20 minutes. Read more below:

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Introducing Ramblers Scotland's Out There Campaign

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Out There is a new campaign, Rambler Scotland is launching this autumn to help more people in Scotland enjoy the amazing landscapes and world-class access rights. Through events, press releases, social media and email bulletins over the next few years, Out There will offer fans of Scotland’s outdoors a wide array of ways to celebrate and protect all that makes our country so special. Whiile Out There is for everyone – from those who are taking their first steps into the countryside to hardy hillwalkers – there will be a particular focus on encouraging non-Ramblers members and decision-makers to appreciate what makes Scottish walking so special. You can stay up to date with the campaign here:

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Big Team Challenge

Last Updated: 10/10/2017

Are you looking for a simple, affordable, and flexible exercise based workplace challenge? If so, why not follow in the footsteps of 4 NHS Boards, among others, and check out Big Team Challenge which gives you all the tools you need to create your own tailored walking challenge and puts you in control. As the challenge organiser you choose the virtual route to walk, when to start and when to end the challenge, and who is allowed to register to take part. Daily steps walked in the real world are mapped onto a centralised virtual route. Competing in teams encourages teamwork and a healthy sense of competition. Find out more about Big Team Challenge below:

policy

A Nation with Ambition - The Government’s programme for Scotland 2017-18

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The Scottish Government has launched its Programme for Government 2017-18 which sets out the actions it will take in the forthcoming year. A Nation With Ambition outlines the Scottish Government’s commitments to tackling the challenge of poor public health with new initiatives to reduce obesity, boost active travel, improve mental health and tackle air pollution. It plans to build an Active Nation, boosting investment in walking and cycling and putting active travel at the heart of our transport planning. Actions will include: • making towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing investment that supports active travel from £40 million to £80 million per year from 2018-19 • appointing an Active Nation Commissioner to ensure delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland • stepping up promotion of the use of electric bicycles to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from active travel • delivering projects which help older people benefit from our network of walking and cycling routes. Download A Nation with Ambition below:

policy and implementation

The Daily Mile to be rolled out beyond schools in Scotland

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

All Scottish schools are being encouraged to take part in the Daily Mille and the Scottish Government is encouraging schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across the country to join in to make Scotland a Daily Mile nation. Currently, around 800 Scottish primary schools take part in the initiative which encourages people to walk, jog or run a mile every day. It is now being rolled out beyond the school sector.

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Step into a healthier workplace this autumn

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Paths for All have launched their autumn Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 30th October. For four weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will make a change by walking more, tracking and recording their daily step count, and taking part in weekly challenges with the chance to win prizes. Using their own pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps whilst increasing their activity levels by walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs rather than the lift. Everyone taking part records their daily steps on an online user account, where they can also share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leader board. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years, and over this time more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles, have been recorded. During this year’s spring challenge, over 963 teams, consisting of 4,663 participants, took part. People who took part in the spring challenge commented that “It was great fun, got me away from my desk every lunch time!” and “It was extremely enjoyable, and was a great initiative that helped bond our team together”. The outcome is the challenge makes a difference to people’s health. The University of Edinburgh carried out research into participants’ physical activity levels before and after the challenge. They found that those taking part walked over one and half hours more and sat for six hours less each week*. You can register now and purchase pedometers for your workplace at:

report

The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland helps increase physical activity say nearly 80% of users

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

A new report on Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network shows almost four fifths of users believe that the network of paths helps them increase their physical activity. Over half (52%) stated that the existence of Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network allowed them to actively travel on foot or by bike rather than taking the car. Read the full story here:

case study

Health Walks are helping to reconnect the Highlands

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

Walking for Health project, Step It Up Highland have added two new case studies to their growing series. Both highlight how Health Walks play an important community development role helping people living in rural areas to become more active and socially connected. Case study 11 - Tackling social isolation Mallaig area Walking Group explains how the weekly Health Walk in Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig has brought people together. Rotating each week between the three areas gives everyone an opportunity to visit new locations. Car sharing is popular, along with a visit to a local café at the end of the walk. One 86-year-old walker said, “I am so much more confident now in my ability to walk and have discovered the joy of using walking poles. I would never have done this without the security of a led walk in the company of others.” Read more below:

news and communications

UK Government publishes plan to increase cycling and walking

Last Updated: 5/22/2017

The UK government has published its £1.2 billion long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys in England and Wales. The government wants cycling and walking to become the norm by 2040 and will target funding at innovative ways to encourage people onto a bike or to use their own two feet for shorter journeys. Plans include specific objectives to double cycling, reduce cycling accidents and increase the proportion of 5 to 10 year-olds walking to school to 55% by 2025. The plan includes funding for: • £50 million to provide cycling proficiency training for a further 1.3 million children • £101 million to improve cycling infrastructure and expand cycle routes between the city centres, local communities and key employment and retail sites • £85 million to make improvements to 200 sections of roads for cyclists • £80 million for safety and awareness training for cyclists, extra secure cycle storage, bike repair, maintenance courses and road safety measures • £389.5 million for councils to invest in walking and cycling schemes • £476.4 million from local growth funding to support walking and cycling Read more:

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Sustrans launches new five year strategy

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Sustrans has launched a new five-year strategy addressing the challenges of today and setting out a concrete pledge to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. The strategy has three areas of focus: 1. connecting people and places through routes and networks for leisure and everyday utility trips 2. creating liveable neighbourhoods, by working with communities to turn their streets into lively, people friendly neighbourhoods, and ensuring that new developments have walking and cycling at their core 3. transforming the school run and commutes by working with schools and employers to make it easier for people to walk or cycle for regular journeys. Read more:

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Step into a healthier workplace this spring

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

Paths for All have just launched their spring Step Count Challenge. Teams from workplaces across Scotland will be challenging themselves to walk more and feel the difference. The challenge supports staff to find simple and sustainable ways of building a little more activity into their working day including; walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, walking meetings and using the stairs rather than the lift. The challenge starts on the 1 May and runs for 8 weeks. Participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps using a pedometer, app or device. Everyone gets a user account where they record their daily steps, share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leaderboard. There will be the usual competitions, prizes and more. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years now and in that time over 18,000 people have taken part. Together, they have counted more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles. The outcome is the challenge makes a difference to people’s health. The University of Edinburgh carried out research into participants’ physical activity levels before and after the challenge. They found that those taking part walked over one and half hours more and sat for six hours less each week*. You can register now and purchase pedometers for your workplace at:

award scheme

John Muir Award Activity Growth

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

The popular central Scotland walking trail has attracted many more John Muir Award participants. John Muir Awards have been completed by 555 participants who visited the John Muir Way as part of their Award this year. Of these Awards, 28% were achieved by people experiencing some form of disadvantage. The year has seen an increase in the range of different Award activities taking place on the John Muir Way – from school pupils getting to know local wild places, to community champions receiving training on how Muir-related initiatives can encourage diverse communities to access, experience and enjoy the outdoors.

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Ramblers' Walking Pals Photo Competition

Last Updated: 12/6/2016

Ramblers Scotland's new Walking Pals photography competition provides a great excuse to get active this month. The walking charity is looking for entries that show that walking isn't just good for your health but also a wonderful way to be sociable and make friends. The winner will collect a walking holiday for them and a friend in the Lake District worth £500. And two runners - up will each win £50 Cotswold Outdoor vouchers. The deadline is 31st January and winners will be contacted in March. You can find out more details and enter at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/walking-pals-photography-competition.aspx

news article

Walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats to be established

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

A new walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats could be established by 2018.

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Community Links PLUS expert judging panel announced

Last Updated: 6/3/2016

A group of Scotland’s foremost transport and planning experts has been selected to assess bids for groundbreaking community-led active travels schemes across the country.

research

Living Streets research highlights benefits of walking

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

To coincide with National Walking Month Living Streets have published research relating to the benefits of walking.

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Living Streets launch Try20 campaign

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

National Walking month Living Streets has launched its Try20 campaign

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Sustrans Tips to energise the school run and make it more active published

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

Sustrans have published tips that aim to energise the school run, which describes benefits of active travel for school children, and which gives advice for children and parents on safely cycling and walking to school.

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