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Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge launched

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Sustrans Scotland is encouraging people to travel more actively to work by inviting them to join the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge. Funded by Transport Scotland. The free, month-long Challenge helps to inspire people to travel in ways that benefit their health, wellbeing and the environment. Workplaces from across Scotland will compete against each other to see who can clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys between 1–31 March, in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes. Participants will use an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and compete to climb a leader board. They will have access to feedback on how many calories they’ve burned and the amount of money they’ve saved on each journey by choosing healthy, green and cheap alternatives to driving. Individual challengers will also be judged on the number of journeys they complete while workplaces are judged on the overall rate of participation in the team. Read more:


How do we address the low numbers of women travelling actively in the UK?

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Gender inequality remains a big issue when it comes to active travel in the UK, says Sustrans. The charity has published a new report, ‘Are We Not There Yet?, revealing that women’s journeys around cities are typically shorter than men’s, use different modes of transport and are more likely to involve ‘trip-chaining’ (multi-stop journeys) which tend to be for a balance of child care, work and household responsibilities. While women are motivated to travel actively for physical and mental health reasons, worries about their personal safety, convenience (particularly when taking multi-stop trips) and appearance are all barriers to preventing them from cycling and walking, says the report. It looked at the travel habits and choices of nearly 2,000 women in Glasgow and combined the findings with a literature review of research on women’s travel patterns across Scotland, the UK and Europe. The report also highlighted that few women are involved in creating transport policy and planning in the UK. Currently, transport has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts within the public sector in Scotland, with women representing only 6.25% heads of transport bodies. In addition, the transport sector accounts for only 22% of female workers UK-wide. Read the full report here:


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, 2018

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Following its success last year, the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is returning in March. Join the challenge as an individual or as part of your workplace and be part of a movement in Scotland to get as many people as possible commuting by foot, bike, public transport or lift-sharing. Taking part is a great way to get active, reduce carbon emissions and save money! Simply register online to log the journeys you make by foot, bike, public transport and car-share. Over £2000 worth of prizes are up for grabs, including cinema tickets, Kindles and high street vouchers. Register before 1st March to enter the Early Bird prize draw where you can win one of ten £20 Wiggle vouchers. Logging even one sustainable commuting or business travel journey during March will help boost you or your workplace team up the leader board. Set personal targets, earn rewards and transform your commute! Find out more and register at #JourneyChallenge


Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Devlopment Fund

Last Updated: 1/12/2018

Re-opened for applications. Through the fund, grants are available for environmental projects in Scotland that enhance woodlands and green infrastructure, boost active travel and encourage community growing. Funding is available for projects that deliver or lead to woodland creation, management or enhancement, especially for community use; formal or informal food growing projects with a focus on community lead activities or engaging local communities and encouraging the Good Food Nation ethos; feasibility studies for new routes or major sections, and capital works in urban areas for route enhancement and development; and improving or creating functional access routes passing through or leading to the development of green networks, greenspace or countryside and associated green infrastructure. Projects funded are likely to be located in or immediately adjacent to communities in the 15% most deprived datazones (nationally) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The application deadline is 5pm, Monday 5th February 2018. Read more here:


Works commence on multi-million pound Active Travel project in Glasgow

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Glasgow City Council’s winning design in the Scottish Government funded Community Links PLUS competition will deliver first of its kind infrastructure in Scotland. Run by Sustrans Scotland, the design competition delivers pioneering and game-changing projects to design better places and spaces for people to live, and walk and cycle in for everyday journeys. The project will deliver a 3km segregated cycle and pedestrian route from Queen’s Park in Glasgow’s Southside to Stockwell Street in the heart of the Merchant City. In addition to the creation of world class active travel infrastructure in a densely populated area of Glasgow, the project will also deliver a host of community, health and business benefits through its place-making approach.  Read more below:


Paths for All - Community Active Travel Grants

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The grants aim to empower communities to make changes to paths in their area that will make it easier for people to make every day journeys by active travel such as cycling and walking. They will give priority to projects that: improve paths so it’s easier for people to use them and be more physically active; show people where active travel routes are; provide opportunities and encourage people in communities to work together. The grant will fund active travel routes to schools, to places of work, other popular places within towns and routes that help connect communities. More here:

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Scottish Government consultation on national obesity strategy

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Scottish Government is seeking responses to a consultation on a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland. Alongside the launch, it announced funding of £42 million over the next 5 years to expand services. For physical activity, the consultation sets out ambitions to: •increase investment in active travel and link this with efforts to support weight management activity •improve planning systems to create enabling spaces for physical activity •the continuation of existing programmes, eg, Active Schools and Daily Mile to maintain physical activity and a healthy weight. The consultation document asks: How can our work to encourage physical activity contribute most effectively to tackling obesity? The consultation runs from the 26th October 2017 to the 31st January 2018. Download A healthier future - action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight: Consultation document below:


LCTT Challenge Fund Round 2 open for applications

Last Updated: 10/26/2017

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications. Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland. Public, community and third sector organisations can apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.25 million of uncommitted ERDF funds to invest in projects from the Highlands and Islands (H&I) area and £2.15 million of ERDF funds for projects from the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland. Transport Scotland is also making available a limited amount of funding - up to £1 million - to support a proportion of the funding requirements of projects. Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call: • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million. • Transport Scotland’s match funding support enables organisations to bid for up to 80% (in H&I) or 70% (in LUPS) of the total project costs. • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips. • Projects must be completed by December 2019. Please note the deadline for all applications is Friday 19 January 2018, 4pm. To find out more about the Challenge Fund please see below:


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:


Active Travel Champion Project

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Sustrans are currently inviting applications from organisations interested in joining Sustrans Scotland's Active Travel Champion project. If you’re based at a workplace site in Edinburgh or Glasgow with 200 or more employees, Sustrans want to hear from you! Applications are open until 12 noon Tuesday 12th September 2017. For full details of the project offer and application requirements, please see the project Application Pack below:


Walk Day Wednesday Challenge Launched in Scotland

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

The Scottish Government has launched a new active travel campaign which encourages people to walk for short journeys at least one day a week. The Scottish Government has launched a new active travel campaign which encourages people to walk for short journeys at least one day a week. The campaign focuses on long term behaviour change and is calling on people to walk to work or school. It builds on previous walking campaigns to inspire people who are travelling less than two miles to work. It aims to create better health and safer travel, cut carbon emissions and deliver more pleasant communities. Read more below:


Tackling the School Run

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

In February 2016, the Scottish Government commissioned research to provide the latest evidence on school transport choices and approaches which influence these choices. It aims to inform policies that minimise car use and maximise active travel. There is no single answer to achieving high levels of sustainable transport, but combining several elements can be successful. For example, provision of infrastructure for active travel, training to allow safe use of infrastructure, initiatives to encourage behaviour change (competitions, incentives) and achieving buy-in from the whole school community. Key challenges identified by the research include safety concerns, resource constraints, sustaining active travel rates as children move through the school system from primary school to secondary school, funding pressures and wider societal norms around car use, walking and cycling. The findings are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners working in transport, education, health, environment and planning with greater cross-departmental working integral to tackling the school run and promoting travel behaviour change. Read more below:


Transport Statistics, Great Britain 2016

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Department of Transport has released the latest statistics on travel habits in the UK revealing that 22% of all trips in the UK were made by walking in 2015. However, walking and cycling trips have declined since 1995/97. Main findings: •The average distance a person walked in 2015 was 185 miles – equivalent of the distance from London to Manchester. •44% of children aged 5-10 years and 37% of children aged 11-16 years walk to school. •15% of adults in England cycled at least once a month. The full survey can be accessed from the link below:

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Scotland review of Active Travel policy implementation

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

In 2015, the Scottish Government undertook a review of how its policies relating to active travel are implemented across the country. It aimed to understand how policies can deliver high levels of active travel. The report concluded that the Scottish Government’s ambition for increased levels of walking and cycling is recognised by and shared across various policy areas but that there are potential weaknesses in policy delivery. Key findings To improve active travel outcomes, it is recommended that the Scottish Government: improves the evidence base of the benefits of active travel and on what types of investment are most effective to increase rates of walking and cycling undertakes more rigorous monitoring of active travel uptake, by location and socio-demographic group, in order to identify locations and groups for which investment may be particularly worthwhile, and to identify successes where they arise takes a lead, through advocacy and/or specific funding, in promoting active travel in particular target locations and/or for particular target groups expands funding for active travel measures if possible, but particularly seeks to provide longer-term consistency of funding, especially revenue funding.


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.


Sustrans Pilot Award Scheme for Schools

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

Sustrans is piloting a new award scheme for secondary school pupils to help develop the confidence and skills to travel actively and independently by walking, scooting and cycling.


New Funding Announced at Active Travel Summit

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

At the inaugural Active Travel Summit, Transport Minister Derek Mackay announced that “the Scottish Government is meeting its commitment to continue record levels of active travel funding through a cash injection of £3.3m for cycling and walking infrastructure.”


Aberdeen Car Free Day A Success

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

The NHS Grampian Aberdeen City Public Health Team report on the success of the sixth annual ‘In Town Without My Car Day’ event in Aberdeen last month.

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Glasgow Plans for 20mph

Last Updated: 9/25/2015

Drivers in Glasgow’s city centre could have their top speed restricted to 20mph under plans intended to cut the number of accidents on the city’s roads.

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Cycle-In Office

Last Updated: 9/8/2015

A new "cycle-friendly" office is opening in London.

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