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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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Sustrans study shows people in cities want segregated space for cycling

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities. Sustrans’ Bike Life 2017, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, reveals four in five people (78%) want more protected bike routes built to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic. The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, it looks at progress across infrastructure, travel habits, public attitudes and the impact of cycling more widely. Bike Life shows that most people living in these cities think cycling is a good thing. Out of the thousands of residents interviewed, sixty four per cent said they would cycle more if on-road cycle routes physically separated from traffic and pedestrians were available. And over two-thirds think their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled. You can find out more below:

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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:

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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:

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Cycle to work day - 13th September

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Join thousands of others cycling to work on 13 September. Whether you're commuting by bike for the first time or you already ride to work on a regular basis, it's time to get ready for joining in the UK's biggest one-day celebration of cycling to work. Pledge your ride below and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes.

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Everyday Adventures

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

Mark Beaumont, long distance cyclist, has joined forces with Sustrans to encourage others to enjoy short ‘everyday adventures’ on the National Cycle Network in Scotland. The new short film shows the sporting star’s non-competitive side as he moves through various guises, from stylish corporate Brompton rider to about-town family man with toddler in tow and then leisure cyclist escaping the city. The video is intended to promote accessible, everyday leisure cycling routes around Scotland’s towns and cities, and to provide inspiration by showcasing some of the iconic landmarks and visitor attractions which are often only a short bike ride away. The video can be accessed below:

funding

Cycling Scotland's Development Grant Fund Invites Applications

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

Cycling Scotland welcomes applications to its Cycle Friendly Development Grant Fund 2017/18 from community groups across Scotland. The Transport Scotland funded scheme is intended to encourage cycling in local communities, thereby increasing the number of local people making journeys by bike. Constituted community groups and organisations who are actively working towards Cycle Friendly status can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to facilitate projects which support improvement to cycling facilities and infrastructure. Examples of eligible expenditure include: • Procuring bicycles to improve community access to bikes, tackling inequality. • Installing or enhancing cycle parking to increase capacity and/or security. •Creating maintenance hubs (including procurement of tools, but not consumables). Although capital improvements will be at the core of successful proposals, Cycling Scotland will also consider funding complimentary activities, such as: • Monitoring and evaluation. • Cycle training. • Maintenance training. • Sessional work and support. • Promotional and engagement activities. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 (5pm). Further information is available 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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Cycling Tourism worth £345 million to the economy

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

A new report from Sustrans Scotland sets out advice for tourism businesses in Scotland to cater for cycle tourists. Cycling tourism was valued at £345 million in 2015. The report details five adjustments that businesses can make to be more accommodating for cyclists: 1. Local information - provide local knowledge of cycle friendly destinations and trail guides to inspire visitors 2 Bike security - provide a safe place to store bikes for a couple of hours/overnight to ensure cyclists feel comfortable about the security of their bikes 3. Be more flexible - some cyclists may leave early or arrive late to their destination. Serving early breakfasts or late dinners will be appreciated and remembered by visitors. 4 Bike maintenance facilities - a few simple facilities such as a bike pump, an emergency repair kit or basic tools could be a real winner 5. Washing and drying facilities - after battling the elements, cyclists may welcome a place to wash and dry their clothes ahead of another day’s adventure. Read more below:

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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.

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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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Even more ‘Our Bike’ officers to work with Scotland’s schools

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

Four more officers will deliver cycle training and activities at schools across Scotland, as part of Sustran’s I Bike project.

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Sustrans Grants for Community Infrastructure

Last Updated: 2/15/2016

The Community Links Programme is a grant scheme that provides match funding for the creation of cycling network infrastructure in Scotland for everyday journeys.

Community

Cycle Friendly Community Award

Last Updated: 11/26/2015

Community groups in Scotland can now apply for development grants of up to £20,000 to begin working towards the Cycle Friendly Community Award.

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WHO/Europe HEAT for Walking and Cycling: Survey

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

Do you use the WHO/Europe Health economic assessment tools (HEAT) for walking and cycling?

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Cycling Success for Livingston Primary School

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

Primary 7 pupils from Livingston’s Williamston Primary School have won an activity fuelled day out at the Low Port Centre after clocking up an impressive 84 cycle trips to school during a week-long cycle to school competition run by Cycling Scotland.

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Velocity - Women's Cycle to Health Scheme

Last Updated: 10/21/2015

An initiative helping women to improve their mental health through cycling has involved 20 participants since its launch in August this year.

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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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Green Light for Cyclists in Paris

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

Cyclists in Paris no longer have to stop at every red traffic light - new rules mean that in certain circumstances they can ignore the signals and keep going. The aim is to make the city's roads much safer.

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