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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:


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.


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:

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Teaching aids push active lifestyle to mark third Commonwealth Games anniversary

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

Teaching materials to encourage an active lifestyle are to be unveiled to mark the third anniversary of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Called the "Thrive tool kit", it will be promoted at six roadshows across Scotland by a group of ambassadors who encourage physical activity. This toolkit will be publicly available and will contain teaching materials and resources to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the learning gained from Legacy 14 projects. The Toolkit can be accessed from the link below:

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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:


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:


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:


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:

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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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National Charity Partnership launches challenge to help people kick start healthier habits

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The Tesco, Diabetes UK and BHF national charity partnership has revamped and relaunched its online Goal Setter tool to give people extra support to change their lifestyle. The Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge allows users to set and track their health-related goals over an eight-week period. It gives users a more tailored experience and is designed to encourage lasting lifestyle change. Goals focus on everyday changes, such as becoming more active and improving diet. The 8 Week Challenge also contains achievable fitness tips, healthy recipes health-related inspiration to keep people motivated. Read more below:


The Heart of an Active Nation

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has released its new strategy for 2017-2021 called The Heart of an Active Nation to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector which is fit for the future. The strategy outlines its ambition to create a vibrant sport and recreation sector reflecting the changing demographics, environments, resources and technologies that are happening. The vision of the strategy is an active nation through sport and recreation. It describes a world that the alliance wants to see, because of the important role of sport and recreation on physical and mental wellbeing, the economy and the development of society. The strategy sets out four objectives which will be the main focus of work and receive the majority of resources: Demonstrate the economic and social value of sport and recreation. Make sport and recreation volunteering more representative and more accessible. Work together with the sector to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of sport and recreation for children and young people. Make our members and us fit for the future. The full strategy can be downloaded below:


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:


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:


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:


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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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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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.


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:


Children's activity across the globe

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Report cards on the physical activity of children and youth across the world have been released revealing how countries compare in getting their youth active. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance was responsible for organising the cards which graded countries on nine common indicators, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, active play, active transportation, sedentary behavior, family and peers, school community and the built environment and government strategies and investment. The cards reflect standardised grading across countries ranging from A= excellent to F = failing. In the UK, the grades given for overall physical activity are: England D Scotland F Wales D There is no data available for Northern Ireland.

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