In-kind support aiming to encourage more ‘active travel’

SUPPORT in the form of staff time and expertise is being made available to community groups seeking to make ‘active travel’, such as walking and cycling, more accessible to people facing ‘inequality’, including living in areas of ‘multiple deprivation’.

Successful applicants will be offered “three to six months of in-depth support to set up or develop initiatives that will encourage more people in their community to walk, wheel or cycle more”.

The offer is being made by the active travel charity, Sustrans, which (here) lists examples of the kinds of projects that might be supported, including: (1) a walking group may be set up to reduce social isolation for older people; (2) a growing project in a low-income area might aim to raise awareness of climate change but in the process create a place people want to walk, wheel or cycle to, (3) a project to help women with mental or physical health issues might start a regular cycle ride, and (4) a bike library scheme may be set up to help people of ethnic minorities access employment and services.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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