Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Partners in our education and youth work include local authorities, health agencies and national government.

As of March 2014 we have more than 150 officers working in over 2,400 schools, colleges and universities across the UK. In addition to our officers, we also provide a variety of high quality resources – many free of charge – including:

  • Increasing active travel to school’, a step-by-step guide to increase walking, cycling and scooting on the school journey
  • The Big Street Survey, a resource enabling children to investigate the streets around their schools, meeting National Curriculum requirements across multiple subjects. Pupils produce a manifesto for change and lobby decision-makers at local and national level to make that change happen
  • Sustrans’ Big Shift, a free-to-access online challenge to motivate the school community to travel more actively. The challenge sets the school individual targets, helping them make a Small Step, Big Stride or Giant Leap to increasing active travel
  • Sustrans’ Superheroes, an individual award scheme recognising pupils’ skills and achievements in walking, scooting and cycling. Based on a booklet of activities, the scheme provides the structure and inspiration for children to learn and practice the skills essential for fun, safe and sustained active travel to school and for other journeys
  • Support resources for promoting active and sustainable travel in and outside of the school curriculum
  • Free-to-enter competitions and national events such as the Big Pedal, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. In 2014 more than 1,300 schools generated over 1.1 million journeys by bike or scooter in just two weeks.

For further information about Sustrans and our work within the education sector, visit If you would like to discuss how we can help you transform young people’s travel in your area, please contact our Information Service at or on 0117 915 0100.


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