Nationales Radverkehrsnetz ist 10.000 Meilen lang / UK: This Month Sees Completion of the First 10,000 Miles of National Cycle Network in 10 Years
Sustrans honours prolific partners
This month sees completion of the first 10,000 miles of National Cycle Network in 10 years - a great achievement for all involved. To thank those instrumental in making this possible, leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans, co-ordinators of the project, are presenting key partners with '10,000 miles Awards'.
Launched in 1995 following a grant of £43.5 million from the Millennium Commission, the National Cycle Network has grown hugely - last year it carried over 201 million walking and cycling trips. The awards, presented by astronomer and broadcaster, Heather Couper, at a special dinner at Churchill College, Cambridge on Sunday 11th September, will celebrate the huge contribution made by organisations and individuals towards creating this award-winning Network.
John Grimshaw, Sustrans Chief Executive, said: "The choices and decisions have been difficult. There were literally dozens of contenders in many of the categories, and so the award winners, outstanding as they are, are representative of a much wider effort.
He continued, "Looking to the next 10 years, our job at Sustrans is to change the way people move. As the impact of climate change is felt more widely, and petrol prices continue to rise, we will all be travelling far less and over much shorter distances. Walking and cycling will become an everyday part of life.
"The National Cycle Network is a catalyst for change. We would like to double the amount of Network, and bring it within a mile of most of the population in the UK, with usage more than trebling.
"We want to see government, local and national, take cycling and walking seriously. For the Network to continue succeeding it needs to be integral to all transport planning and funding - starting now."
On 12th September many of the award winners will attend a transport, health and climate change conference in Cambridge called 'Driven to extinction?'. Chaired by Jon Snow, the conference will look at how transport policy can change the world.
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* Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Its vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. It is achieving this through innovative but practical solutions to the UK's transport challenges.
* Sustrans is the charity behind the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools and many other projects that deliver lasting changes in people's travel behaviour.
* In September 2005 the National Cycle Network celebrates its first ten years and ten thousand miles. The Network now runs within one mile of over half the UK population and, in 2004, was used for 201 million trips. A team of 1,600 Volunteer Rangers helps to maintain the Network.
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Updated: Sep 8 2005