Active Travel Case Studies

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Together with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Central Scotland Green Network, we have produced a series of case studies that demonstrate how active travel can be promoted by different kinds of organisations in different settings. Each case study tells a different story and demonstrates different approaches to developing active travel. Contact details are provided within each case study so that more detailed information can be sought directly from the people who implemented the project.

East Dunbartonshire's Cycle Co-op

ED’s Cycle Co-op was founded by parents keen to realise the benefits to their children and community of cycling as part of active travel, beyond what the local authority had been able to achieve in the area.
icon Active Travel Case Study 1 - EDs Cycle Co-op (3.88 MB)
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Belles on Bikes

The idea behind Belles on Bikes is to train female cyclists as cycle trainers with the skills to lead rides and carry out basic bike repairs. With these skills, the female leaders then set up their own projects for women in their community.
icon Active Travel Case Study 2 - Belles on Bikes (5.53 MB)

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Living Streets

Living Streets Scotland, a registered charity, works with communities to improve local conditions for walking; and with schools and school travel practitioners to get more children walking to school. The work of Living Streets encourages more people to walk more often in their daily lives.
icon Active Travel Case Study 3 - Living Streets (5.42 MB)

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Scottish Gas Workplace Cycling Improvement Programme

Centrica bike4work is a government-backed initiative for Centrica employees designed to encourage people to use environmentally friendly forms of transport when travelling to and from work. It fits within the wider remit of encouraging healthier travel in Scotland.
icon Active Travel Case Study 4 - Scottish Gas (3.09 MB)

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Sustaining Dunbar’s Community Empowerment, Cycling and Exercise Programme

Sustaining Dunbar’s emphasis is on how teaching and encouraging youngsters to take up cycling and exercise has far reaching, longer term consequences on health, happiness and families. Sustaining Dunbar is a Development Trust and a Charity.
icon Active Travel Case Study 5 -Sustaining Dunbar (6.51 MB)

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Urban Freedom’s Sustainable Travel Programme

Urban Freedom is an initiative of the Moray Council. The project has increased levels of walking and cycling as modes of transport in Elgin. This has been achieved by providing substantial improvements to key walking and cycling corridors, with over 23km of new or improved routes. The project has also achieved consistent public engagement and education including travel smart for schools and active travel festivals through promotion and publicity.
icon Active Travel Case Study 6 - Urban Freedom Elgin (4.83 MB)

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Go Barrhead

As well as working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, East Renfrewshire Council wanted to encourage “smarter choices” for children, residents and employees in a bid to improve health. Once a plan had been formulated a series of infrastructure improvements and promotions of active travel were identified. These included personalised travel planning, reducing road speeds, providing bike parking at primary and secondary schools and improving paths and signage.
icon Active Travel Case Study 7 - Go Barrhead (6.39 MB)

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Make Your Move Kirkcaldy

Make Your Move Kirkcaldy launched in 2011 as a partnership between Fife Council and Sustrans to increase the number of journeys taken by bike and on foot, as well as by public transport. Elements of the programme includes – advertising campaigns, street design projects, community and school events, bike maintenance sessions and provision of route maps.
icon Active Travel Case Study 8 - Make Your Move Kirkcaldy (4.38 MB)

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Dundee Travel Active

As part of the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative, Dundee Travel Active was launched in May 2009. Dundee City Council worked in partnership to develop ways to enable active travel through infrastructure improvements and encourage participation through direct contact with members of the public. A focus was placed on active travel, keeping it separate from other forms of sustainable travel such as public transport or car sharing.
icon Active Travel Case Study 9 - Dundee Travel Active (4.67 MB)

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The Bike Station – A Better Way To Work

The Bike Station, a registered charity, works with small to medium size businesses and community focused organisations to promote active travel to their employees or members – at no cost to those joining in. Services are tailored for each workplace or organisation taking part in A Better Way to Work. This can include personal travel planning, free bike loans, help with bike maintenance and cycling tuition.
icon Active Travel Case Study 10 - The Bike Station - Better Way to Work (4.84 MB)

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Glasgow East End On The Move

Glasgow City Council became one of seven Scottish Government Smarter Choices, Smarter Places projectsin 2008. A key part of the initiative was engaging with the community through consultation right from the start. The public were also involved in deciding on appropriate cycling and walking routes as well as identifying areas where improvements were needed. In addition, the work was linked with the delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the East End Regeneration scheme.
icon Active Travel Case Study 11 - Glasgow East End - On the Move (5.05 MB)

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City of Edinburgh Council’s Active Travel Action Plan

The Active Travel Action Plan (ATAP), drawn up in 2010, set out a ten year strategy of infrastructure investment, improved maintenance and better marketing. A key feature of the cycling element was a dual focus of making the road network as safe as possible and making less confident cyclists and families safer. For walking, improving and maintaining paths and easy access to pavements was prioritised. The ATAP was developed in partnership with key stakeholders.
icon Active Travel Case Study 12 - Edinburgh's Active Travel Plan (3.65 MB)

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Falkirk’s Take the Right Route

As part of the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative Take the Right Route implemented a number of localised measures including – personal travel planning, marketing campaigns with strong branding, improved cycle and pedestrian paths with signage, cycle storage, community events and walk to school initiatives. The initiative has been successful in reducing the number of local trips under five miles made by car, increasing levels of walking to work and increasing levels of cycling to school.
icon Active Travel Case Study 13 - Falkirk Take the Right Route (5.35 MB)

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Forth Valley Royal Hospital Travel Plan

The Environmental Management Policy for NHS Scotland underpins NHS Forth Valley’s Strategic Travel Planning Framework, which includes the need for the promotion of active travel. A key aim of the plan was to reduce the impact of car based travel resulting from the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital. This was to be done in part by encouraging visitors, patients and staff to walk or cycle through information about how it can be done as well as promotion of the associated health benefits.
icon Active Travel Case Study 14 - Forth Valley Hospital Travel Plan (4.98 MB)

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Established in 2009, the GetABout initiative grew out of an existing regional travel plan group and is co-ordinated by the GetABout partners which include the regional transport partnership Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen College, NHS Grampian, The Energy Savings Trust, Co Wheels and Aberdeen Adventure.GetABout has had 30,000 contacts with residents as part of the partnership’s strongly branded marketing campaign and through events such as bike promotion roadshows.
icon Active Travel Case Study 15 - GetABout (3.98 MB)

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Paths for All Step Count Challenge

Paths for All operate a Walk at Work campaign to promote an active workplace in order to create a happier, healthier and greener workforce. As part of this the Step Count Challenge was introduced in 2011. With the use of pedometers to measure walking distances, employees are encouraged to improve the amount of activity they do each day.
icon Active Travel Case Study 16 - Paths for All Step Count Challenge (5.5 MB)

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