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policy

Play builds children

Last Updated: 3/7/2019

The Children’s Play Policy Forum policy statement Play Builds Children draws attention to the responsibility Government has for play and the leadership that is needed.

Evidence Brief

Transport Research Institute: Essential Evidence 4 Scotland

Last Updated: 2/25/2019

Transport Research Institute of Edinburgh Napier have been publishing a fortnightly one-page plain-English set of summaries on aspects of transport planning from robust peer reviewed studies.

guidance

Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

Last Updated: 2/5/2019

In-depth 'Step-by-step guidance and practical advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences' from Scottish Government

funding

Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity Fund

Last Updated: 7/25/2018

The Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity Fund provides short term additional resource into the sporting and community sector with two year grants to support organisations delivering sport and physical activity in their communities.

funding

Looking for new and ambitious Community Links projects in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Community Links 2018/19 funding is now open for applications, and this year Sustrans are looking for ambitious, inclusive projects that will make Scottish towns and cities friendlier and safer places for people to walk and cycle. Projects that meet the following aims will be eligible for funding: - Create infrastructure that enables people to walk, cycle or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys - Meet the needs of communities, providing people with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places they live with the places they want to go - Raise the standards by using innovative and imaginative approaches for community and business engagement, design and construction of walking and/or cycling projects - Encourage placemaking that promotes greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel - Create an enabling context/environment for active travel that facilitates the delivery of other projects Find out more here:

research

Sustrans study shows people in cities want segregated space for cycling

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities. Sustrans’ Bike Life 2017, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, reveals four in five people (78%) want more protected bike routes built to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic. The Bike Life study is run every two years by cycling and walking charity Sustrans and seven major cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, it looks at progress across infrastructure, travel habits, public attitudes and the impact of cycling more widely. Bike Life shows that most people living in these cities think cycling is a good thing. Out of the thousands of residents interviewed, sixty four per cent said they would cycle more if on-road cycle routes physically separated from traffic and pedestrians were available. And over two-thirds think their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled. You can find out more below:

Uncategorised

Nature Walks for Wellbeing Pilot Launched

Last Updated: 11/17/2017

In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Waterways Trust has launched a new pilot programme to offer outdoor nature therapy to adults in Falkirk, along the town’s canals and surrounding greenspace. Nature Walks for Wellbeing, funded by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, is a programme of green exercise, health walks and nature-based therapy activities aimed at helping adults in Falkirk who are living with poor mental health, and may be experiencing exclusion and isolation. The 2 10 week-long pilot programmes aim to improve community health and wellbeing through a vibrant range of activities, including sensory explorations, mindful discovery, natural history learning, and outdoor physical activities such as yoga. Participants, who are referred onto the programme through the Woodlands Resource Centre in Falkirk Community Hospital, will also get to try new experiences and learn new skills. Led by NHS clinical staff and a Community Engagement Officer from Scottish Waterways Trust, Nature Walks for Wellbeing are delivered in 90 minute sessions which enhance mood and self-esteem, and provide a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, along with reducing social isolation. In total, 30 people are set to benefit from the initial pilot programme in Falkirk, and Scottish Waterways Trust is fundraising to continue the project once the pilot programmes have ended. More information can be found here:

Uncategorised

New Health Walk map launched

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Paths for All has launched a new map of over 500 Health Walks to get people active, with the help of Walk It Borders. The online map plots the details of the free walks, which usually last 30 to 60 minutes. The 500 walks are well spread across the mainland and islands with walks taking place in every local authority. 9000 volunteers have been trained and supported to lead these walks in communities across Scotland. The walks are low – level, safe, and social, and are aimed at people looking to get more active.

  • What is it about? walking
  • Where is it relevant? Scotland
  • When was this published? 11/1/2017
survey

Rate your Walk to School

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Families across the UK are being asked to comment on their walk to school throughout October to help Living Streets build a picture of our streets. The survey will help them to identify barriers that prevent families from walking to school. ‘Rate Your Walk’ is an online tool that enables families to comment on their walk to school. You can rate any length walk, but they recommend to rate a walk of approximately 20 minutes. Read more below:

advert

Introducing Ramblers Scotland's Out There Campaign

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Out There is a new campaign, Rambler Scotland is launching this autumn to help more people in Scotland enjoy the amazing landscapes and world-class access rights. Through events, press releases, social media and email bulletins over the next few years, Out There will offer fans of Scotland’s outdoors a wide array of ways to celebrate and protect all that makes our country so special. Whiile Out There is for everyone – from those who are taking their first steps into the countryside to hardy hillwalkers – there will be a particular focus on encouraging non-Ramblers members and decision-makers to appreciate what makes Scottish walking so special. You can stay up to date with the campaign here:

Uncategorised

Big Team Challenge

Last Updated: 10/10/2017

Are you looking for a simple, affordable, and flexible exercise based workplace challenge? If so, why not follow in the footsteps of 4 NHS Boards, among others, and check out Big Team Challenge which gives you all the tools you need to create your own tailored walking challenge and puts you in control. As the challenge organiser you choose the virtual route to walk, when to start and when to end the challenge, and who is allowed to register to take part. Daily steps walked in the real world are mapped onto a centralised virtual route. Competing in teams encourages teamwork and a healthy sense of competition. Find out more about Big Team Challenge below:

policy

A Nation with Ambition - The Government’s programme for Scotland 2017-18

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The Scottish Government has launched its Programme for Government 2017-18 which sets out the actions it will take in the forthcoming year. A Nation With Ambition outlines the Scottish Government’s commitments to tackling the challenge of poor public health with new initiatives to reduce obesity, boost active travel, improve mental health and tackle air pollution. It plans to build an Active Nation, boosting investment in walking and cycling and putting active travel at the heart of our transport planning. Actions will include: • making towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing investment that supports active travel from £40 million to £80 million per year from 2018-19 • appointing an Active Nation Commissioner to ensure delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland • stepping up promotion of the use of electric bicycles to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from active travel • delivering projects which help older people benefit from our network of walking and cycling routes. Download A Nation with Ambition below:

policy and implementation

The Daily Mile to be rolled out beyond schools in Scotland

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

All Scottish schools are being encouraged to take part in the Daily Mille and the Scottish Government is encouraging schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across the country to join in to make Scotland a Daily Mile nation. Currently, around 800 Scottish primary schools take part in the initiative which encourages people to walk, jog or run a mile every day. It is now being rolled out beyond the school sector.

Uncategorised

Step into a healthier workplace this autumn

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Paths for All have launched their autumn Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 30th October. For four weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will make a change by walking more, tracking and recording their daily step count, and taking part in weekly challenges with the chance to win prizes. Using their own pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps whilst increasing their activity levels by walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs rather than the lift. Everyone taking part records their daily steps on an online user account, where they can also share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leader board. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years, and over this time more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles, have been recorded. During this year’s spring challenge, over 963 teams, consisting of 4,663 participants, took part. People who took part in the spring challenge commented that “It was great fun, got me away from my desk every lunch time!” and “It was extremely enjoyable, and was a great initiative that helped bond our team together”. 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:

report

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:

events

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.

case study

Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge

Last Updated: 7/27/2017

World Walking is a free and easy to use website/app designed simply to motivate people to walk more inspired by the exploits of the Inverclyde Globetrotters, a voluntary, not for profit group formed from an exercise class which meets at Inverclyde Leisure’s Waterfront Gym in Greenock each week as part of Inverclyde Leisure’s wide range of fit for life exercise classes.

research review

Investing in Cycling and Walking - Rapid Evidence Assessment

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

This report presents the results of a Rapid Evidence Assessment conducted by Brook Lyndhurst Ltd on behalf of the Department for Transport. Against a background shaped principally by the draft Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy, this assessment is emphatically not a review of all research that might be relevant to cycling and walking; it is, rather, a review conducted specifically to support the Department’s policy and investment-decision-making needs. Framed by a set of six research questions specified by the Department, the research process identified and then drew upon a selective but extensive evidence base, the quality and nature of which was calibrated specifically to meet the Department’s needs. More than 300 sources were identified during the scoping phase of the research. Of these, 55 evidence sources were reviewed in depth. The report presents and summarises the work of others; no secondary analysis (e.g. of detailed cost data) has been undertaken.

case study

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:

Uncategorised

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:

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