Exciting new walking and cycling programme

Introducing Nottingham’s new walking and cycling programme, Travel Well.

Nottingham is one of 11 areas where it has been identified that people switching to more active lifestyles can make a real difference. We have received funding from the Department for Transport to deliver the Travel Well programme to help widen access to walking and cycling for communities living around Aspley, Beechdale, Bilborough, Bulwell, St Ann’s and Sneinton. While the Section 114 Report means that money Nottingham City Council can spend is currently strictly controlled, because external grant funding has previously been specifically allocated and approved for this programme, it can continue to go ahead.

As part of a national trial, the programme will give healthcare professionals and social prescribers the ability to refer patients to services that promote walking and cycling. We are working with Sustrans, Ridewise, Nottingham Bikeworks and Women in Tandem to provide walking and cycling activities in these communities. The programme will help more people to access support such as adult cycle training, bike repairs, bike mechanic lessons, walking and cycling route plans and led walks.

Travel Well focuses on parts of Nottingham where health needs are high, and where few people currently walk or cycle. It aims to enable people to feel ready and confident to use existing or new footpaths and cycleways for their everyday journeys.

Nottingham City Council are working in partnership with the Nottingham Community & Voluntary Service, Nottingham Place-based Partnership and Nottingham City GP Alliance.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said: “We are delighted that the Council are being supported to work with local communities and voluntary sector organisations to encourage people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. This is a brilliant opportunity for local people and will help to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

More activities and launch events will take place in spring 2024. You can find out more about Travel Well and view some of the available activities here.