National walking and cycling charity Sustrans are the winners of our prestigious Good Access Scheme award for 2020. Mike and Rosslyn from the charity attended a glittering Zoom ceremony just before Christmas to accept the award from members of our illustrious Ripon Tandem Club.
All our tandem groups are regular users of the charity’s National Cycle Network and recognise the work that goes in to maintaining and developing the routes. Our Harrogate Advisory Group chose Sustrans to receive the award for their new projects to open up access between Thorp Arch and Newton Kyme near Wetherby, the extension to the Castleford to Wakefield Greenway and the recent resurfacing work at the Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. Sustrans has also pledged to remove 16,000 barriers from its network across England – an incredible commitment to ensure access for all.
David says: “We see a lot of positive developments in accessibility across Yorkshire, but Sustrans’ efforts stood out for going the extra mile to ensure its network of paths can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their ability. Riding on some of the excellent cycle routes managed and maintained by Sustrans makes it a more pleasurable and safe experience for all our club members. They certainly appreciate the project to remove barriers on the routes which always cause a problem for tandems.
“We’re delighted to present them with this award and hope that it inspires other outdoor organisations to consider ways they can improve access for all visitors.”
Rosslyn Colderley Director for England North at Sustrans, comments: “It is very humbling to receive an award from an organisation that is benefiting from the work we’ve done and you and your beneficiaries are ultimately the reason we do it in the first place.
“2020 has proven that access to outdoor spaces is crucial to people’s wellbeing and yet something as simple as a barrier or stile could prevent young families and people who are older or disabled from getting to their local green spaces and from moving actively and sustainably around their neighbourhoods. We are committed to creating paths for everyone across the National Cycle Network to ensure no one feels excluded from accessing our routes and people can enjoy the outdoors safely.”
Here’s to a time when we can get back #OutThereTogether to enjoy some of these fantastic new routes on the National Cycle Network!