We’re helping residents in a part of Brighton & Hove to travel more actively and sustainably.
Thanks to funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel England, we’re offering people in Saltdean a range of services and activities, encouraging them to walk and cycle more.
Across October and November, we’ll be running activities including:
- adult cycle training,
- walks with local experts,
- bike maintenance, workshops and advice,
- the chance to borrow an e-bike for the week,
- rewards and discounts with the BetterPoints app
On Saturday 21 October at Saltdean Lido they’ll also be a Community Travel Day where people can meet local bike shop owners and test their bikes, get road safety tips and bring a bike for some free maintenance.
More information, including details on how to book some of the activities, can be found on a dedicated webpage.
We recently carried out a survey of Saltdean residents to try and find out more about their travel behaviour and habits and received almost 400 responses.
The results showed that a third of residents felt they could walk more of the journeys they make, with a quarter agreeing that they could cycle more of their journeys.
By running events and activities over the next few weeks, we hope to give people the tools, skills and confidence they may need to support them to make a change.
Supporting our communities
Councillor Trevor Muten, chair of the Transport and Sustainability committee said: “This is a great project and a chance for us to work with a community and help those who’d like to change their travel habits.
“Saltdean is a wonderful part of the city with the South Downs on the doorstep and the beautiful cliffs along the seafront.
“Our survey showed there are people in Saltdean who’d like to walk or cycle more. By supporting them, we also free up space on our roads for those that really do need to use a car to get around.
“Walking and cycling have huge benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, but they can also play a big part in reducing our carbon emissions.”