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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


Sustainable Transport WINNER:


London 2012 Active Travel


When London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city made a commitment to deliver a truly sustainable Games. Its main aim was to get 100% of spectators to venues by walking, cycling and using public transport, and to inspire people of all ages to change the way they travel


The Active Travel programme was devel- oped to encourage more walking and cycling before, during and after the Games. According to London 2012, the Active Travel programme is the first Games to run a programme of this scale. Established in 2006, the Active Travel Advisory Group was comprising representatives from lobby groups, local authorities and delivery partners who came together to offer advice and


L-r: compere Sue Perkins, David Stubbs and Phil Cumming, LOCOG (London 2012), edie publisher Angela Himus


maximise the opportunity provided by the Games.


Over 75km of walking and cycling routes in East London have been enhanced by Transport for London (TfL) and deliv- ery partners, following £10m investment from the Olympic Delivery Authority.


The investment saw, in total, 113 schemes delivered across eight key routes, with improvements including resurfacing, widening cycle lanes, re-aligning cycle ways and improving road crossings. Many of the routes are along towpaths and away from vehicular traffic.


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