National walking and cycling charity Sustrans has won an award for its contribution to disabled access in Yorkshire.
The charity received the Good Access Scheme Award from Yorkshire-based charity Open Country for its effort to open up more accessible routes for walkers and cyclists.
David Shaftoe, Chief Officer of Open Country, said: “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. As well as their projects on specific parts of the Cycle Network they have also pledged to remove 16,000 barriers from its network across England – an incredible commitment to opening up access for all.”
This year, Sustrans has completed an extension of the cycle path from Thorp Arch to Newton Kyme creating a traffic free route linking Wetherby and Tadcaster. Their project on Route 69 of the National Cycle Network has also connected Castleford and Wakefield Greenway providing cyclists and walkers with 16km of accessible paths.
Open Country launched its Good Access Award in 2015 to recognise the best countryside ‘access for all’ project in the county. As well as providing activities and outings to enable people with a disability to access and enjoy the countryside, the charity provides information, training and advice to landowners, councils and outdoor organisations looking to improve disabled access. Previous winners of the award have included Yorkshire Water for its work to make the path around Swinsty Reservoir completely accessible and RSPB St Aidans for its efforts to open up more of its reserve to people of all abilities.
For more information on Sustrans’ efforts to remove barriers across the National Cycle Network, visit www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/opinion/2020/june/why-removing-restrictive-barriers-must-be-part-of-our-response-to-covid-19