Be part of something BIG!

We have a new edition of our Big Street Survey, an exciting curriculum resource enabling pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener. More activities, more resources and even more fun.

Working both inside and outside the classroom, pupils explore what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood, before using their manifesto to lobby decision-makers and elected representatives at national and local level to make their changes happen.

“It was a brilliant afternoon. The pupils enjoyed themselves and learnt so much. They are still talking about it today.” - Leader of School Learning, Sunnydale Community College

All the resources are free and available to download below.

Designed by a Sustrans schools officer and qualified Geography teacher, alongside other Sustrans education officers, it meets numerous curriculum objectives, with various cross-curriculum opportunities - there are lesson plans for each of the devolved nations, both for older primary pupils and younger secondary students.

Watch this two-minute clip and be inspired by the pupils of one Sheffield primary who recently did their survey.

Shout about it!

We'd love to see the manifestos and use them to campaign at a national level for safer streets for young people to travel and play in - you can send them to bigstreetsurvey@sustrans.org.uk or post them to The Big Street Survey, Sustrans, 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5DD. Please note that submission of a manifesto will count as consent for Sustrans to use them.

Some schools have organised forums to discuss their work with local experts and decision-makers - others have received visits from their MPs. They can be long, they can be short... here are some examples submitted:

If you are receiving local media coverage, do let us know (in advance if possible) by contacting our Press team on press@sustrans.org.uk or 0207 7807 231.

Download the resources

Pupils' handbooks

PowerPoints

Lesson resources

Lesson plans (for each curriculum)

Primary

Secondary

All-years

About Sustrans

Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

Sustrans works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. All over the UK, we make a positive difference to people's lives.

We help people think about and change the travel choices they make. Through our work to create better walking and cycling links, including the National Cycle Network, we're providing the space to make sure sustainable travel is not just a choice: it's the most obvious and convenient option.

And we have a vision:

By 2020 we want 4 out of 5 local journeys to be made by bike, foot or public transport. That's double the current figure. It's a big challenge, but with your help we know we can do it.