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Sustaining Choices

Supporting communities to create sustainable and active travel action plans

By supporting more people in Scotland to walk, wheel, and cycle for everyday short journeys, we will improve health, create safer communities, and reduce environmental impacts. (Paths for All)

Supporting more people in Scotland to walk, wheel and cycle and use sustainable transport is the goal at the heart of Sustaining Choices. 

Funded by Paths for All ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’, Sustaining Choices is designed to assist up to seven communities across Scotland to develop Sustainable and Active Travel Action Plans for their area.  

Through a year-long programme of support, community groups will 

  • Receive training in community engagement including the PAS SP=EED training and how to use the Place Standard tool
  • Plan and deliver a series of inclusive engagement opportunities using the Place Standard tool
  • Gather data about community needs and aspirations using the Place Standard tool
  • Publish a Sustainable and Active Travel Action Plan for their community with short, medium and long term actions

“The engagement has been a very rewarding learning process for us.  Not only have we been able to get a clear understanding of how we might meet our community’s needs for getting about but also the most effective ways to engage with our geographically diverse community. PAS have been hugely supportive throughout the process both as guide and facilitator.”

Ullapool Community Trust

Past participants include:

  • Rattray, Garve, Wester Hailes, Bishopbriggs, Kinning Park, Peterhead North, Anstruther (2021 cohort)
  • Garnock Valley, Glasgow Eco Trust, Kilmadock Development Trust, Milnbank Housing Association, Oban, and Ullapool Community Trust (2022 cohort)

Read more about our recent participants and some example action plans.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more or if you are a community interested to take part, please contact Erin Fulton, Community Development Manager, at  erin@pas.org.uk.

‘Receiving the training and support from PAS
and experiencing running our own online

sessions though Sustaining Choices has been

brilliant in establishing confidence in our

community facilitators as we progress to

running our own Local Place Plan’

Nicky Patterson, Kinning Park