One of the lesser known legacies of the London 2012 Olympics can be found on the outskirts of the main Olympic Site. The Olympic extension of London’s Greenway walking and cycling route was completed in early 2010. It was built on previous derelict land and runs parallel to the Olympic site.
Another great resource on the Olympic part of the Greenway is the View Tube construction, a enterprise and community venue that encompasses a meeting place, café and a heightened tower to give views over the Olympic site.
The Greenway and the View Tube may not be the only legacies of the Olympics after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced £800,000 worth of start-up grants for Olympic related “greenprint” projects under its Inspiring Sustainable Living programme.
The programme has awarded grants of £200,000 each to a number of projects with the aim of delivering results by March 2013.
Active Travel Champions
Sustrans has been awarded one of the £200,000 grants, which will allow Sustrans to recruit and train a group of Active Travel Champions in London. These champions will be a new team of volunteers that encourage and support people in workplaces, schools, universities and communities to walk and cycle more for their daily journeys.
Sustrans’ London Director Carl Pittam said: ‘We’re excited to be part of Olympic fever, playing a role in helping people to cycle and walk more in the run up to and during London 2012. This is a real opportunity to be an Olympic host country that champions healthier and more active ways of travelling, both to the Games and as part of everyday life.”
Transform Project (Groundwork London)
Transforming 20 areas of derelict land into local green spaces or community gardens, as well as improving local recycling rates and empowering people to lead more sustainable lifestyles and engage in environmental volunteering.
Other One Planet Experience (BioRegional)
Recruiting 2,012 inspirational role models, including Olympians and Paralympians, to help them achieve more long-term sustainable lifestyles, and act as community leaders for sustainability
Inspired to Sustainable Living (East Potential)
Providing practical advice and assistance to social housing tenants to increase recycling rates and develop better understanding of nutrition for disadvantaged young people.
To find out more about becoming a Sustrans Active Travel Champion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org