The Active School Travel Programme is an exciting initiative for schools who wish to see more of their pupils choosing an active and healthy journey to school.
Sustrans is being funded by the Department for Infrastructure and the Public Health Agency to continue delivering the Active School Travel Programme across Northern Ireland until 2021. Currently our Schools Team is working with over 280 schools.
“ I have been involved in numerous programmes over my twenty-five years of teaching and this one has been the best so far. ”
Increasing the number of children who regularly walk, cycle or scoot to school has numerous benefits including:
- increased physical activity levels resulting in improved health and well-being
- reduced congestion and pollution around schools
- improved academic performance and attendance rates
- increased road safety awareness
- increased confidence, self-esteem and independence for young people.
This initiative provides schools with a planned programme of activities throughout the year, both in and out of the classroom, as well as direct hands-on support from a dedicated Sustrans Active Travel Officer. The fundamental aim of the programme is providing schools with the skills and knowledge to get more children walking, cycling and scooting as their main mode of transport to school.
“ Sustrans’ Active School Travel Programme is a fantastic initiative. Not only does it benefit the children's health but it's also fun and enjoyable for the children. ”
Take a look at the exciting results that the Active School Travel Programme is achieving [pdf 1.31MB].
From September 2013 to June 2016, the number of children travelling actively to school increased from 40% to 55% at participating schools, while the number of children being driven to school decreased from 54% to 42%. This is a remarkable 38% increase in the number of children walking, cycling and scooting to school.
How your school can join the Active School Travel Programme
We will be recruiting schools again in the 2018 Spring Term to join the free programme in the next academic year beginning in September 2018. In the meantime, please look through our Active School Travel Programme FAQs to learn more about the programme.