Sustrans in Northern Ireland

The three key pillars of our work in Northern Ireland are behaviour change, improving infrastructure, and influencing Government to create more liveable places for everyone.

Politicians try out e-bikes in front of Stormont building

Policy and influencing

We're working to ensure the Northern Ireland Assembly and local authorities deliver policies and projects that enable more people to walk, wheel and cycle to help reduce car dependency.

Read our asks for the Northern Ireland local council elections 2023

Read Sustrans' Manifesto for the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly elections 

We also work in partnership with cities to report on progress towards making walking and cycling an attractive and everyday means of travel.

Read the Walking and Cycling Index Belfast and the Walking and Cycling Index Dublin reports.

In 2023/24 we will also be working with Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

Mum Ajibike walking holding handing of brother and sister Dara and Timara as she collects them from school


Increasing the number of children who regularly walk, cycle or scoot to school has numerous benefits.

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.

Active School Travel in Northern Ireland

Active Travel Hubs

Having an Active Travel Hub at the heart of the community enables us to provide practical local support so that more people can become active by walking and cycling.  

Active Travel Hubs in Belfast and Derry
Employees from Citi Group using the smoothie bike on Cycle to Work Day Belfast


Our annual Active Travel Challenge is now live and takes place throughout June 2023. Any individual or workplace can register for free. 

In Northern Ireland, we support employers to encourage their employees to consider active travel in their daily routine. 
Find out how we are engaging Northern Ireland workers with active travel


Forth Meadow Community greenway volunteers at National Standard Level 1 cycle training, standing with their bikes on the bridge at Springfield Dam in May 2021

Forth Meadow Community Greenway: Exercising Common Routes

Sustrans recruited and trained a team of volunteers in a range of walking and cycling activities.

These volunteers are now supported as they empower and lead people to enjoy the Forth Meadow Community Greenway and promote the shared space.

Find out more about the Forth Meadow Community Greenway project
two men and two boys cycling at sunset along the foyle greenway with a graphic of a map of the north west greenway network to the right

North West Greenway Network

The project’s goal is to develop 46.5km of cross-border greenway in the North West Region.

Our Active Travel Officer is on hand to provide advice, guidance and training to encourage people to travel actively and more sustainably.

Find out how we can help you travel more actively
A man cycles through CS Lewis square in Belfast

Cycling in Northern Ireland

Secure Cycle ParkingCyclists can now benefit from secure bike storage facilities.

Pedal PerksPedal Perks is a loyalty scheme which hopes to encourage more people to cycle to local shops and cafes. Take a look at which stores are taking part and bag yourself a bargain

The National Cycle Network in Northern Ireland

There are National Cycle Network routes across Northern Ireland, many of which link to the Republic. Explore walking and cycling routes in Northern Ireland using our online map or see a list of all Northern Ireland routes.

Find a route in Northern Ireland

Latest news in Northern Ireland

Volunteering in Northern Ireland

Why not join our team of more than 150 volunteers across Northern Ireland helping to look after the National Cycle Network and get more people walking and cycling.

Volunteer with Sustrans