Our work in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, we are working with schools, workplaces and communities to encourage active travel for everyday journeys.

Our cycle training courses provide individuals and organisations with the skills to cycle safely and confidently on the road.

We continually work to influence government and planning authorities to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Employers across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to sign-up to the Active Travel Challenge for a healthier and more environmentally-friendly commute.

Throughout June, employers are asked to encourage staff to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or take public transport for their journeys to, from and during work. Participants log their ‘active travel’ journeys online and can compete with colleagues and other companies to see who makes the most journeys.

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National cycle network path in Northern Ireland

We recently launched a review of the National Cycle Network across the UK called Paths for Everyone. There are now over 1000 miles of National Cycle Network 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

We also offer a selection of free route maps and leaflets.

Women with bike at Hub

We are working in east Belfast to change commuter habits from driving to cycling to work, including along the Comber Greenway. As part of the CHIPS project we are also offering a free six-week new course to encourage women to cycle and there are lots of other opportunities for everyone to get on their bike this winter. 

Find out more about forthcoming Sustrans events in Northern Ireland

Queen's University staff receive award

Are you a Northern Ireland-based employer?  If so we can help support you to become a cycle-friendly employer like Queen's University Belfast pictured here that has achieved Gold standard.  We support employers to encourage their staff to consider active travel in their daily routine. Being a cycle-friendly employer brings real benefits by promoting staff health and well-being, reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity and saves organisations money.

Find out more about the Cycle-friendly Employer Accreditation Scheme

Two women on bikes at Big fish sculpture

Our Community Active Travel Programme encourages people across Belfast to walk and cycle more as part of everyday life. We are working in partnership with 12 communities across the city and deliver a series of activities.

We are currently working with groups in North and West Belfast.

Read how Lisa who suffered a stroke has got back out cycling, and more inspiring stories...

Find out if your community is taking part.

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.

We are funded by the Department for Infrastructure and the Public Health Agency to continue delivering the Active School Travel Programme across Northern Ireland for the next five years until 2021.

Find out how your school can join the programme.

Bike Life, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, has revealed that four out of five people in Belfast (81%) want more protected bike routes to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic.

Almost three-quarters of Belfast residents surveyed support more investment in cycling, with 71% saying Belfast would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled.

Find out more about Bike Life Belfast

Read blog by Belfast mum on cycling in the city

We are working in east Belfast to tackle high levels of air pollution caused by car traffic and promote alternative options, such as cycling for commuters.

The €4.4m CHIPS project involves Belfast collaborating with leading cycling nations – the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. If you are an employer and want to be involved, get in touch.

Woman at door of shop with Pedal Perks logo in window

As part of the CHIPS project, Sustrans has begun a new cyclist loyalty scheme called ‘Pedal Perks’ in East Belfast to encourage more people to cycle to local shops and cafes in the area.

Just look out for the logo at participating businesses and ask inside for the reward or discount. Read more

Our cycle training courses can help you or your organisation learn to cycle safely and confidently on the road. All our cycling instructors are fully qualified to National Standard and have Access NI clearance, First Aid training and receive regular Continuous Professional Development courses.

For more information about our cycle training courses contact the Programme Co-ordinator Martyn Jones or call 0289 043 4569.

Safe routes to schools in Northern Ireland will help more children walk, scoot or cycle to school.

We want to see joined-up cycle networks and better planning to encourage more people to travel actively.

We are working to ensure the Northern Ireland Assembly delivers policies and projects that enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

"I feel good and have more self-confidence"

Young mum Maheswari couldn't cycle last summer but thanks to Sustrans cycle training she is now cycling for pleasure as well as to and from work in Belfast.


Read more case studies & champions stories

In July 2016 we responded to the Draft Northern Ireland Programme for Government Framework 2016-2021.

We'd love for you to join our 150 volunteers in Northern Ireland.

Our volunteers carry out a huge range of activities, from looking after the National Cycle Network, leading rides or walks, helping to transform streets into places for people and volunteering in local schools and universities.

View our current volunteer vacancies.