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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 invest in walking, cycling and public transport.

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

Two women on bikes at Bigfish sculpture

Our Community Active Travel Programme encourages people across Belfast to walk and cycle more as part of everyday life. Over the next three years, we will work in partnership with 12 communities across the city and deliver a series of activities.

We are seeking groups in North and West Belfast to work with us in 2018.

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

Find out if your community is taking part.

Two boys on bikes

Active school travel is a great way for kids to keep learning and reinforcing some of the great life lessons they’ve been picking up through the summer. Sustrans Schools Officer, Emma Keenan, describes how two brothers from Belfast demonstrate the fun and adventure of cycling to school. Read their story

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 (Cycle Highways Innovation for Smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning) will see Belfast collaborate with leading cycling nations – the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the Republic of Ireland over the next three years.

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

Children walking and cycling to school

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.

Workplace active travel winners

Active travel promotes staff health and well-being, reduces absenteeism, increases productivity and saves organisations money.

Our Active Travel Officers co-ordinate a packed programme of activities to motivate and engage employees:

● cycle training
● group ride and walk leader training
● bike maintenance
● lunchtime led walks and rides
● active travel planning for commuters

Get in touch to find out more.

As more people are taking up cycling, there is a greater need than ever to ensure good cycling skills.

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 Cycling Co-ordinator Karen Mawhinney 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.

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

National cycle network path in Northern Ireland

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.

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.