Published: 11th JANUARY 2019

Active School Travel in Northern Ireland

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.

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

Our Active School Travel programme

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 September 2022.

Currently, our Schools Team is working directly with just over 200 schools across the country.

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Teacher from participating school

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 wellbeing
  • 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.

You'll also get direct hands-on support from a dedicated Sustrans Active Travel Officer.

The fundamental aim of the programme is to provide schools with the skills and knowledge to get more children walking, cycling and scooting as their main mode of transport to school.

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Teacher from participating school

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, the number of children walking, cycling and scooting to school at participating schools increased from 35% to 53%.

At the same time, the number of pupils being driven to school fell from 58% to 41%.  

School newsletters

Download the spring term Active School Travel Programme newsletter for your area:

Want to get in touch?

Please email us on or call 07824 627 674.

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