Published: 31st MARCH 2017

Community Active Travel Programme in Northern Ireland

Are you a community group or individual who would like to walk or cycle more? Our Community Active Travel Programme is about encouraging people in communities across Belfast to walk and cycle more as part of everyday life.

Two people from LORAG’s Wheely Inclusive Cycling Project stopping at The Big Fish on a Sustrans led ride

We work with lots of people and groups from communities across Belfast.  These range from youth groups to women’s & men’s groups, parents and toddlers, voluntary sector workers and the migrant community.

We can work with your group to design, plan and deliver a programme that will suit the individuals in your community or group. 

What we offer

Our team will work with you to plan and deliver activities such as:

Brenda, from the WISPA NI group took part in an 8 week cycling programme

"Week by week we built up our time and miles and in the end, we were able to cycle the whole comber greenway – I never thought I would be able to do that. It is so great to get out in the fresh air and socialise with other people in the group."

Benefits of walking and cycling

Walking and cycling has many benefits. It can:

  • Improve your fitness
  • Boost your positive mental attitude and can help to relieve stress
  • Be a sociable activity and time to interact with family and friends
  • Be a low-cost way to travel around
  • Be good for the environment
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Help improve your balance.

Don’t just take our word, here are some people that have taken part in our activities.

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“I have quite bad asthma and have had pneumonia in the past but I have found that since I took up the cycling my lungs have improved and my breathing is much better. I haven’t needed to take my inhaler.” Blockquote quotation marks

Watch the video below to find out more about the Belfast Community Active Travel programme:

Inner East Belfast Programmes

If you live in inner east Belfast and want to walk or cycle more, we currently offer the following programmes from the Active Travel Hub in CS Lewis Square:

  • Better by Bike (every Wednesday 4 March – 8 April):
    Better By Bike will help you on your journey to cycling confidence. It is a 6 week, progressive programme for adults, which will build on your cycling skills each week.
    More information & book
  • Go East Go West: Details coming soon

Get in touch

We can tailor a programme of activities to suit you or a community group. 

Contact us to find out more about the Community Active Travel programme

More information

Health benefits of cycling and walking

The benefits of cycling for children and families

This programme is funded by the Public Health Agency.

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