Active Travel on the Isle of Man

Welcome! Sustrans is working with the Isle of Man Government to get more people walking and cycling their everyday journeys.

The £3.8million Active Travel four year programme aims to get more than 20% of people walking and cycling to work, school or study by 2021, compared to 14% in 2011. We will work with the Government to deliver changes such as high-quality cycle routes, traffic calming and improved signage.

Two active travel officers will also work directly with local businesses, schools and communities to encourage more people to travel by foot or bicycle. The Isle of Man Parliament (Tynwald) approved its first Active Travel Strategy in July 2018.

The school journey is a perfect opportunity for children to learn about their local area, develop wider social networks and gain independence.

The average primary school journey is just 1.6 miles, and yet one in four cars on the road during the morning peak are doing the school run. Read our guide about cycling, walking or scooting with your children to school.

Encouraging children to walk, cycle and scoot will reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates while also helping your child’s mental and physical health. 

Cycling or walking to work means you get outside and start your day with some exercise and you’ll arrive feeling awake, alert and ready for action.

Not only will active travel improve your physical and mental well-being, but it is much more of a cost-effective way of travelling to work and tends to end up being quicker than other modes of transport!

While it may feel intimidating at first, take a look at our handy tips to help get you started - we promise you won't look back! 

Active travel benefits everyone from all walks of life and we want to make the impact of this project as far reaching as possible. Take a look at the stories from local people who made the change.

Kris Breadner is a teacher in Ballakermeen High School, Douglas. He started riding his bike again in his late 20s and now brings his daughter along with him. For Kris, cycling offers much more than fitness, it wakes him up and gets him going in the morning.

“I cycle three or four days a week. I’m always more awake when I’ve cycled to work and it keeps my fitness up. I have a three-year-old so sometimes I can feel quite tired in the morning. When I drive in I can feel half asleep when I get to school but if I’ve cycled, I’ve woken up by the time I arrive," he says. 


MaryJane Watson started cycling to work as part of a personal goal to lose weight. Now she loves it so much she rarely misses a day on the bike.

For MaryJane, her bicycle has transformed her life; it's made her more confident in more ways than one and has given her a sense of freedom and independence that she previously didn't have. 

"Without my bicycle, I know, because I've been there before, that I would be fat, unfit and unhealthy. Cycling for me is freedom and total independence... it has opened so many doors for me: the love of my environment and the world around me. My only regret is that I didn't discover it earlier in my life."