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. 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 for the next five years until 2021.
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 well-being,
Reduced congestion and pollution around schools,
Improved academic performance and attendance rates,
Increased road safety awareness, and
Increased confidence, self-esteem and independence for young people.