Travel is the fourth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The Travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supported by the National Transport Authority.
How Travel works
While creating their Action Plan participating schools set Travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, scooting, carpooling, using public transport or using park ‘n’ stride instead of the private car on the school run.
By promoting these sustainable transport modes, schools will also improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
Green-Schools Travel was rolled out nationally in September 2008 after a successful pilot programme in the Greater Dublin area. Since then we have worked, or are working, with over 1400 schools around the country to promote sustainable travel to school.
Green-Schools have dedicated Travel Officers throughout the country who work closely with schools to support them through the 7 Step process of the Travel theme. These officers offer assistance with conducting your Environmental Review; beginning your Action Plan; hosting Days of Action and can help you apply for cycle training and parking for your school.
Click here to view a list of schools invited to participate in the Green-Schools Travel and Global Citizenship Travel themes for the 2019/2020 academic year.
View our Green-Schools Travel Annual Reports:
Road safety and mapping advice:
- European Mobility Week: useful website for schools to learn about European Mobility Week and see what happens all over Europe
Websites for younger students:
- Children’s Traffic Club: Fun and interactive road safety website (UK) suitable for junior and senior infants.
- Letz Go Green: sustainable travel website (UK) with lots of resources stories, quizzes on journey to school suitable for primary students
Smarter Travel websites
- Westport Smarter Travel: Information about the Westport Smarter Travel programme with news from participating schools
- Limerick Smarter Travel: Information about the Limerick Smarter Travel programme with news from participating schools
- Go Dungarvan: Information about the Smarter Travel Go Dungarvan programme with news from participating schools in a dedicated section
Sponsor and supporter websites:
Sustainable travel websites (UK Focus):
- Living Streets: UK website focused on encouraging walking – with resources and ideas
- Sustrans: UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport every day.
- Bike for All in the UK: useful information and good articles on cycling for parents and teachers