Safe Routes to School funded cycling parking
The delivery of cycle parking is one of three aims that the Safe Routes to School Programme works on towards improving the overall cycle infrastructure at schools. Since launching in 2021, 533 schools participating in the Safe Routes to School Programme have been allocated secure cycle parking facilities. This figure makes up almost 60% of schools who are participating on the programme.
Through the delivery of cycling infrastructure, there is great potential for a significant mode shift in how students travel to school across Ireland. We know from parent surveys undertaken in 2021 that having a secure place to park a bike can make a difference in families choosing to cycle to school. The survey revealed that almost a third of parents said that the provision of cycle parking at schools would encourage them to have their children cycle to school. Principals at schools across Ireland also advocate that having secure cycle parking within the school grounds has supported an increase of students arriving to school by bike. Watch this video to learn directly from students and school staff on how cycle parking at schools has benefited and supported more students to make a healthy, safer and more sustainable active travel journey to school.
Safe Routes to School funded scooter parking
For the first time since the programme launch, schools participating in the Safe Routes to School Programme will also be able to apply for scooter parking. Scooter parking frames are suitable for active travel kick-scooters (not electric scooters).
Applying for 2023 cycle and scooter parking delivery:
Applications are now closed for cycle and scooter parking. They will open again in September 2023. Eligible schools will be contacted by email inviting them to make an online application.