TFI Smarter Travel Monthly Newsletter November 2023

Welcome to the Smarter Travel monthly newsletter for the month of November. Here you can see what different programmes we have running at the moment. You can find out more at smartertravel.ieĀ 

9 November 2023


Walktober Email Signature

The Walktober Step Challenge which is open to staff and students of workplaces and third level campuses who are partners of the Smarter Travel programme took place between 2nd and 29th October.

111 Smarter Travel Partners registered for the challenge with 1,680 teams and over 7,760 participants taking part.

Various competitions and prize draws were held throughout the competition, including photo competitions, limerick competitions, a Walktober quiz, team targets and prize draws, creating lots of opportunities for participants to win prizes for themselves and their teams.

In addition to the weekly competitions and prize draws, top prizes were awarded to 10 teams who made the Final Top Leaderboards, as well as Best Coordinator recognition awards and the Overall Best Small and Large Workplaces awards. A full list of all winners can be found on our Competitions Page.

Well done to everyone who took part in Walktober. We hope to see lots of new organisations join us for the Marchathon 2024 Step Challenge. To find out more visit

Smarter Travel Mark

The Smarter Travel Mark recognises and celebrates organisations that promote and facilitate active and sustainable commuting, making a real difference for employees, students and the environment.

21 organisations have now been awarded the Smarter Travel Mark.

Congratulations to the organisations that have been awarded so far:

  1. Department of Transport
  2. Central Bank of Ireland
  3. Cork City Council
  4. Culture Co-Working
  5. Tallaght University Hospital
  6. Royal Irish Academy
  7. Dublin City University
  8. Google Ireland
  9. Dublin City Council
  10. DBFL Consulting Engineers
  11. Department of Agriculture
  12. PwC Ireland
  13. Houses of the Oireachtas
  14. MKO Planning & Environmental Consultancy
  15. Office of the Attorney General
  16. University of Limerick
  17. ESB
  18. Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)
  19. Northern Trust
  20. EirGrid
  21. Office of the Planning Regulator

Join these leading organisations by expressing your interest here and a member of the team will contact you.

The Smarter Travel Mark is a Pathfinder project, funded by the Department of Transport and brought to you by the National Transport Authority.

Ready, Set, Cycle

The two week campaign is part of the larger Ready, Set, Cycle programme which launched its pilot initiative in March of this year. This portion focuses specifically on tips for getting winter ready as we move into the colder months. Staff are encouraged to continue to cycle where feasible and are reminded of the extra care that you can take to stay warm and safe on the commute and beyond.

The campaign kicked off with a fun cycling quiz, and organisations are encouraged to organise a bike clinic with a focus on getting bikes winter ready.

The next Ready, Set, Cycle programme will launch to Smarter Travel partners in April 2024. In the meantime, you can view the Ready, Set, Cycle webpage here

Smarter Travel Student Awards


The Smarter Travel Student Awards are in the final month of semester one briefings. So far we have visited, and delivered briefings to the following campuses:


ATU Donegal
ATU Sligo
Dunboyne College of Further Education
Maynooth University
MTU Kerry
SETU Carlow
SETU Waterford
Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
University College Dublin (UCD)
University of Galway
University of Limerick (UL)


The Semester one deadline for entries is Monday December 18th, and semester two briefings will commence in February 2023.

More information can be found at

That’s all for the newsletter this month, keep an eye out for our December annual round up Newsletter. Get in touch with us at