The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme was developed in partnership by the NTA and Green-Schools, An Taisce, in 2020, as a response to the need to support schools to increase walking and cycling to school.
Aims of the SRTS Programme:
- Improve safety at the school gate by providing ‘front of school’ treatments to alleviate congestion and improve access;
- Improve access routes to school by improving walking and cycling infrastructure; and
- Increase the number of students who cycle to school by expanding the amount of cycle parking
All schools in the state were eligible to apply to the programme and information was circulated in March 2021 from the Departments of Education and Transport to schools nationwide. By the deadline of 16th April 2021, 932 applications had been received from schools in every county in Ireland. 170 schools were notified about their inclusion in the first round of the SRTS Programme on 21st June 2021. 108 additional schools (forming Round 2) were brought into the active programme in December 2022, determined by original criteria and complementary with other active travel schemes being implemented or planned by local authorities.
Schools that have applied and have not been included in the first two rounds of funding will not be required to reapply, as they will come into the programme on a rolling basis.
The videos below demonstrate the positive impact of the SRTS programme in promoting safer and more active transportation options for students:
Safe Routes to School Programme – An Mhodhscoil (The Model School) – Video
Safe Routes to School Programme – St Philips School Blanchardstown – Video