170 schools have today been notified that they have been selected for inclusion in the first round of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme to support walking and cycling infrastructure for primary and post-primary schools. The Safe Routes to School programme aims to create safer walking and cycling routes within communities, alleviate congestion at the school gates and increase the number of students who walk or cycle to school by providing walking and cycling facilities.
Speaking about the programme Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said “I would like to congratulate the successful schools. All of those who have applied will be included in future phases. A revolution in safe cycling and walking for children is needed for us to hit our climate targets, but this revolution can be one that improves the lives of children. The Green Party negotiated a programme for government that is investing unprecedented funding in to active travel. Children have to be the priority”.