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Active School Travel - School Classroom Travel Survey 2021

As part of our ongoing Active School Travel initiative, the Council is inviting all schools in the County to take part in a School Classroom Travel Survey, proposed to take place on the morning of Wednesday 19th May 2021. 

The overall aim of Active School Travel is to support and promote various active means for children to get to school in a safe and active way, with a focus on walking and cycling. The goal is to reduce car congestion around schools by making it possible for more pupils to walk and cycle to school, alone or with adult supervision.

In order to monitor if the measures to be implemented in 2021 as part of the Active School Travel initiative have the desired effect, we need to understand the current travel baseline i.e. the number of children walking and cycling to school at present. As such, we are inviting all schools to take part on the Schools Classroom Travel Survey 2021.

Please see further information and instructions issued to all dlr schools below:

Letter to Principals; and
Teacher’s Participation Pack.

We encourage all dlr schools to take part in this initiative and we look forward to receiving your School Classroom Travel Survey results.

Update on Active School Travel Project – Friday 23rd April 2021

Following the completion of Phase 1 of the Active School Travel project, the Council’s Project Team continues to engage with local stakeholders and seek feedback. To date, meetings have taken place with the following residents / businesses groups:

• Georges Avenue
• Avoca Avenue
• Avoca Park
• Avoca Road
• Glenart
• Belmont Terrace
• Belmont Lawn
• Ardagh Crescent
• Meadow and Ardagh Close
• Mount Albany
• Scoil San Treasa
• Mount Anville Wood
• Mount Anville Park
• Eden Park Road
• Knocknashee
• Leopardstown Grove / Rockwood
• Silchester Avenue
• Deansgrange Businesses Association
• Woodlands Park

The Active School Travel project involves a dynamic engagement model. To date approximately 40 hours of meetings have taken place, with engagement still ongoing. The Project Team is reviewing and assessing the feedback received to date. Any changes resulting from this engagement will be incorporated into the detailed designs. When the local stakeholder engagement is concluded, for this phase, the Project Team will engage with the Elected Members in relation to specific interventions. 

It is intended to have the Active School Travel interventions implemented on the ground by August/September 2021.


We have published the public engagement reports on the three proposed New Safe Walking and Cycling Routes - 11/12/2020


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has published the public engagement reports on the three proposed New Safe Walking and Cycling Routes. This is the outcome of the Phase 1 non-statutory public engagement process, undertaken from Friday 25th September to Friday 6th November 2020. A total of 6,431 representations were submitted, reviewed, and considered as part of the process. The consultation identified a significant level of support for the proposed measures. Of the 6,431 representations received, 63% confirmed their support for the proposals, whilst 35% did not support the proposals.

The following documents are now available below, representing the outcomes of the Phase 1 public engagement process:

The recommendations included in the above reports will be implemented as part of Phase 2 of the project. It is proposed that the scheme will progress to the detailed design phase, with contractors and materials procured and measures implemented and constructed; at which point the pilot phase will commence in Autumn 2021. The pilot phase (Phase 2) will last for 6 months after which the routes will be assessed based on how people have experienced them.

Feedback from the public will be invited throughout Phase 2, further details will be shared in due course on this dedicated Active School Travel webpage.

If you wish to request a printed copy of any of the above documents please email us at

We wish to thank everyone who made a submission.




New Safe Walking & Cycling Routes consultation is now closed as of 06/11/20

The Council wishes to thank everyone who made a submission  to this public engagement process. All submissions will be reviewed and will inform the next stages of the project. Further updates on the proposed New Safe Walking and Cycling Routes will be posted here on our website


Recorded dlr Webinar on the proposed New Safe Walking & Cycling Routes still available to view

In order to facilitate members of the public and other stakeholders, to make submissions on the proposed New Safe Walking & Cycling Routes (which is now closed as of 06/11/20), the Council hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, 13th October, 2020. The purpose of the webinar was to present an overview of the project, present the detail of the proposed three routes: Sea to Mountains, Mountains to Metals and Park to Park, followed by a moderated Questions and Answers session.

The schedule of the webinar is as follows:

  • Introduction: Robert Burns, dlr Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change
  • Overview of the Routes: Cathal McKenna and Rebecca Dillon-Robinson, Ramboll Consultants
  • Moderated Q&A Session

Click here to watch the webinar recording


Active School Travel Initiative

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have launched the Active School Travel initiative, aimed at encouraging increased walking and cycling in the upcoming back to school period. All schools across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are currently preparing to return to the classroom, in line with the Department of Education & Skills ‘Reopening Our Schools - The Roadmap for the Full Return to School’, published on Monday 27th July 2020.

This will mean supporting and promoting various alternative means for children to get to school in a safe and active way, with a focus on walking and cycling. This will reduce the impact of schools reopening on the public transport system, avoid traffic congestion at school gates and encourage a continued shift away from the use of the private car. This initiative is also aligned to the Council’s wider climate action agenda. 

As part of the Active School Travel Initiative, the Council has prepared a Parents Pamphlet. The pamphlet explains the Active School Travel initiative, includes a link to our interactive web map, including locations of bike repair outlets. The pamphlet also contains links to cycle safety documents from the Road Safety Authority. The Council has also published guidance documents on School Travel Plans, Walking Bus and Cycle Bus, which can be used by schools, parents and children in planning school journeys, by walking and cycling. All of these documents are available in the 'Related Documents' section of this page.

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Interactive Web Map

The Council has launched an interactive web map which shows walking, cycling, and other sustainable transport routes across the County. This tool can be used to inform back to school travel plans and help inform local choices, in walking and cycling to school.

The interactive map can be viewed below, or click here to open it in a new window. A brief description of the map functions can be found in the 'Related Documents' section of this page.


Report Local Travel and Traffic Issues

Local schools are invited to identify local travel and transport issues, where the Council can provide assistance and support in overcoming. These issues and hazards can include, things such as the need for cycle parking, deteriorated footpaths, traffic pinch points, and pedestrian crossing issues.

Schools can raise these issues by using the Council’s ‘Report It’ tool, available at:

Submissions from schools should reference this Active School Travel initiative.


School Zone Initiative

The Council has also launched its trial School Zone initiative, which forms part of larger Active School Travel initiative. The Council will be working with Carysfort NS, to implement measures to prevent obstruction of school entrances and footpaths by vehicles, making it safer for those who walk and cycle to school. This will also include temporary traffic calming measures in the vicinity of the school. In the longer term, the Council will work with the school, the wider community, the NTA and An Taisce, to put in place more sustainable measures such as additional pedestrian crossings, markings and more permanent traffic calming measures. This trial will inform appropriate approaches and measures that may be used elsewhere in the County in the future.


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