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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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