Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes Safe Routes to School Programme in Fingal

24th June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes Safe Routes to School Programme in Fingal

 

Minister Joe O’Brien has welcomed the news that Pope John Paul II NS Malahide and Rush & Lusk ETNS 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.

This is a fantastic announcement for both Pope John Paul II NS Malahide and Rush & Lusk ETNS.   These schools will be assigned a Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Officer from An Taisce Green Schools who will work with the school to develop a delivery plan that will make it safer to walk, cycle or scoot to school.  The delivery plan will be implemented by the local council, funded out of the €1.8 billion committed by this government for walking and cycling across the country over the next five years.  As the delivery plans are implemented, more schools who have applied will be added to the programme”, the Minister said.

We know that children in schools across Fingal want to walk or cycle to school, and we know that if they do, they arrive to school more alert.  This initiative will help reduce traffic, combat childhood obesity, and reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Party have achieved a historic increase in funding for walking and cycling and I’m happy to work with any school, whether they applied for the Safe Routes to School Programme or not, to help them get better walking and cycling infrastructure on the school run.

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.

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For further information contact johanna.walsh@oireachtas.ie