Getting To and From School

There are many different ways to travel to school:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Bike
  • Walk
  • Car

Many people travel by car but the other ways are better for you and the planet and can be more fun!

Learn what you can do to be healthier, help save the planet and get fit - all on the way to school!









If your school is participating in the Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge, you may wish to set some targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling or using public transport, which will ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates.

By promoting sustainable transport modes (public transport, walking or cycling), your school will also improve pupils' safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity and to develop good road sense skills as pedestrians and cyclists.







Your school will also lessen its overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.

Use this section of the website to find out key facts on what the issues are and what you can do to help and get on board with the Translink and TIDY NI Travel Challenge.

Transport Facts

20% of cars on roads in urban areas at morning peak time of 08.50am are taking children to school.

  • Since 1994, there has been an increase from 30-40% in the number of children driven to school.
  • Children aged 16 and under make 62% of all trips as car passengers.
    (Source: Travelwise NI)
  • Every mile travelled by the average car creates 0.5kg of carbon.
  • If every car commuter used an alternative to the car on just one day a week, car usage levels for commuting would be cut by a fifth.
  • A lot of car trips are frequently unnecessary. For example, around half of all car journeys in the UK are for less than five miles, which are often the least efficient for a car - a cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel as one that has warmed up. 

Useful facts & Figures 

(Taken from Irish News article by Ben Collins, RICS, 12.02.10)

  • In Northern Ireland, road transport accounts for about 98% of all surface transport.
  • Petrol and diesel consumption in Northern Ireland is rising at 6% per annum.
  • Transport accounts for 25% of all of Northern Ireland’s green house gas (GHGs) emissions.
  • 63% of journeys in Northern Ireland are of less than five miles and nearly one fifth of all journeys are less than one mile.
  • Lack of ‘active’ travel contributes to high levels of obesity in Northern Ireland.
  • 50% of all households in Belfast do not have access to a car or van.
  • 40% of women in Northern Ireland do not have a full driving license.
  • Using public transport is more convenient and cheaper than using a car.
  • Belfast is one of the most car dependent cities in Europe.


Problems associated with using the car


Some of the problems associated with using the car:



  • People are becoming less fit and this can lead to various health problems.
  • Cars pollute the air we breathe; this can also cause health problems.
  • Many of the gases emitted from car exhausts are believed to encourage global warming which threatens us, plants, animals and the whole planet.