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26 October 2017

Schools across Northern Ireland are making ‘smart moves’ in a bid to cut congestion at school gates, boost pupil health and promote a more sustainable lifestyle.             


Pupils are taking action following the launch of the Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge which promotes walking, cycling, bus and train travel for the school run instead of car use. 

Translink’s Ursula Henderson says the Challenge is a smart move to get more young people thinking about the importance of ‘active travel’:

“This initiative supports the draft Programme for Government by encouraging an increase in public transport use and active travel for longer, healthier lives while also protecting the environment. It incorporates curriculum-linked classroom resources and encourages schools to develop sustainable travel plans for at least 2-weeks as a way to achieve the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. 

Over the past 5 years, almost 6000 pupils have taken part in the challenge completing 66,514 sustainable journeys – an increase of 64% in sustainable journeys from before the challenge, resulting in 23,797 fewer car journeys on our roads. 

“We’re conscious that not all schools have the option of using ‘active travel’ modes on a regular basis due to their location but we still think it’s important to teach pupils about sustainable transport so they can make informed travel choices as they grow older and more independent. That’s why we’re encouraging all schools to submit their own #Smartmovers Project – demonstrating the steps they’ve taken to study the Eco Schools Transport Topic. 

“Taking part is easy - simply visit to download our fun Key Stage 1 – 3 travel challenge classroom resources, find out more about our #Smartmovers project and be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes for your school!” said Ursula. 

Ruth Van Ry, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: 
“We are delighted to be supported by Translink in the Eco-Schools transport topic and to be promoting this great Travel Challenge again. We have seen more pupils every year take part which is a reflection of their desire to protect the environment and enjoy a healthy journey to school. We are asking teachers and parents to support our young enthusiasts to be ‘smartmovers’, reduce congestion and make more everyday journeys in a sustainable way!”

For further information click Deadline for completed Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge entries is Monday 21st May 2018. For further information call Eco-Schools on 028 9073 6920.


For all media enquiries contact: Translink press office on tel 028 9089 9455.

Notes to Editors: 

•        The travel challenge encourages all modes of sustainable travel focusing on walking, cycling, bus, train and car-sharing.

•         Latest start date to complete travel challenge –  7 May 2018.

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