Safe Routes to Schools Programme
The Safe Routes to School programme has been developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Green Schools, An Taisce to provide support for schools to increase walking and cycling as the preferred travel mode where possible.
Wicklow County Council are responsible for the procurement and co-ordination for the design and implementation of the approved schemes.
The programme was established with a focus on Active Travel to schools where attention will be given to improving the four fundamental areas of:
- Road Safety
The design approach, together with the proposal, should place the school children at the centre, considering their unique requirements to assist in a wider uptake of sustainable transport and moving to a more community based, user friendly environment where all users will benefit.
Wicklow County Council received initial approval for three schools for inclusion in phase one of our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programme, with subsequent schools joining as the programme advances.
St. Kevin's National School, Greystones
St. Kevin’s National School is currently at the preliminary design stage of the SRTS process.
Surveys and audits were conducted by the Green Schools Infrastructural Officer to assess the current environment and identify opportunities to improve permeability and safety for all active travel users.
This audit identified a potential new pedestrian access point consisting of a footpath and ramped access from Hillside Estate to Church Lane. The infrastructure will be further enhanced by the provision of a new pedestrian crossing on Church Lane connecting to a new pedestrian link to rear of the school and the upgrade and widening of footpaths along Church Lane.
This would enhance the limited permeability offered from the large residential estate of Hillside and improve access to the school and other local amenities for all.
With enhanced access routes, a welcoming and safer front of school and somewhere safe to park a bike or scooter, it is hoped that more students will opt to travel to school via active modes.
Have Your Say
We would like to hear your views on the potential new pedestrian access point from the Hillside Estate to Church Lane.
Please complete the below survey by 12pm on Monday 23rd January.