Choosing Sustainable Transport Modes


Kilkenny County Council has partnered with Transport For Ireland Smarter Travel to become a partner organisation to develop and implement Workplace Travel Plans.  TFI Smarter Travel has a range of Smarter Travel packages suitable for small to medium to large employers

Cycle Kilkenny, with support from the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging all workplaces in Kilkenny to support our ambition to develop a safe, cycling city.

We want you to make a public pledge of support for cycling in Kilkenny, and to commit to an action you will take before the end of the year.

We’re asking employers in Kilkenny to support your staff to cycle. There are lots of simple things you can do, big or small, to help Kilkenny become a cycling city. Head to the link below for a range of ideas for how businesses can support their staff, and customers, to cycle safely, tailored ted to small businesses and larger employers.

If you’re considering in investing in supporting employees to cycle, just look at the benefits: Less congestion; reduced carbon emissions; attracting and retaining talent; healthier, happier and more productive staff; and increased spending with local businesses.

According to research by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) 11 million days are lost each year in Ireland due to employee absences, at a cost of €1.5 billion per year to the economy.

You can support the physical and mental wellbeing of staff by supporting cycling as a mode of commute.

Schools Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School Programme is designed to encourage as many pupils and students as possible in primary and post-primary schools to walk and cycle. It has three aims:

  • To accelerate the delivery of walking/scooting and cycling infrastructure on key access routes to schools.
  • To provide “front of school” treatments which will enhance access to your school grounds.
  • To expand the amount of bike parking available at schools.

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme launched in March 2021 and was open to all schools in Ireland to apply for active travel funding and delivery. The programme is an initiative of the Department of Transport and supported by the Department of Education. It is operated by the Green-Schools Programme in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Kilkenny County Council.

Schools currently on the SRTS programme are Loreto Secondary School, CBS Kilkenny, St. John of God, St. Patricks De La Salle and St. Canice’s National School.


Other initiatives open to schools include:


Green Schools

Cycle Right Training

Visits from An Garda Siochána



Identify routes in your communities

Get involved: Run a Bike week event

Offer some bike training in your community, adults or children,

Contact us here



Why Cycle? It’s:

  • Energy efficient and environmentally friendly
  • Healthy for you
  • Reduces congestion, air and noise pollution
  • Contributes to attractive town centres


Get the bike and start cycling today!

Cycling can benefit your mental health and physical wellbeing.

Not sure where to start – join us for a monthly Friday cycles in Kilkenny…..

Make one simple change today and dust off the bike and get moving for your health!

Why not swap the car for the bike with the kids on the school run! It’s a simple and fun way to protect your family’s health. Consider taking your bike to work or on one of your journeys, clean air, calmer commute, and a bit of exercise. What’s not to love!

The percentage of those cycling as a means of travel in Kilkenny fell from 13.65% in 1996 to 3.12% in 2016.  Let’s reverse that trend, and get cycling more often in Kilkenny. Even starting with one trip a week can be the beginning.

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