Safer Routes to School

Our vision is for every pupil in Scotland to be able to make their journey to school on foot, by bike or by scooter, making play and activity part of their everyday travel.

Safer Routes to School is a Scottish Government-funded programme to help schools, parents and local authorities make improvements to key routes to schools, making them safer for people of all ages.

  • Inverness City Active Travel Network will include links to school sites

  • Larger projects, such as Glasgow’s Connecting Woodside, encourage children and families to walk, cycle and scoot independently 

  • Sustrans involves children and young people in designing safer spaces for walking and cycling

We encourage applications from schools and local authorities working in partnership


Surveys suggest the main barrier for parents allowing their children to cycle or walk to school is concern for safety

You can find answers to questions about Safer Routes to School in our FAQ document

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for Safer Routes to School funding, get in touch with the team at No two schools are the same and everyone’s journey is different, so we will work with you to support your application.

We can provide full funding for design work and engagement with school pupils to make sure their voice is heard in the design. We fund up to 50% of construction costs, with additional incentives available for ambitious projects and junction improvements.

We can also provide support through our I Bike scheme. This provides funding for dedicated officers to work in schools,encouraging active travel and providing essential skills training for pupils.

If you have an application in progress, you can log into our portal to view or update it.