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Greenways and Active Travel

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Donegal County Council and its partners are committed to delivering sustainable infrastructure that will link people and places, thus enabling choice around travel options. Through the enhancement of active travel infrastructure in the North West, we hope to deliver routes that are safe, suitable and convenient for cyclists and pedestrians.





For most people, the easiest and most acceptable forms of physical activity are those that can be built into everyday life, such as walking/cycling instead of travelling by car or using stairs instead of lifts. ‘Active travel’ means walking, cycling or using non-motorised transport as an alternative to motorised transport for the purpose of making daily journeys, which can often be seamlessly built into everyday life as part of normal daily routines. There is significant evidence that physical activity promotes wellbeing, as well as physical and mental health. Read more





As well as the health benefits to active travel, it also helps to reduce congestion, improve air quality and reduce the amount of carbon that is released into the atmosphere. With the implementation of sustainable, traffic-free infrastructure, it would encourage more people to engage in active modes of travel and would reduce our carbon footprint. Read more





Tourism is one of Ireland’s most economic sectors and has significant potential to play a further role in Ireland’s economic renewal. With strong growth in recent years, tourism has reinforced its position as an important economic sector in Ireland and across the European Union, bringing jobs and revenue to all parts of the country. Read more



Greenways in Ireland


In recent years it has been government policy in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to enhance cycling and walking infrastructure across the island. Read more