Carlow County Council – Active Travel

Carlow County Council is committed to the Active Travel programme by developing and delivering quality walking and cycling routes for people of all abilities to use on everyday journeys. Providing everyone with a healthy, safe, and carbon-neutral choice to get around.

Providing everyone with a healthy, safe, and carbon-neutral choice to get around.

What is Active Travel?

‘Active Travel involves travelling with a purpose, using your own energy via sustainable means.  It includes walking, wheeling, and cycling or the use of self-powered, non-motorised scooters as part of a purposeful journey. For example, walking to school and cycling to work are both considered forms of Active Travel’. NTA

The Benefits of Active Travel

  • Improve your physical and mental health.
  • Reliable journey times.
  • Reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduce traffic congestion. 
  • Social interaction with other people.

Types of Active Travel schemes

The types of schemes that will be delivered by Carlow County Council include:

  • Safe Routes to School Programme.
  • Improved / segregated cycle paths.
  • Permeability measures to support improved access within and between local communities.
  • Continued development of our urban space towards prioritising sustainable travel

Active Travel Delivery Programme

Currently, Carlow County Councils Active Travel Programme comprises of approximately 23 active travel schemes, which will be delivered through a series of infrastructural projects, coordinated by the Active Travel Team.

Active Travel projects are funded by the National Transport Authority and details of the 2023 funding allocation can be found here

Process for the Development of Active Travel Infrastructure Schemes

Active Travel Process Flow


Active Travel Schemes Completed 

River Burrin Walking & Cycle Track including Carlow Bus Park
Hanover – Granby Row Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme
River Barrow Combined Pedestrian & Cycle Link
Low-Cost Junction Improvement Schemes at Athy Road Carlow
Low-Cost Junction Improvement Schemes at Court Lawns, Tullow
Low-Cost Junction Improvement Schemes at St Oliver’s Park, Myshall
Low-Cost Permeability Measures at Oliver Plunkett Park, Carrigduff, Co. Carlow
Low-Cost Permeability Measures at St. Bridget’s Cresent, Muinebheag
Low-Cost Permeability Measures at The Fairways, Carlow
Low-Cost Permeability Measures De Lacy Abbey, Rathvilly
Tullow Town Orbital Walking & Cycling Scheme Phase 2
Mountain View Pedestrian & Cycle Link, Hacketstown
Kildavin Footpath Scheme
Green Lane, Carlow Light Segregation Cycle Scheme
Green Road Light Segregation Cycle Scheme
Cycle Parking at Rehab Centre, Graiguecullen
Cycle Parking at Fenagh
Rathoe Road Footpath Scheme, Tullow
Borris Footpath Scheme
Grange Footpath Scheme 
Staplestown Road/Pollerton Road Permeability Link                                                         

Active Travel Schemes Under Construction

SRTS - St. Patrick's National School Rathvilly
Footpath Scheme at Fenagh Road, Borris 
Tullow Road Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme, Carlow Town
Low-Cost Junction Improvement Schemes at Green Road, Carlow                                  
Tullow Town Orbital Walking & Cycling Scheme Phase 3
Carlow / Graiguecullen Local Transport Plan
Pedestrian Safety Scheme Gores Bridge   

Future Projects at Design Stage

SRTS - Holy Family Boys National School Carlow
SRTS - St. Bridget's National School Muinebheag
SRTS - St. Bridget's National School Muinebheag
SRTS - Holy Family Girls National School Carlow
SRTS - St. Leo's College Carlow
Active Travel Pathfinder - Carlow to SETU Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme
Pedestrian Safety Scheme for George Semple Bridge Tinnahinch
Dublin Road Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme
Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown - Scoping Report for Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme
Springfield Park - Green Road –  Route Options Report for Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme
Church Street Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme, Graiguecullen
Ashgrove Pedestrian & Cycle Scheme, Carlow
Barrack Street Roundabout Cycle Improvement
Muinebheag Railway Crossings Pedestrian Safety Scheme Study

Latest News

To get the inside track on all our Active Travel Schemes email to receive our monthly New for You - Active Travel e-Bulletin directly to your mailbox.

Active Travel e-Bulletins

Contact Us!

The Active Travel team in Carlow is located in the heart of the town. It is home to a multi-disciplinary team comprising of a Senior Engineer, a Senior Executive Engineer, an Executive Engineer, an Executive Technician and an administrator.

For queries relating to Active Travel please contact the team at


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