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Active Travel

You may have heard the term 'Active Travel' but were unsure of its meaning.

Active Travel simply means making journeys by walking or cycling. These are usually short journeys like walking to the shops, walking the kids to school, cycling to school or to work.

The latest Travel Survey for Northern Ireland from the Department for Infrastructure reveals that just 1% of all journeys are by cycle and 18% by walking but the car is still the dominant mode of transport and represents 71% of all journeys in Northern Ireland.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recognises there is an urgent need to move to more sustainable low carbon transport, and this includes making improvements to the cycling and walking infrastructure within the district area. 

The Council launched an online public consultation earlier this year to find out residents’ views on Active Travel in the district. The consultation responses will be used to inform and shape an Active Travel Masterplan on what the Council and key partners can do to make it easier for residents to travel more actively for work, education, leisure and everyday journeys. 

The Council will also work over the next years to encourage active travel initiatives among their own staff, schools and local businesses.

Basic Bike Maintenance Workshops 

As part of our Active Travel promotion, and along with local company Ring of Gullion Cycles we are holding free bike maintenance workshops in seven locations throughout the district during June 2021.These workshops are targeted at the novice cyclist who has minimal knowledge of bike maintenance and wishes to learn the basics. 

The workshops will cover everything from bike terminology to cleaning your bike and checking for parts that may need replacing. 

You’ll find out how best to remove wheels when fixing punctures and how to repair your bike. There’ll also be advice on bike safety - use of lights, helmets and high vis clothing.

The Basic Bike Maintenance Workshops are funded by the Department for Communities (DfC), Department for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Council.



How to Book a Place

Places are limited at each workshop and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

To reserve your place e mail  besustainable@nmandd.org before 11 June 2021, stating your preferred location. You must be 18 years or older to attend.

Locations, Dates and Times 

  • We will be holding one workshop in each of our seven District Electoral Areas (DEA) as set out in table below.
  • Workshops will last no more than 3 hours.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions workshops will be held in an outdoor setting.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a workshop or amend the location, dates and times of a workshop. Attendees will be notified of any changes via e mail should this be necessary.




Bessbrook Community Centre

Saturday 19 June 2021


Newry Leisure Centre

Saturday 19 June 2021


Cloughmore Centre, Rostrevor

Wednesday 23 June 2021


Saintfield Leisure Centre

Friday 25 June 2021


Castlewellan Community Centre

Saturday 26 June 2021


Down Leisure Centre

Saturday 26 June 2021


Kilkeel Leisure Centre

Wednesday 30 June 2021


Win a Fitbit!

All workshop attendees will be entered into a free prize draw for a Fitbit. The draw will be made after the final workshop has taken place. The winner will be informed by e mail.

Contact Us

E: besustainable@nmandd.org
T: 0330 137 4024