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Deadline Extended to 10/29: Seeking Walk/Bike to School Info from Wake PTAs

survey artAdvocates for Health in Action (AHA), Wake PTA Council and other community partners support walking and biking to school. Together we are exploring increased Safe Routes to School/Active Transportation possibilities for elementary and middle schools in Wake County.

Working with a collaborative of school wellness partners, we are using GIS mapping to assess school access and school routes.  We hope to support schools with safe access resources.  In conjunction with this work, we are seeking input from PTA leaders at schools in Wake County to determine readiness. Please take 5 minutes to complete this assessment by Wed., Oct. 29.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele McKinley, AHA Project Coordinator, at

Free Bike Safety Skills Training

All schools that respond to the survey will be entered into a prize drawing for a free bicycle safety skills training opportunity for youth (3rd grade and up) at your school.  The training will be conducted by Bike Smart-Grow Smart, a local volunteer non-profit that  helps train youth across Wake County in safe cycling skills.

Why Active Transportation to School?

Healthy, active students perform better academically and have fewer discipline issues at school! As such, National PTA has partnered with the National Safe Routes to Schools Partnership to increase attention to students walking and biking to and from school.

As explained in the 2014 National PTA Public Policy Agenda,  the commute to and from school is an opportunity to increase students’ physical activity, reduce fuel costs, and encourage family engagement for younger students who require a parent escort.

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