Model Safe Routes to School Programs in Wake County
Students walking to Northwoods Elementary School in Cary.
Part of AHA’s work to improve child pedestrian safety in Wake County, through the Model Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program funded by the John Rex Endowment, involves supporting SRTS programs at five partners schools.
All five participating schools have completed SRTS action plans, and each municipality is defining the process to use grant funds to construct a low-cost infrastructure project that was identified in each school’s plan. Education and encouragement programs are also underway.
Northwoods Elementary in Cary just launched its walking school bus plan – a fun and healthy way to walk to school as a group that follows a set route. Parent volunteers set up the program with help from the property manager a nearby townhome community.
At Bugg Elementary in Raleigh, students will be learning about safe walking practices leading up to a walk to school day event on Friday, April 28. With assistance from Raleigh Police Department, students will start at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex and walk along the Walnut Creek Greenway. Many of the partner schools are including SRTS information in upcoming events like field day, health fair, and STEM night.
For more information on the program, please visit: http://saferouteswakecounty.org/ The program is funded by a grant provided to UNC-Highway Safety Research Center by the John Rex Endowment. Program partners, in addition to WCPSS, include the Wake County PTA, NC Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program, Active Routes to School Project Region 5, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and member municipal agencies, Advocates for Health in Action, and WakeUP Wake County.