Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Wake County is funded through a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Prior to 2019, this program was known as Active Routes to School.
Safe Routes to School is an international movement to make it safer and easier for students to be able to walk, bike, and roll to and from school.
Annual Walk and Bike to School Day Events
SRTS Wake County organizes the Race to Register to encourage schools to participate in International Walk & Roll to School Day every October and National Bike & Roll to School Day every May. These events provide an opportunity to build community and awareness around physical activity and safety, and they can be a lot of fun! Interested schools can register their event at www.walkbiketoschool.org and then contact the SRTS Coordinator to get technical support and a free prize kit.
Safe Routes to School Awards Program
This new program is expected to launch in fall of 2022. The program will offer a menu of options for schools to design a SRTS program that fits the needs of their unique school community. Schools may work towards several different levels of awards for recognition that will be awarded in spring 2023. An informational training on this new program will be offered in September 2022.
Traffic gardens are child-sized streetscapes that mimic real streets and provide an opportunity for children to learn traffic safety skills through experience in a safe environment. Traffic gardens may be pop-up events that last for a few hours, temporary installations, or permanent facilities. SRTS Wake County has supported several pop-up events in Wake County over the last year and is working with community partners to identify further opportunities for both pop-up, temporary, and permanent installations.
Watch our short video to learn more about the power of traffic gardens as a fun way to provide important safety education.
SRTS Wake County worked with institutional partners to organize a pilot School-Focused Road Safety Assessment for Vandora Springs Elementary School in November 2021. The goal of the assessment was to identify, examine, and find solutions for barriers that prevent families from being able to safely walk and bike to school. In addition, the SRTS coordinator participates on steering committees for local transportation plans and projects, such as the Town of Garner’s Pedestrian Plan and the Town of Apex’s Vision Zero Plan.