Safe Routes to School

In 2015 Northwoods Elementary was selected, along with 4 other Wake County schools, to participate in a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project funded by a grant provided to UNC-HSRC by the John Rex Endowment. The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) joined with the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC-HSRC) and other community partners to work with five schools to create SRTS programs that will serve as models for other WCPSS schools.

What is Safe Routes to School?

SRTS refers to a variety of multi-disciplinary programs aimed at both increasing the number of students walking and bicycling to school and reducing the number of vehicle trips associated with school travel. Programs, activities and projects improve traffic safety and air quality around school areas and address childhood obesity and public health issues through education, encouragement, increased law enforcement, and engineering.

As one of the five model schools in the project, Northwoods received technical assistance and funding to develop and implement a comprehensive Safe Routes to School plan. This effort also involves working with WCPSS and the Town of Cary to examine policies and practices that can improve safety.

TIMELINE

2016/2017 School Year:

  • Town of Cary Staff and Northwoods SRTS Task Force will present Action to Cary Town Council
    Promote and participate in Walk/Bike to School events
    Implement a walking school bus program
    Implement improvements on Boundary Street, determine contractor
    Implementation of some Encouragement programs & parent outreach
    Look into considering more high visibility crosswalk markings within defined school zone
    Implementation of Let’s Go NC!, inviting teachers and parents to take part in trainings

2016/2017 School Year:

  • Town of Cary Staff and Northwoods SRTS Task Force will present Action to Cary Town Council
    Promote and participate in Walk/Bike to School events
    Implement a walking school bus program
    Implement improvements on Boundary Street, determine contractor
    Implementation of some Encouragement programs & parent outreach
    Look into considering more high visibility crosswalk markings within defined school zone
    Implementation of Let’s Go NC!, inviting teachers and parents to take part in trainings

2017/2018 School Year: TBD
2018/2019 School Year: TBD

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