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Active Routes to School

Active Routes to School is a NC Safe Routes to School Project supported by a partnership between the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Division of Public Health. Through this project there are ten Active Routes to School project coordinators working across North Carolina to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to safely walk and bike to school. The project coordinators work with partners in their communities to increase:

In addition to working directly with schools, the project coordinators work within communities to identify opportunities for shared use of facilities and Complete Streets to improve access to physical activity.

For more information about the project, click here.

Walk to School Day Participation in North Carolina Skyrockets

Participation in North Carolina's 2015 Walk to School increased nearly 50% from 2014! Walk to School Day events were held in over 60 North Carolina Counties with a record 235 schools registering events. Nationally, in 2014 North Carolina ranked 27th in Walk to School Day registrations and in 2015 North Carolina rose to 6th place.

Walk to School Day events have a history of leading to policy and engineering changes that help to make it safer and more convenient to walk to school on a regular basis. Read more in the report Walk to School Day Participation in North Carolina Skyrockets.

Save the Date

International Walk to School Day 2016 will be held on October 5th. Don't want to wait that long? We don't either! For more information on Walk to School Day and events visit

To learn more about NCDOT's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, visit or reach out to your Regional Active Routes to School Coordinator.

Success Stories

Learn about how Active Routes to School is working with schools and community partners across the state to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to safely walk and bike to school.

One-time awareness events about the importance of Safe Routes to School

Four Oaks Elementary,"Jaylen's Journey" Walk to School Day Event, Johnston County

Ongoing programs that encourage walking and biking to or at school

Covington Street Elementary, Walk Across America Program, Scotland County

Communities in Schools (CIS) Academy Walking Wednesday Program, Robeson County

Cullowhee Valley School Weekly Walking Wednesday Program

Francine Delany New School for Children Monthly Walking Program, Buncombe County

Trainings on how to implement Safe Routes to School-related activities

4-H Afterschool Program Staff Teach Let's Go NC! Curriculum to Students, Ashe County

Let's Go NC! Bicycle Safety Training, Tyrrell Elementary School, Columbia, NC

North Carolina Safe Routes to School Workshop, Town of Tarboro, Edgecombe County

Who to Contact

Click here for the contact information of the Active Routes to School project coordinator in your region.

NC Lead Health Departments for Active Routes to School Project

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