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:
- One-time awareness events about the importance of Safe Routes to School.
- The number of ongoing programs that encourage walking and biking to or at school.
- The number of trainings on how to implement Safe Routes to School-related activities.
- The number of policies that support walking and biking to or at school.
- The number of safety features near schools.
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.
Active Routes to School Regions
Active Routes to School Context Maps
Four new maps have been created to illustrate the varying contexts in which the Active Routes to School project is being implemented and to identify places the project should go to next. Please take a moment to click on one of the maps below, find your county and scroll over the schools and other data presented. The maps are intended to facilitate exploration. The pedestrian and bicycle crash maps show where these crashes have occurred in relation to schools participating in the 2017-2018 Active Routes to School project. The 500 Cities map shows participating schools in relation to the prevalence of physical inactivity and associated chronic diseases for the census tracts that make up North Carolina’s 14 largest cities. The Walkability map shows participating schools across North Carolina in relation to the density of pedestrian infrastructure nearby.
Active Routes to School Resources
Stepping Into What’s Next: How Before-School Walking Programs Can Help Students Get to School On-Time and Ready to Learn — This guide gives an overview of the value of providing elementary and middle school students with opportunities for walking and biking, including the possibilities for improving attendance and academic achievement. It features examples of five before-school walking programs at schools around North Carolina.
NEW Evaluation Summary on the Active Routes to School Project
A new evaluation summary provides outcomes to date for the Active Routes to School Project. The summary provides an overview of how the Active Routes to School Project is meeting its goal to increase the number of North Carolina elementary and middle school students that safely walk to school. A companion document title, “Promising Results from the Interim Evaluation of the Active Routes to School Project,” highlights how practitioners can apply the results from the interim report to their own efforts to support walking and biking.
Working with the Media to Promote Walk to School Day 2016
Communities across North Carolina celebrated the 20th Walk to School Day event on October 5, 2016. Learn how you can effectively engage the media in your community’s efforts to support events like this. Listen to a recording of the Webinar that was presented on September 15, 2016: 2016-09-15 09.01 Working with the Media to Promote Walk to School Day 2016.mp4
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.
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
Ongoing programs that encourage walking and biking to or at school
Trainings on how to implement Safe Routes to School-related activities
Who to Contact
Click here for the contact information of the Active Routes to School project coordinator in your region.