Bugg Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh walks to school. Credit: WCPSS.

Safe Routes Wake County is an effort to improve safety and to encourage more children to walk or bike to school. The program is working with five schools to develop a Model Safe Routes to School Program that can be replicated at schools across the Wake County Public School System.

Participating schools are receiving technical assistance and funding to develop and implement a comprehensive Safe Routes to School plan. The effort also involves working with the school district and municipalities surrounding the schools to examine policies and practices that can improve safety for child pedestrians. The program is funded by a grant provided to UNC-Highway Safety Research Center by the John Rex Endowment.

Key Safe Routes to School resource for Wake County:

Cover design for Taking the First Step Toolkit

Taking the First Step Toolkit