News & Events

The five partner schools will be implementing their Safe Routes to School plans and programs in 2017 and beyond.

February 6, 2019: Pedestrian safety was one of the topics featured at Northwoods Elementary’s “Safety Night.” Families had the opportunity to practice safe pedestrian crossing behaviors on an indoor course and spin the pedestrian safety trivia wheel for prizes.


October 10, 2018: A record 47 Wake County Schools, including Bugg, Lincoln Heights, and Northwoods, held Walk to School Day events. Lincoln Heights had a ribbon-cutting to celebrate their new grant-funded crosswalk improvements and their new school buildings.


March 22, 2018: Students, staff, and families from Bugg Elementary in Raleigh walked to school along the Walnut Creek Greenway.


December 8, 2017: The grant-funded safety project to add crosswalks and curb ramps near Lincoln Heights Elementary in Fuquay-Varina is now complete [below before/after images].


December 2017: When students at Hodge Road Elementary in Knightdale return from the holiday break, they will participate in a “walk at school” event.

October 2017: During Bugg’s annual Open House, the gym was turned into a “pedestrian safety obstacle course” so students and their families could practice safe crossing behavior (with a few obstacles to jump over or crawl under along the way).

October 4, 2017: Bugg, Lincoln Heights, and Northwoods held events for International Walk to School Day. Bugg had 30+ students walking from the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh while the 160+ Northwoods students and family members participated in a scavenger hunt and were joined by elected officials and staff from the Town of Cary.


May 10, 2017: Northwoods participates in Bike to School Day with a morning ride and an afternoon bike rodeo.

April 28, 2017: Bugg Elementary held their first Walk to School Day event! 60+ students and their families were joined by school staff, Raleigh Police Officers, City of Raleigh Staff, WCPSS staff, neighbors, and the Active Routes to School Coordinator. The event started at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex and continued along the Walnut Creek Greenway until more walkers joined the event at Worthdale Park. To see the route for this 0.7 mile walk, click here.

Check out the WCPSS Facebook Album for more photos.

April 20, 2017: Northwoods Elementary had SRTS-related activities at their STEM night. Students could measure the distance of their walking route to school and fill out a weekly activity log.

April 2017: Northwoods Elementary launched their weekly walking school bus event.

October 2016: Lincoln Heights Elementary and Northwoods Elementary participate in International Walk to School Day!

October 3, 2016: Knightdale Town Council receives a presentation on the Hodge Road Elementary SRTS Action Plan and voted unanimously to endorse the plan.

August 2016: Let’s Go Walking! tip sheets for parents are made available in Spanish.

August 3, 2016: Northwoods Elementary in Cary has a complete Safe Routes to School Action Plan, which includes implementation action steps, a programs toolkit, and priority project recommendations.

June 2, 2016: Teachers and school staff at Bugg Elementary in Raleigh participated in a training about the Let’s Go NC! pedestrian safety education materials.

Teacher training on pedestrian safety education materials

March 10, 2016: Hodge Road Elementary in Knightdale and Lincoln Heights Elementary in Fuquay-Varina each held a SRTS booth at their STEM night events. Project team members and volunteers talked with families about walking to school and offered a fun walking-related activity for students.


Feb. 5, 2016: Jennifer Baldwin of Alta Planning + Design gave a presentation to the CAMPO SRTS Subcommittee about the process for developing an SRTS Action Plan, using Northwoods Elementary in Cary as an example.

Jan. 28, 2016: Parents and project team members hosted an SRTS booth at Northwoods’ International Festival. Volunteers talked to families about walking to school and asked them what infrastructure improvements and walking programs were most important for Northwoods. Northwoods Public Outreach Flyer.

Media Coverage

October 3, 2017: Raleigh’s transportation bond will make the city more walker-friendly

June 13, 2017: Schools encouraged to create gardens and have students walk and bike to campus

May 10, 2017: For Bike to School Day, it’s off to Northwoods Elementary School we go

January 29, 2017: Who should say where school crosswalks go? And who should pay for them?

October 12, 2016: Northwoods Elementary School students walk to school

October 7, 2016: Knightdale Town Council backs Hodge Road Elementary pedestrian plan

May 17, 2016: Triangle transportation choices a matter of economy – and health

March 15, 2016: Communities Take Steps to Create Safe Routes to School for Children

Sept. 15, 2015: Fuquay-Varina to build sidewalks near Lincoln Heights

Sept. 9, 2015: Five Wake County Schools to lead Safe Routes to School programs

Sept. 8, 2015: Project to encourage more Wake County students to walk to school