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
Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashboard
The Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch has created a new tool to help users across North Carolina address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in their communities. It can be used to explore areas with disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle crash rates and identify the problem intersections and corridors contributing to the inflated rate. Users can also examine race- and age-based disparities in pedestrian and bicycle crash rates for each county in NC. If a user identifies a pedestrian and/or bicycle safety problem area in their community, the tool provides information and resources to help them address it. We hope you will click on the link below and do some exploring.
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
North Carolina Safe Routes to School Handbook — Safe routes to school programs are community-based efforts to increase safe walking and biking for K-8 students. This handbook presents a menu of options based on what’s been shown to increase the number of students who walk and bicycle and how often they do it. The Safe Routes to School activities described in this handbook described in this handbook can help foster lifelong safe walking and bicycling skills, health and school-community engagement.
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.
Every year communities across North Carolina celebrate Walk to School Day. 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: Working with the Media to Promote Walk to School Day 2016.
Evaluation Reports for the Active Routes to School Program
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.
Safe Routes to School Progress in North Carolina
As part of NCDOT’s SRTS program Active Routes to School Coordinators help to implement the Program by connecting with in-school champions, promoting ongoing programs, supporting training and encouraging participation in events. As these efforts have continued, schools see the benefits. Read more in the report “The Progress of the NCDOT Safe Routes to School Program”.
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.