Safe Routes To School
Raleigh's Resource for Safe Routes to School Materials
The City of Raleigh's Safe Route to School Program works towards making it safe, convenient, and fun for children to walk and bike to and from school. The key to a successful Safe Routes to School Program is teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices and instructing them in important lifelong safety skills.
Leesville Safe Routes to School Project
The Leesville Safe Routes to School Project design phase of the project is wrapping up, and the project is scheduled to advertise for construction in Fall 2016.
Back to School Safety Tips
The beginning of a new school year is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes. Now is the time for everyone- motorists, parents, educators, and students- to improve their traffic safety practices.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Recognize and obey all traffic signals and markings. For example, a flashing "walk" sign is not an automatic "go" signal. It means a pedestrian has permission to cross. But must first stop and look both ways for motor vehicles.
- Never enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs. Darting into the street accounts for the majority of child pedestrian fatalities.
- Look in all directions before crossing the street; look left, look right, then look left again.
- Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk and walk, not run, across intersections.
- Wear bright clothing
Bicycle Safety Tips
- Wear a bicycle helmet at all times when bicycling.
- Follow the rules of the road, which include riding on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it
- Use appropriate hand signals
- Stop at all intersections, marked and unmarked; and stopping and looking left, right and left again before entering or crossing the street.
- Wear retro-reflective clothing
Motorist Safety Tips:
- Slow down and be extra alert in school zones and neighborhoods, especially before and after school hours
- Obey all traffic laws and speed limits
- Yield to people in crosswalks
- Always watch first for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning, backing up, and when driving at night
For more bicycle and pedestrian safety info, check out the Watch for Me, NC campaign: www.watchformenc.org
Let’s GO, NC: A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children
Let's GO, NC is a new education program that teaches elementary age children how to walk and bike safely, giving them the essential skills that they need to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Included in an all-in-one package is: lesson plans, materials, activities and instructional videos that encourage children to learn about and practice fundamental skills that build safe habits. This program was developed for the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and Safe Routes to School Program by NC State University's Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
Walk to School Activities
October is International Walk to School Month!
Walk to School Day brings parents, teachers, children and community leaders together to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety and walkable communities. The resources below are to help plan, advertise, and implement successful Walk to School Day activities.
Coordinator's Toolkit: Outlines key safety skills; Tips to make Walk to School Month last all year; Activity and Incentive examples; Creating a walk to school map; Organizing a walking school bus.
Willie Whistle Crossing the street safely video
Please contact Kenneth Withrow for help advertising your Wake County Walk to School event and to get in touch with your municipality contact.
Pedestrian Safety Curriculum
The Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons where each lesson builds upon previous set of skills learned:
- walking near traffic
- crossing streets
- crossing intersections
- parking lot safety
- school bus safety
In addition to the safety curriculum, there are several stand alone activities and materials available to teach pedestrian safety effectively and easily:
Bicycle Safety Curriculum
The Bicycle Safety Activity Kit, developed by the NHTSA, to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community leaders with the tools to learn the basics about bicycle safety.
Cycling Skills Clinic: A step-by-step approach to planning and initiating a bicycle safety skills event, including instructions and resources for setting up a course and conducting it to meet the needs of all the children participating.
Bikeability Checklist Student, Parent & Teacher survey for evaluating bikeability in and around your school.
Fitting a Bicycle Helmet: Correct helmet fit for all ages
Helmet Demonstration (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)
Helmet Demonstration (Grades 3-8)
Helmet Demonstration (Grades 7-12)
ABC Quick Check Bicycle maintenance tips
Bicycle Adventures is a hands-on series available through the National 4-H Curriculum
League of American Bicyclists Safe Routes program focuses on bringing training to middle school students inside and outside the classroom.