Supporting Safe Travel to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide program that aims to encourage K-8 students to bike and walk to school with educational and fun campaigns, programs, and activities. CPRC's Safe Routes to School Program partners with schools in its seven-county region of Durham, Chatham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake. The program is funded by a three-year grant (FY19-22) from the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOTs) Non-Infrastructure Transportation Alternatives Program and was granted an extension recently. It will now expire in Dec 2022. There will likely be another round of funding announced by NCDOT in the coming months.
The key goals of CPRC's program are:
- Coordinate activities, events, and campaigns in collaboration with schools, policy organizations, and community partners, to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and safety hazards near schools by shifting some of the vehicle based trips to biking and walking.
- Promote equitable access to safe and affordable biking and walking options for all kids.
- Create awareness about the academic, physical, and emotional health benefits of biking and walking to school.
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