Safe Routes to School - A Reality in Raleigh

Terry LansdellThe City of Raleigh shines bright and leads the way to making International Walk to School Day a success for North Carolina. 

The commitment to Safe Routes to School can be seen all across North Carolina and the City of Raleigh is making great strides to develop sustainable change for International Walk to School Day.

As the 2012 International Walk to School Day approaches on October 3, the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Safe Routes to School program, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) will participate in the Wiley Elementary School’s walk to school event. This event will showcase the coordinated effort at all levels to promote safe walking and bicycling to school. It will bring together leaders in the national movement to make our roads safer for kids and parents, support efforts for active transportation to battle obesity and promote sustainable healthy habits and make a real impact on congestion that improves air quality at our schools. 

The event will have as its keynote speaker David Strickland, the Administrator of NHTSA, sharing his commitment to North Carolina, International Walk to School Day and Safe Routes to School. Mr. Strickland will address the kids, parents, mayors, town council, members of Raleigh’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission and other leaders about the importance of the event for North Carolina and the nation.

Please join us for this event if you can, but more importantly be sure to register your local event at the International Walk to School Day site and enjoy your event knowing you are connecting to thousands of other schools around the world with your participation. We at the Safe Routes Partnership know that folks are working together and making a difference in this movement and are seeing real results in providing programs and facilities that support Safe Routes to School from the mountains to the sea.