Safe Routes to School

Through the North Carolina Safe Routes to School program, partners are working to make walking and biking to school safe and accessible options for all children. Triangle J Council of Governments' Safe Routes to School aims to serve all seven counties within the TJCOG region. 

The purpose of the program is to: 

  • Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
  • Make walking and bicycling to school safer and more appealing transportation alternatives to 
  • Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
  • Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce fuel consumption, traffic, and air pollution near school sites

This program is in partnership with the NC Department of Transportation's Non-Infrastructure Transportation Alternatives Program and NC Safe Routes to School.


Safe Routes to School Art Contest

While many families are balancing virtual learning and adjusting to an unusual school year, the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) want to help North Carolina kids focus on joy by hosting a virtual art contest. 

The theme of the virtual art contest is Finding Joy While Physically Apart.  

All elementary and middle school kids who live in the TJCOG region (including Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake counties) are encouraged to participate by submitting their own artwork.  

Prizes for the top two submissions will be awarded to the artist in two age groups: the Safety Seals (K - 5th grade) and the Careful Cats (6th - 8th grade). 

Scans or pictures of submissions must be submitted via email to by October 1. The winners will be announced on October 7, Walk in Your Community Day (a new program for families who cannot participate in Walk to School Day during the pandemic). For contest rules and submission information, please visit

This art contest is a part of a Safe Routes to School partnership project which launched in the area last year.  The goal of the project is to encourage physical activity and improve the safety of kids walking and rolling in the triangle region.

For questions or additional information, please contact Tracy Anderson (ITRE at NC State University) at  

Walk to School Day 2020

Walk to School Day 2020 is on October 7th! Even though many of us aren't attending school in person right now, you can still register for Walk to School Day as a family. 


Caitlin Rose 
Planner II

For more information about Safe Routes to School and program activities, please visit NC Vision Zero's SRTS page.