Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School
Lauren Marchetti is the Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which is housed within the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Prior to this position she served as the deputy director for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, also housed within HSRC, where she spent ten years promoting safe bicycling and walking. Her earlier work includes projects aimed to decrease drinking and driving and underage drinking, and increase seat belt use.
Most recently, Ms. Marchetti has focused on bringing together the health, transportation and safety communities to promote safe walking and bicycling, and to provide communities with tools and resources for creating behavioral and environmental change. She has led projects for NHTSA, FHWA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CDC to increase physical activity among youth, and to create safer environments for walking and bicycling. She was one of the initial organizers of Walk to School Day in the U.S. and helped to launch the first International Walk to School Day.