Safe Routes to School
Want to learn more about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around your school? Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure assessment and written Walkabout Report coordinated by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator serving their region.
The Walkabout is an excellent opportunity for community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions, share perspectives, and build consensus around potential solutions. The Walkabout Report will include descriptions and photos of the conditions observed during the Walkabout. Recommended infrastructure improvements may also be included in the report, if the applicant intends to apply for a specific funding opportunity.
Online Application - Click here to apply for a Walkabout.
Applications for Walkabout Mini-grants are accepted twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, with one Walkabout Mini-grant awarded per cycle. The due dates for the 2018-2019 school year are September 13, 2018 and February 7, 2019.
Walkabout reports are designed to support subsequent infrastructure grant applications, such as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grants. These grants are administered by VDOT's Local Assistance Division, with the next application period anticipated in fall 2019. More information on these infrastructure grants can be found here.
Who can apply for a Walkabout Mini-grant?
The entities who may apply for funding include:
- Schools (public and private)
- School divisions
- Local governments (cities, counties, or towns)
- Regional and state agencies working on behalf of a school or schools
- Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations working on behalf of a school or schools
At the Walkbout itself, representatives from as many of the above organizations as possible should be represented to gain a holistic understanding of barriers to walking and biking to school, and community-wide buy-in to help address them.
Walkabout Mini-grant Recipients
Schools receiving Walkabout Mini-grants to date are shown on the map listed below. Links to the Walkabout reports are available under the map.
- Bellwood Elementary School, Richmond
- Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg
- Bessie Weller Elementary School, Staunton
- Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, Williamsburg
- Elkton Elementary School, Elkton
- Enderly Heights Elementary School, Buena Vista
- Enon Elementary School, Chester
- Galax Elementary School, Galax
- Glebe Elementary School, Arlington
- Glen Allen Elementary School, Glen Allen
- Jackson Via Elementary School, Charlottesville
- James K. Polk Elementary School, Alexandria
- JEB Stuart Elementary School, Richmond
- Johnson-Williams Middle School, Berryville
- Luray Middle School, Luray
- McCleary Elementary School, New Castle
- Norview Elementary School, Norfolk
- Pearl Sample and A.G. Richardson Elementary Schools, Culpeper
- Rocky Gap Elementary School, Rocky Gap
- Walker Upper Elementary School, Charlottesville
- Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Fishersville
Other Walkabout Reports
The reports below have been created by partners of the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program and are provided for reference purposes only. While VDOT staff may have participated in these walkabouts and/or the creation of the reports, inclusion on this webpage does not represent official endorsement of the reports by VDOT
If you have any questions, please contact the organization that developed the report.
If you're interested in creating your own Walkabout Report, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Lylburn Downing Middle School, Lexington - Central Shenandoah PDC
- Arthur R. Ware Jr. Elementary School, Staunton - Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro MPO
- Chimborazo Elementary School, Richmond - Richmond City Health District