Safe Routes to School

 

Welcome to Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). Click here to read a welcome letter from Virginia's Safe Routes to School Coordinator.

The SRTS program has been active in Virginia since 2007 and helps schools and communities make walking and biking to school a safe, convenient, natural activity.  

If you’re new to SRTS, be sure to check out this program brochure for some quick facts about Virginia Safe Routes to School.

Program News

July 15 - Mini-grant Dates are Live!

VDOT is pleased to announce the Quick Start and Walkabout Mini-grants for the 2022-2023 school year! The dates, eligibility requirements, and application information can be found here for Quick Start Mini-grants and here for Walkabout Mini-grants.

July 12 - Parent Survey Results Are In!

The results of the Spring 2022 Parent and Caregiver Survey are in! We received over 1,400 completed responses from parents and caregivers across Virginia. Thanks to all who participated, including our 4 cash card winners!
A lot has happened since our last Parent and Caregiver Survey in the fall of 2020. The biggest change is that now almost all students (96%) are going to in-person school. Interested in seeing the full summary report? Click here

June 9 - Bike to School Day Wrap Up! 

Bike to School Day 2022 was a huge success in Virginia. For the first time, Virginia was #1 in event registrations this year! There were 238 events across the state.
Thanks to our local SRTS coordinators, school administrators, teachers, parents, and event organizers! Here’s to an even higher turnout next year when Bike to School Day occurs on May 3, 2023!

>>News Archives

Program Purpose and Goals

Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA

The SRTS Program is federally funded, created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

The purpose of SRTS is to:

  • Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
  • Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging 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 traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near schools

In July 2013, MAP-21 (the new federal transportation bill) became law, folding SRTS into a new Transportation Alternatives program. SRTS projects are now eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program. VDOT’s Local Assistance Division manages the Transportation Alternatives program.  More information >>

SRTS Building Blocks

Virginia SRTS has a new framework to guide local programs. Like you, it's goal-oriented, with the ultimate goal of helping more students to safely walk and bicycle to school. The framework has five building blocks:

  1. Equitable and Sustainable Program
  2. Safe Streets
  3. Welcoming Campuses
  4. Safe Behaviors
  5. Supportive Culture

Equitable and Sustainable Program is the most important of these building blocks, and the foundation for your program. It helps you evaluate and build support for your program so it can continue from year to year. It also ensures that the program is equitable and takes proactive steps to reach out to and benefit students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), students with disabilities, students from low-income households, and other disadvantaged groups. Learn more about the building blocks and example activities in this document. 

Success Book and Strategic Plan Success Book cover page

In 2020, the Virginia SRTS team wrote the Virginia Safe Routes to School Success Book, which documents the program’s history and accomplishments from 2005 to 2020. Click here to read the Success Book.

The first 2012-2017 Five-Year Strategic Plan guided the program through some major changes, creating the program structure and elements that exist today. Over the years the program has been fortunate to have consistent funding, but the funding situation has changed. 

In spring 2021, VDOT convened stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan that can be used to secure dedicated funding and increase the effectiveness and reach of the program over the next five years. Click here to read the 2021-2026 Virginia SRTS Strategic Plan.

Contact

Katherine Graham
SRTS Coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

katherine.graham@vdot.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-786-4198
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711
 

Page last modified: July 20, 2022