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April 22, 2014 – Celebrate Earth Day with Safe Routes to School – Every April 22, people from around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day and show their support to improve the environment. The Virginia SRTS program is celebrating Earth Day 2014 by releasing a new resource called “Going Green with SRTS,” which provides strategies that local SRTS programs can use to highlight the environmental benefits of walking and bicycling to school.
April 1, 2014 – Saris Bicycling Poster Contest Winner – This is the fourth annual Saris Bicycling poster contest and this year’s theme is a quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The first place winner will be awarded a bicycle, light, and helmet. Also, the winning poster will be submitted to the national contest and the winner will receive a trip to next year’s National Bike Summit as well as get a bike rack for twenty bicycles for their school. Virginia’s second place winner will be awarded a bicycle light and helmet, and the third place winner will be awarded a bicycle helmet.
The winning poster submissions from Virginia are:
Elyse Ladia of Greenbriar West Elementary School
Ruto Thi of Galax Middle School
Umaima Asghar of Springfield Estates Elementary School
April 1, 2014 – Bike to School Day Resources – Bike to School Day is May 7, 2014 and Virginia Safe Routes to School wants your school to be ready to roll! Visit our Bike to School Day page to find guides, tip sheets, and helpful links to make your school’s Bike to School Day a success. Also, be sure to visit WalkBiketoSchool.Org to register your school’s Bike to School Day Event.
April 1, 2014 - Bikeology – Just in time for Bike to School Day, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) have developed a ready-to-use bicycle safety curriculum to help teach bicycle safety to middle school students. The curriculum is aligned with AAHPERD’s national standards for K-12 physical education and includes lessons to help teach bicycle safety skills as well as assessments to measure student progress. You can download the curriculum online. This curriculum is a great addition to NHTSA’s Pedestrian Safety Curriculum, another resource for teachers and Safe Routes to School advocates to teach pedestrian safety to elementary school students.
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The Safe Routes to School Program is a federally-funded program created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
As written in SAFETEA-LU, the purpose of the SRTS program 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 in the vicinity of 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 is managing the Transportation Alternatives program. Click here for more information.
Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program. More information is available on the Travel Plans and Grants landing pag
Virginia SRTS Program Strategic Plan
The VDOT Safe Routes to School Program completed a Strategic Plan to guide our work through 2017. The Plan is available for download by clicking on the cover.
Robert J. Williams
Safe Routes to Schools Program coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219