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Welcome to Virginia Safe Routes to School!
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program has been active in Virginia since 2007 and helps schools and communities across the state make walking and biking to school a safe, convenient, natural activity.
June 15 – Safe Routes to School Summer Planning. School may be winding down, but the summer is an excellent time to begin planning next year’s SRTS program and activities. The VDOT Safe Routes to School program has developed a Summer Planning Learn it. Do it. Live it! tip sheet to help you and your school get ready for a great Safe Routes to School year. The resource shared tips and ideas for how best to make use of the summer to support your school’s Safe Routes to School program. The resource is available here.
National Bike to School Day was a Success in Virginia! – Last month, 121 schools, 37 more schools than last year, participated in Bike to School Day in Virginia. Students, parents, schools and communities took time to celebrate safe bicycling and walking to school. Schools held all sorts of bicycle events to celebrate the day – bicycle rodeos, bicycle repair demonstrations, helmet fittings, and safety lessons, among others. Check out the photos to see how schools in Virginia celebrated National Bike to School Day!
A student at Belle View Elementary School is fitted for a helmet
Students at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School show off their bicycles.
Students at Olde Creek Elementary School get ready for a bike train.
Students at Tuckahoe Middle School ride through a bicycle obstacle course during their Bike At School event.
Thomas Harrison Middle School students receive water bottles for participating in Bike to School Day.
Students at Campbell Elementary School walk their bikes on campus.
Students and their families take part in Bike Train on their way to Vienna Elementary School.
Antietam Elementary School students ride their bicycles across the school’s fields.
The bicycle rack filled up fast at Mount Vernon Community School.
Didn’t see your school’s Bike to School Day Event? We’d love to post it, send us picture from your school’s SRTS event and we’ll showcase it on the website. Send photos to Info@VirginiaSRTS.org.
And remember, just because it’s no longer May doesn’t mean your school can’t host a Bike to School Day. Check out all of the great Bike to School Day resources that you can use to celebrate bicycling and walking to school everyday!
Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
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 page.
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