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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:

 

First Place

Elyse Ladia of Greenbriar West Elementary School

1st Place

 

Second Place

Ruto Thi of Galax Middle School

Second place

 

Third Place

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.

February 20, 2014 – The Virginia SRTS program is pleased to announce six recipients of the Outstanding Crossing Guards of the Year program for 2013:   

Angie Thigpen, Charles Barrett Elementary School Caroline Woolwine, McHarg Elementary School, John Dalton Intermediate School & Radford High school Fancelle Liggins, Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland Middle School & Cumberland High School Jim O’Brien, Johnson-Williams Middle School & Berryville Primary School Phyllis Krapf, Armstrong Elementary School Sherry Mull, Stratford Landing Elementary School

Angie Thigpen, Charles Barrett Elementary School

Caroline Woolwine, McHarg Elementary School, John Dalton Intermediate School & Radford High school

Fancelle Liggins, Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland Middle School & Cumberland High School

Jim O’Brien, Johnson-Williams Middle School & Berryville Primary School

Phyllis Krapf, Armstrong Elementary School

Sherry Mull, Stratford Landing Elementary School

These six crossing guards are considered members of the nominating school’s family and positive role models making the trip to school safe and pleasant, as they get to know all of the students and their families who cross the street on the way to and from school.

VDOT also recognized three crossing guards for honorable mention for their hard work and service to their schools and communities:

Chester Robinson, Crestwood Elementary School

Howard Wallace, James River Elementary School

Joe McDonald, Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School, McNair Elementary School & South Lakes High School

crossing guard appreciation day 2014The Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year program is part of a larger effort by the Virginia SRTS program to highlight the importance of crossing guards. Crossing guards arrive at their posts often before sunrise and stay until the first bell rings.  They protect students in front of all types of vehicles – cars, buses, trucks and bikes and they keep students safe in rain, snow, and sun. 

Students, parents and communities nominated 25 local crossing guards to be the Most Outstanding Crossing Guard of 2013.  All the nominated crossing guards have shown to be irreplaceable members of their communities and have gone above and beyond their duty as they help keep Virginia’s students safe crossing the street on their way to and from school.  These crossing guards have shown complete dedication to their job showing up at intersections in all types of weather in order to help students cross in front of all types of vehicles – cars, buses, trucks, and bikes – these crossing guards are true community heroes.

Other nominated crossing guards are:

Anne Pago, Lake Anne Elementary School

Arlene Keels, Belvedere Elementary School

Carolyn Davis, Daniels Run Elementary School & St. Leo the Great School

Cheryl Belolli, Centreville Elementary

Mrs. Courtney, Matthew Maury Elementary School

Florence Verstynen, Poplar Halls Elementary School

Mr. Jeff, Kenmore Middle School

JoAnn Cowley, Springwoods Elementary School

Marietta Pierce, Westridge Elementary School

Norman Howard, John Adams Elementary School

Richard Thomas, George Mason Elementary School

Ms. Richardson, Samuel Tucker Elementary School

Simone Henderson, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

Teresa Noonan, Oakridge Elementary School

Tina Johnson, Enterprise Elementary School

Visit the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day page to see what parents and schools had to say about the winning crossing guards, print out thank you cards and other materials to show your neighborhood crossing guard how much you appreciate their service

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Program Purpose

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

Virginia SRTS Program Strategic Plan

Five Year Strategic PlanThe 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. 

Contact Info

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

robertj.williams@vdot.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-371-4868
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711
 



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