Safe Routes to School Program
Welcome to Virginia Safe Routes to School!
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School, click here for an introduction letter to the program from Virginia’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Rob Williams. And be sure to check out this program brochure for some quick facts about 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.
August 29 – New Zone In, Not Out Resources Available
The VA SRTS Program has released three new resources to support its Zone In, Not Out School Zone Safety Campaign. The new resources include a guide on Speed Reduction in the Zone, a Safe Driver Pledge Kit and templates for Zone In, Not Out branded Yard Signs.
See all of the materials on the Zone In, Not Out page.
Are you using these materials at your school? Please send us photos at Info@VirginiaSRTS.org for a chance to be featured in a future newsletter!
August 15 – Get Ready for Student Travel Tally Week in September and October
Student Travel Tallies are quick, in-class surveys that provide valuable information on student travel patterns and can help you monitor the success of your SRTS program over time. The Virginia SRTS program promotes Student Travel Tallies every year during September and October. To encourage broad participation across the state, schools that participate for the first time will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner and a decal to decorate the banner. Repeat participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner. Visit the Student Travel Tally Week page for more information and classroom resources.
August 10 – Register for the 20th Walk to School Day Celebration
October 5, 2016 marks the 20th Walk to School Day celebration in the United States. Be a part of the fun by registering your event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. The Virginia SRTS program uses the number of registered events to track participation, and every school that registers will receive a Walk to School Day decal.
Last year, 282 Virginia schools hosted Walk to School Day events in October. Can we beat 300 in 2016? Check out the Walk to School Day page for event planning ideas and incentive item templates.
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