Safe Routes to School
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School (SRTS), 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 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.
August 13 - Registration Open for Walk to School Day
Virginia helped lead the country for Bike to School Day back in May. Can we keep the momentum alive for Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018?
Walk to School Day has been the signature fall event of Safe Routes to School programs for the past 22 years. It is a great opportunity to connect people, promote active travel to school, and bring attention to the need for better walking and bicycling infrastructure in your community. Walk to School Day events can take many forms; visit the Walk to School Day page for event ideas and to access free downloadable materials, including new black and white versions of our popular event flyers. Once your event takes shape, be sure to register your school on walkbiketoschool.org to be counted towards the statewide and national totals. Our goal for Virginia is 350 schools.
June 22 - Updated Learn it. Do it. Live it! SRTS Calendar Now Available
Take advantage of the summer downtime and start planning for next year's SRTS events with the Learn it. Do it. Live it! SRTS Calendar. This resource contains mini-grant due dates and the dates for Walk to School Day, Student Travel Tally Week, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, and Bike to School Day for the 2018-2019 school year in an easy to share, printable format. Download yours here and find the complete Learn it. Do it. Live it! collection in the Resource Library.
June 15 - 2018-2019 Non-Infrastructure Grant Awards
VDOT is pleased to announce the recipients of the next round of SRTS Non-Infrastructure Grants for the 2018-2019 school year. All sixteen programs from the 2017-2018 round are returning, meaning that SRTS programming will continue at a total of 443 schools throughout the state.
For more information about these grants please visit the Non-Infrastructure Grants page.
May 31 - Virginia No. 2 Nationally in Bike to School Day Events
Virginia schools exceeded all expectations for Bike to School Day 2018 with a total of 286 participating across the state! The only state with more events was California, with a total of of 376 events (and approximately 4.5 times Virginia's population). All participating schools will receive a Bike to School Day decal in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who made this acheivment possible.
Looking ahead to the fall, Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Learn more and find ideas for your school's event on our Walk to School Day page.
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 >>
Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through SRTS. For more information, please visit the Travel Plans and Grants landing page.
SRTS Strategic Plan
The Virginia SRTS Program completed a strategic plan to guide our work through 2017. Click on the cover at the right.
Robert J. Williams
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia, 23219