Safe Routes to School Program



This page contains names and contact information for community organizations whose missions align with Safe Routes to School and have a history of supporting Safe Routes to School initiatives. Please contact these organizations if you are interested in exploring collaborative opportunities related to Safe Routes to School. Note: many of these organizations operate locally, rather than at the statewide level.

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Alternatives, Inc.

Alternatives, Inc. is a Safe Routes to School partner in Hampton, Virginia. Their mission is to “inspire young people to realize their inherent potential as valued members of community.” Alternatives, Inc. works with students of all ages, preschool through college. For more information, please contact Allyson Graul at, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Brain Injury Services

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia (BISSWVA) helps and supports brain injury survivors and their families in Southwest Virginia to make a positive, measurable difference in survivors’ abilities to fulfill their service potential and optimize their reintegration into the community. In Virginia, BISSWVA works in communities from Alleghany to Lee County and has supported Safe Routes to School through bicycle helmet safety programs and helmet giveaways in Roanoke. For more information about BISSWVA, contact Mae Johnson at or 540-344-1200, or visit their website at


Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids supports Safe Routes to School initiatives at schools in the Greater Richmond Region, including the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, and Henrico County, with a focus on Title 1 schools. Fit4Kids' mission is to reduce prevalence of obesity through physical activity and nutrition. For more information about Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, contact Rachel Harms at, visit Greater Richmond Fit4Kids on the web at, or follow Greater Richmond Fit4Kids on Facebook and Twitter.


Phoenix Bikes

Phoenix Bikes is a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia with a mission of educating youth, promoting bicycling, and building community. Through year round bicycle education programming for 12-17 year olds at their community bike shop and in local schools, Phoenix Bikes helps youth learn the basics of bike repair and gives them a chance to both earn a bike for themselves and serve their community. For more information about their work, contact Meg Rapelye-Goguen at, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook.


Safe Kids Virginia

Safe Kids Virginia is the state affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, whose mission is to prevent injuries to children 14 and under. Safe Kids is active in approximately 18 counties and cities in Virginia. In partnership with FedEx, Safe Kids also provides grants to support Walk to School Day events through the Walk this Way program. For information about Safe Kids coalitions and chapters in Virginia, see the Safe Kids Virginia website at: http://www.Safe For more information about the Walk this Way program, see http://www.Safe




Sentara RMH Community Health

Sentara RMH Community Health (Community Health) is dedicated to building healthier communities through various initiatives including health education and awareness programs, and family health campaigns. Community Health serves Harrisonburg City, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, and Augusta Counties and directly supports Safe Routes to School through its Safe Routes to School division coordinator and Healthy Community Action Team coordinator in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. For more information, contact Erica Rollins, the Community Health and Awareness Coordinator at, or 540-433-4421, or visit their website at



Sports Backers

Sports Backers advocates for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements in the Greater Richmond Region, including the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County and Henrico County. Sports Backers’ goal is to transform greater Richmond into the most physically active community in the nation by leading the area in embracing and celebrating an active lifestyle. For more information about Sports Backers, contact Cindy DiCello at, visit Sports Backers on the web at or follow Sports Backers on Facebook and Twitter.



TrailsforYouth.Org teaches kids to overcome obstacles by providing them with opportunities for connecting with nature and physical activity. TrailforYouth.Org targets at-risk youth in Northern Virginia, with a focus on Fairfax County, and has conducted numerous bicycle rodeos. For more information about, contact Julie Childers at, visit on the web, or follow TrailsforYouth.Org on Facebook .


Virginia Foundation for a Healthy Youth

The Virginia Foundation for a Healthy Youth (VFHY) empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy life choices by promoting active, nutritious, and tobacco-free living. This statewide organization supports the Safe Routes to School program through its Healthy Communities Action Team initiative. Communities across the state can create their own Healthy Communities Action Team and apply to receive funding for a healthy community coordinator, whose eligible activities include promoting safe walking and biking to school. For more information about VFHY and the Healthy Community Action Team grants, contact Heidi Hertz, VFHY Obesity Prevention Coordinator, at or 804-371-0424, or visit their website,





Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

WABA supports Safe Routes to School initiatives in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region which includes Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County, Virginia. WABA’s mission is “to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.” For more information about WABA, contact Dan Hoagland at, visit them on the web at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.




Page last modified: March 30, 2021