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Student Travel Tally Week in Virginia

163 schools across the state participated in Student Travel Tally Week, last September.  In addition to learning about their own student travel trends and setting the baseline measurement for future Safe Routes to School projects, these schools are able to make division and statewide reports to see how their schools compare with their division and across the state.  You can view the statewide report for a detailed analysis.

During the tally week, 332,574 total trips were counted across 52 different cities and towns, and 18 school divisions.  Overall, when traveling to school:Statewide Tally Week Data 2013

  • 68% of students take the bus
  • 22% of students ride in a family vehicle
  • 7% of students walk to school
  • 2% of students ride in a carpool
  • 1% of students bike to school
  • < 1% of students take transit or other modes


How are students in your school division getting to and from school? Check out the fall 2013 Student Travel Tally Week division wide reports in Adobe PDF!


To find out more about accessing and using Student Travel Tally Data, watch the webinar, “Student Travel Tally Week: Moving Forward” and visit the Student Travel Tally page to learn more.

Haven’t taken tallies yet? How does Student Travel Tally Week Work?

Participating in Student Travel Tally Week takes a couple of hours for someone to organize and about 5 minutes for the teacher to complete at the beginning of the school day on two days during the week.  Information and resources for participating in Student Travel Tally Week are included below.

If your school hasn’t yet taken a student travel tally, there’s no need to worry.  Although the statewide Student Travel Tally Week is during mid- September, schools can conduct additional student tallies during any point in the school year.




Download this pdf for easy-to-find answers to common Student Travel Tally Week questions. Click here for an FAQ that will answer most of your questions.


Learn it. Do it. Live it.


This installment in our Learn it. Do it. Live it. series offers more details on how to participate in Student Travel Tally Week.  It includes a sample letter or email from your principal to send to teacher, scripts for daily announcement during Student Travel Tally Week, and ways to help teachers explain each travel mode choice to students. Click here for the Student Travel Tally Week Learn it. Do it. Live it.


Making it work in your school community


We’ve developed materials to help you explain and promote Student Travel Tally Week at school and at home.  This lists the available materials with a thumbnail of the download and a link to download:
Recording the student  tallies
All Student Travel Tallies will be entered into an online form.  Click here to request the link to the online form.  Teachers may choose to write down the tallies first on a paper form.

Classroom connections 


Need some ideas for connecting Student Travel Tally Week to the classroom?  Consider the ideas on this Classroom Connections. These are ‘starter’ ideas only.  We want to add your ideas to the list!
Participation incentive

First time participants in Student Travel Tally Week will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner. Second time participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner.   

Here’s how to participate in Student Travel Tally Week :

  • Poll students twice in one week during September
  • Student polling must reach at least 80% of classrooms or enrollment
  • Upload Student Travel Tally Data to by International Walk to School Day


Click to Enlarge the Participation Decal


Click to Enlarge Participation Decal


Click to Enlarge the Participation Banner

Click to Enlarge Participation Banner




Contact the Virginia SRTS program hotline or email us for a walk-through of the process. 

Hotline: 1-855-601-7787 

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Page last modified: April 11, 2014