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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.


Help spread the word about Student Travel Tally Week with these Student Take-Home Flyers. There are two different flyers that you can use to help inform students, parents, and the community about Student Travel Tally Week.

How Did You Get to School?2014 September

Recording the student  tallies
Schools participating in Student Travel Tally Week are encouraged to collect and record their school’s tallies using the SRTS National Center’s Database. This way we can easily compare our schools between divisions and across the state.  Using the National Center Database, schools can easily collect tallies online or on paper.

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 receive your Safe Route to School Banner or Decal:

  • 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


Student Travel Tally Week in Virginia

The number of schools participating in Student Travel Tally Week continues to grow. In the fall of 2014, 251 schools across the state participated in Student Travel Tally Week during September and October 2014—56 more schools than participated in 2013! In addition to learning about their own student travel trends and setting the baseline measurement for future SRTS projects, these schools are able to make division and statewide reports to see how their schools compare within their division and across the state. You can view the statewide report for a detailed analysis.

During the tally months, 365,125 total trips were counted statewide in more than 40 different cities and towns. Overall, when traveling to school:

  • 62% of students take the bus
    (64% in 2013)
  • 23% of students ride in a family vehicle
    (24% in 2013)
  • 10% of students walk to school
    (9% in 2013)
  • 3% of students ride in a carpool
    (2% in 2013)
  • 1% of students bike to school
    (0.8% in 2013)
  • 0.4% of students take transit or other modes
    (0.3% in 2013)



How are students in your school division getting to and from school? Check out the fall 2013 and 2014 Student Travel Tally Week division wide reports in Adobe PDF!

  • Alexandria City Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Arlington Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Chesapeake Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Clarke County Public Schools, 2013
  • Colonial Heights Public Schools, 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Galax City Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Harrisonburg Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Henrico County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Loudoun County Public Schools, 2013
  • Lynchburg Public Schools, 2014
  • Norfolk Public Schools, 2014
  • Portsmouth Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Prince William County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Stafford County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, 2013, 2014

Want to make a tally report for your school? Please read these instructions to learn how.


This Introduction to Student Travel Tall Week presentation discusses the basics of Student Travel Tally Week including the importance of taking tallies, how you can prepare for Student Travel Tally Week, how to conduct tallies, and the methods of uploading tally data.  To learn more about accessing tally data and running travel tally reports, watch the webinar, Student Travel Tally Week: Moving Forward or view the slideshow.



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: Feb. 18, 2015