Safe Routes to School
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School (SRTS), 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.
September 16 - Take Student Travel Tallies in September or October!
A Student Travel Tally is a quick, in-class survey that provides valuable information on student travel patterns. To participate in Student Travel Tally Week, conduct a Student Travel Tally at your school in September or October using paper forms or online links and enter the data on the Safe Routes to School Data Collection System (saferoutesdata.org) by November 15. Schools that participate for the first time will receive a Virginia SRTS banner to display, and all participating schools will receive a Student Travel Tally Week decal for 2019. For more information, click here.
September 12 – Register and plan your Walk to School Day Event
The first day of school has come and gone - which means we're only a month away from Walk to School Day, Safe Routes to School's signature fall event! This year Walk to School Day falls on Wednesday, October 2, but we encourage schools to hold one or more walking events throughout the month of October as their schedules allow.
Last year, 364 schools across Virginia held walking events during Walk to School Month. So far, we have 24 schools registered for 2019. We're trying to reach an unprecedented 400 events, and we need your help! Please remember to register your school's event at walkbiketoschool.org so it can be part of the buzz leading up to and after the event. Registration is simple, only takes a few minutes, and you'll get a Walk to School Day decal for your school in early December.
July 10 - Download a Safe Routes to School 2019-2020 Calendar today
Although it feels like the middle of summer, the school year will be here before you know it. Get a head start on your planning with the 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 28 - Our Best Bike to School Day Yet!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Bike to School Day this year. We're very excited and extremely proud to report that at the end of the month, there were 313 registered events across the Commonwealth, well exceeding our statewide goal of 300! This made us in 2nd place nationwide for the 2nd year in a row behind California. We hope that Virginia schools will use this momentum to start planning for Walk to School Day on October 2. Visit the Walk to School Day page for resources and more information.
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.
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219