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.
April 30 - Virginia Heads Towards Another Record-Breaking Bike to School Day
We're less than two weeks away from Bike to School Day on May 9, and registrations on www.walkbiketoschool.org are getting closer and closer to our goal of 235. As of April 30th, Virginia is leading the country with 234 registered events; 13 percent of the national total!
Looking for ideas for your event or ways to maintain biking to school year round? Tune in to a free webinar hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership at 1:00 PM Eastern on May 2 to hear about "bicycle breakthroughs" in Minneapolis, MN and Austin, TX. Register here.
March 13 - Bike to School Day Registration Open
The signature spring event for Safe Routes to School programs across the country, this year Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 9. Last year, 226 Virginia schools participated, breaking the record from the previous year. Can we reach 235 events in 2018? Be sure to register your event on www.walkbiketoschool.org to be counted towards the total and earn a Bike to School Day decal for your school.
Whether you are a seasoned Bike to School Day champion or will be planning an event for the first time, be sure to check out the resources on the Bike to School Day webpage, including How to Plan a Walk or Bike to School Day Event in 7 Days and our Learn it, Do it, Live Event Ideas tip sheet.
February 7 - Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Winners Announced!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their crossing guard. We received over 150 nominations for 76 different crossing guards throughout the Commonwealth! The selection committee had their work cut out for them to select the winners below. However, we all agreed that these six are truly outstanding, consistently going above and beyond for their communities.
- Almaz Abebe, Arlington Public Schools
- Dave Becker, Loudoun County Public Schools
- Brenda Lee-Pawlak, Fairfax County Public Schools
- Doris McKellick, Chesapeake Public Schools
- Bruce and Kathleen Morrison, Chesterfield County Public Schools
- Anne Rodriguez, Fairfax County Public Schools
Learn more about the winners and find additional resources to support your own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day celebration here. Virginia will be celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation day on Wednesday, February 14 but there's really no bad day to recognize your crossing guard.
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 is managing the Transportation Alternatives program. More information >>
Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through SRTS. More information: 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