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.
November 1 - Upload Your Student Travel Tallies by November 15
The period for taking Student Travel Tallies ends this week. Schools have until November 15 to enter their tally data on saferoutesdata.org to be eligible for banners and decals. Instructions for using the national SRTS Data Collection System are available on our Student Travel Tally Week webpage. Since this a national database and consistency is important to be able to track changes over time, please contact your LTAC if you can't find your school or have questions about uploading your data. We're happy to help!
October 31 - Walk to School Month Wraps Up
This year, 364 schools hosted walking-related events during the month of October - an increase of over 10 percent from last year! Thank you to everyone who was a part of planning and hosting events; we hope to see you all back in the spring for Bike to School Day on May 8, 2019.
October 26 - Upcoming Webinars from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The SRTS National Partnerships regularly hosts free webinars on a variety of SRTS topics. In November, they will host two webinars, "Learn the Ropes: How to Start Your Safe Routes to School Program" and "Walk Audit 2.0: Walkability Assessment Next Steps." Both webinars start at 1:00 PM Eastern. Please visit their website for more information and registration links.
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.
Robert J. Williams
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia, 23219