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Welcome to Virginia Safe Routes to School!
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School, 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 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program has been active in Virginia since 2007 and helps schools and communities across the state make walking and biking to school a safe, convenient, natural activity.
April 1 - Fire Up Your Feet Spring Challenge (via SRTS National Partnership)
Schools play a big role in encouraging active lifestyles for students of all ages and ensuring kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Fire Up Your Feet helps students, families and school staff make small lifestyle changes that can yield big rewards in terms of overall health. Even better, more than $100,000 in awards will be given out nationally to support active schools. The Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge kicks off in April and May in select states and regions, which includes all parts of Virginia. Sign up today!
March 17 - Second National Bike to School Day Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway (via National Center for SRTS)
The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are teaming up again to celebrate Bike to School Day with the National Bike to School Day Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway. This second annual Bike Share Giveaway will provide 10 bikes and 20 helmets to 10 schools and community organizations across the United States.
Individuals, schools and organizations that register their Bike to School Day event online are eligible to win one of the ten drawings for Schwinn’s bike and helmet giveaway. Each giveaway will include 10 bicycles and 20 helmets to be awarded to a winning school. Drawings will begin on Wednesday April 15th. Winners will be announced weekly on the Safe Routes to School and Schwinn Facebook pages. View the complete rules here.
March 1 – The 2015 Non-Infrastructure Grant Application is Now Open
Applications must be completed and submitted through our online application system.
February 11 – 2015 Registration for Bike to School Day Events Open!
Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials and many other supporters nationwide for the fourth annual National Bike to School Day on May 6, 2015. Last year, more than 2,220 events were registered for the third annual National Bike to School Day – a thirty percent increase from the previous year.
Olde Creek Elementary School, Fairfax
Over the past two years, Virginia experienced an even greater increase in registered Bike to School events, growing 44 percent between 2013 and 2014! In 2014, there were a total of 121 registered events. Can you help us reach 150 in 2015?
Walt Whitman Middle School, Alexandria
To assist us in meeting our goal, please register your event on www.walkbiketoschool.org. Registration for 2015 begins on February 11. It’s free and open to all individuals and/or organizations planning a 2015 Bike to School Day event in the United States. By registering your event, you will gain access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities. For more info, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org and check out our Bike to School Day page.
Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
The Safe Routes to School Program is a federally-funded program created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
As written in SAFETEA-LU, the purpose of the SRTS program 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 in the vicinity of 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. Click here for more information.
Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program. More information is available on the Travel Plans and Grants landing page.
Virginia SRTS Program Strategic Plan
The VDOT Safe Routes to School Program completed a Strategic Plan to guide our work through 2017. The Plan is available for download by clicking on the cover.
Robert J. Williams
Safe Routes to Schools Program coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219