Safe Routes to School Program
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.
March 18 – City of Galax Wins James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award
We are pleased to announce that the City of Galax and Galax Safe Routes to School have been awarded the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students who walk and bicycle to school. Linda Mock is the Local Safe Routes to School Coordinator in Galax and has done an outstanding job of building its SRTS program.
This year the award is part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Federal Safe Routes to School program. It will be presented in collaboration with the National Safe Routes to School Conference being held April 5-7, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
March 18 –New Marketing Materials for Your SRTS Program
Looking for a program logo or want to download a sticker template to print incentives for your next event? Check out the reorganized Marketing Toolkit page.
Materials for specific events, like Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day, Student Travel Tally Week and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day are still available on the pages for each event.
February 17—Registration Open for National Bike to School Day
The flagship spring event for Safe Routes to School programs across the country, this year Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 4. Last year, 172 Virginia schools participated –a 43 percent growth from 2014! Nationally, Virginia ranked 5th among states with the most BTSD events. Help us reach 200 events this year by registering on www.walkbiketoschool.org.
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 program website, 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 1, 2016: Due date for optional review of APP by your LTAC
- February 29, 2016: Due date to submit APP to Rob Williams via the online grants management system for approval prior to submitting a Non-Infrastructure Grant application
- April 1, 2016: Non-Infrastructure Grant application due
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