Safe Routes to School



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.  

Program News

January 9 - New Resource for Infrastructure Grant Information

We updated our Infrastructure Grants page to include more information about the grants that have been funded since 2007, when Safe Routes to School began in Virginia.  You'll find information about each of the $28 million worth of projects funded with SRTS and Transportation Alternatives funds, provided on a map and in a tabular format.  You can get to the Infrastructure Grant information through the School Travel Plans and Grants page under the Resources heading.  

January 4 - Stay Informed About Virginia SRTS in 2018

Happy New Year! Staying on top of Virginia SRTS activities and announcements is an easy resolution to keep. Sign up here to receive our monthly eblasts and quarterly newsletters. We also keep an archive of past newsletters, including the one from December 2017, at the bottom of the Events & Newsletters webpage. Have a topic you'd like to see covered a future edition? Let us know by sending an email to

December 13 - New Learn it. Do it. Live it! Resource 

Social media channels provide unparalleled access to local, national, and international audiences. They combine
these audiences with a number of ways to track, measure, and explore success. To help you understand the
variety of choices, our newest Understanding Social Media Analytics Learn it. Do it. Live it! describes two basic types of social media metrics relevant to SRTS outreach and describes how to access the analytics portals on Facebook and Twitter. Find more Learn it. Do it. Live it! resources on a variety of topics in our Resource Library.

December 1 - Nominations Open for Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard of 2017

CGAD Rain or ShineDoes your crossing guard stand outside in all types of weather? Is he or she always smiling and have a kind word as you travel to and from school? Is your crossing guard one of Virginia's Most Outstanding? Tell us all about why your crossing guard is one of the state's best using our online form. Be sure to include a photo and story letting us know how your crossing guard truly goes above and beyond. Winners will be announced on our website on February 7, 2018.

But don't stop there! Be sure to celebrate and thank your crossing guard on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day next February 14, 2018. Find event ideas and downloads, including thank you cards, sticker templates and flyers on the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day webpage.

November 30 - 2018 Non-Infrastructure Grants Announcement

VDOT is pleased to announce another round of Non-Infrastructure Grants for 2018. The success of Virginia's SRTS program is due in large part to the dedicated local coordinators funded by the Non-Infrastructure Grants. The program began with 10 coordinators for the 2013-2014 school year and has grown to 18 coordinators working in 16 jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. 
Details and application materials are available on the Non-Infrastructure Grants webpage, but here are the highlights:
  • February 7, 2018: Online application system opens.
  • March 23, 2018: Last day to complete and submit the full application.
  • 20% match: School divisions that have received full funding for at least three years will be asked to match a portion of VDOT's grant funds with local funds or donations.
  • Activities and Programs Plan Review: First time applicants are encouraged to submit a draft Activities and Programs Plan (APP) for review by February 14, 2018 prior to submitting the final plan.
  • Online application system access: The final APP must be submitted in order to have full access to the online application system.

New to the SRTS grant process? Please give us a call or send an email to let us know, so we can answer your questions and make sure you are aware of all of the resources that are available!

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Program Purpose

Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
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

Five Year Strategic PlanThe 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. 


Contact Info

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
Phone: 804-371-4868
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711

Page last modified: Jan. 9, 2018