Safe Routes to School
Welcome to Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). Click here to read a welcome letter from Virginia's Safe Routes to School Coordinator.
If you’re new to SRTS, 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.
February 5 - Introducing Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards
With 300 nominations, competition was fierce, but we have selected Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2019. Congratulations to Royce McCoy, Dina Perry, Zeleke Taffesse, Mary Randoph, Ursula Coleman, and Wilma Modlin! Read about their dedication and our honorable mentions on the CGAD webpage. We give thanks for all crossing guards and their attention, patience, and cheer. Don't forget to celebrate your crossing guard on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 12!
February 3 - Safe Routes in All Weather Photo Contest
The Safe Routes Partnership is celebrating walking, biking, and rolling in all types of weather with an exciting photo contest. Winners in the three categories (Safe Routes to School in All Weather, Safe Routes to Parks in All Weather, and Fun and Humor) will receive $50 gift cards. Submit by February 28 to promote your SRTS program. Learn more about the contest on the Safe Routes Partnership's website, and happy photographing!
January 22 - Non-Infrastructure Grants Opening Soon
VDOT is pleased to announce the Non-Infrastructure Grants for the 2020-2021 school year! These grants are used to fund SRTS-related activities, reimburse relevant costs, or SRTS district coordinators. Applications open on February 11 and are due March 20. Click here to learn more about eligible programs and how to apply for Non-Infrastructure Grants.
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.
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219