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.  

Program News

February 7 - Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their crossing guard. We received over 150 nominations for 76 different crossing guards throughout the Commonwealth! The selection committee had their work cut out for them to select the winners below. However, we all agreed that these six are truly outstanding, consistently going above and beyond for their communities.

  • Almaz Abebe, Arlington Public Schools
  • Dave Becker, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Brenda Lee-Pawlak, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Doris McKellick, Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Bruce and Kathleen Morrison, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Anne Rodriguez, Fairfax County Public Schools

Learn more about the winners and find additional resources to support your own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day celebration here. Virginia will be celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation day on Wednesday, February 14 but there's really no bad day to recognize your crossing guard.

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.

You'll find information about each of the $28 million worth of projects funded with SRTS and Transportation Alternatives funds, 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 SRTS

Staying on top of Virginia SRTS activities and announcements is easy. Sign up here to receive 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 and Newsletters page.

Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Send 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 types of social media metrics relevant to SRTS and describes how to access the analytics 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 2017 Most Outstanding Crossing Guard

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 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 excels. Winners will be announced Feb. 7, 2018.

Be sure to thank your crossing guard on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, Feb. 14, 2018.

Find event ideas and downloads, including thank you cards, sticker templates and flyers on the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day page.

November 30: 2018 Non-Infrastructure Grants Announcement

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is pleased to announce another round of Non-Infrastructure Grants for 2018. 

The success of the SRTS program is due, in large part, to the dedicated local coordinators funded by Non-Infrastructure Grants.

The program began with 10 coordinators in the 2013-2014 school year and has grown to 18 coordinators in 16 jurisdictions. 

Details and applications are on the Non-Infrastructure Grants page.

  • Feb. 7, 2018: Online application system opens.
  • March 23, 2018: Last day to complete and submit the application.
  • 20 percent match: School divisions receiving 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 Feb. 14, 2018, prior to submitting the final plan.
  • Online access: The final APP must be submitted in order to have full access to the online application system.

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

>>News archives


Program Purpose

Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
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 is managing the Transportation Alternatives program.  More information >>

Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through SRTS. More information: Travel Plans and Grants landing page

SRTS Strategic Plan

Five Year Strategic PlanSRTS completed a strategic plan to guide our work through 2017. Click on the cover at the right. 


Robert J. Williams
SRTS coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia, 23219
Phone: 804-371-4868
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711

Page last modified: Feb. 7, 2018