Safe Routes to School
Want to learn more about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around your school? Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure assessment and written Walkabout Report coordinated by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator serving their region.
The Walkabout is an excellent opportunity for community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions, share perspectives, and build consensus around potential solutions. The Walkabout Report will include descriptions and photos of the conditions observed during the Walkabout. Recommended infrastructure improvements may also be included in the report, if the applicant intends to apply for a specific funding opportunity.
Online Application - Click here to apply for a Walkabout.
Applications for Walkabout Mini-grants are accepted twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, with one Walkabout Mini-grant awarded per cycle. The due dates for the 2021-2022 school year have passed. The deadlines for the 2022-2023 school year are September 29, 2022 and March 2, 2023.
Walkabout reports are designed to support subsequent infrastructure grant applications, such as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grants. These grants are administered by VDOT's Local Assistance Division, with the deadlines occurring every other year in the fall. More information on these infrastructure grants can be found here.
Who can apply for a Walkabout Mini-grant?
The entities who may apply for funding include:
- Schools (public and private)
- School divisions
- Local governments (cities, counties, or towns)
- Regional and state agencies working on behalf of a school or schools
- Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations working on behalf of a school or schools
At the Walkabout itself, representatives from as many of the above organizations as possible should be represented to gain a holistic understanding of barriers to walking and biking to school, and community-wide buy-in to help address them.
Walkabout Mini-grant Recipients
Schools receiving Walkabout Mini-grants to date are shown on the map listed below. Links to the Walkabout reports are available under the map.
- Bellwood Elementary School, Richmond
- Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg
- Bessie Weller Elementary School, Staunton
- Burnley-Moran Elementary, Charlottesville
- Chickahominy Middle School, Mechanicsville
- Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, Williamsburg
- Cool Spring Elementary, Mechanicsville
- Dupont Elementary School, Hopewell
- Elkton Elementary School, Elkton
- Enderly Heights Elementary School, Buena Vista
- Enon Elementary School, Chester
- Galax Elementary School, Galax
- Glebe Elementary School, Arlington
- Glen Allen Elementary School, Glen Allen
- Gordon Barbour Elementary School, Gordonsville
- Jackson Via Elementary School, Charlottesville
- James K. Polk Elementary School, Alexandria
- JEB Stuart Elementary School, Richmond
- Johnson-Williams Middle School, Berryville
- Luray Middle School, Luray
- Lovettsville Elementary School, Lovettsville
- McCleary Elementary School, New Castle
- Nansemond Parkway Elementary School, Suffolk
- Norview Elementary School, Norfolk
- Pearl Sample and A.G. Richardson Elementary Schools, Culpeper
- Pulaski Middle School, Pulaski
- Rocky Gap Elementary School, Rocky Gap
- St. Patrick Catholic School, Norfolk
- Triangle Elementary School, Triangle
- Walker Upper Elementary School, Charlottesville
- Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Fishersville
Other Walkabout Reports
The reports below have been created by partners of the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program and are provided for reference purposes only. While VDOT staff may have participated in these walkabouts and/or the creation of the reports, inclusion on this webpage does not represent official endorsement of the reports by VDOT
If you have any questions, please contact the organization that developed the report.
If you're interested in creating your own Walkabout Report, please send an email to email@example.com for more information.