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Sept. 28, 2017



11th ANNUAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IS OCTOBER 4
VDOT’S Safe Routes to School Program awards more than $900,000

RICHMOND, Virginia – Children will be using foot-power to get to class during events planned across the state to celebrate the 11th annual Walk to School Day (WTSD) in Virginia on Oct. 4.

More than 250 schools are already signed up to participate, and that number will continue to rise as events are added throughout October, which is International Walk to School Month. Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which administers the federal Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) in the commonwealth, saw 292 schools in Virginia participate in WTSD – an all-time high since the event was first held in 2007.

Events can be registered online at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. For additional information, contact Robert Williams at 804-371-4868, or visit the following websites:

Each year, VDOT’s SRTS program awards non-infrastructure grants to assist school systems that prioritize biking and walking to school. During the 2017-18 school year, more than 400 schools will benefit from this grant funding totaling $960,029.

“SRTS grants fund activities and programs that support making walking and biking to school a safe, convenient and natural activity,” said VDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Robert Williams. “Each school system receiving a grant has shown dedication to prioritizing walking and biking to school.”

Grants can range from $5,000 to $100,000. Non-Infrastructure grant awardees use a portion of their funds to hire a local coordinator to work with the schools on SRTS activities and develop their own program of activities for the school year.

Typical activities include:

  • Participation in International Walk and Bike to School Days
  • Developing monthly / weekly walking programs or clubs
  • Establishing and supporting walking school buses and / or bike trains
  • Conducting parent surveys and student travel tallies
  • Providing pedestrian and / or bike safety training and resources
  • Hosting bike rodeos
  • Participating in Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Grants were awarded as follows:

Organization

Number of Schools

Number of Students

Grant Award

Alexandria City Public Schools

7

5,014

$53,800

Arlington Public Schools

29

23,500

$82,600

Chesapeake Public Schools

38

26,551

$61,500

Chesterfield County Public Schools

10

7,348

$57,292

City of Charlottesville

8

3,108

$59,000

City of Galax

3

1,324

$17,103

Fairfax County Public Schools

169

129,291

$83,800

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

7

3,300

$43,000

Loudoun County Public Schools

20

13,612

$67,600

Newport News Public Schools

23

12,779

$82,000

Norfolk Public Schools

34

22,858

$92,000

Portsmouth Public Schools

12

8,489

$40,000

Prince William County
Public Schools

36

22,473

$61,800

Rockingham County
Public Schools

19

7,627

$86,000

Sentara RMH (Harrisonburg)

8

4,073

$27,534

Williamsburg - James City County
Public Schools

6

4,242

$45,000

429

295,589

$960,029

                                    

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