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Program News Archives

August 15 – Get Ready for Student Travel Tally Week in September and October

Student Travel Tallies are quick, in-class surveys that provide valuable information on student travel patterns and can help you monitor the success of your SRTS program over time. The Virginia SRTS program promotes Student Travel Tallies every year during September and October. To encourage broad participation across the state, schools that participate for the first time will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner and a decal to decorate the banner. Repeat participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner. Visit the Student Travel Tally Week page for more information and classroom resources.

August 10 – Register for the 20th Walk to School Day Celebration

October 5, 2016 marks the 20th Walk to School Day celebration in the United States. Be a part of the fun by registering your event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. The Virginia SRTS program uses the number of registered events to track participation, and every school that registers will receive a Walk to School Day decal.

Last year, 282 Virginia schools hosted Walk to School Day events in October. Can we beat 300 in 2016? Check out the Walk to School Day page for event planning ideas and incentive item templates.

 

July 11 – Congratulations 2016-2017 Non-Infrastructure Grant Winners

VDOT has committed to provide a total of $1,000,000 in SRTS Non-Infrastructure Grants for the 2016-2017 academic year. Over 60% of awardees are starting their fourth year with the program, helping their schools keep up the momentum with walking and biking curricula, events, and other programming. The program would also like to welcome the City of Charlottesville, as this is their first non-infrastructure SRTS grant.

Each awardee will use a portion of their funds to hire a local coordinator to work with the schools on SRTS activities. Awardees have each developed 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

 

Awardee Grants Awarded Number of schools in the grant workplan Amount Awarded
Arlington County Public Schools 4 30 $88,000
Chesapeake Public Schools 4 38 $64,000
Chesterfield Public Schools 3 9 $63,000
City of Charlottesville New! 8 $56,000
City of Galax 4 3 $20,000
City of Newport News 3 14 $60,000
Fairfax County Public Schools 4 164 $95,600
Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids 
(Richmond Public Schools)
2 6 $45,000
Loudoun County Public Schools 4 20 $67,600
Lynchburg Public Schools 4 13 $75,000
Norfolk Public Schools 3 32 $90,000
Portsmouth Public Schools 4 12 $40,000
Prince William County Public Schools 4 28 $65,800
Rockingham County Public Schools 2 19 $90,000

Sentara RMH Medical Center

(Harrisonburg City Schools)

4 7 $35,000
Williamsburg-James City County 
Public Schools
4 5 $45,000
Total   408 $1,000,000

 

Contact your Local Technical Assistance Coordinator if you'd like more information about these awards. Congratulations to all!


June 6 - 2016-2017 VA SRTS Calendar Available

Summer is a great time to start planning SRTS activities for the next school year! Stay organized and informed about upcoming statewide and national SRTS events by downloading our calendar here and check out the Resource Library page for more planning tools.

 

May 31 - Celebrating Bike to School Day 2016!

Congratulations Virginia, Bike to School Day 2016 was another incredible success! A total of 218 schools across the state registered events on www.walkbiketoschool.org, not only beating our goal of 200 events, but also exceeding last year's total by almost 50 events.

Nationally, Virginia ranked third among all states based on the number of Bike to School Day event registrations, and well ahead of ahead of bigger states like Florida, Texas and New York!

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of SRTS partners like you. Thank you to everyone who registered events, coordinated with schools, educated students about bicycle safety and participated in Bike to School events during the month of May.

Carver Intermediate School, Chesapeake

Claremont Elementary School, Arlington

 

April 12 – National Recognition for Virginia’s Local SRTS Coordinator Program

Earlier this spring, the National Center for Safe Routes to School featured Virginia’s Local SRTS Coordinator Program as one of the Success Stories on their website, www.saferoutesinfo.org.

This feature is the third Success Story from Virginia, but the first to highlight the unique structure that makes Virginia’s program so effective. Since the Local SRTS Coordinator Program launched in 2012:

  • Walk to School Day participation has tripled, rising from 98 registered events in 2012 to 282 registered events in 2015.
  • Bike to School Day participation has increased significantly, from 26 registered events in 2012 to 218 registered events in 2016.
  • Student Travel Tally collection has gone from fewer than 30 schools before 2012 to 266 schools participating Student Travel Tally Month in 2015.

As impressive as these numbers are, they don’t tell the full story. Read the entire piece here and discover how the Virginia Local SRTS Coordinator Program’s impact is even greater than participation rates in these signature events suggest.

March 18 – City of Galax Wins James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award

We are pleased to announce that the City of Galax and Galax Safe Routes to School have been awarded the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students who walk and bicycle to school. Linda Mock is the Local Safe Routes to School Coordinator in Galax and has done an outstanding job of building its SRTS program.

This year the award is part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Federal Safe Routes to School program. It will be presented in collaboration with the National Safe Routes to School Conference being held April 5-7, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

March 18 –New Marketing Materials for Your SRTS Program

Looking for a program logo or want to download a sticker template to print incentives for your next event? Check out the reorganized Marketing Toolkit page.

Materials for specific events, like Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day, Student Travel Tally Week and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day are still available on the pages for each event.

graphicFebruary 17—Registration Open for National Bike to School Day

The flagship spring event for Safe Routes to School programs across the country, this year Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 4. Last year, 172 Virginia schools participated –a 43 percent growth from 2014! Nationally, Virginia ranked 5th among states with the most BTSD events. Help us reach 200 events this year by registering on www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Whether you are a seasoned Bike to School Day champion or will be planning an event for the first time, be sure to check out the resources on the program website, including How to Plan a Walk or Bike to School Day Event in 7 Days and our Learn it, Do it, Live Event Ideas tip sheet.

Important Dates:

  • February 1, 2016: Due date for optional review of APP by your LTAC
  • February 29, 2016: Due date to submit APP to Rob Williams via the online grants management system for approval prior to submitting a Non-Infrastructure Grant application
  • April 1, 2016: Non-Infrastructure Grant application due

January 29 – Updated Non-Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines and FAQ Available

VDOT updated Non-Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines and FAQ documents for the 2016-2017 grant round. The Program Guidelines describe the program and application process as a whole, including eligible applicants, application procedures and information about local match requirements. The FAQ document provides a brief overview of the changes to this year’s application process, with regard to local match requirements for some applicants. Both are available with the Activities and Programs Plan template on the Non-Infrastructure Grants and Activity & Program Plans webpage.  Additional details for administering the grants, beginning from the initial notification of award, can be found in the Grant Procedures Guide.

There’s still time to apply for a Non-Infrastructure Grant for 2016-2017! Activity and Program Plans are due by February 29, 2016, and grant applications are due April 1, 2016.  Both the plan and the application must be submitted through our online grant management system, which is now open.

January 11 - New Resources Available for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is less than a month away! Spread the word about your Outstanding Crossing Guard to local media using our new Press Release and Media Advisory templates. Find them, along with thank you cards, stickers and plenty of event ideas in the Resources section of the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day page.

January 1 – Apply for a Walkabout Mini-grant for your school

Want to learn more about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around your school? Walkabout Mini-grant recipients work with the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator in their region to conduct a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure survey and document conditions in a written report. The walkabout itself is an excellent opportunity for community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions, share perspectives, and build consensus around potential solutions. The report can then be used to support grant applications for infrastructure improvements.

Applications for a spring walkabout are available online, and must be completed by February 4, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February, with the Walkabout expected to occur March or early April.

December 15 - Congratulations Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge Winners!

Seventeen Virginia schools won cash awards for their participation in the fall Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, National PTA and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The next challenge will take place in May 2016. See a complete list of winners and learn more about the May challenge on the Fire Up Your Feet website.

December 1 - Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Nominations Open

The nomination period for the third annual Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award opens on December 1, 2015. Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to nominate their crossing guard for the award by filling out a short online form and submitting a photo of the crossing guard in action. The nomination period will close on January 22, 2016.

 
 


 

Winners will be announced on February 3, one week before Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 10, 2016. Learn more about last year’s winners and download flyers, thank you cards and other materials you can use to celebrate crossing guard on the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day webpage.

November 5 – VDOT Announces Non-Infrastructure Grants for 2016

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 17 jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. To expand the reach of SRTS even further, school divisions that have received SRTS Non-Infrastructure grant funding for at least three years will be asked to provide a 20 percent local match as part of their grant budget for the year.

October 26 – Last week for Student Travel Tallies

The Student Travel Tally Week season is coming to a close. To be eligible for banners and decals, all tally data should be entered on saferoutesdata.org or submitted to the National Center for Safe Routes to School for processing by October 31.



James River Elementary, Williamsburg

In 2014, 237 schools collected tallies. The information they collected is used by schools and school divisions to detect trends in student travel, as well as by local planners and engineers to support infrastructure improvements. To see last year’s results and learn more about Student Travel Tallies, visit the STTW webpage or contact your LTAC.

 

October 23 – Be Safe, Be Seen

With Halloween approaching and daylight hours getting shorter, it’s important to discuss how to stay safe when walking or biking after dark. Pedestrians and bicyclists should avoid dark colors and wear clothing and accessories made from reflective materials. Bicyclists are required by state law to have a white headlights and red taillights when traveling between dusk and dawn.

For Halloween, expect more children and parents walking in your neighborhood, and follow these tips from Safe Kids:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

October 16 – More Schools Participating in Walk to School Day

The number of Walk to School Day events across the state and the country continues to grow. This year, 280 Virginia schools participated in Walk to School Day, an increase of almost 60 schools from last year’s total. Check out the Walk to School Day page for more photos from events across the state.


Hybla Valley Elementary, Alexandria

 


Stone Spring Elementary, Harrisonburg

 


Paul Munro Elementary, Lynchburg

 

October 7 – VDOT Announces $940,000 in SRTS Grant Awards

This year, VDOT marks International Walk to School Day by announcing a total of $940,000 in SRTS non-infrastructure grant awards to 15 school divisions and other organizations to support local SRTS activities. Each recipient will hire a SRTS coordinator to encourage active transportation to school through organized activities and purchasing equipment to educate students about walking and biking safety. Activities funded through grants will be implemented throughout the current school year and into the summer.

The following school divisions will receive grants:

  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • City of Galax on behalf of Galax City Public Schools
  • Greater Richmond Fit4Kids on behalf of Richmond Public Schools
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Lynchburg City Schools
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center on behalf of Harrisonburg Public Schools
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

 

October 7, 2015: International Walk to School Day (iWalk)

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration with record breaking participation each October.  

In 2014, 220 Virginia schools participated. Let’s see if we can hit 250 in 2015! Visit our Walk to School Day webpage for more information, and be sure to register your event on www.walkbiketoschool.org to be a part of the international celebration. Remember - October is Walk to School Month, so schools can host an event any day in the month.

 

September 8 - October 30, 2015: Participate in Virginia Student Travel Tally Week (STTW)

Schools across Virginia are encouraged to conduct Student Travel Tallies in classrooms during one week of their choosing in either September or October. To encourage participation, schools conducting tallies for the first time this fall will receive a SRTS banner to hang in their school. Just survey at least 80% of your classrooms and upload the data to www.saferoutesdata.org, the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s online data clearinghouse. Schools participating for a second or third time will receive STTW decals to decorate their banners. Supporting materials including principal and parent letters, flyers and tally forms are available on our Student Travel Tally Week webpage.

 

August 3 – Fall 2015 Walkabout Mini-grant Information

The Virginia SRTS Program is pleased to offer another round of Walkabout Mini-grants this fall. The recipients of a Walkabout Mini-grant will work with the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator (LTAC) serving their region to conduct an assessment of the walking and bicycling conditions around their school. The LTAC will also prepare a report documenting the existing conditions and the recommendations that emerge from the Walkabout. The Walkabout Report should be used to support specific infrastructure grant applications.

To learn more and apply for a Walkabout, please visit the Student Travel Plans & Grants page. The applications for the Walkabout Mini-grants are due on October 8.

 

August 1 – Student Travel Tally Week dates announced

This year, Student Travel Tally Week (STTW) is any week in September or October that works best for your school. The only exception is that Student Travel Tallies should not be taken the same week as a Walk to School Day event. Student travel tallies are an important evaluation tool to measure the success of a SRTS program, and the data is often requested in grant applications.

To encourage broad participation across the state, first time participants in Student Travel Tally Week will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner. Repeat participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner. Visit the Student Travel Tally Week webpage to download the STTW Toolkit with everything you need to conduct tallies at your school.

 

July 30 – New Resource Available: Making SRTS Happen at the School Division Level

Packed with information gathered from school divisions and SRTS coordinators throughout the state, the Making SRTS Happen at the School Division Level Learn it. Do it. Live it! resource is now available in the Resource Library. Policy changes and support for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) at the school division level can help communities make sustainable, long-term gains in the number of students safely walking and bicycling to school. Whether you are new to SRTS or a long term advocate, this resource has plenty of innovative ideas and real world examples to help further your work.
 

June 16 – 2015 TAP Applicant Workshops

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is the federal funding source for "alternative" transportation projects, such as those that benefit walking and biking to school. New sidewalks, installing high-visibility crosswalks, and building connections to off-street trails, are examples of projects funded through TAP. TAP is administered by VDOT's Local Assistance Division, which is once again hosting workshops over the summer for interested applicants. The workshops are free, and held at four different locations throughout the state.

  • Farmville - July 22
  • Culpeper – August 4
  • Smithfield – August 11
  • Whytheville – August 20


All workshops start at 10:00 AM. Visit the Local Assistance Division website to register for a workshop, get directions and learn more about TAP by downloading the Transportation Alternatives Guide.June 8 – Fall  Due Dates Announced

The Virginia SRTS Program is pleased to announce another round of QuickStart Mini-grant funding in the fall of 2105. Applications will be compiled and reviewed on:

  • August 13,
  • September 10, and
  • October 8.


QuickStart Mini-grants are $1,000 reimbursement grants that can be used to fund a variety of SRTS initiatives and activities. For lists of past grant-funded activities, eligible expenses and the link to the online application, visit the QuickStart Mini-grants webpage.

June 1 – Summer and SRTS

The school semester may be almost over, but SRTS is still going strong! Encourage students to continue practicing their safe walking and biking habits during vacation, and use the time to prepare for the coming year. There are a lot of events that happen close to the beginning of the school year including International Walk to School Day and Student Travel Tally Week, so any advance preparation is sure to pay off. For more ideas on how to use the summer to advance your SRTS work, check out the Learn it. Do it. Live it. Safe Routes Summer Planning tip-sheet.

May 31 – Record breaking participation in Bike to School Day

Virginia’s 2015 Bike to School Day was an unprecedented success! A total of 172 schools across the state registered events on www.walkbiketoschool.org, not only surpassing our goal of 150 events but also smashing last year’s total by almost 50 events.

Two Virginia localities also made it into the list of the top five cities with the most events nationwide. They were Arlington County with 33 and the City of Chesapeake with 26 registered events.

April 1 - Fire Up Your Feet Spring Challenge (via SRTS National Partnership)

Schools play a big role in encouraging active lifestyles for students of all ages and ensuring kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Fire Up Your Feet helps students, families and school staff make small lifestyle changes that can yield big rewards in terms of overall health. Even better, more than $100,000 in awards will be given out nationally to support active schools. The Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge kicks off in April and May in select states and regions, which includes all parts of Virginia. Sign up today!

March 17 - Second National Bike to School Day Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway (via National Center for SRTS)

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are teaming up again to celebrate Bike to School Day with the National Bike to School Day Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway. This second annual Bike Share Giveaway will provide 10 bikes and 20 helmets to 10 schools and community organizations across the United States.

Individuals, schools and organizations that register their Bike to School Day event online are eligible to win one of the ten drawings for Schwinn’s bike and helmet giveaway. Each giveaway will include 10 bicycles and 20 helmets to be awarded to a winning school. Drawings will begin on Wednesday April 15th. Winners will be announced weekly on the Safe Routes to School and Schwinn Facebook pages. View the complete rules here.

March 1 – The 2015 Non-Infrastructure Grant Application is Now Open

Applications must be completed and submitted through our online application system.

You can learn more about the application process on our grant page, and you can download and review the application questions here.

February 11 – 2015 Registration for Bike to School Day Events Open!

Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials and many other supporters nationwide for the fourth annual National Bike to School Day on May 6, 2015. Last year, more than 2,220 events were registered for the third annual National Bike to School Day – a thirty percent increase from the previous year.

Olde Creek Elementary School, Fairfax

Over the past two years, Virginia experienced an even greater increase in registered Bike to School events, growing 44 percent between 2013 and 2014! In 2014, there were a total of 121 registered events. Can you help us reach 150 in 2015?

Walt Whitman Middle School, Alexandria

To assist us in meeting our goal, please register your event on www.walkbiketoschool.org. Registration for 2015 begins on February 11. It’s free and open to all individuals and/or organizations planning a 2015 Bike to School Day event in the United States. By registering your event, you will gain access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities. For more info, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org and check out our Bike to School Day page.

February 11 – Virginia’s Second Annual Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is a statewide event devoted to saying thank you to those who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school.

While the Virginia SRTS Program has designated the second Wednesday of February as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, we encourage schools and communities to plan their own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on any day that works for them to recognize the valuable service crossing guards provide to make safe routes to school a reality.

February 6 – Results of Fall 2014 Student Travel Tallies Now Available!

Last fall, the Virginia Safe Routes to School program expanded Student Travel Tally Week to include any student travel tallies taken in the months of September and October 2014. As a result, a record 251 schools participated - 56 more than in 2013! Statewide, the percentages of students walking and biking to school have both increased, and account for 11 percent of trips combined. For more Student Travel Tally Week results, including select school division summary reports, visit the Student Travel Tally webpage.

February 3 – New Resource Available! Learn it. Do it. Live it! Working with Law Enforcement

Program staff has put the finishing touches on the latest resource in the Learn it. Do It. Live It! series. Law enforcement personnel in your local police or sheriff’s department are natural partners for your SRTS program. For example, law enforcement can help direct traffic for special events like Walk/Bike to School Day and many departments have their own Bicycle Patrols that can lead a bike rodeo. Read more about how to involve your local law enforcement personnel and find examples from other Virginia communities in the Working with Law Enforcement LDL. Also be sure to check out the other topics in the series in the Resource Library.

January 14 – VDOT announces Non-Infrastructure Grant funding for 2015

Non-Infrastructure (Activities and Programs) Grants are available in amounts between $5,000 and $100,000 to support education, encouragement, evaluation and enforcement programs related to Safe Routes to School. The Non-Infrastructure Grant can also be used to fund a SRTS coordinator. Before starting the grant application, applicants must complete a SRTS Activities & Programs Plan (APP). Detailed information about eligibility can be found in the Program Guidelines and application information is available on the Activities and Programs Plan and Non-Infrastructure Grants webpage. Non-Infrastructure Grant applications are due March 31, 2015.

January 2 – QuickStart Mini-grant Spring Due Dates

The spring due dates for QuickStart Mini-grants are February 12, March 12 and April 9. These $1,000 grants for schools interested in funding a small (or large) Safe Routes to School Activity like Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (February 11) or Bike to School Day (May 6) events are easy to apply for and a great way to start up a Safe Routes program.  Applications are evaluated in the order they are received (hint: apply early!) Learn more with the Learn it. Do it. Live it. QuickStart Mini-grants resource guide and apply online before any of the three dates listed above.

December 1, 2014 – Outstanding Crossing Guard Nominations Now Open!

As part of the statewide Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 11, 2015, the Virginia Safe Routes to School program is sponsoring the second annual Outstanding Crossing Guard Awards. Regardless of whether the crossing guard at your school is a volunteer, a police officer, a teacher or a staff member, s/he provides a valuable service to your school community by helping everyone get to school safely. Is your crossing guard up well before dawn and out working rain or shine? Give your crossing guard the recognition they deserve by nominating them online before January 19, 2014.  Winners will be announced on February 6, 2015.

December 1 – Nominate your crossing guard for the 2015 Outstanding Crossing Guard Award!  Submit your nomination  before January 19, 2014.  Winners will be announced on February 11, 2015, Virginia’s second annual Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! Regardless of whether the crossing guard at your school is a volunteer, a police officer, a teacher or staff member, s/he provides a valuable service to your school community by helping everyone get to school safely. School crossing guards are up well before dawn and work rain or shine to ensure the safety and well-being of our children. 

October 8, 2014 – International Walk to School Day! A recording breaking 220 schools in Virginia participated in International Walk to School Day (iWalk) this year! 42 more schools participated compared to last year, the highest level of participation in the state since the start of Walk to School Day.

iWalk Envents in Virginia

Students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state took time in October to get outside and celebrate safe walking and biking to school. Celebrating iWalk is a valuable way for schools to teach the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety, share the benefits of an active lifestyle, and to have fun with friends and family. Check out the photos below to see how schools celebrated iWalk this year.

 

Enterprise Elementary School, Woodbridge

Enterprise Elementary School, Woodbridge

Enterprise Elementary School, Woodbridge

 

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School, Waynesboro

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School, Waynesboro

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School, Waynesboro

 

Hampton Oaks Elementary, Stafford

Hampton Oaks Elementary, Stafford

Hampton Oaks Elementary, Stafford

 

Victory Elementary School, Portsmouth

Victory Elementary School, Portsmouth

June 15 – Safe Routes to School Summer Planning. School may be winding down, but the summer is an excellent time to begin planning next year’s SRTS program and activities.  The VDOT Safe Routes to School program has developed a Summer Planning Learn it. Do it. Live it! tip sheet to help you and your school get ready for a great Safe Routes to School year. The resource shared tips and ideas for how best to make use of the summer to support your school’s Safe Routes to School program. The resource is available here.   

National Bike to School Day was a Success in Virginia! – Last month, 121 schools, 37 more schools than last year, participated in Bike to School Day in Virginia. Students, parents, schools and communities took time to celebrate safe bicycling and walking to school. Schools held all sorts of bicycle events to celebrate the day – bicycle rodeos, bicycle repair demonstrations, helmet fittings, and safety lessons, among others. Check out the photos to see how schools in Virginia celebrated National Bike to School Day!

 

A student at Belle View Elementary School is fitted for a helmet.

A student at Belle View Elementary School is fitted for a helmet

Students at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School show off their bicycles.

Students at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School show off their bicycles.

 

Students at Olde Creek Elementary School get ready for a bike train.

Students at Olde Creek Elementary School get ready for a bike train.

 

Students at Tuckahoe Middle School ride through a bicycle obstacle course during their Bike At School event.

Students at Tuckahoe Middle School ride through a bicycle obstacle course during their Bike At School event.

Thomas Harrison Middle School students receive water bottles for participating in Bike to School Day.

Thomas Harrison Middle School students receive water bottles for participating in Bike to School Day.

Students at Campbell Elementary School walk their bikes on campus.

Students at Campbell Elementary School walk their bikes on campus.

Students and their families take part in Bike Train on their way to Vienna Elementary School.

Students and their families take part in Bike Train on their way to Vienna Elementary School.

Antietam Elementary School students ride their bicycles across the school’s fields.

Antietam Elementary School students ride their bicycles across the school’s fields.

The bicycle rack filled up fast at Mount Vernon Community School.

The bicycle rack filled up fast at Mount Vernon Community School.

Didn’t see your school’s Bike to School Day Event? We’d love to post it, send us picture from your school’s SRTS event and we’ll showcase it on the website. Send photos to Info@VirginiaSRTS.org.

And remember, just because it’s no longer May doesn’t mean your school can’t host a Bike to School Day.  Check out all of the great Bike to School Day resources that you can use to celebrate bicycling and walking to school everyday!

May 1, 2014 – Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge – Sign up your school to compete in the Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge!  This challenge allows schools to compete for a portion of $5,000 that will be given to schools in Challenge Awards. To participate in the challenge, schools need to keep track of student participation and activity.  You can download the coordinator tool kit to help register for the event and learn how to keep track of student activity. For more information and additional resources, please visit the Fire Up your Feet Spring Activity Challenge resource page  and if you have further questions about Fire Up Your Feet or the Spring Activity Challenge, feel free to contact Beth Richards (beth@saferoutespartnership.org) or Christine Green (christine@saferoutespartnership.org).

April 22, 2014 – Celebrate Earth Day with Safe Routes to School – Every April 22, people from around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day and show their support to improve the environment.  The Virginia SRTS program is celebrating Earth Day 2014 by releasing a new resource called “Going Green with SRTS,” which provides strategies that local SRTS programs can use to highlight the environmental benefits of walking and bicycling to school.

April 1, 2014 – Saris Bicycling Poster Contest Winner – This is the fourth annual Saris Bicycling poster contest and this year’s theme is a quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The first place winner will be awarded a bicycle, light, and helmet. Also, the winning poster will be submitted to the national contest and the winner will receive a trip to next year’s National Bike Summit as well as get a bike rack for twenty bicycles for their school.  Virginia’s second place winner will be awarded a bicycle light and helmet, and the third place winner will be awarded a bicycle helmet.

The winning poster submissions from Virginia are:

First Place

Elyse Ladia of Greenbriar West Elementary School

1st Place

 

Second Place

Ruto Thi of Galax Middle School

Second place

 

Third Place

Umaima Asghar of Springfield Estates Elementary School

 

April 1, 2014 – Bike to School Day Resources – Bike to School Day is May 7, 2014 and Virginia Safe Routes to School wants your school to be ready to roll!  Visit our Bike to School Day page  to find guides, tip sheets, and helpful links to make your school’s Bike to School Day a success. Also, be sure to visit WalkBiketoSchool.Org to register your school’s Bike to School Day Event.

April 1, 2014 - Bikeology – Just in time for Bike to School Day, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) have developed a ready-to-use bicycle safety curriculum to help teach bicycle safety to middle school students. The curriculum is aligned with AAHPERD’s national standards for K-12 physical education and includes lessons to help teach bicycle safety skills as well as assessments to measure student progress.   You can download the curriculum online. This curriculum is a great addition to NHTSA’s Pedestrian Safety Curriculum, another resource for teachers and Safe Routes to School advocates to teach pedestrian safety to elementary school students.
 

February 20, 2014 – The Virginia SRTS program is pleased to announce six recipients of the Outstanding Crossing Guards of the Year program for 2013:   

Angie Thigpen, Charles Barrett Elementary School Caroline Woolwine, McHarg Elementary School, John Dalton Intermediate School & Radford High school Fancelle Liggins, Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland Middle School & Cumberland High School Jim O’Brien, Johnson-Williams Middle School & Berryville Primary School Phyllis Krapf, Armstrong Elementary School Sherry Mull, Stratford Landing Elementary School

Angie Thigpen, Charles Barrett Elementary School

Caroline Woolwine, McHarg Elementary School, John Dalton Intermediate School & Radford High school

Fancelle Liggins, Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland Middle School & Cumberland High School

Jim O’Brien, Johnson-Williams Middle School & Berryville Primary School

Phyllis Krapf, Armstrong Elementary School

Sherry Mull, Stratford Landing Elementary School

These six crossing guards are considered members of the nominating school’s family and positive role models making the trip to school safe and pleasant, as they get to know all of the students and their families who cross the street on the way to and from school.

VDOT also recognized three crossing guards for honorable mention for their hard work and service to their schools and communities:

Chester Robinson, Crestwood Elementary School

Howard Wallace, James River Elementary School

Joe McDonald, Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School, McNair Elementary School & South Lakes High School

crossing guard appreciation day 2014The Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year program is part of a larger effort by the Virginia SRTS program to highlight the importance of crossing guards. Crossing guards arrive at their posts often before sunrise and stay until the first bell rings.  They protect students in front of all types of vehicles – cars, buses, trucks and bikes and they keep students safe in rain, snow, and sun. 

Students, parents and communities nominated 25 local crossing guards to be the Most Outstanding Crossing Guard of 2013.  All the nominated crossing guards have shown to be irreplaceable members of their communities and have gone above and beyond their duty as they help keep Virginia’s students safe crossing the street on their way to and from school.  These crossing guards have shown complete dedication to their job showing up at intersections in all types of weather in order to help students cross in front of all types of vehicles – cars, buses, trucks, and bikes – these crossing guards are true community heroes.

Other nominated crossing guards are:

Anne Pago, Lake Anne Elementary School

Arlene Keels, Belvedere Elementary School

Carolyn Davis, Daniels Run Elementary School & St. Leo the Great School

Cheryl Belolli, Centreville Elementary

Mrs. Courtney, Matthew Maury Elementary School

Florence Verstynen, Poplar Halls Elementary School

Mr. Jeff, Kenmore Middle School

JoAnn Cowley, Springwoods Elementary School

Marietta Pierce, Westridge Elementary School

Norman Howard, John Adams Elementary School

Richard Thomas, George Mason Elementary School

Ms. Richardson, Samuel Tucker Elementary School

Simone Henderson, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

Teresa Noonan, Oakridge Elementary School

Tina Johnson, Enterprise Elementary School

Visit the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day page to see what parents and schools had to say about the winning crossing guards, print out thank you cards and other materials to show your neighborhood crossing guard how much you appreciate their service

January 21, 2014 - 4th Annual National Bicycling Poster Contest – The Saris Cycling Group is holding a poster making contest for 5thgrade students across the country.  One winning 5th grade student from Virginia will receive a new bicycle, bike light, helmet, and will be entered in the National Bicycling Poster competition.  One National winner will receive a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. and their school will receive bicycle parking for twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.

This contest is an interactive activity to give students an opportunity to express their creativity, to get excited about bicycling, and to learn about healthy living.  All submissions are due by March 7, 2014.  To learn more about the contest, please read the Virginia contest rules and the contest permission slip.

January 20, 2014 -- The Virginia Safe Routes to School program is excited to offer Walkabout Mini-grants!  Walkabouts are led by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinators and give schools and neighborhoods a great opportunity to bring together community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions around a school, share perspectives of student transportation issues, and build consensus around potential solutions.  The resulting report can help schools identify the existing conditions and can recommend infrastructure improvements for schools that are applying for an infrastructure grant.  Apply Online today!

4th Annual National Bicycling Poster Contest – The Saris Cycling Group is holding a poster making contest for 5th grade students across the country.  One winning 5th grade student from Virginia will receive a new bicycle, bike light, helmet, and will be entered in the National Bicycling Poster competition.  One National winner will receive a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. and their school will receive bicycle parking for twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.

This contest is an interactive activity to give students an opportunity to express their creativity, to get excited about bicycling, and to learn about healthy living.  All submissions are due by March 7, 2014.  To learn more about the contest, please read the Virginia contest rules and the contest permission slip.

February 5, 2014 - Join us on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm for the next Virginia SRTS program webinar: Safe Routes to School in Small Towns.  Safe Routes programs have increased the safety of walking and bicycling to and from school for students across the stat in large cities and small towns.  However, each school faces unique challenges to encouraging SRTS and must adapt the Safe Routes program to its environment.  Solutions for large cities and suburban areas may not necessarily be applicable to small towns and vice versa.  In this webinar we’ll hear from SRTS supporters from Berryville and Galax, Virginia and learn about the techniques they use to promote Safe Routes to School in Small Towns. Register online!

January 20, 2014 -- The Virginia Safe Routes to School program is excited to offer Walkabout Mini-grants!  Walkabouts are led by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinators and give schools and neighborhoods a great opportunity to bring together community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions around a school, share perspectives of student transportation issues, and build consensus around potential solutions.  The resulting report can help schools identify the existing conditions and can recommend infrastructure improvements for schools that are applying for an infrastructure grant.  Apply Online today!

January 3, 2014 -- The Virginia SRTS program is honoring crossing guards during Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 12.  This day, or any other day in February, will be used to show appreciation for the women and men who help students cross the street on their walking and biking routes every school day, regardless of the weather. Information on how to recognize crossing guards is available under Acknowledgement Programs.

Outstanding crossing guards throughout the state will be identified and thanked through nominations by their schools.  Nominations will be received through January 25, with Outstanding Crossing Guard recipients announced by February 12.  More information is under Acknowledgement Programs.

New LTAC Regions!

We’re starting 2014 by creating new LTAC regions.  The state will be divided into Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal regions and will each have one Local Technical Assistance Coordinator to assist local Safe Routes to School programs.  Remember, an LTAC can help generate ideas for a local Safe Routes project, provide information regarding possible funding opportunities, discuss basic planning needs, and offer general guidance for sustainable Safe Routes to School programs. Click here  to learn more about the LTAC program and to find out which counties fall into which regions.

Infrastructure Grants Announced!

Twenty-one schools across fifteen cities have been awarded infrastructure grants, which will be used to install new sidewalks, improve crosswalks, and add signage to increase pedestrian and bicyclist visibility to motorists.

Clarke Elementary School
Charlottesville
High Visibility intersection upgrades; 
crosswalk improvements

North Elementary School
Colonial Heights
Sidewalks

Galax Elementary and Middle school
Galax
High visibility intersection upgrades

Stone Spring Elementary School
Harrisonburg
Sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA ramps

Belview Elementary School
Radford
High visibility crossing

Bass Elementary School and Linkhome Elementary and Middle School
Lynchburg
Sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA ramps, pedestrian and bicycle signage

Fox Elementary School and Munford Elementary School
Richmond
Raised crosswalks, traffic circles, pedestrian and bicycle signage

Auburn Elementary and Middle SchoolRiner
High visibility crossings

Berkeley Glenn Elementary
Waynesboro
Sidewalk, ADA ramp improvements

Flint Hill Elementary and Graham Road Elementary
Fairfax County
Crosswalk realignment, high visibility intersections

Antietam Elementary
Woodbridge
Sidewalks and crosswalks

Johnson-Williams Middle
Berryville
Sidewalks

Herndon Elementary
Herndon
Sidewalks, and pedestrian signal upgrades

Kenbridge Elementary
Kenbridge
Pedestrian Signals, signage upgrades, and ADA ramps

Vienna Elementary
Vienna
Sidewalks, crosswalks, and ADA ramps

 

October QuickStart Mini-Grants Announced!

Another nine schools in Virginia were awarded $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants in October, bringing the total to 105 schools awarded grants since the start of the program. Many of these schools will use their grant for on-going Walk and Bike to School activities, while others are adding new bike racks and safety equipment.

Cunningham Park Elementary
Vienna
Walking Wednesdays Events

George Washington Middle / City of Alexandria
Alexandria
Walking School Bus Project

Glebe Elementary School
Arlington
Walk, Ride & Roll to School

Dumbarton Elementary
Richmond
Walk to School Events & Active Living Challenges

 

 

Lake Anne Elementary
Reston
Walk to School All Year

Park View Elementary
Portsmouth
Bike Racks & Safety Equipment

Victory Elementary
Portsmouth
Bike Racks

Stonewall Middle
Manassas 
Student Pedometers

Williamsburg-James City County Schools
Williamsburg
Student Pedometers

 

September QuickStart Mini-grant awards fund Walk to School Day events statewide

October 25, 2013 – Twenty-one schools were awarded QuickStart Mini-grants in September, many to be used for October Walk to School Day events. Other schools will use the $1,000 grant for on-going activities, such as monthly walking and bicycling to school events, healthy lifestyle programs, and bicycle safety education. 

The October awardees will be announced in the next few weeks.  One more round of applications is available this fall, with applications due by November 21.  

Bellwood Elementary School/ Fit4Kids
Chesterfield
Walk to School Day event

Chesapeake Public Schools
Chesapeake
Division-wide Walk to School Day event

Cub Run Elementary School
Penn Laird
Walk to School Day event

George Mason Elementary School
Richmond
Walk to School Day event

Ginter Park Elementary School
Richmond
Walk to School Day event

Jeb Stuart Elementary School
(through Greater Richmond Fit4Kids)
Richmond
Walk to School Day event

Maybeury Elementary School
(through Greater Richmond Fit4Kids)
Walk to School Day event

Thomas Harrison Middle School
Harrisonburg
First Fridays Fitness

John C Myers Elementary School
Broadway
Bicycle safety for young riders

Linwood Holton Elementary
Richmond
After school enrichment bicycle class

Minnick Education Center
(through Lutheran Family Services)
Roanoke
Bicycle Safety Training

Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Harrisonburg
Walk and Bike to School Event

Sanders Corner Elementary School
Ashburn
Walk to School Program

Seldens Landing Elementary School
Leesburg
Bike Safety Rodeo

Skyline Middle School
Harrisonburg
First Fridays Fitness

Spotswood Elementary School
Harrisonburg
Morning Bicycle club (used in PE classes)

Sunrise Valley Elementary School PTA
Reston
Monthly bike and Walk to School Days

Swansboro Elementary School
Richmond
Walk to School Day event

Venable Elementary School
Charlottesville
Healthy Habit/Healthy Mind Walk to School Day event

Westbriar Elementary School PTA
Vienna
Wednesdays are for Walking and Biking

Williamsburg-James City County Schools
Williamsburg-James City County
Walk to School Day events

 

Record-breaking participation in International Walk to School Day

October 11, 2013 – 186 Virginia schools participated in this year’s International Walk to School Day, increasing last year’s 114 by 72.  A sampling of media coverage from events in Central Virginia is provided below.

 

The third annual National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  This event is quickly becoming popular in Virginia, with 84 schools hosting events in 2013 – over twice the number in 2012, the events inaugural year. More information on National Bike to School Day is available through the event hotline at WalkBiketoSchool.org.

Ten More QuickStart Mini-grants Awarded

August 29, 2013 – Ten additional schools received a $1,000 QuickStart Mini-grant for activities this fall:

Abington Elementary School, Arlington
Safe Walk and Bike to School Events

Arlington Public Schools
Safe Walk and Bike to School Events

Drew Model School, Arlington
Safe Walk and Bike to School Events

Hoffman-Boston Elementary School, Arlington
Start new SRTS program

Mill Run Elementary School PTO, Ashburn
Bicycle racks and bicycle safety assembly

Minnick School, Harrisonburg
Mountain Bicycling Unit

Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Harrisonburg
Bicycle Rodeo

Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg
For Waterman Elementary School, Spotswood Elementary School, and Keister Elementary School
Incentive items for Walk to School Day events

Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community, Suffolk
For Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Creekside Elementary School
Healthy Steps Walk to School activities

Thomas Harrison Middle School PTO, Harrisonburg
Bicycle Safety Curriculum

More QuickStart Mini-grants are available this fall!  Application due dates are September 19 and October 17.  Information on QuickStart Mini-grants and the online application are on the website under School Travel Plans and Grants.

Safe walk and bike to schoolStudent Travel Tally Week Expected to Yield High Participation

August 29, 2013 – Dozens of Virginia schools are expected to participate in Student Travel Tally Week in 2013, especially with the incentive of receiving an event banner.  In preparation for this year’s event, the Virginia SRTS program has created an easy-to-use online form to capture travel tally information and materials to help schools participate.   More information on Student Travel Tally Week is on this new web page.

August 14 Webinar to field fall funding questions


Aug. 14, 2013 – The Virginia SRTS program will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 14 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. to review fall funding opportunities and events.  Local and school and government staff interested in both infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities to promote SRTS are encouraged to attend.  The webinar, a live version of the recent newsletter, will provide a time for participants to ask questions during an ‘open phones’ segment.  Click here to register for the webinar.  More information is available through the Virginia SRTS program hotline at 1-855-601-7787 or visit us at www.Virginiadot.org/saferoutes

New Mini-grant will help prepare infrastructure grant application

July 16, 2013 – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program now offers two types of Mini-grants:  the QuickStart Mini-grant and a new Enhanced Walkabout Mini-grant.  The Enhanced Walkabout Mini-grant is specifically designed to support infrastructure grant applications, such as for a Transportation Alternatives Grant.  Applications for this new mini-grant are due August 23, 2013.  Six Enhanced Walkabout Mini-grants are available this fall in order to meet the Transportation Alternatives grant application deadline of November 1. More information and the online application are on the Enhanced Walkabout Mini-grant page.

QuickStart Mini-grants offer $1,000 in funds for local SRTS program activities.  To date, nearly 60 grants have provided pedestrian and bicycle safety education, support walking and bicycling to school events, and enhanced walking and bicycling conditions.  More QuickStart Mini-grants are available between July and November. Information is available on the QuickStart Mini-grant landing page

Transportation Alternatives Program workshops and call for applications

July 16, 2013 – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s local Assistance Division will accept applications for infrastructure projects from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA), formally the Transportation Enhancement Program and Safe Routes to School Program.  The application deadline is November 1, 2013.  Four applicant workshops will be held in August to review the TA program eligibility, application process, and scoring criteria.  SRTS infrastructure projects will be eligible for additional points as part of the scoring criteria.  The workshops last about two hours and are free of charge.  For additional information or to register for a workshop please call 1-800-444-7832 (TTY users only, call 711).  Workshop locations and TAP program guidelines are on the Local Assistance Division website under Transportation Alternative Programs (TAP) and on the Virginia SRTS program Travel plans and grants landing page.

Four communities awarded non-infrastructure grants; more grants available fall 2013

July 16, 2013 -- VDOT has awarded SRTS non-infrastructure grants to four Virginia communities: 

Fairfax County Public Schools, $99,300
Division-wide program with SRTS coordinator at 165 schools.  Activities include local SRTS training and toolkits, walk/bike to school day activities, and program evaluation.

Lynchburg City Public Schools, $78,000
Division-wide program with SRTS coordinator at seven schools.  Activities include route map development, safety curriculum, bike/walk to school days, walking club, crossing guard training, and program evaluation.

City of Galax, $54,750
Division–wide program with SRTS coordinator at three schools.  Activities include “school zone” plan development, bike/walk to school day activities, bicycle library, and program evaluation.

Macy McClaugherty Elementary – Giles County Public Schools, $6,000
Single school program, activities include pedestrian and bicyclist safety education and outreach, law enforcement coordination, policy development, and program evaluation.

“These grants are an important resource for school communities that intend to establish life-long walking and bicycling habits for their youth,” said Rob Williams, Virginia’s state SRTS Coordinator.  “In addition, we expect that the grant award will foster a sustainable safe routes to school culture within each community.”

VDOT will accept applications for additional Activities and Programs Projects (non-infrastructure grants) in late fall 2013.  The application deadline is December 17, 2013. Applications must include a VDOT-approved SRTS Activities and Programs Plan.  Activities and Programs projects include education, encouragement, and enforcement activities intended to affect student or driver behavior, and evaluation activities to monitor impacts of the SRTS program. More information on the grant process and required plan is available on the SRTS Activities and Programs page.

Student Travel Tally Week is September 16 - 20

July 16, 2013 – The Virginia Safe Routes to School program will partner with Virginia schools to collect information on the now students travel to and from school during Student Travel Tally Week, September 16 to 20.  This annual event helps measure the success of SRTS programs throughout the state.  All schools are encouraged to participate, regardless of the status of a local SRTS program. 

More information about Student Travel Tally Week is under School Travel Plans and Grants.  Or call the Virginia SRTS program hotline at 1-855-601-7787.

Partnership with the Virginia Department of Education yields 10 SRTS Division Coordinators

July 16, 2013 -- Working in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, VDOT has provided funding for10 Virginia school divisions for a staff person to foster safe routes to school activities within their division.  Working under the supervision of the division’s Health and PE coordinator, each SRTS Division Coordinator will work over the next school year to encourage their students to walk and bike to school.  The coordinator will work with PE and Health teachers, as well as other school staff, with a goal to develop and sustain an effective Safe Routes to School program.  “We are pleased to partner with the Department of Education on this effort, especially because our missions are so complementary,” said Rob Williams, Virginia’s state SRTS Coordinator.  “Over time, we are hoping all local SRTS programs in Virginia will benefit from this program.”

April 2, 2013 –The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has awarded another seven $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants, bringing to 45 the total number of schools benefiting from this program.

Ashburn Elementary School (Ashburn)
Bike Safety Rodeo

Belleview Elementary School (Fairfax)
Bike racks and Bike Safety Assembly

Buzz Aldrin Elementary School PTA (Reston)
Bike to School Day event

Chesterbrook Elementary School PTA (McLean)
Walk to School Day material and bike rack

Peak View Elementary School (Penn Laird)
Bike Rodeo/Bike Club

Salem Church Elementary School (North Chesterfield)
Bike Safety Unit for 4th and 5th grades

Town of Herndon
Bike Rodeo with frequent biker program

There are two more opportunities this spring to apply -- April 18 and May 16. To start planning for your grant now, go to the QuickStart Mini-grant program on the website under School Travel Plans and Grants.

February 19, 2013 -- VDOT will hold six workshops across the state during March and April.  The workshops will include information on QuickStart Mini-grants and an upcoming call for non-infrastructure grant applications.  As a bonus, two participants at each workshop will be selected to have a walking or biking event organized by VDOT at their schools!

More details on the locations, dates and how to register will be available in the coming weeks under Events.

February 15, 2013 – Another round of QuickStart Mini-grants is available.  Applications will be accepted through March 14, 2013, with awards in time for planning a spring event such as Bike to School Day.  Information on the QuickStart Mini-grant program, including past awards, grant ideas, and a link to the online application are under QuickStart Mini-grants.

January 11, 2013 -- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has awarded another eight $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants, bringing to 38 the total number of schools benefiting from this program.

 

Chesterfield County Public Schools (North Chesterfield)

Keeping You Safe, Bike Helmet Safety

 

Cunningham Park Elementary School (Vienna)

Walking Wednesdays, Bike Rodeo, and Pedestrian and Bike Safety

 

Hopkins Road Elementary School (North Richmond)

Bike Rodeo

 

JB Watkins Elementary School (Midlothian)

JB Watkins Elementary School Bike Safety Program

 

Laurel Ridge Elementary School (Fairfax)

Promote Biking to School with Bike Racks

 

Lynbrook Elementary School (Springfield)

Lynbrook Bike Rodeo

 

Tomahawk Creek Middle School PE Department (Midlothian)

Bicycling Intramural Club  

 

Van Pelt Elementary School (Bristol)

Walk to School Day Event

 

An additional round of QuickStart Mini-grants will be announced this winter, start planning for your grant now.  Information on the QuickStart Mini-grant program is available on the website under School Travel Plans and Grants.

Dec. 4, 2012 -- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has awarded another four $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants, bringing to 32 the total number of schools benefiting from this program.

Kent Gardens Elementary School, McLean
Bike it!  

Prince William County Public Schools (benefits Dale City Elementary School, Parkside Middle School, and Beville Middle School) 
Bike Safety and Education Program  

Russel Middle School, Lawrenceville 
Bicycle Rodeo 

Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg (benefits Skyline Middle School, Smithland Elementary School, and Spotswood Elementary School)
'Risk Watch' Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education

Information on the QuickStart Mini-grant program and a link to the online application is available on the website under School Travel Plans and Grants.  The final round of applications in 2012 is due on December 20.  

Nov. 6, 2012 – The Virginia SRTS program will host a Webinar on November 14 to provide more information on upcoming grant applications and other new resources available for local SRTS programs.  The Webinar may be especially relevant for local programs interested in applying for a QuickStart Mini-grant or a non-infrastructure grant.  The Webinar will be on

Wednesday, November 14

3 to 4 p.m. 

Sign up for webinar by clicking on this link:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/327395766

Nov. 6, 2012 -- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has awarded another four $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants, bringing to 26 the total number of schools benefiting from this program.

Town of Berryville (benefits Berryville Primary School and Johnson-Williams Middle School)

Light up the Ride Town Bike Rodeo

Centreville Elementary School PTA, Centreville

Walk to School Week recognition program

Lake Ann Elementary School, Reston

Pedometers for students who pledge to walk to school through the existing SRTS program

Town of Pearisburg (benefits Macy McClaugherty Elementary–Middle School)

Start a SRTS program with a 5-K Walk to School activity

 

Information on the QuickStart Mini-grant program and a link to the online application is available on the website under School Travel Plans and Grants.  Two more rounds are planned for the fall, with application deadlines of November 15 and December 20. 

Five More Grants Awarded

Oct 12 -- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has awarded another five $1,000 QuickStart Mini-Grants, bringing to 22 the total number of schools benefiting from this program.  
Two more rounds of applications are available this fall:  Thursday, October 18 and Thursday, November 15.  Click here for more details. 

17 Grants Awarded So Far

September 18, 2012 – The Virginia Safe Routes to School program awards 17 $1,000 QuickStart Mini-grants. 

Bayview Elementary School
     Walk to school event

Bensley Elementary School
     BikeSmart curriculum in grades 4-5

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School
     Berkeley Glenn Elementary SRTS new sidewalk ribbon cutting event

Burnley Moran Elementary School
     Burnley Moran Walk-A-Thon

Clover Hill Elementary School
     Clover Hill Elementary Safe SWARM to School

Crestwood Elementary School
     Crestwood Safe Travels Program

Cumberland County Elementary School
     Instructing students on how to ride a bicycle properly

Daniel's Run Elementary School
     Daniel's Run Elementary International Walk/Bike to School Day

Garfield Elementary School
     Garfield Bike Rodeo

Jennie Dean Elementary School
     Bike rodeo and bike/walk safety promotion (at Harvest Moon Family Fun & Fitness Festival)  

Louise Archer Elementary School
     International Walk to School Day; Walking Wednesdays; Vienna Bike/Walk to School Challenge

Marshall Road Elementary School
     Monthly "Walking Wednesdays" and "Bike Trains"

Nottingham Elementary School
     Walk to school event, Bike Safety Unit

Oakridge Elementary School
     Walk to School Event

Robious Elementary School
     A Walking School Bus on Our New Sidewalks!

Shoemaker Elementary School, Gate City Middle School
     Crosswalk designation and proper marking

Vienna Elementary School
     Walking Wednesdays

QuickStart Mini-grants are appropriate for communities that plan to start a SRTS program or for communities with an on-going SRTS program that need a little help with a SRTS event.  Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. 

Many first round awardees will use their grant to support an International Walk to School Day event.  Additional grants are available this fall.  The next application deadline is September 27

A total of 50 $1,000 mini-grants are available. Fifty percent of the award will be provided to grantees within 10 days of notification; the remaining amount will be provided upon completion of the project and submission of a brief final report. 

More information and the online application are available on School travel plans and grants landing page, under QuickStart Mini-grants.

Call for SRTS Grant Applications, More Resources for Local SRTS Programs

September 10, 2012 -- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program has issued a call for grant applications for both infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure projects.  This is the first time since 2010 that VDOT SRTS Program is accepting applications for non-infrastructure projects and represents another outcome of the Program’s Strategic Plan completed earlier in 2012.  More information on the grant application and new, user-friendly travel plan information are available on the School Travel Plans and Grants section.

VDOT is also offering resources for local SRTS programs with four new programs:

Three local technical assistance coordinators (LTACs) are now available to assist local SRTS programs.  Each LTAC is assigned to work in one of three state regions.  Their work will involve both direct contacts (telephone, email, in-person) with local communities and VDOT District Offices, and on broader activities that support SRTS statewide and locally.  For contact information and to find out which LTAC serves your community, visit the Contact Us section.

A new online Starter Kit is now available to assist local programs just getting underway.  The Kit includes information on forming a SRTS team, planning a walk and bike to school event, and talking points to use for community SRTS presentations.  See the Starter Kit section for more information. 

VDOT has also created an acknowledgement program to recognize those that contribute to local safe routes to school programs.  See the Acknowledgement Program section for more information. 

On August 24, VDOT announced a SRTS QuickStart Mini-grant program, Student Travel Tally Week (a statewide count of student travel-to-school modes) and a reminder about the October 3 Walk to School Day.  This announcement and others are in our announcement archives for easy access.

 

August 23, 2012 -- The Virginia SRTS program is pleased to announce the first in a series of changes designed to encourage more communities to start and maintain a safe routes to school program.   

A new hotline and email address

It’s easier to contact us now with a new program hotline and email. Call the hotline during regular business hours with a quick question or for more information about the Virginia SRTS program.  The number is 1‐855‐601‐7787.  If email is easier, write to us at info@VirginiaSRTS.org .  We’ll respond within one business day.

If you’re new to SRTS and want to make a quick start, or have a SRTS program and need a bit of help with an event, consider applying for one of our new QuickStart Mini-grants.  The first round of these $1,000 grants is available to help with an October 3 Walk to School Day event (or any walking and biking event in October).  The application deadline is Thursday, September 6 for these grants, with awards announced by Tuesday, September 18.  After that, grant applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.  Click here for more information and to access the application.

Student Travel Tally Week

The new school year is a great opportunity to establish a new tradition, especially one that will lay the groundwork for better Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in the future! With this in mind, the Virginia SRTS program has named the week of the September 17 as Student Travel Tally Week!   As a school that values Safe Routes to School we ask you to participate in this new statewide tradition. Click here for more information.

More to come

We have more in store.  In two weeks, we’ll issue a call for grant applications, introduce you to three Local Technical Assistance Coordinators, and new content to our website, including our theme - Learn it. Do it. Live it.

2012 Funding Selections Announced

The VDOT Safe Routes to School Program has selected 28 schools in 18 communities from across the commonwealth to receive SRTS funding as part of the 2012 award round.  

Kids and Bikes

Through a competitive application process VDOT will distribute $5.9 million to these communities to fund projects including:

  • New sidewalks
  • Bicycle parking
  • Bike/ped crossing improvements
  • Multi-use trails

These are designed to make it safer and more convenient for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade to walk or bicycle to school.   

2012 SRTS infrastructure awards

To learn about how you can apply for VDOT’s Safe Routes to School funds, visit our school travel plans and grants page.
 

 

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