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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
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.
Student 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)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.