Safe Routes to School Program
Events and Newsletters
August 11, 2016: First QuickStart Mini-grant Due Date
August 11 is the first of three fall due dates for our popular QuickStart Mini-grants. QuickStart Mini-grants are $1,000 grants for schools that are interested in funding a small (or large) Safe Routes to School activity. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, and funds must be used within 90 days of receiving the award. The August 11 date allows schools to plan and fund an event for International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. The other fall due dates are September 8 and October 13. More information and the link to the online application are available on the QuickStart Mini-grants webpage.
September 8, 2016: Walkabout Mini-grant Application Due
Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure survey and written report about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around their school coordinated by the LTAC serving their region that can be used to support an infrastructure grant application, such as TAP. The VA SRTS Program offers one Walkabout in the fall and another in the spring. Learn more about Walkabouts and apply online on the Walkabouts Mini-grants page
September - October, 2016: Student Travel Tally Week 2016
Take a ‘show of hands’ travel tally at your school any week in September or October to assess student travel patterns and take part in the statewide effort to encourage more students to bike and walk to school. 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 add to the others on their SRTS Banner. Learn more on the Student Travel Tally Week webpage.
October 5, 2016: 20th Anniversary of Walk to School Day
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to be a part of one of the biggest Walk to School Day celebrations yet! This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Walk to School Day, and there are many exciting events being planned across the country. In Virginia, our goal is 300 registered events on www.walkbiketoschool.org and we can’t do it without your help! We have everything you’ll need to plan and promote your event our Walk to School Day page.
Stay informed about the SRTS developments in Virginia with the VDOT SRTS Newsletter. Every newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events and features articles about SRTS grant opportunities and SRTS program implementation.
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Skyline Middle School’s bike fleet, Harrisonburg, VA