Safe Routes to School
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School (SRTS), click here for an introduction letter to the program from Virginia’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Rob Williams.
And be sure to check out this program brochure for some quick facts about Virginia Safe Routes to School.
The SRTS program has been active in Virginia since 2007 and helps schools and communities make walking and biking to school a safe, convenient, natural activity.
March 6 - Register your school for Bike to School Day 2019
Let the countdown to SRTS' signature spring event begin! Bike to School Day, which takes place on Wednesday, May 8 this year, is only two months away. That's still plenty of time to plan an event; we even have resouces to help you plan one in as little as 7 days. Check out the Bike to School Day webpage for more.
Last year, 286 Virginia schools registered for Bike to School Day and reaped the benefits of increased physical activity, more time to socialize with friends and family, and arriving at school focused and ready to learn. Can you help us expand the reach of Bike to School Day to 300 schools this year? Be sure to register your event on walkbiketoschool.org to join the movement and be counted towards our goal.
February 11 - Non-Infrastructure Grant Application Open
VDOT is pleased to announce another round of Non-Infrastructure Grants for the 2019-2020 school year! As in years past, a VDOT-approved Activities and Programs Plan (APP) is required for the application, and school divisions that have received full funding for at least three years will be required to include a 20 percent local match as part of their grant budget for the year. Program staff will again be available to review your draft APP prior to your official submission to ensure that it meets the program requirements. The online application will open for submissions on February 11, and must be completed by March 22. For more information, please consult the Virginia SRTS Program Guidelines on the Non-Infrastructure Grants page.
February 6 - Meet Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2018!
This year's winners of the Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard award have been announced. You can view their profiles on our Crossing Guard Appreciation Day webpage to see how they go above and beyond to help students get to school safely. Also, don't forget that you can recognize your crossing guard's hard work on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day next Wednesday, February 13. You can say thank you, hold a Crossing Guard Appreciation Day event, or promote their efforts in local media. More information is available here.
Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
The SRTS Program is federally funded, created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
The purpose of SRTS is to:
- Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
- Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
- Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near schools
In July 2013, MAP-21 (the new federal transportation bill) became law, folding SRTS into a new Transportation Alternatives program. SRTS projects are now eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program. VDOT’s Local Assistance Division manages the Transportation Alternatives program. More information >>
Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through SRTS. For more information, please visit the Travel Plans and Grants landing page.
SRTS Strategic Plan
The Virginia SRTS Program completed a strategic plan to guide our work through 2017. Click on the cover at the right.
Robert J. Williams
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia, 23219