Safe Routes to School



Welcome to Virginia Safe Routes to School!

If you’re new to Safe Routes to School, 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 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program has been active in Virginia since 2007 and helps schools and communities across the state make walking and biking to school a safe, convenient, natural activity.  


Program News

June 30 - Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Workshops

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set Aside 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 TA.

TA is administered by VDOT's Local Assistance Division. Please note: This application cycle will include awards for both FY19 and FY20 allocations. If the November 2017 deadline is missed, the next opportunity to apply for Federal TA funds will be November 2019. The Local Assistance Division is hosting free workshops for interested applicants at four different locations throughout the state.

  • Whytheville - July 19
  • Smithfield - July 26
  • Lynchburg - August 3
  • Culpeper - August 17

All workshops start at 10:00 AM. Visit the Local Assistance Division website to register for a workshop, get directions and learn more about TA by downloading the Transportation Alternatives Guide

June 26 - 2017-2018 Non-Infrastructure Grants Awardees Announced

The Virginia Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the fifth round of Non-Infrastructure Grant award winners. Non-Infrastructure Grant awardees use a portion of their funds to hire a local coordinator to work with the schools on SRTS activities. Once again, there are many returning awardees, meaning divisions will be able to maintain their momentum with walking and biking curricula, events, and other programming. Congratulations to all!


# of Schools 

# of Students 

Local Match 

Grant Award 

Alexandria City Public Schools





Arlington Public Schools





Chesapeake Public Schools





Chesterfield County Public Schools





City of Charlottesville





City of Galax





Fairfax County Public Schools





Greater Richmond Fit4Kids





Loudoun County Public Schools





Newport News Public Schools





Norfolk Public Schools





Portsmouth Public Schools





Prince William County Public Schools





Rockingham County Public Schools





Sentara RMH (Harrisonburg)





Williamsburg-James City Co. Public Schools









May 31 - Virginia Breaks Bike to School Day Record 6th Year in a Row

In 2017, a total of 226 schools participated in Bike to School Day events during the month of May, breaking the previous record for the sixth year in a row. For the second year in a row, Virginia ranked 4th nationally among all states based on the number of Bike to School Day event registrations, well ahead of bigger states like Florida, Texas and New York! Learn more on the Bike to School Day webpage.

BTSD 2017 collage

Clockwise from top left: Students at Potomac View Elementary, Norge Elementary, Ashland Elementary, and Elkton Elementary celebrate Bike to School Day

>>News Archives


Program Purpose

Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA

The Safe Routes to School Program is a federally-funded program created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

As written in SAFETEA-LU, the purpose of the SRTS program 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 in the vicinity of 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 is managing the Transportation Alternatives program.  Click here for more information.

Non-infrastructure funding from SAFETEA-LU is still available through the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program. More information is available on the Travel Plans and Grants landing page.


Virginia SRTS Program Strategic Plan

Five Year Strategic PlanThe VDOT Safe Routes to School Program completed a Strategic Plan to guide our work through 2017. The Plan is available for download by clicking on the cover. 


Contact Info

Robert J. Williams
Safe Routes to Schools Program coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-371-4868
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711

Page last modified: July 5, 2017