Safe Routes to School Program
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
High Visibility intersection upgrades;
North Elementary School
Galax Elementary and Middle school
High visibility intersection upgrades
Stone Spring Elementary School
Sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA ramps
Belview Elementary School
High visibility crossing
Bass Elementary School and Linkhome Elementary and Middle School
Sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA ramps, pedestrian and bicycle signage
Fox Elementary School and Munford Elementary School
Raised crosswalks, traffic circles, pedestrian and bicycle signage
Auburn Elementary and Middle SchoolRiner
High visibility crossings
Berkeley Glenn Elementary
Sidewalk, ADA ramp improvements
Flint Hill Elementary and Graham Road Elementary
Crosswalk realignment, high visibility intersections
Sidewalks and crosswalks
Sidewalks, and pedestrian signal upgrades
Pedestrian Signals, signage upgrades, and ADA ramps
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
Walking Wednesdays Events
George Washington Middle / City of Alexandria
Walking School Bus Project
Glebe Elementary School
Walk, Ride & Roll to School
Walk to School Events & Active Living Challenges
Lake Anne Elementary
Walk to School All Year
Park View Elementary
Bike Racks & Safety Equipment
Williamsburg-James City County Schools
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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
The 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.
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