Safe Routes to School


Welcome to Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). Click here to read a welcome letter from Virginia's Safe Routes to School Coordinator.

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.  

If you’re new to SRTS, be sure to check out this program brochure for some quick facts about Virginia Safe Routes to School.

Program News

September 29 - Recording and Slides from our Quarterly Conference Call are Now Available!

Thank you again to everyone who attended our September Quarterly Conference Call. The Virginia SRTS team enjoyed using the time to collaborate across the state. For those who missed the call, or would like to review discussion topics, the recording and slides can be found here.

For those interested in attending future calls, be sure to visit the Events page to add it to your calendar!

September 27 - Join Our Quarterly Conference Call

Our first Quarterly Conference Call of the school year is happening today, September 27 from 1-2:30 PM EST! Join us to talk more about the start of the school, combatting bus driver shortages, and conversations with SRTS peers. You can join the meeting here. We hope to see you there!

August 25 - Recording now available for our second Summer Series Webinar!

Thank you to everyone who attended our final Summer Series Webinar! We enjoyed the great conversations that were had. A special thanks to our panelists, Tara, Sally, and Lisa, for sharing their experiences. 

For those who were unable to make it, or would like to review the slides, the recording and slides are now available at the links below:

- Slides: 

- Recording: 

For those interested in the Walkabout materials, you can find them here. Please reach out to or your LTAC for more information and with any questions!

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Program Purpose and Goals

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 >>

SRTS Building Blocks

Virginia SRTS has a new framework to guide local programs. Like you, it's goal-oriented, with the ultimate goal of helping more students to safely walk and bicycle to school. The framework has five building blocks:

  1. Equitable and Sustainable Program
  2. Safe Streets
  3. Welcoming Campuses
  4. Safe Behaviors
  5. Supportive Culture

Equitable and Sustainable Program is the most important of these building blocks, and the foundation for your program. It helps you evaluate and build support for your program so it can continue from year to year. It also ensures that the program is equitable and takes proactive steps to reach out to and benefit students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), students with disabilities, students from low-income households, and other disadvantaged groups. Learn more about the building blocks and example activities in this document. 

Success Book and Strategic Plan Success Book cover page

In 2020, the Virginia SRTS team wrote the Virginia Safe Routes to School Success Book, which documents the program’s history and accomplishments from 2005 to 2020. Click here to read the Success Book. 

In 2023, the team wrote at addendum to the Success Book to highlight accomplishments in 2020-2022. The 2020-2022 report can be viewed here.

The first 2012-2017 Five-Year Strategic Plan guided the program through some major changes, creating the program structure and elements that exist today. Over the years the program has been fortunate to have consistent funding, but the funding situation has changed. 

In spring 2021, VDOT convened stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan that can be used to secure dedicated funding and increase the effectiveness and reach of the program over the next five years. Click here to read the 2021-2026 Virginia SRTS Strategic Plan.


Katherine Graham
SRTS Coordinator
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-786-4198
Fax: 804-225-4785
TTY: 711

Page last modified: Sept. 29, 2023