Safe Routes to School
Events and Newsletters
April 22 - Earth Day!
Families and communities are becoming increasingly interested in finding ways to reduce their impact on the environment. When possible, choosing to walk or bicycle instead of riding in a private car is a way that children (and adults) can contribute to a healthier environment. Learn more about ways to go green with Safe Routes to School!
April 27 - Barbara Johns Walk to School Day
In 1954, at age 16, Barbara Johns led a student strike to protest the poor conditions at the all-Black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, VA. She planned an assembly at school where she gave a speech asking other students to join her.
In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution declaring April 23 Barbara Johns Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In early 2022, Fairfax County’s SRTS Coordinator Sally Smallwood worked with Delegate Irene Shinn to submit a resolution declaring the last Wednesday in April Barbara Johns Walk to School Day. The resolution passed and April 27, 2022 will be the first ever Barbara Johns Walk to School Day! We hope that you will be inspired by Barbara’s bravery and vision to make positive changes in your own community.
Please visit the Robert Russa Moton Museum website and consider making a trip to visit to learn more.
May 4 - Bike to School Day!
Head to walkbiketoschool.org to register your biking event. You're welcome to register an event happening any day during May! No matter when you choose to do it, your school benefits. All schools that register will receive a Bike to School Day decal.
May 20 - Bike to Work Day!
May is National Bike Month, a celebration of biking as transportation, as recreation, as essential to our well-being and everyday lives. Celebrate Bike Month by biking to work on Friday, May 20th!
June 30 - saferoutesdata.org Closes
As announced in January 2022, full services offered through the Safe Routes Data System will be shutting down on June 30. The Data System will remain online in an archive phase until June 30, 2022 to allow users to download saved travel data.
The SRTS Calendar discusses the importance of working with your school and school division to get SRTS events on the official calendar so that students, parents, and schools can look forward to and prepare for Safe Routes events. This resource also includes a customizable academic calendar that shows the important upcoming SRTS dates and can be used in the classroom or to help plan for SRTS events.
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.
Sign up for our email list to receive our quarterly newsletters electronically. You can read past editions of the Virginia SRTS Newsletter in PDF format by clicking on the links below.
2022 - Spring
Skyline Middle School’s bike fleet, Harrisonburg, VA