Safe Routes to School
If you’re new to Safe Routes to School (SRTS), 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.
July 10 - Download a Safe Routes to School 2019-2020 Calendar today
Although it feels like the middle of summer, the school year will be here before you know it. Get a head start on your planning with the the Learn it. Do it. Live it! SRTS Calendar. This resource contains mini-grant due dates and the dates for Walk to School Day, Student Travel Tally Week, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, and Bike to School Day for the 2018-2019 school year in an easy to share, printable format. Download yours here and find the complete Learn it. Do it. Live it! collection in the Resource Library.
June 28 - Our Best Bike to School Day Yet!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Bike to School Day this year. We're very excited and extremely proud to report that at the end of the month, there were 313 registered events across the Commonwealth, well exceeding our statewide goal of 300! This made us in 2nd place nationwide for the 2nd year in a row behind California. We hope that Virginia schools will use this momentum to start planning for Walk to School Day on October 2. Visit the Walk to School Day page for resources and more information.
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.
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219