Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts to improve the health and well-being of children by assessing and taking measures to improve walking and biking conditions on the route to school and enabling and encouraging children to walk and bike these routes. In 2005, Congress passed SAFETEA-LU, the federal transportation legislation, and it included funding to establish SRTS programs in every state.  Funds for SRTS are managed by VDOT.  For details on how to seek funding for your community, visit the VDOT website.

A growing number of communities throughout Virginia have started Safe Routes to School programs, including Alexandria,

Walking to school is a healthy and fun way to start your day.

Walking to school is a healthy and fun way to start your day.

Arlington, Albemarle County, Appomattox County, Blacksburg, Bedford County, Charlottesville, Chesterfield County, Colonial Beach, Colonial Heights, Chincoteague, Danville, Goochland County, Hanover County, Lexington, Martinsville, Norton, Portsmouth, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Stafford County, Stanley, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, and West Point.

This website is designed to be a resource for Virginians interested in starting or enhancing SRTS programs.  It provides background on the national initiative, helps you start a program at your school or in your community, and directs you to resources to help your program succeed.

BikeWalk Virginia Supports SRTS

This website is brought to you by BikeWalk Virginia through a grant from the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Questions about the website can be directed to stephanie[at]saferoutespartnership.org.

Virginia Selected as One of 10 Project Jurisdictions by SRTS National Partnership

In January of 2007, the SRTS National Partnership initiated the State Network Project in the District of Columbia and nine key states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.

The project creates state networks that bring together advocacy groups, government agencies and other leaders to ensure that the SRTS federal program succeeds and to leverage additional resources, remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools, and to create an institutional framework for generating long-term policy changes. The Virginia State Network is chaired by Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka.

The goal of the Virginia SRTS State Network is three-fold:

  • Increase physical activity in school-aged children in grades K-8 by improving safety and increasing the number of children walking and bicycling to schools.
  • Help to ensure success of the federal SRTS program.
  • Institutionalize the SRTS program at the state level so that it is not dependent on one short burst of federal funding.

Interested in learning more or being a part?  Contact Stephanie Smith at stephanie[at]saferoutespartnership.org.


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