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.

If you’re new to 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.  

Program News

December 1 - Nominate Your Most Outstanding Crossing Guard

Crossing guards help students cross the street safely throughout the year in all weather conditions. We want to hear about crossing guards who go above and beyond to make the journey to school efficient, safe, and enjoyable. Nominations for Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard are open between December 1 - January 24. The nomination form and last year's winners can be found on the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day page.

November 14  - Student Travel Tally Week Data Entry ExtensionSTTW Decal

Every September and October, schools throughout Virginia are encouraged to take Student Travel Tallies in September and October. Student Travel Tallies are quick, in-class surveys that provide valuable information on student travel patterns. Collecting tallies on an annual basis is a great way to track the impact of your SRTS program. 

While the data collection period has ended, there's still time to input the data on -- we're extending the due date one week until November 22To be eligible to receive banners (first-time schools) and decals (all participating schools), all data must be entered by this date. Instructions are available on the Student Travel Tally Week webpage

October 31 – Our Best Walk to School Day Yet!

This year's Walk to School Day was a huge success! We are very excited to announce that 386 schools held registered Walk to School Day events this October. That's 22 more schools than last year's record! Thank you to all students, teachers, staff, crossing guards, parents, and other supporters who made this event possible. All registered schools will receive a Walk to School Day Decal in early December.

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Program Purpose

Shrevewood Elementary School’s Healthy Living Festival, Falls Church VA
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

Five Year Strategic PlanThe Virginia SRTS Program completed a strategic plan to guide our work through 2017. Click on the cover at the right. 


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: Jan. 21, 2020