Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs get kids physically active and take cars off the road. In the same time frame we have seen student walking and bicycling to school decline from 48 percent (1969) to 13 percent (2009). During this time period that percentage of parents using Kiss & Ride has increased. The increase of Kiss & Ride users has exacerbated traffic conditions around many schools and has made it more difficult for student walkers/bicyclist to get to school.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) administers the federal SRTS grant program. The VDOT SRTS program assists interested localities and schools in the development of plans, activities, and infrastructure improvements to make bicycling and walking to school a safe and appealing transportation option for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Consider attending one of six Safe Routes to School Workshops we are hosting this spring. These four-hour workshops will provide information for both new and existing programs. Each workshop will provide details on how to apply for either a QuickStart Mini-grant or develop a SRTS Plan to use for a larger non-infrastructure grant application in the fall 2013. By taking part in one of two work sessions at the end of the workshop, participants can either begin a SRTS Activities and Programs Plan or begin an online QuickStart Mini-grant application.
As a bonus, two participants at each workshop will be selected to have a walking or biking event organized by VDOT at their schools!
Workshops will be held in the following communities in March and April:
Vienna, March 14
September, 27, 2012 - VDOT QuickStart Mini-grants *application deadline
(*) Schools that apply for the VDOT Quick Start Mini-grant will not be eligible to apply for a VDOT non-infrastructure grant this year.
Safe Routes to School Online Guide [collaborators National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)]
National Center for Safe Routes to School online resource
The Greater Washington region Safe Routes to School network website
League of American Bicyclist – SRTS Introduction video filmed in Virginia (4 minutes)
FCPS Office of Safety and Security can provide maps, local statistics, review, and provide system-wide approval for local SRTS School Travel Plans. Additionally, OSS will install bike racks at schools at no cost to schools. Contact information:
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is an integral part of all VDOT SRTS infrastructure grants. All infrastructure grants will need to be approved by FCDOT and the Board of Supervisors (with the exception of infrastructure grants within The Town of Vienna, Town of Herndon, and City of Fairfax). The FDOT Pedestrian Program coordinator is the administrative lead on these projects and assists FCPS on school sidewalk projects.
The Department of Communications and Community Outreach (DCCO) leads the school division's efforts to maintain responsive and collaborative communication and partnerships with parents, employees, businesses and community, and the media. DCCO provides media outreach (news releases) for school events.
Advocate groups that can assists school events/ planning for cost
FCPS School Board Policy 8610.6
School Bus Transportation, Walking and Bicycling Routes
Health and Physical Education Curriculum Links
Lea Ann Deyarmin
March 11, 2013