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.
Mini Grant Deadlines: February 15, 2015; March 3, 2015; April 9, 2015
Earth Day: April 22, 2015
Bike to School Day: May 6, 2015
December 1, 2014 - Outstanding Crossing Guard Nominations Open
Does your crossing guard know the name of every student on their route? Does your crossing guard get up before dawn to make sure each student has assistance to cross the street on their way to school? The Virginia Safe Routes to School program wants to celebrate crossing guards who make a difference in Virginia’s communities. The nomination period for Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year 2014/15 will begin December 1, 2014, and run through January 23, 2015. Nominate your crossing guard here.
The November 2014 issue of the Safe Routes to School newsletter is now available.
View more information regarding our Safe Routes to School Tool Kit.
View our most outstanding and honorable mention crossing guards.
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 assist school events/planning for cost
Advocate groups that can assist school events/planning at no cost
Possible School Related Events
Lea Ann Deyarmin
November 20, 2014