Parent Safe Routes to School Survey

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Parent Safe Routes to School Survey Will take only 5 minutes of your time Help direct our efforts to make walking and biking safer in our community

FCPS Safe Routes to School will be applying for another VDOT Safe Routes to School grant at the end of February.  Your opinion matters and helps to ensure that grant funds are made available to FCPS. 

Part of the application requires parent input.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

https://forms.gle/Eu5EZKYpEr25Eeh98

 

 

 

Last day to nominate your Crossing Guard for Virginia's Outstanding Crossing Guard is January 24, 2020.  Please recognize your crossing guard's service to the community by filling out the nomination form.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is February 12, 2020.  Please let your Crossing Guard know how much you appreciate their hard work each and every day.

Important Dates:

2/6/20 Walk About Mini Grant Application due

2/6/20 Quick Start Mini Grant Application due

2/12/20 Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

 

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Winter Safe Routes to School Newsletter

Safe Routes to School 2 months 3 weeks ago

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Outstanding Crossing Guard Nominations open December 1, 2019 Do you know a crossing guard hero?

Nominating your school’s crossing guards as one of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2019 is an extra special way to let them know that their service is valued. You can find the link to the nomination form on the Virginia Safe Routes to School website.  Nominations close 1/24/20.

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4825246/Virginia-s-Most-Outstanding-Crossing-Guard-Nomination-2019

Hunter's Woods Students Bond and Bike to School

 Audrey and Grace are two students who regularly ride to their elementary school.  Audrey moved to the Reston area last year and was looking to make new friends.  She found Grace and they have been biking to school most days.  Biking to school has strengthen their friendship bond and gives them time to talk with one another on the way to school.  They like riding to school because not many other students do it at their school, its fun, and it has a positive impact on the environment.  The girls parents have stressed the importance of wearing a helmet at all times and following the rules of the road.  Their route includes both multi use pathways and roads.  Both girls mentioned the feeling of freedom they receive from biking and even feeling like a bird as they cruise downhill.  Audrey says, "its the most calming thing ever."

Audrey and Grace have their own bike train to school and Grace mentioned that it wasn't as much fun to ride without Audrey.  Would you like to encourage more biking to school?  The Safe Routes to School office can help by teaching bike safety skills and helping parents and students organize a bike train.   

One thing that Audrey has learned while riding to school is that people drive way to fast and she always needs to be careful and cautious.  Please slow down as you drive in neighborhoods and near schools.

Want to learn more about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around your school? Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure assessment and written Walkabout Report coordinated by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator serving their region.

The Walkabout is an excellent opportunity for community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions, share perspectives, and build consensus around potential solutions. The Walkabout Report will include descriptions and photos of the conditions observed during the Walkabout. Recommended infrastructure improvements may also be included in the report, if the applicant intends to apply for a specific funding opportunity.  The deadline for applying is February 6, 2020.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1468820/Virginia-SRTS-Program-Walkabout-Mini-grant-Application

Check out the great FCPS video on our new traffic garden at Hollin Meadows and how it is being used as well as highlighting two students bike riding at Forestdale Elementary.

https://youtu.be/7TwXBcOCB9o

 

Educational specialist Evie Ifantides is prepping for her 1,000th bike ride to work while raising funds for the FCPS Safe Routes to School program. Ifantides, who is a specialist in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), started biking to work in March 2012. She has a blog chronicling her journey, and has completed 976 rides to work, a total of 9,402 miles.  She invites people to accompany her on her daily 6.4 mile ride, or to support Safe Routes to School via a pledge through the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools. All funds raised encourage students to bike or walk to school, provides helmets and other equipment, training, and safety equipment. Contact Ifantides at eifantides@fcps.edu.     

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