Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Helping students get physically active while taking cars off the road.

Bike to School Day

This year, Bike to School Day is May 8. Students can participate by walking, scooting or biking.

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and D.C. joined together to encourage children to safely bike or walk to school.

The event builds on the popular Walk to School Day; celebrated around the world in October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years.

Walk to School Day

This year, Walk to School Day is October 2.

International Walk to School Day is a global event where more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event and has become part of a movement for safe routes to school all year long.

Every October, thousands of schools across America from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, take part. This event continues to grow and has record breaking participation.

About Safe Routes To Schools

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs help students get physically active while taking cars off the road. Over the past four decades:

  • The percentage of students who walk and bicycle to school has declined from 48 percent (1969) to 13 percent (2009).
  • The percentage of parents using Kiss and Ride has increased.
  • Traffic conditions around many schools has gotten worse making it more difficult for student walkers and bicyclists to get to school.

Originally a federally funded program, SRTS is now in schools in every state.  Safe Routes to School can:

  • Educate students on pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  • Help students reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
  • Help students arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
  • Reduce traffic around schools.
  • Improve air quality around schools.

About 30 percent of our elementary and middle schools take part in SRTS programs. The goals in FCPS are:

  • To increase the number of schools participating.
  • To increase the number of students who take part in safe walking and biking activities.

Student Travel Tallies and Parent Surveys

Each fall schools survey their students about their travel to and from school. Collecting tallies on an annual basis is a great way to track the impact of your SRTS program.

A Student Travel Tally is a quick, in-class survey that provides valuable information on how students get to school. For more information on how to conduct a Student Travel Tally or a Parent Survey contact the FCPS Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator.

Community Champions

Community champions are parents or teachers who lead the effort to get more students to walk or bike to school. This can be informal or a formal position in the PTA/PTO. The champion helps to organize Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day events. They can also promote weekly or monthly walking/biking programs. Are you your community’s champion for Safe Routes to School?

Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard

Not all heroes wear capes: some hold a stop sign paddle and greet kids on their way to and from school. This is why we celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day every February and recognize a few select crossing guards who are truly the most outstanding.

A good crossing guard can help start everyone's day off on the right foot, so let's make sure they get the recognition they deserve! Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is officially February 12, 2020.

Congratulations to Joe McDonald at Coates Elementary for being named one of Virginia’s Outstanding Crossing Guards for 2018!

Middle School Safe Routes to School video contest winner!