Safe Routes to School

Help us celebrate Virginia Walk to School Day on October 3, 2012

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The program has been designed to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, and can also play a critical role in reversing the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity.

Prevention Connections is currently partnering with localities to host Walk to School Day events throughout Virginia on Wednesday, October 3, 2012!  For more information on participating in this special day, please click on the photo here.

Beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2011, Prevention Connections issued 75 SRTS mini-grants throughout schools in Virginia.  The goals of the mini-grant program were to (1) increase awareness of the benefits of safe walking/biking to school, (2) increase the number of youth engaging in physical activity through walking/biking to school and (3) provide schools with resources on SRTS best practices and additional funding opportunities.  The mini-grant program was a catalyst for these communities to begin to examine ways to make the environment safer and more accessible for children to walk and bike to school, as well as to connect these groups with larger funding opportunities.

PC provided SRTS mini-grants to 75 schools
throughout Virginia in 2010 and 2011