Safe Routes to School

About Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program that promotes walking and bicycling to school through infrastructure improvements, enforcement, safety education, and incentives to encourage walking and bicycling to school.

The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to:

  • Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
  • Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative
  • Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic

Planning for Safe Routes to School

Increasing the proportion of children walking and biking to school requires communities to be proactive about encouraging walking and biking as a way of getting from place to place. Walking and biking to school benefits both the students and the community in several ways.

Benefits of walking biking

Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk's Department of Transit, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are committed to ensuring that kids walk and bike to school along safe routes.

Information about events for students and safety resources can be found on the Norfolk Public Schools SRTS webpage. If you'd like to submit questions or concerns, please reach out to Norfolk's Safe Routes to School Program Specialist, Darrick Person.

For more information on the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program, visit the Virginia Department of Transportation's SRTS website.