Superintendent’s Memo #271-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 5, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Funding Opportunities for Elementary and Middle Schools (K-8)

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is pleased to announce a call for applications for infrastructure and noninfrastructure grants designed to encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bicycle to school.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for students, increase the number of students who choose to walk and bicycle, enhance students' health and well-being, and ease traffic congestion near schools.  Since the SRTS program began in 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $16 million in infrastructure and noninfrastructure grants statewide. Noninfrastructure grants fund activities associated with education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.  Infrastructure grants are used to fund engineering solutions such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and trails.

All K-8 schools in the Commonwealth are eligible to apply.  Schools and nonprofit groups can apply for a noninfrastructure grant directly, but must first complete an Activities and Programs Plan. Infrastructure grant applications require a municipal sponsor, as well as the creation of a School Travel Plan. To assist with the creation of the required plans, as well as the application process, VDOT is offering technical assistance to all interested schools and municipalities.

For more information about the VDOT Safe Routes to School Program and grant opportunities, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/saferoutes.

If you have questions, please contact Robert Williams, Statewide Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation, by e-mail at RobertJ.Williams@vdot.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-4868.

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