healthy lifestyles and safe infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking"
Welcome to the Arlington Public Schools Safe Routes to School website!
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that works to make it
safer and easier for students to walk or bike to school. SRTS programs
examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities
that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and
air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
This website contains educational information on how you can help to
encourage students to walk and bike safely to school. You can learn
about the Safe Routes to School program, find resources to help
implement walking and biking programs, learn about successful programs
in Arlington, research funding opportunities, and quickly access partner
Benefits of walking or biking to school:
Walking one mile to and from school each day is two-thirds of the
recommended sixty minutes of physical activity a day. Children who walk
to school have higher levels of physical activity throughout the day.
Studies show that children who walk and bicycle to school are more
physically active, have lower body mass index scores, and lower
obesity levels than students who are driven or bused to school.
The Safe Routes to School office can provide you with information on:
Student travel tallies
Pedestrian & bicycle safety education in schools
Walk & Bike to School Day events and celebrations
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Evaluation of student arrival & dismissal procedures and walking/biking conditions at your school
Working with APS and/or Arlington County on infrastructure concerns and requests for pedestrian access improvements on or near school grounds
*For Traffic enforcement in school zones, please communicate with your School Resource Officer or call the Arlington Police Department non-emergency line at 703-558-2222.
$1000 Quick Start Mini Grants
Did you know that your school is eligible for $1000 to fund activities that encourage walking and biking to school? This could include bicycle equipment or incentives for a walking program. The next round of applications is now open! PTAs and other adult-led student groups are encouraged to apply.
Apply early for a better chance of receiving a grant. Find out more information at the Virginia Department of Transportation website: www.virginiadot.org
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and/or disability. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at 703-228-6008 or the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 703-228-6110.