Safe Routes to School

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Safe Routes to School


Project Overview

Status Update

Safe Routes to School is a federal program that assists localities with the construction and maintenance of sidewalks and other trails that help students walk or cycle to their school. The city hired a part-time coordinator in October 2016 and the position was made full-time soon after. [1]

As part of a grant application for funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city had to develop a plan for the program. [2]

The program was initially administered by the group Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation but the folded in 2012. [2]

Albemarle County projects

Grants received

Albemarle County received a $190,000 grant in 2010 for road and sidewalk improvements to access Crozet Elementary School and the Field School[3]. It will be constructed in early 2012 if plans are finished by then. [4]

The county is also planning for Safe Routes programs for Jack Jouett Middle School and Greer Elementary School. [5] The plan, which consists of seven individual infrastructural improvement projects, is still in its initial phase as of June 2012 and requires approval from VDOT before requesting funding. [6]

Charlottesville projects

Buford School

This project constructed new sidewalks along Cherry Avenue and fix up the intersection of Forest Hills Avenue, Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue[citation needed].

Venable School

This will build a path from 11th Street to Venable School. [citation needed]

Burnley Moran

This will add new sidewalks to make it safer for children to walk to the school.[citation needed]


  1. Web. Safe Routes to School, Website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 13, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Safe Routes to School Activities and Program Plan, Report, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 13, 2018.
  3. Web. Grant paves way for new school sidewalks, staff report, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 12, 2010
  4. Web. Walking to Crozet Elementary to get easier, safer, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 3, 2012, retrieved October 3, 2011.
  5. Web. Safe Routes to School Travel Plan - Greer Elementary and Jouett Middle, retrieved June 6, 2012.
  6. Web. Routes to Greer Elementary, Jouett Middle School to get safer, Ian Lamb, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 24, 2012, retrieved June 25, 2012.

External links

National Safe Routes to School website