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.
With over 150,000 people living in a compact city (about 15 square miles), Alexandria provides an ideal environment for walking and bicycling since so many families live close to their neighborhood elementary schools. Alexandria has had a formal Safe Routes to School program since 2003 when we participated in our first annual International Walk to School Day. The City has also been making streets near schools more pedestrian-friendly for many years.
Planning for Safe Routes to School
In 1969, about 89 percent of children who lived within one mile of school walked or biked to school. In 2009, that number was 35 percent. 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. That's why the City of Alexandria has been continuously implementing programs and projects to encourage more walking and biking to school.
School Walk Audits
To increase safety for students walking and biking to school, and to encourage more students to walk and bike, the City develops Safe Routes to School plans, also referred to as "walk audits" for each school.
SRTS Walk Audit Reports, Phase 1 (2017)
- Charles Barrett Elementary School
- Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
- Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
- George Mason Elementary School
- James K. Polk Elementary School (Pilot)
- Jefferson-Houston School
- John Adams Elementary School
- Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy
- Naomi Brooks (formerly Matthew Maury) Elementary School
- Mount Vernon Community School
- Patrick Henry Elementary School
- Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
- William Ramsay Elementary School
SRTS Walk Audits, Phase 2 (2023)
Visit the Phase 2 Walk Audits project page for more information.
Visit Alex311 to contact staff with questions or comments about the Safe Routes to School Program.