Safe Routes to School

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What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School aims to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal is to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, increase kids' safety and reverse the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity.

In the fall of 2016, the City hired a Safe Routes to School Coordinator, who  works with Charlottesville City Schools to teach K-8 students about safe, active transportation.

For more information about Virginia's Safe Routes to School Program and what you can do to support Safe Routes to School locally, contact your local Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 

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 Buford  Greenbrier  Venable
 Burnley Moran  Jackson-Via  Walker
 Clark  Johnson  


Activities and Programs Plan

The Charlottesville Activities and Programs Plan is a thorough look at the context in which students currently bike or walk to school, and how they could do so in the future. The plan's vision for fun, safe, and active travel to school was developed with the ideas and experience of citizens, educators, school administrators, health experts, and bicycling and pedestrian advocates. The plan has been endorsed by the City Council and Charlottesville School Board, and received final approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation. In July 2016, the City was awarded $56,000 to hire a part-time Safe Routes to School Coordinator and implement the many activities and programs envisioned in the plan.


Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Projects 


Using state funds awarded as part of Virginia's Safe Routes to School program, Charlottesville has been working to improve the safety of walking and bicycling to school by providing and enhancing sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bike lanes, bike racks, and other multi-modal facilities near its schools, including Jackson-Via Elementary, Clark Elementary, Walker Upper Elementary, Burnley-Moran Elementary, Venable Elementary, and Buford Middle School.

 Recently Completed Projects

Jackson-Via Harris Road Crossing Improvements

Clark Elementary Crossing Improvements 


Plans and Existing Conditions Reports