Safe Routes to School

Healthier Routes to School Program

Safe Routes to School is a Federal Program that was established to encourage students to live a more active lifestyle through walking and biking to and from school on a regular basis. This program originated in Denmark about 40 years ago and first gained a foothold in the US 15 years ago in California and New York. The purposes of Safe Routes to School Programs are: to give students and families an avenue to develop a lifestyle of fitness through walking and biking to school, to see a decrease in emissions levels in the school zones and the communities, and to see a decrease in overall transportation cost both for the school system and families. These purposes may be accomplished through; Education (Bike & Pedestrian Safety), Encouragement (Events throughout the year), Enforcement (Police Department involvement), Engineering (Improvement to the infrastructure and/or addition of), and Evaluate (Walkability Observations).

Our goal is to have all students grades K-8 participating.

Current Participating Schools

  • Achievable Dream Elementary
  • BC Charles Elementary
  • Carver Elementary
  • Deer Park Elementary
  • Discovery STEM Academy
  • Dutrow Elementary
  • Epes Elementary
  • General Stanford Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Hidenwood Elementary
  • Hilton Elementary
  • Jenkins Elementary
  • Kiln Creek Elementary
  • Lee Hall Elementary
  • Marshall Early Learning Center
  • McIntosh Elementary
  • Nelson Elementary
  • Newsome Park Elementary
  • Palmer Elementary
  • Richneck Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Sanford Elementary
  • Saunders Elementary
  • Sedgefield Elementary
  • Yates Elementary

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    Additional Contact Information


    A. Kimberly Abney
    Safe Routes to School Coordinator
    2400 Washington Avenue
    8th Floor
    Newport News, VA 23607
    Phone: 757-375-4513
    Fax: 757-926-8300
    Email: AAbney@nnva.gov