to Cross County Connection's south Jersey Safe Routes to School
Newsletter! These newsletters contain articles, news items, and
examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope you
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a
federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children in
grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to
school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation
of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce
traffic congestion and fuel consumption around schools. There are 2
goals of Safe Routes to School:
1. Where it is safe to
walk or bike to and from school, get students to do so
2. Where it is not safe to bicycle or walk, make it safe through the
SRTS Infrastructure Grant Program
If your school district or community is interested in learning more
about SRTS, contact Cross County
Connection TMA at (856)596-8228.
Bike to School Day and
Bike and Walk to School Month!
the winter weather walks away, spring comes riding in! It’s time to
gear up for National Bike to School Day and NJ Bike and Walk to
School Month: May! Every year, schools across the country take part
in events that educate and encourage safe bicycling practices. The
national event is part of a movement to encourage year-round Safe
Routes to School programs that promote bicycling as a healthy commute
alternative for children and their families. From Bike to School day
to Bicycle Rodeos, each event brings attention to safety needs,
promotes physical activity, and helps build a sense of community.
register your Bike to School Day event visit http://www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Registration is free and now open to all individuals and
organizations planning a 2019 Bike/Walk to School Day event. Once
registered, you are provided with access to a variety of downloadable
materials including certificates, classroom activities and other
potential giveaways. Be sure to mark your calendars, the official
Bike to School Day is May 8th, 2019, which is right around the
your school or school district cannot participate on National Bike to
School Day, fret not because New Jersey’s Bike to School Month is the
entire month of May! Celebrate and encourage biking to school.
your day and check out the Who Walked and Biked section for schools
near you. Let’s roll!
assistance? Contact Latifah Sunkett, Cross County Connection’s safe
Routes to School Coordinator at 856-596-8228, or by email at Sunkett@driveless.com.
The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center has
recently released a guide on choosing a bike rack for your school. As
an increasing numbers of students bike to school, it is important
that schools provide parking facilities that satisfy their students'
specific needs. The guide provides information to help schools make
appropriate decisions when purchasing and installing bicycle racks.
Information found in the guide includes how to lock a bike properly,
the types of bicycle racks and the pros/cons to each rack.
Click here to view the
complete School Bike Parking Guide.