South Jersey SRTS Program

Cross County Connection


Latifah Sunkett

SRTS Coordinator

(856) 596-8228  



SRTS Resources:


NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center


NJ Safe Routes Scoop Blog 


NJDOT Safe Routes to School


Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey Schools certification points by participating in SRTS!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating

a SRTS program, contact Cross County Connection at

(856) 596-8228 or visit



































elcome 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 enjoy!

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





Has your school implemented a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program?

If so, it's time to get recognized for your school's efforts. The NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the state's eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are nominating schools for recognition

at various levels based on their SRTS programs. Cross County Connection TMA has worked with a lot of schools in south Jersey since the SRTS Recognition Program began in 2013. Many of these schools have received recognition over the years and many have advanced from one level to the next.


Recipients of the NJ SRTS Recognition Program are honored for their commitment to walking and bicycling to school. By educating children about walking and bicycling, we are improving their health through physical activity and understanding of how to safely walk and bicycle. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate as well as listing and promotion on the NJ SRTS website and possibly other local media facilitated by NJDOT and Cross County Connection TMA. If your school participates in any type of walking and/or bicycling education programs, you may be eligible for the

NJ SRTS Recognition Program.


There are four SRTS Recognition Levels. The following highlights the requirements for each level. To see the detailed requirements for each level, visit:

First Step

This level is designated for those schools just starting a SRTS program. To receive recognition you only need to have an individual at the school who is a SRTS supporter.


Bronze Level

At this level, a school or school district must have a Resolution of Support (or letter) stating a commitment to a SRTS program; conduct two SRTS events (ex: walking to school day); and have one active transportation best practice (ex: bike parking).


Silver Level

To achieve the Silver Level, a school or district must meet the Bronze Level requirements and at least one of the following Silver Level options. The Silver Level options include a walkability/bikeability assessment, a school-wide student arrival/departure travel mode tally, implementation of two SRTS programs/events, or an ongoing year-round active travel program (ex: Walking Wednesdays, Golden Sneaker Award and other mileage tracking, active travel programs).


Gold Level

To achieve the Gold Level, a school or district must meet the Silver Level requirements and show ongoing support from school/community members. Additionally, Gold Level recipients must complete a School Travel Plan, adopt a supportive SRTS policy, or implement an innovative program/project.


SRTS Recognition is valid for three years. The Recognition for many schools expires this year so a new nomination will be needed. To see if your school was previously nominated visit the NJ Safe Routes to School website at and click on Safe Routes Recognition Programs. You will also find the Online Nomination/Application Form on this website. Cross County Connection will contact those schools whose Recognition has expired or will expire this year.


If you would like more information, have questions about your school's eligibility, or would like Cross County Connection to nominate your school, please contact Cross County Connection and ask for Latifah Sunkett, SRTS Coordinator. The application deadline is January 31, 2019.





Safe Routes to School National Partnership Webinars Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives

January 31, 2019 at 2pm


Local active transportation financing pays for the programs and street improvements that we need to bike and walk safely, addressing the inadequacies of our incomplete biking and walking networks.  In this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of why active transportation financing matters and what financing approaches are working for local governments.




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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than s(he) seeks.”

-John Muir

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