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

FREE Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Education Program


Cross County Connection would like to invite your school or school district to participate in the FREE 3rd and 4th grade Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education Program. Cross County Connection’s New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) trained staff will come to your school to provide students with the opportunity to understand how to safely bicycle and walk to school.


The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education Program lesson is appropriate for single classrooms or an assembly. Students are taught how to properly cross the street and understand traffic flow as well as recognize safety hazards. The lesson is approximately 45 minutes long and occurs in the classroom using a simulated roadway. This highly interactive presentation allows students to have the opportunity to practice crossing the street while other students help by providing safety instructions. This format allows for discussion of real world situations that the average pedestrian will come across. If interested, please contact Cross County Connection as soon as possible, as our schedule fills up quickly.


Since 2012, the Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Education Program has been administered to thousands of students in the southern seven counties of New Jersey. All children can benefit from walking and biking so why not allow Cross County Connection to help them do so safely? Participating students receive bicycle and pedestrian giveaways and are eligible to participate in a Poster Safety Contest, where winners receive bicycle helmets.  

For more information, contact Michele Geiger,

Marketing Outreach Specialist, at 856-596-8228


Celebrate Walk to School Day on

October 10 by Scheduling an Event!


Did you know October is Walk and Bike to School Month and International Walk and Bike to School Day is October 10th? Students, parents, schools, and community partners across the country will celebrate and promote the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. How will your school participate? This is the perfect time to start planning an event and gathering support for bicycling and walking.


Walk and bike to school events not only emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children, but also address bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, students who are physically active on the way to school arrive ready to learn and perform better in class. Walk and bike to school efforts also build connections between families, schools and the community, and encourage independence in children. The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are abundantly clear!


Cross County Connection can help you with a walk/bike to school event!


If this is your school’s first time planning a walk or bike event, Cross County Connection can help you get started. The NJ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) website,, provides the following information under the resources tab:


·         An overview of Walk to School month

·         Examples of events

·         How to plan an event and

·         How to launch a SRTS program in your community.



Also, check out to register your event and find more helpful tips and promotional materials like flyers and press releases. Registering your event helps to demonstrate the demand for walk and bike programs and ensure their continuation and it would be great to see more NJ events as compared to other states!!


More than 5,500 schools across the country registered and participated in 2017. Let’s make 2018 even better and get your school’s event registered early!! A walking school bustemporary bike lane, or walk to school parade are all great events! No matter what route you choose, walk and bike to school events are fun, build school spirit, and encourage healthy habits.



For more information, please visit or contact Latifah Sunkett, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at  or 856-596-8228.

Safe Routes to School Grant Application Deadline Extension!


The NJDOT deadline for the submission of the SRTS Infrastructure grant has been extended to September 18, 2018. This extension provides applicants the opportunity to conduct the required student arrival and departure tallies.


Municipalities are required to have student arrival and departure tallies that are dated no earlier than January 2016. These tallies track the modes of transportation children utilize when traveling to and from school. The results of the tallies will provide valuable information to assist with estimating traffic congestion, anticipating environmental issues, understanding traffic patterns, and encouraging more bicycling and walking.


To be eligible for the NJDOT SRTS Infrastructure grant, the SRTS Student Arrival and Departure Tally process must be completed and forms submitted for analysis to the NJ SRTS Resource Center at Rutgers University. You can obtain a copy of the Tally Sheet at


For more information visit: or contact Cross County Connection’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Latifah Sunkett, at or Sean Meehan, SRTS Resource Center at 848-932-7901.



Announcement: Federal Safe Routes

to School Grants Deadline has been extended to September 18th!!!




Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Talking about Safe Routes to School: Spice Up Your Communications!

September 11, 2018 at 1p

This webinar will highlight successful Safe Routes to School communication strategies and platforms that have worked best for communities. Additionally, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will present a School District Communication Toolkit, which can easily be used by any school or district to talk about Safe Routes to School. Come learn about new communication strategies!  Register here: Click Here



Sustainable Jersey for Schools

2018 Energy Grants Program Informational Webinar  September 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM  


The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Grants Program cycle for municipalities and school districts. This webinar will cover the application process, online submission procedures, eligible projects, and tips for a successful Sustainable Jersey Grant application. Applications are due Wednesday, October 31, 2018. For more information, click HERE.


SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM


Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools application website and certification process. Participants will learn how to upload documentation, add users, and use application features to track progress towards certification. 


2018 NJEA Grant Cycle Informational Webinar

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM


School districts and schools registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools are eligible to apply for ten $10,000 and forty $2,000 grants to support implementation of projects that help gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. These grants are funded by NJEA.

Webinar participants will walk through the essentials of the online Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant application process. Applications are due October 31, 2018. For more information regarding the current opportunity, click HERE.


Preparing for Re-Certification Webinar

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM


Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three

years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how

to determine which expired actions need to be updated for

re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!


Strategizing for Silver Webinar

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM


Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze certification is just the beginning of your school's sustainability journey! Learn how to make a plan to take your certification to the next level and get recognized for Silver certification (350 points and up).


Quote of The Month 

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”


-Friedrich Nietzsche