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.
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
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
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
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, www.saferoutesnj.org, provides the
following information under the resources tab:
An overview of Walk to
How to plan an event and
How to launch a SRTS
program in your community.
Also, check out www.walkbiketoschool.org 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 bus, temporary 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.
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
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 http://saferoutesnj.org/documents/SRTS_Tally_Sheet-1.pdf
SRTS ARTICLES AND NEWS SECTION
Federal Safe Routes
to School Grants
Deadline has been extended to September 18th!!!
UPCOMING EVENTS &
Safe Routes to School
Talking about Safe Routes
to School: Spice Up Your Communications!
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
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.
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
2018 NJEA Grant Cycle Informational Webinar
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
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!
for Silver Webinar
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).