South Jersey SRTS


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 

Schools can earn Sustainable Jersey Schools certification by participating in a SRTS



For more information

visit: Sustainable Jersey School program; or 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 gets 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

Walk to School Day is October 10th!

 Schedule Your FREE Pedestrian Safety Program &

Walk to School Event, Today!


My name is Latifah Sunkett, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for

southern New Jersey.  I would like to inform you of the exciting Safe Routes

to School (SRTS) programming Cross County Connection offers for FREE through the New Jersey Department of Transportation.


The SRTS program helps create a safer and more accessible environment for students (K-8) to walk and bicycle to and from school. The start of the new school year is a great opportunity to kick-off a SRTS program at your school. Cross County Connection can help your school accomplish this goal at no cost through the implementation of SRTS non-infrastructure programming and events.


The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are as follows:

  • Reducing the number of vehicles near schools at pick-up and drop-off times, making it safer for those who walk/bike while also reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality around schools.
  • Teaching children proper pedestrian and bike safety skills.
  • Providing an opportunity for daily exercise, which reduces the rates of childhood obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
  • Providing children with a sense of independence and awareness of their community.
  • Bringing families, neighbors, school officials and community leaders together to facilitate student travel safety.

Walk to School Events

Many types of walking events are possible and Cross County Connection will assist your school to choose and implement the best event type for your environment.


These events include:

  •  Walk to School Day Events: students walk with their parents/guardians from home to school.
  • Walking School Buses: students walk a designated route accompanied by adult volunteers who pick up students along the route.
  •  Satellite Drop-off Event: students are dropped off by their parents/guardians at one or more locations near school and then walk to school with designated chaperones.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education Program

Cross County Connection offers a 60 minute lesson plan suitable for the classroom or an assembly that teaches children how to be a safe pedestrian and bicyclist.  Students are taught how to properly cross a street using a mock pedestrian crosswalk, understand traffic flow and recognize safety hazards. Students have the opportunity to practice crossing the street using a simulated roadway.  This format allows for discussion of real world situations that the average pedestrian or bicyclist will encounter.


Getting a Program Started

Cross County Connection would like to bring the Safe Routes to School program to your school(s). As October is Walk and Bike to School Month, the beginning of the school year is a perfect opportunity to bring Cross County Connection to your school.  We have already started booking the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education Program and Walk to School events for the upcoming school year.  If interested, please contact us as soon as possible, as our schedule fills quickly.

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