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.
to School Day is October 10th!
Schedule Your FREE Pedestrian Safety
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
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:
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
children proper pedestrian and bike safety skills.
an opportunity for daily exercise, which reduces the rates of
childhood obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes,
and other chronic diseases.
children with a sense of independence and awareness of their
families, neighbors, school officials and community leaders
together to facilitate student travel safety.
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.
to School Day Events: students walk with their
parents/guardians from home to school.
School Buses: students walk a designated route
accompanied by adult volunteers who pick up students along the
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.