Issue: 05                                                                                                                    
May 2018 
   
                         

 



South Jersey SRTS Program

Cross County Connection

 

Latifah Sunkett

SRTS Coordinator

(856) 596-8228
 sunkett@driveless.com  



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 www.sustainablejersey.com






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W
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
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NJDOT SRTS & TA GRANT SOLICITATION 

OPENS MAY 15 APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 23


As part of the Commitment to Communities Initiative, NJDOT will host a series of grant application workshops for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and the Transportation Alternatives Set-Asides (TA-formerly TAP) program. Cross County Connection highly recommends attending a workshop session as NJDOT will discuss eligibility, tips and strategies for applying for federal and state grants. Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

  • Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10am: Edward J. Bloustein School, New Brunswick
  •  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10am: Cumberland County College, Vineland
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10am: NJDOT Headquarters, Trenton
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10am: NJTPA Training Room, Newark


To register for a workshop, visit:  http://Bit.ly/grantRSVP

 

NJDOT Press Release:  

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2018/051118b.shtm

   Let’s Roll for Bike to School Day
   and Bike to School Month in May!

Wednesday, May 9th was National Bike to School Day. Although this date has passed, you can still celebrate May as Bike to School month with thousands of students across the nation who are riding, scootering, rolling, and walking in participation. Get your school, families, students, and friends involved in the fun with one or more of the ideas below before the school year ends.



Walking School Bus- Groups of children walk a designated route to school and pick up kids along the way, supervised by crossing guards, police officers, parents, and teachers 


 

Bike Rodeo- An event that teaches children bicycling safety as they visit different stations they learn about biking rules, safety, and skills. 

 

Learn How to Host a Bicycle Rodeo: http://www.saferoutesnj.org/how-to-host-a-bicyclerodeo-3/

 

Don’t forget to do your bicycle Quick Check ABC's:

 

A. Air (check the air pressure of your tires)
B. Brakes and Bracket (check the brakes & the bottom bracket)

C. Cranks and Chainrings (check the pedaling mechanism is             functioning properly)


Then strap yourselves in your helmets, push your kick stand up and join many other students, families, community partners and elected officials across the nation as they prepare to celebrate this year’s Bike to School Month in May. Over 3,000 schools and thousands of students pedaled through record breaking numbers in the 2017 Bike to School Day celebration! Let’s bike through the record, again, this year!

 

Get more information on this and how to promote your events at: http://www.saferoutesnj.org/whats-happening/may-is-walk-and-bike-to-school-month/ or contact Cross County Connection for assistance at 856-596-8228 or email the Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Latifah Sunkett, at Sunkett@driveless.com.

New Toolkit: How to Get a Bike
Train Rolling at Your School

 

As more and more people are bicycling in the United States, a bike train can be a strong part of a larger Safe Routes to School program, initiatives that thousands of communities across the nation are establishing.

 

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed a toolkit, “The Wheels on the Bike Go Round & Round,” which offers guidance on how to plan and organize a bike train. Learn how to put together and run a bike train program at your school, including initial planning considerations, logistics, promotion, training, and evaluation. 

 

Get more information on bike trains and the toolkit by visiting: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/resources/toolkit/bike-train-toolkit

SRTS Articles & News Section

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEBINARS

 

WEBINARS: SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (FREE)

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Safe Routes to School

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

 
Equity is a core principal of Safe Routes to School. How do we best ensure all types of walkers, riders and rollers are provided access through Safe Routes to School? Please join us as we discuss language, policy and practice that engage students of all ability levels in your program.

 

To register for this webinar, please visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8669662769029600003

 Linking School Wellness to Sustainability Initiatives  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Learn how to establish and sustain an active School Wellness Council that proactively works to promote and advocate for student and staff health and a healthy school environment.


For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8103827697224931842

 

Quote of The Month 

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

 

-Henry David Thoreau

 

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