Issue: 20          

August 2015

 

 

South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228
 schweitzer@driveless.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey certification points by participating in SRTS!

Communities that participate in the Sustainable Jersey certification program will be pleased to learn that developing a Safe Routes to School program is an eligible 10 point action item!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating an SRTS program, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 or visit www.sustainablejersey.com.

 

Welcome to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth 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 national program that encourages children to be more physically active and creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from their schools. The program also encourages changes in travel behavior, supports increased traffic law enforcement around schools and educates communities about the benefits of active transportation.

 

If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at (856) 596-8228 or schweitzer@driveless.com.

 

 

Benefits of Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was created in 2005 by Congress to improve safety and increase the number of children walking and biking to school. A recent study researched the effects of implementing a Safe Routes to School program, focusing primarily on four aspects of the program: impact on health, impact on walking and biking rates, improved safety following implementation of the program, and the economics of implementing the program. The results of this study come from reviewing academic literature primarily from recent articles and studies. From this research review, four key results were found:

 

Actively commuting to and from school could improve mental and physical health. Studies found that, on average, walking and biking to school provides 16 of the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children. Active travel such as walking to school was found to increase physical activity and students who rode their bicycles to school were found to have improved cardiovascular fitness. In addition, physically active children tend to perform better academically and evidence suggests better mental health among these children.

 

SRTS has increased the number of students who walk or bike to and from school. A study of 801 schools in the District of Columbia, Florida, Oregon and Texas found that a combination of engineering improvements, education and encouragement could potentially result in an increase of up to 43 percent in walking and biking over a five year period.

 

Unsafe bike routes make it more difficult for students to walk and bike to and from school. SRTS has made it safer for students to walk or bike to or from school.

A study in New York City reviewed pedestrian injuries during school travel hours for ten years and found that areas that received SRTS interventions had a 44 percent reduction in injury rates.

 

SRTS can lower health care and transportation costs for school districts and families. On average, American school districts spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bus children one or two miles due to hazardous walking and biking conditions. Improving walking conditions could substantially reduce this cost. In New York City, it cost just over $10 million to implement SRTS but in return it produced cost reductions of $221 million by "significantly reducing costs associated with injury, lifelong disability and death".

 

Overall, through educational efforts, encouragement programs and road improvements, SRTS has increased rates of walking/biking as well as improved safety. To find out more about Safe Routes to School contact Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School Coordinator at (856) 596-8228 or via e-mail at Schweitzer@driveless.com

 

 

"Fall-ing" Back into your Safe Routes to School Program

Welcome back principals and teachers! The new school year is about to start and what better way to kick it off and motivate kids than having a Walk to School event and scheduling Cross County Connection's Pedestrian Safety Program.  The program re-examines the fundamentals of walking safely, to and from school, and the do's and don'ts of pedestrian safety for third and fourth graders.  The program is also designed as a precursor for holding a walk to school event. 

 

The Safe Routes to School program is a great way to get students active in the morning and ready for a day of learning. Please contact our Outreach/Pedestrian Safety Education Specialist, Michele Geiger, at Geiger@driveless.com, or (856)-596-8228, x200, for more information and scheduling availability.

 

Cross County Connection TMA's, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator, Sean Schweitzer, is also available to assist your school with setup of the program.  Sean will work with each school individually to insure success in the program, with a variety of events customized to meet the needs of each school and district.  Sean can be contacted at Schweitzer@driveless.com or by calling (856)-596-8228, x180.

 

 

2015 PSEG Small Grant Recipients
 

Sustainable Jersey awarded $100,000 through the Sustainable Jersey for School Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation on June 19, 2015. Of the four school districts that received the $10,000 grants, two were from South Jersey: 

  • Egg Harbor Township School District
  • Middle Township Public School District 

Thirty-one individual schools received $2,000 Capacity-Building Grants. South Jersey recipients include:

  • Alder Avenue Middle School
  • Ashbrook Elementary School
  • Barclay School
  • Bret Harte Elementary School
  • Cape May City Elementary 
  • Cherry Hill High- East High School
  • Clara Barton Elementary School
  • E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School
  • Egg Harbor Township High School
  • Eugine A. Tighe Middle School
  • Fairfield Township Elementary School
  • Galloway Township Elementary School
  • Green Hills Elementary School 
  • H. Russell Swift Elementary School
  • Henry H. Beck Middle School 
  • James Caldwell High School 
  • Middle Township #4 Elementary School
  • Millbridge Elementary School
  • Ocean City Intermediate School

Click here for a complete list of grant recipients. 

 

 

Current Funding Opportunity

The 2015 New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Schools Small Grants Program cycle will award: 

  • Ten $10,000 Project Grants to school districts and schools
  • Forty $2,000 Capacity Building Grants to support school green teams

Online Application Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, September 27, 2015

For more information visit Sustainable Jersey for School's website or register the upcoming informational webinar by clicking here

Webinar Date: Tuesday September 08, 2015
Webinar Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM

 

 

                      

 

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