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and examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting Your School Year With SRTS: What You
Can Do Now
Now that all
Safe Routes to School activities are on hold until the beginning of
the next school year, it is the perfect time to get ahead of the game
and prepare for September. Whether you want to plan kick-off events
or strategies to build on your existing program, don't wait until
school is in session to start!
Keep busy this
summer by planning for student travel tallies and parent surveys.
Student Tallies are used to count the number of students arriving to
and departing from school by mode of transportation, such as walking,
bicycling, bus, car etc. These tallies should be administered at
least twice during the school year; the initial counts should be
taken between the second and fourth weeks of the year. The Parent
Survey is a questionnaire intended to collect information from
parents of students. The survey gathers information about the
students' travel patterns, existing barriers to walking/bicycling,
and the parents' attitudes about walking and biking to school.
Preparing these tallies and surveys for September can help capture
travel behavior before you begin your SRTS program. You can also take
this time to create a strategy for analyzing this data once it is
here to view a detailed PDF about SRTS data collection.
offers the perfect opportunity to create a School Travel Plan. A
School Travel Plan is a written document that identifies and outlines
a school's intentions for creating safer and more sustainable travel
to and from school. These documents are typically created with the
guidance of community and school district stakeholders. These Travel
Plans also offer assistance to local governments in their grant
funding and bicycle improvement grant applications. Cross County
Connection has created numerous School Travel Plans for many of its
partners and can work with your school or municipality. Click
here to see existing School Travel Plans.
Take Advantage of the Summer to Plan for the
2014-2015 school year at an end, now is the time to start planning
for your Safe Routes to School program for the upcoming year. Getting
involved with SRTS is simple. Contact Cross County Connection and we
can get you set up with a preliminary meeting to get your school or
school district ready for the fall. Although September may be months
away, planning a timeline of activities now is essential to a
successful school year.
begin at the start of the school year tend to experience the most
success. September is a great time to allow Cross County Connection
to introduce its Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program to your
students. Administrating these programs to students in September is a
great way to familiarize them with safe habits before National Walk
to School Month in October.
Scheduling a Walk
to School Day in October is a great way to reinforce all the
pedestrian skills students will learn via our educational program. By
getting your school(s) involved in these programs within the first
couple months of school, students are able to practice what they
learn throughout the entire school year.
information, contact Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School
Coordinator at 856.596.8228*, or via email at Schweitzer@driveless.com
Additional Summer Planning
accomplish more this summer? Here are more ways to prepare for a
great Safe Routes to School year.
Together Your SRTS Team
Having an active
SRTS Team is an enormous asset. A great SRTS team can help plan and
implement activities, and help promote a collaborative partnership
between the school(s) and community.
a SRTS Calendar
Create a SRTS
Calendar that identifies important dates for your SRTS program in the
upcoming academic year. Creating a calendar over the summer can help
serve as a reminder of important events and deadlines and also allow
you to inform others about future activities.
a Walking and Biking Map
of the summer weather by getting outside to map walking and biking
facilities around your school.
Park and Walk/Bike Sites
off-campus locations including parks, libraries or churches with
enough space for adults and children to congregate and park to create
a satellite drop-off location for students.
Out to the Community
surrounding a school can provide great support for SRTS programs,
reaching out can create more partners for your program.
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