Issue: 21          

September 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.

 

Walk and Bike to School Month: October 2015

Cross County Connection TMA invites you to take part in Walk and Bike to School Month 2015. October 7 is International Walk and Bike to School Day, however, students and parents all over New Jersey will be participating in walking and biking events throughout the entire month of October. Within Southern New Jersey, 15 schools have already signed up to participate in walk to school day! Safety giveaways will be handed out at the walk to school evens to promote safe walking practices. This event has become a movement that recognizes the need for implementing the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. 

 

Participating in this event will encourage healthier habits among students and parents, strengthen community awareness and help reduce traffic congestion around your school. It is also a perfect opportunity to kick off a Safe Routes to School Program for the new school year!

 

How to get started: 

  • Ensure support from the three P's (Principal, Police, Parents)
  • Declare a Walk and Bike to School Day
  • Be sure to work with and include crossing guards
  • Involve and ask for support from local partners: town, school officials, fire department, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, etc. 
  • Decide on type of event and plan the route
  • Plan a welcoming event once the students reach school
  • Register your event at www.walktoschool.org 

Cross County Connection TMA can help facilitate the planning and implementation of your Walk to School Day Event, as well as SRTS Program. We can provide assistance with establishing a working group, coordinating bicycle and pedestrian encouragement and educational activities, creating school Travel Plans and establishing student travel monitoring methods by working with members of your school district and municipality.  Click here for the complete Walk & Bike to School Event Check List. If your school or community is not involved in Walk and Bike to School events, and you are interested in learning more about SRTS programs, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Sean Schweitzer at (856)596-8228 or at schweitzer@driveless.com.

 

 

Step It Up! Make Our Communities More Walkable with Safe Routes to School

The Surgeon General of the United States is kicking off a new nationwide Call to Action - "Step It Up!" to recognize the importance of physical activity and promoting walking and walkable communities. Schools can take  part in this new initiative by providing their students with opportunities for physical activity and promoting safe routes for walking to school. One of the strategies highlighted by this Call to Action is the implementation of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. The implementation of a SRTS Program supports the Call to Action's emphasis on walking and its positive impact on education and health.

Through SRTS, schools are able to provide more walking opportunities ensuring that communities are safe and convenient places to walk while encouraging children to walk to and from school. This Call to Action is important to continuing to work on improving student health by walking to and from school. Help support this Call to Action by implementing a SRTS program in your community today! To find out more about this Call to Action, visit The Surgeon General's website

 

 

                      

 

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