Issue: 7  

April 2014

 

 

South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Routes News

Crossing Guards are Haddonfield's Unsung Heroes
The South Jersey Sun | 3/11
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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 David Calderetti 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 David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator for Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or calderetti@driveless.com.

 

 

Deadline Extension for Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant Application - June 30, 2014

 

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 SRTS Infrastructure Grant Program has been extended to Monday, June 30th 2014. The SRTS application guidance has been updated to provide additional clarifications regarding the resolution requirements. For more information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/srts.shtm.

 

 

 

May is Bike to School Month! 

 

The wait is almost over! Bike to School Day, May 7th, is right around the corner and many southern New Jersey schools and municipalities have coordinated with Cross County Connection to organize events throughout the entire month. Riding a bike to school is not only good for one's health, the community and the environment, it is also a great way to prepare students to learn. Each May, schools around the Nation celebrate the benefits of riding a bike by organizing activities for Bike to School Month and participating in Bike to School Day.  


Events include bicycle rodeos, in-class educational programming, and encouraging students to ride their bike and track distances. This year, Cross County Connection will assist with bicycle rodeos in Pemberton, Mullica, and Fairfield Townships, and Vineland and Camden Cities.

Bike Rodeos are obstacle courses developed for the purpose of teaching children basic bicycle riding skills such as stopping, balancing, signaling, and turning. Rodeos also feature bike and helmet safety inspections. Participating students earn Certificates of Participation and are rewarded with giveaways such as reflective bracelets and bicycle safety bookmarks.

 

 

Students from Egg Harbor City and Somers Point School Districts will meet school staff and faculty at off-site locations and ride their bicycles to school together. These organized events provide an opportunity to educate children about safe bicycling practices while riding a bike. This will be the third year in a row that these districts have worked with Cross County Connection in organizing Bike to School Month activities.

 

Other participating schools include:

  • Woodbine Elementary, Woodbine
  • Tatem Elementary, Haddonfield
  • Chesterfield Elementary, Chesterfield
  • National Park Elementary, National Park
  • Denbo Elementary, Pemberton

If you are interested in organizing a Bike to School Event at your school, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228, or email David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator at calderetti@driveless.com.

 

                      

 

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