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
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 David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator for Cross
County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new school
year means new opportunities. Follow these simple steps to get your
school involved in the Safe Routes to School Program.
1: Contact Cross County Connection to schedule a meeting or
discuss Safe Routes to School by phone.
2: Book our 1st - 3rd Grade Pedestrian Education Program
for September. This 25 minute interactive lesson will teach students
how to understand traffic flow, cross roadways safely and identify
the health benefits of walking and bicycling.
3: Schedule a Walk to School Day event for October as a
reinforcement activity. October is Walk to School Month, so why not
join schools across the country as they celebrate active
County Connection is truly a wonderful advocate for Safe Routes to
School. The organization's presentation captivated the group and did
an outstanding job of explaining the SRTS initiative. Furthermore, it
was made abundantly clear how Cross County Connection would be there
to guide Margate City every step of the way until our Safe Routes to
School program would be sustainable on its own. From press releases,
to flyers, to conducting safety programs and travel studies, the
support offered by Cross County Connection seems almost too good to
be true. Our entire Green Team, as well as the city and school
district, feel so fortunate to be partnering with Cross County
Connection on such a worthwhile program. We couldn't be more excited
to get Safe Routes to School underway in Margate City.
Chair, Sustainable Margate Green Team
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
In New Jersey,
many Safe Routes to School programs are championed by community Green
Teams via the Sustainable Jersey initiative. Sustainable Jersey is a certification program
for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green by taking the
appropriate steps to sustain their quality of life over the long
term. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training
and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they
pursue sustainability programs.
Due to the popularity of Sustainable Jersey, a
similar program has been designed for schools. Sustainable Jersey for
Schools will be launched in October of 2014. The initiative will be a
voluntary certification program for New Jersey public schools. To become
certified, schools will be required to complete and submit a balanced
package of sustainability actions. The program has been designed to:
in healthier school children
operating costs and free up money for the classroom
to student success
As an action item to obtain certification for
both programs, Safe Routes to School has been gaining popularity. It
is never too early to start developing your own Safe Routes to School
program, especially as the school year approaches. By doing so, not
only will the students and school district win, but so will your
On July 24, 2014, Cross County Connection
joined forces with the Camden County Office of Emergency Management
for their annual helmet giveaway at Campbell's Field. In attendance
were members from NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Division of Highway
Traffic Safety, Safe Kids, and the Brain Injury Alliance of New
Jersey. We would like to thank everyone who came out to get fitted
for a helmet and receive information on how to safely walk or bike to
and from school.
Sponsored by the New Jersey
Department of Transportation with funding from the Federal Highway
Administration. The Federal Government and the NJDOT assume no
liability for the contents.