Issue: 5   

February 2014



South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228








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


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



Register for Bike to School Day 2014


Join the growing list of schools participating in International Bike to School Day on May 7th by registering your event at International Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and build on the energy of National Bike Month. Registering will entitle you to access a number of flyer and sticker templates to use to promote your event. National Bike to School Day 2013 was held on May 8th and more than 1,700 schools in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated.



In the state of New Jersey, the week of May 19th-23rd has been declared Bike to School Week. What better way to prepare students to ride to school for a full week than to celebrate International Walk to School Day on May 7th? Cross County Connection can assist with the coordination of your bicycle event(s). From bicycle rodeos to bike clinics, there are numerous ways to celebrate the joy of riding.


If your school or school district cannot participate during the dates listed above, have no fear! Bike to School Events can occur throughout the entire month. The more a school celebrates biking to school, the sooner bicycling can become part of the community's culture.  


For more information on how Cross County Connection can assist you, contact David Calderetti, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at (856)596-8228.



Free In-Class Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Lesson


With Spring around the corner and our calendar filling up quickly with requests, Cross County Connection would like to invite your school or school district to contact our office to participate in our FREE 3rd and 4th grade Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Lesson. Cross County Connection's trained staff will come to your school and provide students with the opportunity to understand how to use pedestrian and bicycle facilities that are available to them, recognize traffic patterns, and learn about the benefits of safe bicycling and walking without leaving the confines of a classroom setting. The program takes 25 minutes to administer and is extremely interactive. Therefore, we request that the lesson is taught to no more than 2 classes at one time.



Since 2012, the program has been taught to thousands of students throughout the 7 southern counties of New Jersey. All children will need to walk or bike alone at some point in their lives, so why not allow Cross County Connection to help educate them to do so safely? Participating students receive bicycle and pedestrian safety giveaways and are eligible to participate in a Poster Safety Contest, where winners receive bicycle helmets.


For more information, contact Valerie Laranko, Marketing and Education Specialist, Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or 




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