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 transport.
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.
Infrastructure Grant Opportunities
The New Jersey
Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will be soliciting applications
for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure Grant within the
coming weeks. Infrastructure projects include the construction or
installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals,
traffic-calming devices, and bicycle facilities within two miles of
K-8 schools. These grants are highly competitive. A competitive
application should demonstrate municipal and school district support
through participation in walking and bicycling education and
encouragement activities, supportive walking and bicycling to school
policies, and the adoption of Resolutions of Support in favor of
Connection would like to work with your community to create or grow a
SRTS program. Currently, we are working with Absecon, Egg Harbor
City, Haddonfield, Fairfield, Pemberton, National Park, Southampton,
and Vineland, just to name a few. In Fiscal Year 2012, Egg Harbor
City, Galloway, Edgewater Park, Lindenwold, and Haddonfield were
awarded SRTS Infrastructure Grants for pedestrian and bicycle safety
improvements. Join the growing list of South Jersey towns that
participate in SRTS for your chance to be awarded this great
opportunity to improve your community.
information on SRTS Infrastructure Grant opportunities, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/srts.shtm.
Bike to School Month 2014
2014 upon us and Spring right around the corner, Cross County
Connection has begun booking events for May's National Bike to School
Month! Every year, students across the country take part in events
that educate and encourage safe bicycling practices. From Bike to
School Days to Bicycle Rodeos, Cross County Connection assists
schools throughout southern New Jersey to coordinate activities that
celebrate this annual event.
In recent years,
Bicycle Rodeos held in the City of Camden, Chesterfield, National
Park, Fairfield, and Magnolia saw over 400 participants,
collectively. A Bicycle Rodeo is a clinic that teaches children the
skills to ride a bicycle safely. Cross County Connection can assist
your school, school district or municipality in the organization of a
rodeo, by setting up the skills course, inviting a local bicycle shop
to provide free tune-ups and distributing safety materials and
giveaways. All you need to do is provide sufficient space and adult
volunteers to man the skills stations.
Along with the
Bike Rodeos, most towns like to follow up the clinic by hosting a
Bike to School Day. In Haddonfield and Egg Harbor City, these events
are a tremendous hit with the student body. The number of
participants grows exponentially year after year. Bike to School Days
are a great way to increase comradery amongst students, while
promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Cross County Connection can
attend your Bike to School Day and provide quick and simple seminars
on how to adjust and fit a helmet!
in organizing Bike to School Month activities for this coming May,
please contact Cross County Connection's Safe Routes to School
Coordinator, David Calderetti, at Calderetti@driveless.com.
The National SRTS Center Releases School
Policy Workbook Tool
Are you looking
to help strengthen your SRTS Program through policy changes? In
December, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and
ChangeLab Solutions released an interactive Safe Routes to
School Policy Workbook tool. It is designed to help school board
members, administrators, PTA/PTOs, and community members create and
implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes
to School programs.
While some view
as settings for education, others recognize schools to be in a prime
position to influence the health and behavior of children. According
to a study by Michigan State University, students who received an
hour of physical activity per day in addition to the standard
physical education class showed better academic performance compared
to students who only had the standard physical education class.
Research such as this demonstrates the distinct relationship between
health and educational achievement.
SRTS is an
initiative that aims to increase the physical activity of children to
combat childhood obesity rates by educating and encouraging children
to walk and bike to school where it is safe to do so. If your school
has been participating in SRTS encouragement activities and is
looking to take the next step needed to ensure your program is
sustainable, or if you are strictly looking to make active
transportation policy changes, please visit http://changelabsolutions.org/safe-routes/welcome.
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