Issue: 16        

January 2015



South Jersey SRTS Program

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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 Cross County Connection 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 Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or



Nominate Your School and/or Municipality for the SRTS Recognition Program  

Deadline: January 31, 2015      

Have you implemented activities at your school or municipality that teach children how to walk and bike safely to school? If so, you may be eligible to be part of NJ's SRTS Recognition Program. Applying for the SRTS Recognition Program is a great way for your school or municipality to be recognized for their commitment and support of the Safe Routes to School program. There are several levels of Recognition from "Just Getting Started" to the Gold level. To learn which level you may be eligible for click here.

Sean Schweitzer presents SRTS Silver Level Recognition Award to Emily Gusrang, Physical Education Teacher, and Kristine Bertulis, Assistant Principal, of Southampton Township School District


Recipients will be presented with a Certificate of Recognition from NJDOT, included on the NJ SRTS website, and recognized by Cross County Connection. Achieving the Silver Level of recognition also earns your municipality 10 points towards Sustainable Jersey Certification and may be beneficial on SRTS grant applications.


Nominating your school and/or municipality is easy. To complete your online SRTS Recognition Program nomination application visit If you would like assistance completing the application or have questions, please contact Sean Schweitzer, Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or  



Congratulations to Chesterfield Elementary for Mini-Grant Award!


Congratulations to Chesterfield Elementary for being awarded a mini-grant by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads Program. This grant is open to any interested school that develops a program to support a culture of safe bicycling and helmet use for students. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the mini-grant can be used to start or sustain bicycling programs and inspiring ideas that educate students regarding the benefits of safe bicycling and how to bicycle safely, including the use of helmets. All mini-grant recipients are required to incorporate correct helmet use in their bicycle safety programs. The grant is offered twice a year; in the spring and the fall.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School received over 170 applications for the mini-grant and was most impressed by Chesterfield Elementary's proposal for their creative efforts to teach bicycle in their community. According to Chesterfield's grant application:

"Chesterfield Elementary will use the grant to purchase bicycles to be used as part of an on-bike, in-school curriculum that will be taught during health and physical education classes. This will enable Chesterfield's two Physical Education teachers to pilot a bicycle safety program in two grades this spring and eventually ensure that all students have an opportunity to receive proper bicycle education training. The curriculum will include the instruction of various bicycle safety skills as well as proper helmet fitting techniques and brain injury awareness."

The bicycles will be maintained by a local bicycle shop and teachers will be trained in bicycle safety by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Chesterfield Elementary would like to eventually extend the program to all grades. 

Has your school or community received a grant or recognition for an outstanding bicycle safety program? Let Cross County Connection know so we can feature your accomplishments in an upcoming newsletter.  




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