Issue: 9   

July 2014

 

 

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 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.

 

 

Safe Routes to School Recognition Award Program is Building Steam: Recipients and More

 

Since 2013, the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) have awarded schools and municipalities for their commitment to and support of the Safe Routes to School program via the Safe Routes to School Recognition Award Program! Based upon program accomplishments, schools and municipalities can be nominated for First Step, Bronze, Silver, or Gold level recognition.

 

Cross County Connection is pleased to announce the 2014 southern New Jersey recipients of the Safe Routes to School Recognition Award Program! In the seven southern counties of New Jersey, the following 18 applicants received recognition for their achievements administering and coordinating Safe Routes to School initiatives:

 

Gold

  • Haddonfield, Sacred Heart Elementary School

 

Silver

  • Absecon, Emma C. Attales Middle School  
  • Absecon, Marsh Elementary School
  • Bridgeton, Fairfield Township School District 
  • National Park, National Park Elementary School         
  • Pemberton, Samuel Busanky Elementary School
  • Somers Point, Dawes Avenue Elementary School
  • Somers Point, Jordan Road Elementary School
  • Southampton, School 1
  • Southampton, School 2
  • Southampton, School 3

 

Bronze

  • Collingswood, Zane North Elementary School
  • Pemberton, Aletta Crichton Elementary School
  • Pemberton, Alexander Denbo Elementary School

 

First Step

  • Edgewater Park, Mildred Magowan Elementary School
  • Galloway, Galloway Township Public Schools
  • Hammonton
  • Pleasantville, South Main Street Elementary School

 

Recognition Award requirements are easy to achieve:

 

First Step: Enroll in the SRTS program and identify a champion to serve as point person for municipality or school

 

Bronze: Complete First Step and implement two events, such as walking school buses and bicycle clinics

 

Silver: Complete Bronze Level plus activities such as creating school Travel Plans, conducting surveys, or hosting four bicycling or walking events

 

Gold: Complete Silver Level plus develop sustainable Safe Routes to School program with support from PTA, PTO, or Community Green Team

For more information on establishing a Safe Routes to School program or the Recognition Award program, please contact David Calderetti, Safe Routes to School Coordinator at Calderetti@driveless.com.

 

 

Registration is Now Open for Walk to School Day 2014 - Let the Planning Begin!

 

Registration is now open for Walk to School Day 2014, which will take place on Wednesday, October 8. However, events can take place throughout the entire month. Schools, parents and community members can now register a Walk to School Day event at walkbiketoschool.org. Registering an event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges, and classroom activities. All registered events appear on the official US Who's Walking map, making it easy to show potential or existing partners and media where events will take place. These events are listed by state. 

 

Cross County Connection can provide FREE assistance in organizing your event. From the mapping specific walking routes to providing giveaways for participating students, Cross County Connection will help to ensure that your event is a success. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2013 with more than 4,400 registered events in the United States. This year, New Jersey hopes to increase its number of participating schools from last year's total of 150.

 

 

If you would like to join the thousands of schools countrywide that are planning to participate in Walk to School Day 2014, please contact David Calderetti, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at (856) 596-8228 or Calderetti@driveless.com. Cross County Connection will help organize your event at no cost. Act fast, before all dates are booked in October!

 

 

Planning for the Future with School Travel Plans

   

With summer upon us and Safe Routes to School encouragement activities on hold until the start of next school year, ample time is available to create a School Travel Plan. A School Travel Plan is a written document that outlines a school's intentions for making travel to and from school safer and more sustainable. These documents are created with guidance from community and school district stakeholders. School Travel Plans also assist local governments in their application for grant funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements around K-8 schools by incorporating the findings of walking and bicycling audits.

 

Cross County Connection can work with your school or municipality to create a School Travel Plan. In the past, Cross County Connection has created numerous Travel Plans for many of its partners. Schools in Egg Harbor City, Southampton, Collingswood, Voorhees, Pemberton, and Woodbine have benefited from Cross County Connection's Travel Plan services. Click here to see existing school travel plans from around New Jersey.

 

Benefits of a School Travel Plan

School Travel Plans are not just about school travel; they also address the goal of creating livable communities. Neighborhoods that promote and facilitate walking and bicycling are attractive to residents and support healthy lifestyles. To reach this ideal, a solid planning process is needed. The School Travel Plan process results in many benefits for schools, including:

  • Greater community awareness and involvement around travel issues
  • A prioritized set of needs and targeted resources
  • A mechanism for securing funds for infrastructure project
  • School Wellness Policy fulfillment by planning for increased student physical activity
  • Continuity of action when leadership and participation levels change.
  • A plan for evaluation that tracks progress and outcomes
  • Creation of new partnerships between the school, families, local officials, transportation professionals, police, health advocates and the community at large
  • By engaging in the School Travel Plan process, a community commits to the vision of a better world for its children and, ultimately, all of its residents

 

                      

 

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