Communities can earn Sustainable
Jersey certification points by participating in SRTS!
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!
more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for
creating an SRTS program, contact David Calderetti at (856) 596-8228
or visit www.sustainablejersey.com.
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 email@example.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
- Haddonfield, Sacred Heart Elementary
- Absecon, Emma C. Attales Middle
- Absecon, Marsh Elementary School
- Bridgeton, Fairfield Township School
- National Park, National Park Elementary
- Pemberton, Samuel Busanky Elementary
- Somers Point, Dawes Avenue Elementary
- Somers Point, Jordan Road Elementary
- Southampton, School 1
- Southampton, School 2
- Southampton, School 3
- Collingswood, Zane North Elementary School
- Pemberton, Aletta Crichton Elementary
- Pemberton, Alexander Denbo Elementary
- Edgewater Park, Mildred Magowan Elementary
- Galloway, Galloway Township Public Schools
- Pleasantville, South Main Street
Award requirements are easy to achieve:
Step: Enroll in the SRTS program and identify a champion to
serve as point person for municipality or school
Complete First Step and implement two events, such as walking school
buses and bicycle clinics
Complete Bronze Level plus activities such as creating school Travel
Plans, conducting surveys, or hosting four bicycling or walking
Complete Silver Level plus develop sustainable Safe Routes to School
program with support from PTA, PTO, or
Community Green Team
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
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.
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.
of a School Travel Plan
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:
community awareness and involvement around travel issues
prioritized set of needs and targeted resources
mechanism for securing funds for infrastructure project
Wellness Policy fulfillment by planning for increased student
of action when leadership and participation levels change.
plan for evaluation that tracks progress and outcomes
of new partnerships between the school, families, local
officials, transportation professionals, police, health advocates
and the community at large
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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