Issue: 6 

March 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 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.

 

 

URGENT: NJDOT Infrastructure Grant Applications are due May 15, 2014

 

The Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant Program is a reimbursement based program in which funding is available for a wide variety of infrastructure projects and activities that support and encourage students to walk and bicycle to school. In New Jersey, these funds are available through the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Funding can be used to construct or improve a variety of infrastructure projects within a 2 mile radius of K-8 schools and must be construction ready.

 

 

Application for this grant is highly competitive. Under NJDOT guidelines, a good grant proposal will include:

  • A comprehensive outline of all aspects of existing infrastructure and proposed projects that address pedestrian and cycling barriers, problems and issues
  • Documentation of infrastructure problems using speed studies, crash data and photos that detail the severity of said issues
  • Ongoing plans to educate and encourage the student body about safe bicycling and walking practices (educational programs are not eligible for funding under this grant)
  • A School Travel Plan: A narrative that consists of a school description, partnerships, barriers and opportunities, goals and actions, evaluation parameters, and maps (recommended but not required)
  • Description of previous bicycle and pedestrian projects or education, enforcement or encouragement activities

Below are examples of potential infrastructure projects that have been used for existing SRTS or related programs: 

 

Bikeways

  • On-Street Bike Lanes or Shoulders
  • Off-Road Bike Paths or Trails
  • Bike Route Signs
  • Bicycle Parking (Racks or Lockers)

Pedestrian Safety

  • New or Upgraded Sidewalks
  • ADA Curb Ramps
  • Crosswalk Installation or Striping
  • Pedestrian Crossing Signs
  • Pedestrian Pushbuttons or Signal Heads

For more information about the SRTS Infrastructure Grant Program, please visit www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/srts.shtm. Cross County Connection can advise your school district or municipality on applying for the SRTS Infrastructure Grant Program, and help coordinate SRTS non-infrastructure projects (encouragement and educational activities) that strengthen the application for the grant.

 

 

Bicycle Education: Time to Get Rolling 

 

After you learn to walk, but before you learn to drive a vehicle, people usually learn how to ride a bicycle. With so much emphasis placed upon driver education at the high school level, we tend to forget that learning to ride a bicycle is a child's first opportunity to understand the rules of the road and put them into practice.  

 

Recently, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration released a new study entitled " Bicycle Safety Education for Children from a Developmental and Learning Perspective" to complement its 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide. The study analyzes bicycle education content and its effect on student behavior. If you are looking to implement bicycle education into your school's curriculum, these resources will serve as the basis for developing your program.

 

As part of Cross County Connection's SRTS program assistance, we can provide complementary activities to supplement your bicycle education program. Activities such as bicycle rodeos and bike trains add an on-bike component to aid in the learning process. A bike rodeo is a series of skill courses that teach balance, hand signals and proper movement while riding a bike. Rodeos can be organized after school or on a weekend. For communities that want to encourage bicycling to school, a bicycle train offers a safe, fun way to ride as a group.

 

 

Success in Southampton, NJ

 

Since 2012, the Southampton School District in Burlington County has been developing their SRTS Program. From celebrating walking to school with year-round activities to developing a School Travel Plan, the district has created a sound base for learning proper pedestrian and bicycling etiquette and their momentum is not slowing down. This school year, the Southampton School District has included SRTS in their Health and Wellness Policy. 

 

Inclusion of SRTS into your school's Health and Wellness Policy will insure that the efforts undertaken by administrators to set up existing bicycle and pedestrian programs will continue through the years, even if faculty and staff changes occur. Organizing continuous SRTS programming will lead to sustainability. Once SRTS becomes part of school district policy, it will be easier to make SRTS part of the fabric of your community.

 

 

We are now booking Bike to School Events for the month of May! If your community is interested in hosting a bicycle rodeo or a Bike to School Day, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228.

 

                      

 

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