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.
Local Spotlight: Gibbsboro
2013-2014 school year, Cross County Connection began working with
Gibbsboro School to develop a sustainable non-infrastructure SRTS
program. Gibbsboro is located in Camden County, south of Voorhees
Township and serves students from Pre-Kindergarten to Eighth grade
with a student population of about 265. This past September,
Gibbsboro School rolled out their SRTS program to the delight of
students and parents alike! Gibbsboro School holds a Satellite
drop-off walk to school day monthly, where students meet up at
various spots around the school district and walk to school. Monthly
walk to school events are the cornerstone of their program, with bike
rodeos scheduled for June of next year to educate and encourage safe
is not only encouraging physical health through their SRTS program,
but mental health as well through character building. At every
monthly event, students are asked to come to school with their
character shirt, which helps promote fundamental character traits
such as compassion, motivation, and responsibility just to name a
few. Character Day helps to instill positive character traits in the
Gibbsboro Community, which encourages students to be conscientious of
their decisions and their actions towards others.
also a local leader in the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian
infrastructure. The Borough has an extensive 8.69 mile network of
off-road paths, the majority of which are located in the wooded
eastern portion of the municipality between Old Egg Harbor Road and
United States Avenue. These trails feature helpful wayfinding signage
and connect to bikeways in Voorhees Township and Lindenwold Borough.
Gibbsboro also has an innovative ordinance that requires developers
to build a sidewalk or bikeway alongside new developments. By
mandating these provisions through their municipal code, Gibbsboro
has developed one of the largest existing municipal bicycle networks
in Camden County.
will host its first bike rodeo in June of next year, which coincides
with a ribbon cutting for an extension of a local bike path.
International Walk to School Day Update!
Walk to School Day was held on October 8th, however lots of Walk to
School events took place throughout October in southern New Jersey.
Some events kicked off year long Walk to School programs and others
were inaugural events for first time participants. From Burlington
County to Cape May County, Cross County Connection assisted in the
coordination of 22 events in the following municipalities:
Margate, and Vineand organized unique events this year. In
Collingswood, Tatem Elementary walked for Pink!
Students wore pink and carried posters with supportive language as
they walked to school to support a teacher who is currently battling
Margate kicked off their weekly
Walking Wednesday Program. Every
Wednesday, students that walk or bike to school receive a sticker. Students
with the most stickers at the end of the year will be entered into a
raffle to win a gift certificate from a local surf shop.
Sabater Elementary used Walk to School Day to celebrate a grant that
was awarded to the Vineland Health Department to complete a Travel
Plan for eight K-8 schools.
will be held in Buena Borough, Hammonton, Maple Shade, and Woodbury
Heights during the month of November.
Public Service Announcement: Fall into Good
Habits - Time Change
As we prepare to
"fall back" and adjust to changing the clocks, it is
important to keep in mind safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, as
well as motorists. After school programs do not end during winter
months so some students will have to walk or bike home. Please advise
students and school staff to follow the tips below to ensure the
well-being of all while traveling in the dark.
- Wear bright colored clothing with
- Be predictable
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic
signals and crosswalks
- Look left, right and left again when
crossing and stay alert as you cross
- Keep electronic devices stored in a safe
place and keep your head up, paying attention as you cross the
- Make eye contact with drivers before
crossing in front of them
- When possible, walk on sidewalks or paths.
If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the
left as possible
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing
- Never dart out into the street or cross
between parked cars
- Wear reflective clothing
- Make sure your bike has working lights; a
red light should be connected to the seat post and a white light
should be connected to the handlebars
- Always wear a helmet
a Conscientious Motorist
- Slow down and be especially alert in
extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on
your headlights on
and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
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