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 transport.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRTS Recognition Program Deadline is Fast
Has your school
or community participated in SRTS activities that promote safe
pedestrian and bicycle activity? If yes, then your school qualifies
to be nominated into the SRTS Recognition Program. The nomination
deadline is fast approaching and come mid-January all applications
the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program helps schools and
municipalities achieve a sustainable SRTS program. If awarded NJ SRTS
Recognition, your school will be listed on the NJ SRTS website,
receive a certificate of recognition from the New Jersey Department
of Transportation, and will be highlighted in the SRTS Scoop Blog.
the SRTS Recognition Program will:
- Gain access to technical
assistance from New Jersey's SRTS Regional Coordinators
and encourage safe walking and biking to school for students in
Sustainable Jersey points for their municipality
recognition both locally and statewide for efforts towards
If you think
your school is eligible, please visit www.saferoutesnj.org
for more information, or contact David Calderetti at (856) 596-8228.
Walk to School Month (iWalk) is Over, What
Riding the wave
of momentum generated from participating in iWalk events is crucial
to creating sustainable SRTS programs. With October behind us, you
may be asking yourself "what now?" Although annual events
are a great start, capitalizing on the enthusiasm of students will
help facilitate a permanent change in your community. Below are a few
ways to progress SRTS efforts over the next few months.
Student Travel Tallies and Parent Surveys.
Student Travel Tallies are a great way to make the case for hosting
more walk/bike to school events - a decrease in traffic congestion
observed during designated Walk to School Days shows that an impact
has been made. Send parents/guardians a letter, along with a survey,
to let them know how successful the event was and its effects on
student travel. Ask for feedback to plan future events.
weekly or monthly events. Themed events are a
great way to increase participation and student camaraderie. Fun
names like Walking Wednesday or Foot Trip Friday can capture
interest. Themes that coincide with monthly observances can be fun,
STEP up your program with Walking
School Buses. Parent recruitment can
be made easy through Parent Surveys that can be sent home. Have
parents lead a group of students that walk a fixed route to school.
Safe Routes to School in your school's Wellness Policy
is a great way to solidify the initiative.
Jingle Walk All the Way to School
Living in the
Northeast, we all must deal with seasonal temperature changes. What
does not change is the fact that children still need to get to and
from school whether or not the conditions outside are favorable. SRTS
programs do not have to suffer and be put in the closet to collect
dust until Spring.
In an effort to
keep SRTS momentum going throughout
months, schools in Fairfield, Pemberton and Absecon are participating
in themed walk to school events for the Holiday Season. To help get
into the festive spirit, these events are called Jingle Walks. In
these communities, teachers, parents and volunteers will be escorting
students to school from various locations. What better way to
celebrate the holidays than to promote comaradery?
Connection TMA would like to congratulate the following
school districts that have recently passed a Resolution of Support in
favor of establishing Safe Routes to School programs:
- Somers Point
Cross County Connection TMA will be assisting these districts with
the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian educational and
encouragement activities in their schools. The collaborative efforts
will work toward decreasing traffic and pollution near schools and
increasing the health of children and their communities.
fall upon us and winter approaching, two things reign true: it is
getting colder and hours of sunlight are minimal. Fret not; these
facts are not reasons to suspend outdoor activities. By having a
"safety first" mindset, there are precautions that can be
taken to keep walking and bicycling programs moving.
winter months, with low light conditions worsened by the occasional
winter storm, it becomes imperative to wear reflective gear and carry
a flashlight. Inexpensive items like glow in the dark bracelets and
zipper pulls make walking and bicycling much safer. Just like in
warmer months, pedestrians should be very predictable when traveling;
using crosswalks and sidewalks when available allows other roadway
users to assume pedestrian movement. If you bicycle, be sure to
purchase a white travel light for the front of your bike and a red
one for the back. Wearing bright colored clothes will also help you
stand out when bicycling or walking.
northeast, each change of season is marked by new weather conditions
that we must adjust to. When the question arises as to how to
continue SRTS activities throughout fall and winter months, it is
helpful to realize that the success of an event can only be judged by
doing, not assuming. Always keep in mind, dress appropriately and
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