Issue: 1

September 2013

 

 

South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228

 

 

SRTS Resources:  

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Routes News

 

Walking Safely to School

The Daily Journal | 3.5.13

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Haddonfield-Haddon Township Patch | 5.6.13

 

Woodbine Recognized for Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

Shore News Today | 7.10.13

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Welcome to the first edition of Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items, and examples of safe routes 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 transport.

 

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.

 

International Walk to School Day 2013

 

Cross County Connection TMA invites you to take part in International Walk to School Day 2013, which takes place on October 3rd! International Walk to School Day is a global event in which communities from more than 40 countries walk and bike to school on or around the same day. Over time, this event has become part of a movement that recognizes the need for implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

 

Why participate? Participation will endorse healthier habits among students, strengthen community awareness and help reduce traffic congestion around your school. It is also the perfect start to kick off a Safe Routes to School Program!

 

How to get started:

  • Select a Champion - Find one person to organize the event. For starters, ask your Physical Education and Health Teachers, or the School Nurse.
  • Identify Roles - Do what you can with what you have - keep it manageable! Decide how you would like to celebrate the event with your available resources.
  • Pick A Date - Although International Walk to School Day is on October 3rd, it does not mean your school cannot participate on a day that best suits the faculty, staff and students!
  • Register Your Event - To register your event, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org. When you register, you will obtain free access to member-only materials such as templates for stickers, certificates and badges!
  • Publicize/Promote/Advertise - Pick a theme for your event - pedestrian safety, physical activity, the environment, etc. - and invite students to take part. Solicit participation from parents, law enforcement officials, mayors, council members and local politicians. REMEMBER, contacting the local media via an advisory or press release is a great way to spread the word!
  • Hold and Document the Event - While your champion is in charge of making on the spot decisions, have someone record your success by taking a lot of pictures!

 

Cross County Connection TMA can help facilitate the planning and implementation of your Walk to School Day Event, as well as a Safe Routes to School Program. We can provide assistance with establishing a working group, coordinating bicycling and pedestrian encouragement and educational activities, creating school Travel Plans and establishing student travel monitoring methods by working with members of your school district and municipality.

 

Celebrating Biking and Walking in the Month of May

 

In the state of New Jersey, May 20th-24th was declared Walk and Bike to School Week. Due to the overwhelming success of International Walk to School Day during October 2012, students, parents and schools throughout southern New Jersey took part in walk and bike festivities throughout the whole month of May! From Jordan Avenue School in Ventnor to National Park Elementary in National Park, the interest surrounding walking and bicycling to school was clearly abundant. 

 

Egg Harbor Community School students roll to school on May 23, 2013

 

 

 According to studies conducted by San Diego State University, "the decrease in active transportation (walking and biking) to school coincides with an alarming increase in childhood obesity." Moreover, students who walk or bicycle to school were found to arrive better prepared to learn.

Tatem Elementary students know the meaning of biking to school

 

Students at National Park Elementary wait to have their bikes inspected at a bike rodeo on May 31, 2013

To facilitate behavioral changes in commute patterns and create a culture of wellness, a variety of walking and bicycling activities occurred from Burlington County all the way to Cape May County. At Woodbine Elementary in Woodbine, students were escorted by teachers during the first ever bike train. The Egg Harbor City, Absecon and Southampton School Districts asked students to meet faculty and staff at specific locations near school grounds and walk or bike the rest of the way to school. Bicycle Rodeos occurred in National Park and in the City of Camden. There is no limit to how a school district or community can participate in events such as Walk and Bike to School Week - let alone when to celebrate walking and biking!

 

 

Free Pedestrian Safety Lessons Now Available

At Sabater Elementary students eagerly learn  during the Pedestrian Safety Presentation, hosted by Cross County Connection TMA

 

Cross County Connection TMA is currently taking requests from schools interested in having our Safe Routes to School staff administer a free comprehensive 3rd and 4th Grade Pedestrian Safety Presentation for the 2013-2014 school year. The lesson is appropriate for single classrooms and students will be taught how to properly cross the street, understand traffic flow and recognize safety hazards.

 

The lesson takes place around a simulated roadway. Students will have the opportunity to practice crossing the street while others help by providing safety instructions, all while remaining in their classrooms. This format allows for discussions of real world situations that average pedestrians come across. Participating students will also receive giveaway items to reinforce the safety practices learned.

 

Pedestrian safety education is a fundamental building block to foster healthy and safe habits among children. Fire drills are held on a regular basis, but how much attention is being paid to pedestrian and bicycle safety?

 

Contact David Calderetti, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Cross County Connection, at 856.596.8228 or calderetti@driveless.com to bring the 3rd and 4th Grade Pedestrian Safety Presentation to your school!

 

Schools that have already participated include:

  • George B. Fine School, Pennsauken
  • Sacred Heart Elementary, Mt. Holly
  • Spragg Elementary, Egg Harbor City
  • Egg Harbor Community School, Egg Harbor City
  • Beeler School, Evesham
  • Tatem Elementary, Haddonfield
  • Van Zant Elementary, Marlton
  • Rice Elementary, Marlton
  • Winslow Elementary, Vineland
  • Sabater Elementary, Vineland
  • Chesterfield Elementary, Chesterfield
  • Busansky Elementary, Pemberton
  • Denbo Elementary, Pemberton
  • Thomas Richards School, Atco
  • Central Park Elementary, Pennsville
  • South Main Street, Pleasantville
  • Jordan Avenue School, Somers Point
  • Dawes Avenue School, Somers Point

 

Safe Routes to School Recognition Award Program is Building Steam

 

In 2012, the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center unveiled the Recognition Award Program! Based on their commitment to and support of the Safe Routes to School program, municipalities and schools (public, private, and charter) are recognized for their efforts.

 

Cross County Connection is pleased to announce the first ever southern New Jersey recipients of the Safe Routes to School Recognition Award Program! Schools and municipalities applied for First Step, Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition levels based on their commitment and involvement in the Safe Routes to School program. In the seven southern counties of New Jersey, the following 14 applicants received recognition for their Safe Routes to School initiatives:

 

Gold

Lynda Anderson Towns, Superintendent and Jessica Pikolycky, Teacher SRTS Champion of Woodbine receive SRTS Silver award

Lynda Anderson Towns, Superintendent of Woodbine Elementary, and Jessica Pikolycky, Teacher and SRTS Champion, receive SRTS Silver recognition award

  • Haddonfield, J.F. Tatem Elementary

Silver

  • Chesterfield, Chesterfield School  
  • Egg Harbor City, Spragg Elementary School 
  • Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor City Community School         
  • Mt. Holly, Sacred Heart 
  • Woodbine, Woodbine Elementary

Bronze

  • Pemberton, Busansky Elementary
  • Southampton, Schools 1, 2 and 3    
  • Vineland, Rossi Middle School

First Step

  • Lawnside, Lawnside Elementary
  • Vineland, Wallace Middle School
  • National Park, National Park Elementary

First Step level participants enrolled in the program and identified a champion to serve as the point person from the municipality or school. Bronze awards were given to those who have held events, such as walking school buses and bicycle clinics. Silver and Gold participants completed activities such as creating school travel plans, conducting surveys, incorporating pedestrian and bicycle education into the schools' curriculum and adopting supportive school policies to promote walking and bicycling to school. Walk and bike to school efforts build connections between families, schools and the community and can contribute toward earning Safe Routes to School Recognition.

 

                      

 

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