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.
SRTS Mini-Grants AVAILABLE!
County Connection is pleased to announce that the National Center for
Safe Routes to School has teamed up with Schwinn's Helmets on Heads
program to provide 25 $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the
country. If awarded, funding can be used to fund activities ranging
from the nuts and bolts to help start or sustain bicycling programs,
to new, inspiring ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe
bicycling. Selected mini-grant proposals will fit a school's needs
and interests around safe bicycling and helmet safety education, and
will require that correct helmet use be a mandatory component of any
program. Mini-grant activities should occur between January 1, 2015,
and the end of the Spring 2015 semester. Applications are due
Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
The goal of the
mini-grant program is to help schools identify their safe bicycling
needs, to encourage helmet safety education and to create
bicycling-related activities that address these needs/interests. The
National Center and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads program also encourage
applicants to engage student leaders and/or harness students'
creativity. There are many right answers, and creativity and
innovation are encouraged.
elementary or middle school groups or clubs;
staff, or parent volunteers at elementary or middle schools;
and Tribal governments; and/or
organizations that will work with a school to improve bicycle
safety and/or increase bicycling participation. Cross County
Connection can work with your municipality or school district to
develop a project eligible under program guidelines.
can be downloaded here. It can also
be accessed on the mini grant webpage. Please
contact Cross County Connection for assistance at (856) 596-8228 or Calderetti@driveless.com.
Five Ideas for Bicycling Programs at Your
- Develop a school-wide bike program: Work
with teachers and parents at your school to establish a bike
share program. Students can check out bikes and helmets to ride
at home or school and get a chance to practice their bike safety
skills with their families and friends.
- Establish a fitness club: To
encourage more physical activity at your school, establish a
fitness club. A fitness club could be held before or after
school a few days a week. Students could practice their bike
safety skills, learn proper helmet fitting techniques, and enjoy
bicycling with their friends and teachers at school.
- Hold bicycle safety trainings: Work
with PE teachers to teach bike safety classes and helmet fitting
- Enhance opportunities for children with
disabilities: Work with the special
education leader at your school and establish a bike program for
children with disabilities. Bike to School Day events create
opportunities for students of all abilities to interact and
socialize with their peers. These events can also provide opportunities
to teach bicycle safety skills, and positive experiences to
encourage independent travel later in life.
- Give mobility to students who are homeless
or families that cannot afford bicycles: Start
a bike share program in which students can check out bikes and
helmets, allowing them to ride to and from school, parks, and
activities in their neighborhood. Work with bike shops to
establish free bike maintenance classes and safety clinics for
International Walk to School Day: October 2014
October 8th is
International Walk to School Day. International Walk to School Day is a global
event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking
and biking to school on the same day. Over time, this event has
become part of a movement for year-round Safe Routes to School
activities. Today, thousands of schools across America - from all 50
states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico - participate every
October. If you cannot participate on the 8th, no worries! There are
22 other days in October that school is in session. For help setting
up your event, please contact Cross County Connection. From
coordinating the logistics of your event to handing out safety
giveaways, Cross County Connection can help make the celebration as
impactful as possible!
Find out more
about Walk to School Day a www.walkbiketoschool.org/ .
Safety Lessons and Walk to School Day
For children, summer's end marks the start of the school
year and with that, new opportunities to learn. Starting this month,
the Safe Routes to School staff at Cross County Connection will begin
administering their 1st-3rd Grade Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Education Program. Through active participation, students will learn
and practice the precautionary measures that are necessary in order
to safely walk and bike to school. Currently, the following schools
have scheduled the 1st-3rd grade Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Education Program for Cross County Connection to administer:
Heights Elementary School
Heart Elementary School
To reinforce the
lessons learned during the program, many schools will be
participating in International Walk to School Day during the month of
October. Before your school's calendar fills up, contact Cross County
Connection to book the 1st-3rd Grade Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Education Program. Our calendar is filling up fast so please do not
Safe Routes for Children to Traverse
Cross County Connection assists municipalities
and schools in identifying pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure
improvements needed around K-8 schools, as well as grant
opportunities for funding infrastructure projects. Throughout New
Jersey, many school and municipal administrators are concerned about
the safety of children who choose to bike or walk to and from school.
Whether these concerns are due to a lack of sidewalk connectivity,
speeding or congestion, there are remedies available. Unfortunately, funding
might not always be allotted in municipal or school district budgets
for improvements such as the installation of traffic calming devices,
the painting of crosswalks or the construction of sidewalks. However,
there are grant opportunities available to fund these projects and
Through a comprehensive approach, Cross County
Connection will work with stakeholders from your community to create
a school Travel Plan. Through the administration of walking and
bicycling audits and community meetings, Cross County Connection will
identify problems in existing bicycle and pedestrian networks and
provide recommendations to remedy these problems so students can
choose to walk or bike to school. Once a Travel Plan is created,
there are grant opportunities available to pay for the construction
of bicycle and pedestrian projects.
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