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 Cross County Connection 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 Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School
Coordinator, at (856)596-8228 or
Safe Routes to School Academy at the 2017 Bike
and Walk Summit!
New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit is an annual event hosted by the NJ
Bike and Walk Coalition. This event is a statewide summit that
provides the opportunity to learn more about current state and
federal legal and policy issues affecting our communities, become
aware of various public funding sources and network.
20 panel sessions and presentations are planned, covering a wide
array of key topics related to active transportation including the
Safe Routes to School Academy. The Safe Routes to School Academy will
feature a track of hands-on, interactive sessions to help your
community become more walk and bike friendly! Join our own Sean
Schweitzer, South Jersey's SRTS Coordinator at the session. Sean will
be a part of the panel of experts at the Safe Routes to School
Academy! Here is a list of the Safe Routes Academy Sessions:
Walkability Audits - Bundle up and hit the pavement to learn how
to conduct a walking audit! Participants will learn about best
practices and policies that can be implemented in their
community to increase walking. Complete a real-world walk
audit, identify opportunities and constraints, to make your
communities more walkable to shops, schools, restaurants,
employment centers, parks and more!
Walking Audits to Develop a Plan for a More Bicycle and
Pedestrian Friendly Community - Take the next step
toward completing a plan to help you "map out" how to
improve pedestrian and bicycle travel and safety throughout your
community. By using walkability assessments as part of
your planning process, creating important partnerships among
stakeholders within the community, generating ideas and actions
and helping to make your grant applications more competitive so
your goals can become a reality!
Common Goals to Strengthen Walking and Bicycle Programs - The partnership of
walking and bicycling advocates and the Sustainable Jersey
program is an excellent example of collaboration toward making
healthier and more sustainable communities. Participants in this
session will learn about the Sustainable Jersey and
Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification programs and how
health is integrated into the actions.
Opportunities: Big and Small - Attendees will
learn about the different types of grant funding available -
from larger federal and state grants to smaller health and
sustainable community grants. Participants will walk away
with ideas on how to leverage community resources, tips and
strategies for applications, and how to find the grants that
align with walking and bicycling goals.
The summit will
take place Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Click here for more information or to
Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to
School Coordinator, and Michele Geiger, Marketing Outreach
Specialist, awarding 2016 Poster Contest Winners at Jaggard
for a way to continue your Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program this
winter? Cross County Connection TMA encourages the continuation
of your program through involvement in the SRTS Poster Contest. The
contest, which is open to 3rd and 4th graders,
helps to reinforce the importance of walking and bicycling
safely to and from school by having children illustrate the skills
taught in Cross County Connection's Pedestrian Safety Program.
Students must illustrate the selected theme of the contest. Themes
include pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, environmental impacts of
walking and bicycling, and health impacts. The student who best
demonstrates the selected theme will be selected by a panel of judges
from Cross County Connection TMA to receive a prize. To obtain more
information regarding requirements and how to sign up for the
Pedestrian Safety Program and SRTS Poster Contest, please contact
Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at Schweitzer@driveless.com or
by calling (856) 596-8228.
Safe Routes to School Videos
Jersey Safe Routes to School has recently launched two new videos to
help advance SRTS programs throughout the state!
FIND YOUR LOCAL NJ SRTS COORDINATOR - Safe Routes to School
Coordinators throughout NJ offer free technical assistance to your
school and community to encourage children to walk and bike to
school, where it is safe. Find out how your local coordinator can
help! Click here to watch the informational video.
by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with funding from the
Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Government and the
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