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
NJDOT and Regional Transportation
Organizations Announce $2 .1 Million in Safe Routes to School Grants!
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in partnership with
the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the
South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) annouced
the awarding of nearly $2.1 million in 2016 Safe Routes to School
(SRTS) grants! Grant recipients are located in Atlantic, Burlington,
Camden and Salem counties.
SRTS program is a federally funded reimbursement program
that was established in 2005 to increase pedestrian safety
awareness among motorists and schoolchildren. These grants will
provide local governments within the DVRPC and SJTPO regions
the ability to make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools.
Grants: The four grants awarded in the DVRPC region
total $1.495 million for the following projects:
Schools Multi-modal Improvements - Phase I in Pemberton
Township, Burlington County for $466,000
- Pedestrian Safety
Improvements, Frederick Avenue and South Clinton Avenue - Phase
I in Maple Shade Township, Burlington County for $257,000
- Eastampton Community
School-Pedestrian Multi-Use Path and Walking Route Improvements
in Eastampton Township, Burlington County for $429,000
- Gloucester City
Middle School Infrastructure and Pedestrian Safety Improvement
Program in Gloucester City, Camden County for $343,000
Grants: The two grants awarded in the SJTPO region total
$608,000 for the following projects:
- Pedestrian Safety
Bikeway in Margate, Atlantic County for $371,000
- Sidewalk, crosswalk,
and signalization improvements at various locations in
Woodstown, Salem County for $237,000
Cross County Connection would like to congratulate the
2016 grant recipients in southern New Jersey!
School Bike Parking Guide
New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center has recently
released a guide on choosing a bike rack for your school. As
increasing numbers of students bike to school, it is important that
schools provide parking facilities that satisfy their students'
specific needs. The guide provides information to help schools make
appropriate decisions when purchasing and installing bicycle racks.
Information found in the guide includes how to lock a bike properly,
important features for student biking to school, types of bicycle
racks and pros/cons to each rack.
providing adequate parking for bicycles at schools, children and
their parents will be more likely to encourage bicycling to and from
school. Click here to view the complete School Bike Parking
National Bike to School Day and NJ Bike/Walk
to School Month
Egg Harbor City 2016 Bike to
spring 2017 quickly approaching, now is the time to start planning
your Bike to School Day event! Every year, schools across the country
take part in events that educate and encourage safe bicycling
practices. The national event is part of a movement to encourage
year-round safe routes to school programs that promote bicycling as a
healthy commute alternative for kids and families. From Bike to
School Days to Bicycle Rodeos, these events bring attention to safety
needs, promote physical activity, help build a sense of neighborhood
and inspire school spirit.
to School event registration is free and open to all individuals and
organizations planning a 2017 Bike to School Day event. By
registering a Bike to School Day event online at walkbiketoschool.org, you are provided with
access to a variety of downloadable materials including certificates,
classroom activities and other potential giveaways. Mark your
calendars, the official Bike to School Day date for this year is May
your school or school district cannot participate during the date
listed above, don't worry, bike to school events can be held
during New Jersey's Walk/Bike to School month in April.
Bike/Walk to school events can be held throughout the year, the more
a school celebrates and encourages biking to school the sooner
bicycling can become part of the community's culture.
National Bike to School Day and NJ Bike/Walk to School Month opens in
more information on how Cross County Connection can assist you,
contact Sean Schweitzer, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at
(856)596-8228 or Schweitzer@driveless.com.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Preparing for Successful Safety Education and
Enforcement Efforts Webinar (FREE)
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Tuesday, March 12, 2017 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Active Transportation in Rural Settings Webinar
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Innovative Bicycling Programs for Youth
Safe Routes to School National Partnertship
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 1pm - 2pm
by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with funding from the
Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Government and the
NJDOT assume no liability for the contents.