South Jersey SRTS Program

 

Cross County

 

Ronda R. Urkowitz

P.P., AICP

Executive Director

(856) 596-8228

urkowitz@driveless.com

 

Latifah Sunkett

SRTS Coordinator

(856) 596-8228

 

SRTS Resources:

 

NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center

 

NJ Safe Routes Scoop Blog 

 

NJDOT Safe Routes to School

 

Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey Schools certification points by participating in SRTS!

 

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey

points for creating a 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 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 federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption around schools. There are 2 goals of Safe Routes to School: 

1. Where it is safe to walk or bike to and from school, get students to do so

2. Where it is not safe to bicycle or walk, make it safe through the SRTS

    Infrastructure Grant Program

 

If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS,

contact Cross County Connection TMA at (856) 596-8228.

 

SRTS Newsletter July 2019

Cross County Connection's SRTS Program

Wraps-Up a Busy Spring!

Spring 2019 was a season filled with a tremendous outpouring of support for Cross County Connection’s Safe Routes to School program. Over 40 pedestrian and bicycle safety related events were held across South Jersey’s seven counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, and Salem).

 

Each event was filled with enthusiastic students ready to take these valuable biking and walking safety tips with them into an active summer! Cross County Connection provided fun promotional items, such as light up bracelets, slap bracelets, safety bookmarks, color changing pencils and safety literature to help reinforce importance of being safe while walking and biking.

 

The schools, towns, counties and other partners that participated in these spring events are listed below. Thank you to the communities that partnered with Cross County Connection and continue to strive toward improving the health and safety of their children.

 

   Cross County Connection’s Spring Event Partners:

  • Bell Oaks Upper Elementary School, Bellmawr
  • Bellmawr Borough
  • Berlin Community Elementary School
  • Camden City School District
  • Chesterfield Elementary School
  • Clementon School District
  • Collingswood Borough
  • Estell Manor School
  • Gloucester Township
  • Haddon Heights School District
  • Haddon Township
  • Howard R. Yocum Elementary School, Maple Shade
  • J. Harold Van Zant Elementary School, Marlton
  • Maple Shade Township
  • Mary E. Roberts Elementary School, Moorestown      
  • Oldmans Township
  • Pennsville School District
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Samuel Smith Elementary School, Burlington 
  • Burlington County
  • Somers Point School District
  • St. Matthews Baptist Church
  • Vineland School District
  • West Cape May Elementary School
  • Woodbine Elementary School
  • Zane North Elementary School, Collingswood

Looking to Improve The Health, Mobility

and Safety of Children In Your Community?

You can become a partner in Cross County Connection’s SRTS Program too! Cross County Connection will help you set up events and activities that educate kids on how to walk and bike safely while also encouraging them to get outside and be active! These services are provided free of charge thanks to Cross County Connection’s partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. They can be conducted at schools, community events and even summer camps

or recreational programs! Our most popular events include:

  • The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program – This program is an immersive, interactive class that teaches pedestrian and bicycle safety to 3rd through 5th grade students.
  • Walking School BusGroups of children walk a designated route to school, summer camp, park or recreation center and pick up kids along  the way. The route is supervised by crossing guards, police officers, parents, and teachers.
  • Bike RodeoThis event teaches children bicycling safety as they visit different stations to learn about biking rules, safety, and skills

If you would like to see your school or community join the ranks of those listed above, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 and let’s have this momentum keep rolling through the summer and fall!

Community Spotlight: Cross County Connection

& Haddon Heights Team-Up to do a Bicycle Rodeo

 

Haddon Heights School District and parents are making a splash! On May 5th, the school district partnered with Cross County Connection, Haddon Heights Police Department, Safe Kids New Jersey and others to hold their first bicycle rodeo. Even though it rained, the parents of Haddon Heights showed up and brought their children to learn about bicycle safety. Children, ranging from ages 4-14, were able to have their bicycles assessed by Police Officer Brett Lightner and were fitted for helmets by Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Latifah Sunkett and Safe Kids Southern NJ Coordinator, Maureen Donnelly.

 

Special thanks to Kate Russo, Liz Madden, Danielle Linaris, the parent volunteers and the Haddon Heights School District’s Parent Teacher Group for all their hard work with the Safe Routes to School program and for putting this event together!

Are you doing amazing Safe Routes to School work in your community and/or school? Send your event photos and highlights to South Jersey’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Latifah Sunkett, at sunkett@driveless.com and your community and/or school may be our next feature!

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEBINARS

 

 

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Celebrating Parks and Recreation Month: Launching Efforts

to Create Safe and Equitable Access to Parks!

 

Monday, July 29, 2019

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Webinar

 

Are you interested in creating safe and equitable access to parks? Then join this free webinar to learn how three different communities made improvements to bulb-outs, trail/bike paths, and streets using a variety of solutions, including artwork, paving, and pedestrian-activated beacon lights. The panelists will also share key planning and implementation steps, potential collaborations, funding and other resources, and sustainability ideas to help you lead your own Safe Routes to Parks-related efforts in your community.

 

To register for this webinar, please visit:

 

 

 

Quote of The Month

 

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”

 

-Steven Wright

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from the Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Government and the NJDOT

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