Issue: 32          

March 2017

 

 

South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228
 schweitzer@driveless.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Communities 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!

For 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 schweitzer@driveless.com.

 

 

NJDOT and Regional Transportation Organizations Announce $2 .1 Million in Safe Routes to School Grants!

The 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. 

The 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.

DVRPC Grants: The four grants awarded in the DVRPC region  total $1.495 million for the following projects:

  • Busansky/Emmons 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

SJTPO 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

The 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.

By 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 Guide. 

 

 

National Bike to School Day and NJ Bike/Walk to School Month

Egg Harbor City 2016 Bike to School Day

With 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.

 

Bike 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 10th, 2017.

 

If 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.

 

Registration National Bike to School Day and NJ Bike/Walk to School Month opens in March!

 

For 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

 

 

Safe Routes to School News

Margate Receives $371,000 Grant for Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Press of Atlantic City | February 14, 2017

Safe Routes to School Grant in Salem County
NJ.com | February 15, 2017

Courier-Post | February 15, 2017

 

 

                      

 

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