The Safe Routes Academy, designed to help enable and encourage safe routes to parks, transit, shops, restaurants, employment, schools and recreation, features the following hands-on interactive sessions to help participants make their communities more walk and bike friendly for all users and abilities.
If you are interested in hosting or having a Safe Routes Academy near you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Please join us at the Safe Routes Academy at the
2020 NJ Bike Walk Summit on:
Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Conference Center at Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, NJ
Check back for details about our Safe Routes Academy sessions!
Our Safe Routes Academy session presentations from 2019 can be viewed/downloaded below:
Revving up NJ’s Complete & Green Streets Movement with a New Model Policy and Guide:
Interest in Complete Streets (CS) has been growing steadily for years and many New Jersey municipalities and counties have adopted CS policies. This session introduces a new Model Complete and Green Streets Policy and Guide for New Jersey municipalities and counties that highlights an even broader range of benefits, incorporates Green Streets principles and strategies, encourages equity, recognizes positive economic, environmental and public health outcomes. The Policy lays out a path from policy to implementation with on-going citizen involvement as a cornerstone. The session will review the Policy and Guide’s innovations and highlight real-world best practices through New Jersey Complete and Green Street success stories. The latest Complete and Green Street resources, including Sustainable Jersey’s updated actions, will also be discussed.
Proposed session panelists participated in the development of the Model New Jersey Complete and Green Streets Policy and Guide as part of a CS Working Group convened by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, with representation from a wide range of government and nonprofit partners that included NJDOT, Sustainable Jersey, New Jersey Future, Rutgers University, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and many others.
Moderator/Panelist – Annette Schultz,Supervising Planner, NV5
- Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (NJ CS Policy resources)
- Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future (Green Streets)
- Ann Heasly, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (Sustainable Jersey Certification for adopting and instituting Complete Streets policies)
- Annette Schultz, Supervising Planner, NV5
Planning for a More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community:
After a brief discussion about how to effectively conduct walkability audits in your community, participants will explore best practice resources to help them find infrastructure solutions that can help generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation throughout their community. The session will include an interactive discussion about improving some real-life challenging locations for walking and bicycling from throughout New Jersey.
Sean Meehan, VTC at Rutgers Bloustein
Safe Routes to School Coordinators from NJ Transportation Management Associations
Tips and Strategies for Funding Walkable and Bikable Communities:
There are a variety of funding opportunities for communities to implement improvements and programs to make walking and bicycling a safer, easier and more accessible mode of travel for all. Attendees will learn about the different funding opportunities available as well as strategies for not only identifying the optimal grant that aligns with their walking and bicycling goals but also tips about how to make their applications stronger. 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.
Elise Bremer-Nei, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocate and Safe Routes to School Coordinator, NJDOT
Trish Sanchez, VTC at Rutgers Bloustein