Safe Routes Academy

Join us at the 2022 NJ Safe Routes Academy
sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation

The Safe Routes Academy will take place online Thursdays in September from 12 pm-1:30 pm, September 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Learn about the best practices and resources that you can use to increase the safety and accessibility of walking and bicycling in your community. Separate registration is required for the TA Set-Aside Grants webinar. See Session 2 below.

Session 1 – Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost-Effective Treatments: Testing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Improvements Through Temporary Demonstration Projects

Temporary demonstration projects, also known as “pop-up projects,” or “quick build projects,” are a community’s “try before you buy” opportunity to test small-scale solutions for reimagining roadways and other public spaces to improve safety and quality of life for all users using inexpensive materials. Examples of demonstration projects you may see around New Jersey include temporary bike lanes, pop-up parks and seating, curb extensions, street murals, decorative crosswalks, open street events, and other innovative ideas. This session will discuss the benefits of demonstration projects, how to approach them, and review some case studies from New Jersey.

Speakers:

William Riviere, NJ Department of Transportation
James Bonanno, City of Asbury Park
Monika Pal, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers MCRP Student
Patrick Farley, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association
Keith Hamas, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Moderator: Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

View a recording of the session!

Session 2 – Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:00pm-1:30pm
TA Set-Aside Grants Training Webinar

This online session will provide participants with information about applying for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program grant, administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in partnership with the State’sMetropolitan Planning Organizations. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overview of Federal Aid programs and the TA Set-Aside Program
  • Detailed Review of the TA Set-Aside Application
  • Grant Application Process
  • Grant Resources, Tips & Strategies
  • Q&A with NJDOT Local Aid Staff

The session is designed to assist you with making your grant application stronger to turn your project into a reality. For more information and resources, visit the Safe Routes Resource Center TA Set-Aside Grant information page.

Click here to register for the session!

Note: Separate registration is required for the TA Set-Aside Grants Webinar, please click the green box above to register.

Session 3 – Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:00pm-1:30pm
Prioritizing Safety Through Conducting Walkability & Bikeability
Assessments

Do you want to identify barriers that make it difficult for people in your community of all ages and abilities to walk? Conducting a walk or bike assessment is a great way to not only identify observations about physical conditions and feelings of comfort and safety, but also to provide a different mindset and view of walking and bicycling for participants who don’t or infrequently walk or ride in your community.  This session will teach you how to coordinate your own walk or bike assessment and provide you with tips, tools, and resources for not only planning your event but setting the stage for further action to help address the barriers you identify.

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Session 4 – Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:00pm-1:30pm
Developing School Travel Plans to Make Walking & Bicycling Safer

Learn how to take the next step toward making lasting change in your community by completing a School Travel Plan.  This session will focus on the ins and outs of creating a School Travel Plan that will help to foster important partnerships between schools and the community, generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation, and help to make your grant funding applications more competitive so your goals can become a reality!

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The Safe Routes Academy is designed to help enable and encourage safe routes to parks, transit, shops, restaurants, employment, schools, and recreation. The Academy, which is sponsored by the NJ Department of Transportation, features hands-on interactive sessions to help participants make their communities more walk and bike-friendly for all users.

If you are interested in hosting or having a Safe Routes Academy near you, please contact us at srts@ejb.rutgers.edu!

Sessions from previous years include:

2021 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy
View the 2021 Safe Routes Academy & NJ Bike and Walk Summit Report Sessions

  • “No Money? No Problem: Meet your Safe Routes Coordinator!” a session highlighting free resources from your regional Transportation Management Association SRTS Coordinators. Click here to view the session recording. 
  • “A Vision for Safety: The New Jersey Strategic Highway Safety Plan,” a session about the NJDOT plan to achieve zero deaths on all public roads. Click here to view the session recording. 
  • “Building Municipal Support for Better Streets,” a session of local advocates explaining lessons learned for building local support to adopt and implement Complete and Green Streets policies. Click here to view the session recording. 
  • “Fund Your Project: Tips and Strategies for Successful Grant Applications,” a session detailing the funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey. Click here to view the session recording. 

2020 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy 

  • “Complete and Green Streets for All,” a session that highlighted the model Complete Streets policy and guide as a resource for advancing meaningful Complete Streets policies that incorporate best practice in green infrastructure, local economy, health, equity and fairness in transportation expenditures. 
  • “Safe Routes Everywhere,” a session where local advocates from three New Jersey communities shared lessons learned and methods and tactics that worked best.
  • “Tips and Strategies for writing successful grants,” a session focused on funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey.
  • “Teaching Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Skills” a session on how-to provide safety education for walking and bicycling, highlighting best practices and resources, age-appropriate lesson plans, and tips and strategies for effective bicycle and pedestrian education.

2019 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy 

  • “Revving up NJ’s Complete & Green Streets Movement with a New Model Policy and Guide,” a session on a new Model Complete and Green Streets Policy and Guide for New Jersey municipalities and counties.
  • “Planning for a More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community,” a session on conducting walkability assessment and using best practice resources to find infrastructure solutions that can help generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation.
  • “Tips and Strategies for Funding Walkable and Bikable Communities,” a session focused on detailing the funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey.

2018 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy

  • “Taking it to the Streets: Conducting Walkability Audits,” a session on conducting walk audits and using them in plans.
  • “Talk the Walk: Getting Your Community Interested in Walking and Bicycling,” a session on what messages matter to community members and how you can get others involved.
  • “Funding Opportunities: Big and Small,” a session focused on detailing the funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey. 

2017 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy

  • “Conducting Walkability Audits,” an extended session regarding conducting Walkability Audits and showing participants how to use walk audits to develop a plan for a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
  • “Utilizing Common Goals to Strengthen Walking and Bicycling Programs,” a session on Utilizing Common Goals to Strengthen Walking and Bicycling Programs with Sustainable Jersey and Greater Mercer TMA.
  • “Funding Opportunities: Big and Small,” a session on funding Opportunities presented by NJDOT, Sustainable Jersey, and New Jersey Prevention Network.