Many hands not only make light work, but increase the reach of Walk to School programming. This May, Greater Mercer TMA forged partnerships with community champions which led to a productive month.

GMTMA opened the John Witherspoon Middle School Princeton bike safety presentations with the education element. Students Against Destructive Decisions followed with gym class games including “Red Light, Green Light,” safety sign design, a tricycle relay, and Go-Kart navigation. After the classes, parent champions joined GMTMA on Witherspoon bikeability audits.

In Lawrence, Girl Scout Silver Award candidates made cycling their focus and they led their own bikeability audits around Lawrence Middle School. In June, to cap their May recommendations and observations, the group urged Lawrence Town Council to adopt a bicycle and pedestrian plan element to their Master Plan.

Safe Routes to School emphasizes the green nature of riding a bike as a mode of transportation. In

May, GMTMA staffed a booth at Sustainable Princeton’s GreenFest. Children of all ages were able to spin the quiz wheel that reinforced traffic safety concepts taught in schools.

Individual Walk and Bike to School Days in Princeton were enhanced through partnerships as well. Parent-Teacher Organizations were primary helpers at events and this year and there was even an introduction of a blender bike at each Walk and Bike to School. Students were able to pedal and churn fruit ingredients in the attached blender and literally taste the fruits of their labor.

Partnerships with police continue to remain strong in both education and enforcement goals. At the annual St. Lawrence Bike Rodeo in Lawrence, police led the bike rodeo course and GMTMA operated the bike safety quiz wheel. Community events also combined Safe Routes to School education and NJ Street Smart enforcement campaigns. For example, GMTMA, the Plainsboro Police, and the Plainsboro Mayor kicked off a Street Smart campaign at the town’s 100th Founders Day. Police were also the closing presenters at the May Bay Head School bike safety assembly.

Greater Mercer TMA continues to encourage partnerships to make the Walk and Bike to School events both memorable and dynamic!

Thank you to Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association for contributing this scoop article!