The NJ SRTS Resource Center will host a track of 4 sessions at the 2018 NJ Bike & Walk Summit that feature the Safe Routes Academy! These sessions will include informative presentations and hands-on activities to help your community become more bikeable and walkable. Topics in the Safe Routes Academy session track will include:

 

Academy Walk AuditConducting a walk audit of your community
Learn about the best practices and resources that you can use to increase the safety and accessibility of walking and biking in your community. In particular, conducting a walk audit within a community can help advocates, residents, and policymakers understand the specific challenges that pedestrians and bicyclists face while traveling within their community. Participants will actually have the opportunity to complete a walk audit during this interactive session!

 

Using the results of a walk audit for community bicycle and pedestrian planning
This session will build on the skills participants learned while conducting the walk audit in the previous session. Learn how the information gathered during a walk audit can be synthesized into plans for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in your community. Whether you are looking to complete a school travel plan, bike/ped master plan, or a Senior walkability plan, including the results of a walk audit can further validate your work, attract valuable partnerships, and strengthen grant applications.

 

IMG_1278Effective messaging and outreach to leverage community partnerships
Bicyclist and pedestrian safety is a goal reflected in the priorities of many community groups, and effectively partnering with these groups can lead to more rapid implementation of these shared goals. Learn how to build partnerships in your community, create effective messaging, and leverage shared resources.

 

Identifying funding opportunities
Learn about the different types of grant funding available for implementing a variety of pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements and program. This session will include useful information about grants large and small, tips for writing a grant application, and ideas on how to find grants that best align with your goals.

 

About the Summit
The 2018 NJ Bike & Walk Summit attracts a variety of stakeholders to convene around making biking and walking in NJ safe, accessible, and fun. The event is organized by the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC), the statewide advocacy organization for bicyclists and pedestrians in NJ.

 

NJ Bike & Walk Summit
Saturday, March 24, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Conference Center of Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, NJ

Summit attendees can choose from over 20 sessions on topics such as transportation equity, the intersection of Green Streets and Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and legislation that affects bicyclists and pedestrians. You can find more information about the summit here, and register to attend here.