May 19-23 was declared Walk and Bike to School Week in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie through a proclamation passed last month.  The week was busy across the state with Walk and Bike to School events, bicycle rodeos and recognition ceremonies!

The Transportation Management Association Keep Middlesex Moving held their annual recognition breakfast recently which honored two schools with NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition Program Awards: Silver level to Watchung Elementary School in Middlesex and a Bronze award to Ross Street School #1 in Woodbridge.

In Montclair, Elise Bremer-Nei, Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the NJ Department of Transportation, joined winners of eleven Gold level Safe Routes Recognition awards in a ceremony at Mount Hebron Middle School.  In addition to the Township of Montclair receiving the award, every one of Montclair’s ten elementary and middle schools were also presented with Gold awards!  Mayor Robert Jackson, Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, Police Chief David Sabagh and numerous principals, teachers, officers, parents and students were gathered at Mount Hebron School to accept their awards.  What a tremendous accomplishment for Montclair!  The event generated press coverage — read articles about the event from The Jersey Tomato Press and Barista Kids.

This spring, the NJ Safe Routes to School program recognized a total of 89 winners for 2014 – nearly twice as many winners as last year!  There were 13 Gold level winners, 12 Silver, 14 Bronze and 50 First Step winners from communities all across the state of New Jersey.  Recipients of the program are recognized for their commitment and support of the Safe Routes to School program by enabling and encouraging their children to walk and bike to school.  Check out our website for a list of all of our winners!  Thanks to all of these Safe Routes Schools for making walking and bicycling to school a priority!

Elise Bremer-Nei, Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the NJ Department of Transportation awards the 2014 winners in Montclair.

Elise Bremer-Nei, Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the NJ Department of Transportation awards the 2014 winners in Montclair.