Municipalities and schools (public, private or charter) will be recognized for First Step, Bronze, Silver or Gold Safe Routes to School levels.  Schools and municipalities can either be nominated by their Safe Routes Regional Coordinator or can self-nominate for recognition as a result of involvement and commitment to Safe Routes programs in their community or schools.  Recipients will be presented with a certificate or award depending on the recognition level, and their name will be posted and promoted on the NJ SRTS website.

Schools and municipalities can work with their Regional Coordinator and NJ SRTS for assistance with applying for nomination and implementing Safe Routes to School programs and events.  Nominees and recipients will be required to implement various programs to receive recognition, such as walk and bike to school events, adopting supportive policies, obtaining support from local constituents, and/or using survey tools to evaluate existing conditions for safe walking and bicycling to school.

It is simple to nominate yourself or someone else for recognition with New Jersey Safe Routes to School.  Just complete a form online and identify a champion who will serve as the point of contact.  Depending on the level of recognition you apply for, you must implement SRTS programs and events to indicate the level of commitment to Safe Routes to School.  Regional Coordinators can also help with nominations and implementing programs and events every step of the way!  Reach out to your Regional Coordinator today to get started!

Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinators from New Jersey’s eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are ready and willing to offer free advice and technical assistance in kicking off Safe Routes to School programs in communities from all 21 counties.  Coordinators can attend meetings with stakeholders and provide visits to local communities, guidance for community action plans, assistance with implementing and evaluating SRTS events and programs, and support in creating school travel plans.

Please visit the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center website at www.saferoutesnj.org.  For more information on Safe Routes to School Coordinators and how to contact yours, please go to http://www.saferoutesnj.org/about/regional-coordinator-tmas/.  For any additional information or questions about Safe Routes to School, please contact the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center at srts@ejb.rutgers.edu.