The NJ Safe Routes Resource Center, supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, enjoyed many successes during the year, including:
- Recognizing 270 schools and municipalities through the NJ Safe Routes Recognition Program in coordination with NJDOT and the eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in NJ
- Developing and posting videos
- Take the Lane: Avoid the Door Zone
- Demonstrating the Need: Installing Temporary Roadway Projects
- 8 Steps of the Crossing Guard Procedure
- Use of the Stop Paddle (Crossing Guard training video)
- NJ’s Safe Passing Law (PSA) (in process)
- Driveway Safety & How to Keep Kids Safe (in process)
- Publishing 16 Safe Routes Scoop Blog articles for the newsletter, including:
- New Jersey Ranked #4 in Active Transportation for Children and Communities by National Safe Routes Partnership
- Applying Proven Safety Countermeasures to NJ Safe Routes to School Projects
- Congratulations to the 2022 Winners of the NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition Program!
- Getting to Know [one article for all 8 TMAs]
- Partnering with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to Teach Afghan Refugees Walking and Bicycling Safety
- Partnering with NJDOT to lead and advance Strategic Highway Safety Plan actions related to vulnerable road users, automated speed enforcement, and crossing guard and student safety.
- Updating websites
- The NJ Safe Routes Resource Center website has been viewed 20,176 times by 8,395 users as of November 5, 2022.
- The NJ Crossing Guard Training & Resources Program website has been viewed 17,639 times by 6,316 users as of November 5, 2022.
- Responding to 62 Help Desk requests submitted to email@example.com or (848) 932-7901 as of November 5, 2022.
- Reviewing 3 actions (Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety & Promotion Initiatives, Safe Routes to School District Policy, School Travel Plan for Walking and Bicycling) for Sustainable Jersey for Schools and 5 actions (Safe Routes to School, Complete and Green Streets for All Policy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Audits, Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Improvement Projects) for Sustainable Jersey Actions.
- Posting social media on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Education and Training
- Coordinating three Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program grant trainings which included updates to grant resources and hosting and recording webinars which were shared with the NJ Local Aid Resource Center.
- Hosting the annual Safe Routes Academy with four webinars every Thursday in September.
- Working with the NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center to host New Jersey Complete Streets Training sponsored by NJ Department of Transportation.
- Presenting at conferences and summits, including:
- The NJ Planning and Redevelopment Conference (Safe Routes for All)
- NJDOT Research Showcase (Factors Influencing the Fatality of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Involved Crashes in New Jersey)
- Coordinating 3 Crossing Guard Supervisor Trainings through regional police academy locations.
- Coordinating 12 monthly meetings and creating 6 trainings for TMA Safe Routes to School Coordinators:
- New Coordinator Training (3)
- Roundtable discussion regarding SRTS Expansion to High School
- Peer-to Peer Learning
- NJ Safe Routes Recognition Program Training
- Researching topics to inform decisions and policy, including the following reports:
- Journal Article: Factors Influencing the Fatality of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Involved Crashes in New Jersey (under peer review for publication in the Journal of Safety Research)
- Narrative Report: Automated Speed Enforcement
- Vulnerable Road User Laws, The State of Knowledge and Implications for Transportation Planning
- Proposed Updates to the NJ Residential Site Improvement Standards
- Equity Emphasis Areas for NJ SRTS Program
- Expansion of Safe Routes Programs to High Schools (in process)
- Youth Micromobility Education (in process)
- Encouraging Safe Walking and Bicycling to and From School Throughout New Jersey: 2021 Summary
Check out the 2022 accomplishments of the NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center here!