Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs and events enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school, leading to healthier, more active children, less traffic congestion near schools, and better air quality – and daily physical activity improves test scores for students! Municipalities and schools (public, private and charter) can – and should – be recognized for their efforts to make walking and bicycling to school safer.  SRTS recognition levels include First Step, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and communities can either be nominated by their Safe Routes Regional Coordinator or self-nominate based on their involvement and commitment to SRTS in their communities.  Recipients are presented with a program certificate and their work is promoted on the NJ SRTS website, in a NJ Safe Routes Scoop article as well as and in a press release.

Cross County Connection awards a Safe Routes Recognition Program Winner.

Cross County Connection awards a Safe Routes Recognition Program Winner.

Work with your SRTS Regional Coordinator for assistance with applying for recognition and with 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 walking and bicycling policies, obtaining support from local constituents, and/or using survey tools to evaluate existing conditions for safe walking and bicycling to school.  For more information on achievements at each level, click here. Here is the list of 2014 winners of the SRTS Recognition Program.

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.  SRTS Regional Coordinators can help with nominations and implementing programs and events through every step of the way.  Reach out to your Regional Coordinator today to get started!