Safe Routes Academy

The Safe Routes Academy is designed to help enable and encourage safe routes to parks, transit, shops, restaurants, employment, schools, and recreation. The Academy, which is sponsored by the NJ Department of Transportation, features hands-on interactive sessions to help participants make their communities more walk and bike-friendly for all users.

If you are interested in hosting or having a Safe Routes Academy near you, please contact us at srts@ejb.rutgers.edu!

Thank you for joining us at the Safe Routes Academy, in conjunction with the 2021 NJ Bike & Walk Summit and sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, from:

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Friday, June 4, 2021

This year’s Safe Routes Academy included a series of free, online, and interactive sessions!
See below for a list of our sessions.

No Money? No Problem: Meet your Safe Routes Coordinator!

Over the past year, more children and youth have been walking and bicycling in and around their neighborhoods, increasing the need for safety education, programs, and resources. Safe Routes Regional Coordinators from the state’s eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are funded through a partnership with the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide free technical assistance to help your school or community address safer conditions for walking and bicycling. In this session, we discussed some of the resources and programs available through Safe Routes Regional Coordinators who can help to provide the inspiration and education needed to keep families walking and bicycling. Participants met the TMA staff who serve their municipality to learn more about how they can support your community.

Moderators:
Sean Meehan, Senior Research Specialist, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers
Trish Sanchez, Public Outreach Specialist, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers

Panelists:
Bill Riviere, Safe Routes Coordinator, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
NJ Safe Routes Regional Coordinators from Transportation Management Associations

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A Vision for Safety: The New Jersey Strategic Highway Safety Plan

New Jersey’s vision is to achieve zero deaths on all public roads. An update on the New Jersey 2020 Strategic Highway Safety Plan included goals, objectives, performance measures, and a specific bicycle and pedestrian emphasis area to guide safety programs and investments and help reduce highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. This wide-ranging plan focuses not only on physical improvements to the roadway system in order to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes, but also includes education and outreach efforts aimed at changing road user behavior to promote a culture of safety.

Moderator:
Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Managing Director, Active Transportation and Mobility Safety, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University

Panelists:
Bill Riviere, Safe Routes Coordinator, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Andrew Swords, Director, NJDOT Division of Statewide Planning
Khalid Shaikh, Section Chief, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Elise Bremer-Nei, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs

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Building Municipal Support for Better Streets

How do you get started identifying and addressing pedestrian and bicycle opportunities and concerns in your community? How do you adopt Complete and Green Streets in your municipality? How do you formalize a local committee? Local advocates from several New Jersey communities shared lessons learned and methods and tactics that have worked for them to build local support and adopt and implement Complete and Green Streets policies. This session helped to identify potential partners, create important partnerships among other stakeholders, and generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation.

Moderator:
Sean Meehan, Senior Research Specialist, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers

Panelists:
Bill Riviere, Safe Routes Coordinator, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Managing Director, Active Transportation and Mobility Safety, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University
Candace Faust, Complete Streets Advisory Committee, Eatontown Borough
Jennifer Duckworth, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board, Millburn Township

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Fund Your Project: Tips and Strategies for Successful Grant Applications

There are funding opportunities available for communities to implement a range of improvements and programs to make walking and bicycling safer, easier and more accessible modes of travel for all. Learn about the types of grant funding available – from larger federal and state grants to smaller health and sustainable community grants, and walk away with ideas on how to find the grants that align with walking and bicycling goals in their community, and tips and strategies for developing successful grant applications.

Moderator:
Trish Sanchez, Public Outreach Specialist, Safe Routes Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers

Panelists:
Bill Riviere, Safe Routes Coordinator, NJDOT Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Julie Seaman, Division Office, Local Aid and Economic Development, NJ Department of Transportation
Christine Newman, Director of Community Outreach, AARP NJ

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Sessions from previous years include:

2020 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy 

  • “Complete and Green Streets for All,” a session that highlighted the model Complete Streets policy and guide as a resource for advancing meaningful Complete Streets policies that incorporate best practice in green infrastructure, local economy, health, equity and fairness in transportation expenditures. 
  • “Safe Routes Everywhere,” a session where local advocates from three New Jersey communities shared lessons learned and methods and tactics that worked best.
  • “Tips and Strategies for writing successful grants,” a session focused on funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey.
  • “Teaching Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Skills” a session on how-to provide safety education for walking and bicycling, highlighting best practices and resources, age-appropriate lesson plans, and tips and strategies for effective bicycle and pedestrian education.

2019 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy 

  • “Revving up NJ’s Complete & Green Streets Movement with a New Model Policy and Guide,” a session on a new Model Complete and Green Streets Policy and Guide for New Jersey municipalities and counties.
  • “Planning for a More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community,” a session on conducting walkability assessment and using best practice resources to find infrastructure solutions that can help generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation.
  • “Tips and Strategies for Funding Walkable and Bikable Communities,” a session focused on detailing the funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey.

2018 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy

  • “Taking it to the Streets: Conducting Walkability Audits,” a session on conducting walk audits and using them in plans.
  • “Talk the Walk: Getting Your Community Interested in Walking and Bicycling,” a session on what messages matter to community members and how you can get others involved.
  • “Funding Opportunities: Big and Small,” a session focused on detailing the funding opportunities available to help implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout New Jersey. 

2017 NJ Safe Routes to School Academy

  • “Conducting Walkability Audits,” an extended session regarding conducting Walkability Audits and showing participants how to use walk audits to develop a plan for a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
  • “Utilizing Common Goals to Strengthen Walking and Bicycling Programs,” a session on Utilizing Common Goals to Strengthen Walking and Bicycling Programs with Sustainable Jersey and Greater Mercer TMA.
  • “Funding Opportunities: Big and Small,” a session on funding Opportunities presented by NJDOT, Sustainable Jersey, and New Jersey Prevention Network.