The Safe Routes Academy, designed to help enable and encourage safe routes to parks, transit, shops, restaurants, employment, schools and recreation, features hands-on interactive sessions to help participants make their communities more walk and bike friendly for all users and abilities. The Safe Routes Academy is a track of sessions at the Bike Walk Summit which took place on March 7, 2020 at Mercer County Community College. It was a wonderful turn out of participants from across the State who are interested in making their communities more walk and bike friendly.
Check out our sessions from the Safe Routes Academy and download the presentations!
Are you seeking to make the streets in your community safer and greener? This session highlights a new 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. The new model policy is intended for communities considering adopting their first Complete Streets policy as well as for communities with Complete Streets policies in place that are in need of more specific language for effective implementation. Topics will include how the new policy is changing the process by requiring project checklists, evaluating benchmarks, and providing meaningful public engagement.
Download Presentation HERE (PDF).
- Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
- Candace Faust, Chair of Eatontown Complete Streets Advisory Committee, Borough of Eatontown
- Michael Dannemiller, PE, Principal Engineer for NV5
How do you get started with identifying and addressing pedestrian and bicycle opportunities and concerns in your community? Local advocates from three New Jersey communities will share lessons learned and let you know what methods and tactics have worked best for them. This interactive session will explore ways to identify potential partners within your community, create important partnerships among stakeholders, generate ideas and actions to make walking and bicycling safer and more desirable modes of transportation, and help to make your community’s grant funding applications stronger and more competitive so your vision can become a reality!
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- Sean Meehan, VTC at Rutgers Bloustein
- Lisa Serieyssol, Safe Routes Coordinator, Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association
- Jennifer Duckworth, Chair, Millburn Pedestrian Advisory Board, Township of Millburn
There are various funding opportunities for communities to implement a range of improvements and programs to make walking and bicycling a safer, easier and more accessible mode of travel for all. Attendees will learn about the different types of grant funding available – from larger federal and state grants to smaller health and sustainable community grants. Participants will walk away with ideas on how to leverage community resources, tips and strategies for applications, and how to find the grants that align with walking and bicycling goals in your community.
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- Trish Sanchez, VTC at Rutgers Bloustein
- Shawn Megill Legendre, Office of Environmental Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- Lisa Lee, EZ Ride Transportation Management Association
Teaching Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Skills:
Learn through play. Join us to discuss how-to provide safety education for walking and bicycling. We will highlight best practices and resources, discuss age-appropriate lesson plans, and provide tips and strategies for effective bicycle and pedestrian education. Be ready to participate while you learn how to teach safety lessons in fun, playful and engaging ways.
- Catherine Bull, VTC at Rutgers Bloustein
- Lisa Leone, TransOptions Transportation Management Association
- Emily Casey, TransOptions Transportation Management Association
- Jay DiDomenico, Director of Hudson Transportation Management Association
If you are interested in hosting or having a Safe Routes Academy near you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!