New Jersey School Zone Design Guide NEW
The New Jersey School Zone Design Guide is a resource for school boards, school administrations, municipal officials, police, parents and engineers to advance the goals of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. It
provides guidance for those involved in the effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school safely.
The focus of the Design Guide is on engineering measures that can be utilized to make the environment to, from and around schools a place where children and their parents feel safe and want to walk and bicycle. It's based on the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUCTD) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and it highlights measures that have been developed and used in municipalities across New Jersey.
New Training Video and Web site for New Jersey Crossing Guards
The New Jersey SRTS Resource Center
has released a new training video, Crosswalk Heroes: Techniques and Tactics for Crossing Guards, for use by crossing guard supervisors statewide. The video reviews:
12-minute video presents the main concepts of the New Jersey Crossing Guard Training Program and can be used as a refresher for experienced guards and a reinforcement of training for new guards. The new video and other information on crossing guard training and resources are available on the New Jersey Crossing Guard web site.
- New Jersey laws that support crossing guards
- Crossing procedures
- Expectations and duties of crossing guards, and
- Importance of crossing guard uniform and equipment
Schools Certification Program Launches
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future. Launched in October 2014, Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a nonprofit organization that provides tools training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.
To get started in the program, a school board must adopt a resolution of participation and then register at the Sustainable Jersey for Schools web site. Then each school in that district may register on the program web site. The web site provides the list of sustainability actions and implementation tools available. The actions include a SRTS District Policy, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Promotion Initiatives and a School Travel Plan for Walking and Biking.
New Jersey SRTS Coalition
SRTS Coalition is an advisory
group of the New Jersey Department
of Transportation (NJDOT) for
the SRTS program. The Coalition
meets twice a year to discuss
issues, share resources and
provide general assessments
of statewide SRTS needs. Members
include representatives from
law enforcement and health.
Membership is open to anyone who
seeks to promote walking and bicycling
to school and make walking and bicycling
safer for students.
If you are interested in
joining the SRTS Coalition,
please contact the NJDOT
SRTS Coordinator or email us
The Safe Routes
SRTS organizers and supporters stay connected
to the latest New Jersey SRTS news and
developments via the Safe
Routes Scoop blog. The blog is the new and
improved format of the Safe Routes Scoop
issues are available). It still has the same in-depth articles,
news items, ideas and examples of SRTS
projects. Subscribe now to the Safe
Routes Scoop blog and stay informed.
New Jersey SRTS Discussion
This e-mail service is housed at the New Jersey SRTS Resources Center at the Alan M.
Voorhees Transportation Center,
Rutgers University. It offers an opportunity to publicize events, share information and ideas and get help. Membership is open to everyone interested in SRTS in New Jersey.