Safe Routes to School (SRTS) 

is a K-8 grade federally funded program with two simple goals:

 

Where it is safe; get kids walking and bicycling.

Where it is not safe; make it safe.

 


Safe Routes throughout the Year

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is a great opportunity to promote the Safe Routes to School Program~ encourage parents to walk their children to school, ask for chaperones for the walking school bus, and take an active role in promoting walking or bicycling at the school. 

International Walk to School Day (I-WALK)

Each October, the Hunterdon County Safe Routes to School Program joins in celebrating International Walk to School Day (I-WALK). The global event provides the perfect opportunity to "launch" for your SRTS program at the start of the new school year. HART can help to set up an event at your school and provide you with special I-WALK materials. 

Hunterdon County Winter Walk

The winter months provide a great time to invite HART staff to your school to conduct pedestrian safety presentations and in-class activities.

Hunterdon County Walk to School Week

This weeklong event offers a great kick off to the spring walking season; introduce/re-introduce a walking school bus, create excitement around the warmer weather and opportunities to walk to school. The event features poster and picture contests, essay contests, and themed walk to school days. HART staff is available to work with you to customize the event for your school. 

Summer Reinforcement Programming

Bicycle & pedestrian safety are just as important when school is out. Working through local camps and recreation programs, HART staff continues to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety activities during the summer months. 

Safe Routes
To School

For more information about Safe Routes to School contact
Ryan Fisher
(908) 788-5553 ext.15


Grant Assistance

Funding for federal Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant projects is administered by the NJ Department of Transportation Office of Local Aid.
state website

Infrastructure projects include the planning, design, and construction or installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, traffic-calming, and bicycle facilities. County and municipal governments, school districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply to the program.

The federal-aid provides federal-aid highway funds to State Departments of Transportation. The main objectives of the program are:

  • to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  • to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and,
  • to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

HART is available to assist applicants with submissions. Contact Tara Shepherd, executive director, tara@harttma.com