Safe Routes to School by csgirla


Safe Routes to School and
All About the Town
Safe Routes to School is all about encouraging
                                                                           Wharton Borough                                                                                        Bike Rodeos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Successful Bike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rodeos have been

                                                             Safe Routes to School
and enabling children to walk and cycle to                                                                                                                                                                          held in Wharton
school safely as part of their regular routine.                                                                                                                                                                     Borough for the
SRTS is also part of a bigger movement,                                                                                                                                                                             past two years.
which is to create child-friendly and activity-                                                                                                                                                                     Being educated on
friendly communities. The Borough of                                                                                                                                                                                how to bike safe
Wharton is on its way to becoming a model                                                                                                                                                                           on the Borough
community in NJ where children can walk to                    all                                                                                                                 streets, displaying their skills to local police offi-
                                                                                                                                                                                  cers, learning how to properly adjust a helmet
school and a whole slew of destinations fueled
by the most efficient and clean energy we know               about                                                                                                                and having their bikes looked at by professionals
                                                                                                                                                                                  are just a few of the many benefits gained by
-- kid-power. With summer approaching, this
newsletter is devoted to tips on how to encour-               the                                                                                                                 the children at this type of event.

age and insure happy and safe travel for all.                                                                                                                                     Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®

                                                                                                                                                                                  KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is a slogan, cam-
What’s your speed?                                                                                                                                                                paign and call to action. If you want more infor-
According to the U.S. Department of                                                                                                                                               mation about how you and your neighbors can
Transportation, a pedestrian struck by a car                                                                                                                                      band together to create safer neighborhoods

                                                                                                                                                                                  streets go to
traveling at 40mph has a 15% chance of
survival. At 30mph there is a 55% chance of
survival. At 20mph there is an 85% chance                                                                                                                                         Announcement
of survival.                                                                                                                                                                      The New Jersey Department of Transportation
                                                                                                                                                                                  issued a call for applications in the winter of
        Chances of being killed (car vs. person)                        6/07                                                                                                      2006 for Safe Routes to School grants.
100%                                                                                                                                                                              According to Elise Bremer Nei, NJDOT SRTS
                                                             • Watch and listen for turning cars (headphones      • Bicyclists may use traffic lanes to turn left as a            Coordinator, “274 applications were submitted
80%                                                            can be dangerous)                                    vehicle would.                                                with a total request for $75 million. This is well
                                                             • Keep from walking between parked cars              • Bicycles ridden after dark must have front and                in excess of the federal funding NJ will receive
                                                             • Never ride with strangers                            rear lights and a rear reflector.                             for SRTS over five years but it proves that the
40%                                                                 Source: U.S. Depar tment of Transpor tation   • Bicyclist, skateboarders and in-line skaters may              residents of NJ understand and appreciate the
                                                                                                                    ride on the right edge of the turn lane.                      importance of safe routes to school.”
20%                                                          Guidelines for Bicyclists                             Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA,
                                                             • Helmets save lives! Bike helmet use can                           NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.                     For more information on the NJDOT’s
    0                                                          reduce the risk of head injury by 85% when                                                                         SRTS program go to
             20 MPH           30 MPH          40 MPH
                                                               worn correctly.                                    Guidelines for Parents and
         (FHWA, Pedestrian Facilities Users Guide, 2002)                                                                                                                          transportation/community/srts
                                                             • Each year more than 700 people are killed in       Caregivers
                                                               bike crashes in the United States and up to 50%    • Group children along school routes for better visibility       Got something to say, email Deena Cybulski at:
Guidelines for Good Pedestrian                                 of those deaths could have been prevented if         and driver awareness. When large numbers cross                
Behavior                                                       bike riders had worn helmets.                        together it makes motorists more aware of kids cross-
• Look both ways before crossing (left, right, left again)   • Helmets must be snug and level and cover the         ing, increases driver compliance with stopping for            Consultant Team:     The

• Walk, don’t run across the street                            upper part of the forehead; you should have          crosswalks, and helps justify the installation of more                                     Group,   Inc.

                                                               room for no more than two fingers between the        extensive crossing protection devices.                           National Center for Bicycling and Walking,
• Cross only at safe corners
                                                               straps and your chin.                              • Children are not small adults. They often act                  Eng-Wong, Taub & Associates, AmerCom Corp.,
• Choose the route with the fewest streets to cross
                                                                                                                    before thinking and may not do what parents or                    Ver tices, and Steve Spindler Car tography
• When possible, cross streets at the crosswalks             • Under New Jersey law; bicyclists, skateboarders
                                                                                                                    drivers expect. They assume that if they see the
  and where there are traffic signs and signals                and in-line skaters have all the same rights and
                                                                                                                    driver, the driver sees them. They have one-third
• Face traffic when walking on roads without sidewalks         responsibilities as moving motor vehicles.
                                                                                                                    narrower side vision, can’t judge speed and are less
          More information about Safe Routes to School initiatives in NJ and elsewhere can be found at:
                                                                                                                    able to determine the direction of sounds.
                                                                                                                      Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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