Welcome to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Newsletter! Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Cross County Connection assists schools, school districts and municipalities in South Jersey with developing fun and educational events and activities to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. We also provide technical assistance with assessing the physical environment around schools and provide strategies to make it safer.

If your school, school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact Cross County Connection TMA at (856) 596-8228.
Safe Routes at Home: Your Weekly Source for Fun Ways
to be Active and Teach Your Kids Safe Walking Skills

You may remember that in our  April miniseries , we covered a variety of things parents and students should look out for when planning a route to school. With this weeks entry, we focus on one aspect of that route - crosswalks.  

We hope you share this lesson with your students and parents as a simple exercise they can do to make sure their children understand what a crosswalk is and how to us one. If you are sharing these activities with your students  let us know!  Feel free to share any comments or suggestions. 
Making Safe Pedestrians: A Lesson on Crosswalks
Crosswalks are a familiar part of our neighborhood streets, but we may not know as much as we think we do about them. To understand how crosswalks work watch  this video  from the NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center. It provides important things for both drivers and pedestrians to remember in order to make everyone safe. Then try out this activity to apply what you have learned!

A Crosswalk Safety Family Activity

For simplicity's sake, this exercise is directed towards crosswalks located at intersections that do not have a traffic signal. We will be covering those in a future lesson ;-).

1. Choose an intersection in the neighborhood.  

2. Identify whether it is a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
3. Remind each other of what a driver and the pedestrian is supposed to do at the crosswalk. This lesson is important to remember for both adults and children! 
  • Does anyone’s responsibility change at marked crosswalk vs an unmarked one?  
  • The answer is NO
  • At either type, a driver must stop for a pedestrian and wait until they completely cross the street before proceeding, even when turning. 
  • A pedestrian must wait for the driver to stop before crossing the street.
4.Go over these steps that children need to take to use a crosswalk safely.  

Step 1 : Identify the proper place to cross the street. Always cross at a crosswalk. Do not dart into the street between parked cars or any other location where a driver may not be expecting you. 

Step 2 : When coming to a crosswalk  LOOK LEFT, RIGHT and LEFT AGAIN . Students should use their eyes and ears to determine if a car is coming. 

Step 3 : If there is a car, do not assume they will stop for you and step into the street. Do not start crossing until a driver has come to a complete stop.  
  • Make eye contact with the driver if possible and make sure that they see you and are slowing down to stop. Waving at the driver can help.  
  • Wait until they have stopped completely before you begin to cross. Some drivers may give you a wave to say it is safe to go.  

Step 4 : Everyone should walk between the lines. If there is not enough room to walk side by side, walk in a line. 

Step 5 : Avoid distraction. With many things to do (play video games, text, listen to music, play tag with friends), it is important that nothing distracts you from being a safe pedestrian. Stay alert and do not get hurt! 

Step 6 : Give the driver a little wave and a smile to show them that you appreciate them stopping for you. Remember to do the same for pedestrians when you can drive!  
These steps apply at crosswalks located at mid-block locations too. Children should remember these steps as they walk to the local park, a local store or simply walk around the neighborhood. Try this activity out and let’s make this a safe and happy summer to remember! 
Upcoming Webinars  

Sustainable Jersey for School presents… Resilient Design: Preparing School Buildings for a Changing Climate  
Date: June 18, 2020   
Time: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.   
This webinar is being presented by the United States Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools. Schools are the cornerstone of our communities, and so it is especially crucial that these buildings are designed with resilient strategies to withstand and rebound quickly after disaster strikes. During this webinar, school leaders and design professionals will share successful strategies and lessons learned designing schools to minimize impacts avoid disruptions and recover and adapt to natural and human health events, including the novel coronavirus. 
As a reminder, Cross County Connection staff is continuing
to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance with the Safe Routes to School program, 
send an email to  sunkett@driveless.com .  

Ronda R. Urkowitz 
Executive Director
(856) 596-8228

Latifah Sunkett
SRTS Coordinator
(856) 596-8228

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