Municipalities and schools (public, private, charter) will be recognized for First Step, Bronze, Silver or Gold Safe Routes to School (SRTS) levels. Municipalities and schools can either be nominated by their Safe Routes Regional Coordinator here at TransOptions, or can self- nominate for recognition as a result of involvement and commitment to Safe Routes programs in their community or schools. Recipients will be presented with a certificate or award depending on which level they are recognized, and they will also be listed and promoted on the NJ SRTS website.
Schools and municipalities can contact Andrew Lappitt and NJ SRTS for help with applying for nomination and implementing SRTS programs. Nominees and recipients will be required to implement walk and bike to school events, adopt supportive policies, obtain backing from local constituents, and/or use survey tools to evaluate existing conditions for walking and biking to school.
First Step: Get your SRTS Program Started
- Complete a Nomination Form
- Identify a Champion to begin building a SRTS team
Bronze: Start annual traditions and build SRTS Awareness
- Complete First Step achievements
- Resolution or endorsement letter from municipal government, school board or other equivalent body
- Hold at least two SRTS program or event:
- Walk to school day
- Bike clinic
- School assembly
- Other approved event
- Meet bronze achievements
- Meet one of the following requirements:
- Hold 4 or more SRTS events
- Create a School Travel Plan
- Conduct a SRTS tally or parent/caregiver survey
Gold: Make the SRTS program part of your school identity
- Meet silver level achievements
- Show ongoing support from PTA, PTO, or Community Green Team
- Complete at least two higher level SRTS projects from the approved list
Nomination form deadlines: December 1 and May 1
Not a school or municipality? Become a friend of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Program by completing a Friends of the Program enrollment form and agreeing to support, promote, and encourage SRTS programs.