On Thursday, December 13, 2018 First Graders at Hudson Maxim School participated in Ready to Walk and Roll by TransOptions as part of Safe Routes to School New Jersey.
Students created a model neighborhood that served as the setting for an interactive, storytelling experience. Facilitators Emily Casey and Lisa Leone lead a "choose your own adventure" narrative about students walking and biking to school and in the community.
Students manipulated physical characters around the streetscape and identified safety hazards. Students worked together to decide how the characters address challenges like passing a driveway on a sidewalk, interacting with traffic control devices, crossing the street and communicating with drivers. Staff at Hudson Maxim is looking forward to working with TransOptions again in the Spring to present the Community Bike Rodeo!
More About Safe Routes to School New Jersey:
NJ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a statewide initiative to enable and encourage students to safely walk and bicycle to school.
NJ SRTS Mission: Empower and assist communities with identifying issues, creating partnerships and implementing projects and programs to encourage walking and biking to and from school as a safe, daily activity.
NJ SRTS Vision: Develop a culture and environment where walking and bicycling to school is safer, more appealing and a part of daily life for students throughout New Jersey.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; 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.
The NJ SRTS Resource Center and New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center assist public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the general public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through primary research, education and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design. The Centers are supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration.
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