Children and adults alike need exercise. Instead of driving kids to school, New Jersey wants to encourage parents to walk or bicycle with their children in the mornings as well as the afternoons on school days. The Safe Routes to School program hopes to do exactly as the name implies: give children safe passage to walk or bicycle their way to school safely. Earlier this week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced the recipients of this year’s grant. It’s now official. Margate won a portion of the NJ Safe Routes to School Grant.
Margate Wins NJ Safe Routes to School Grant
Only four South Jersey counties received funds from the NJ Safe Routes to School Grant. Of the $2.1 million total, our Margate community received $371,000. Officials say that this money will go to improving sidewalk and crosswalks in local neighborhoods. This keeps children out of the line of traffic and helps them cross streets in a much more safe and sane manner.
What is the NJ Safe Routes to School Grant?
The federally funded NJ Safe Routes to School Program began back in 2005 to increase awareness of foot and bicycle traffic for motorists and children. Kids can be difficult to see. They don’t always pay attention to what’s going on around them. Motorists need to be especially vigilant in school zones in the mornings and afternoons.
The NJ Safe Routes to School Grant provides funding for improvements to and construction of sidewalks for children to walk and bicycle on. Creators of the program want to encourage everyone in our Margate neighborhoods to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether you are able-bodied or have physical disabilities, there should be no limitations set in your way to being more active. With the NJ Safe Routes to School Grant, the City can make sure all sidewalks are up to ADA standards so no one gets left out. Also, we should see new bike paths and speed signs put in place. This is great news for both children and parents!
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