1. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program (http://www.saferoutesnj.org/) is a federally funded program that is designed to encourage school children to walk and/or bike to school safely. EZ Ride serves schools in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Monmouth counties. Our primary focus is on schools located in disadvantaged communities. The goals of the SRTS program are to:
- Educate and encourage children about how to safely walk and/or bicycle to school to encourage health and reduce pedestrian crashes, traffic congestion, and air pollution
- Assist communities to make bicycling and walking to school safer and a more appealing transportation alternative
- Help municipalities prepare to make street improvements and inform them of grants
2. Highway Traffic Safety (http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html) and Street Smart NJ (http://bestreetsmartnj.org/) Programs are statewide efforts to promote walking and biking safety in communities. Our goals are to educate and encourage seniors, HS students and pre-school children re: walking and biking safety through community safety campaigns and presentations.
3. Healthy Communities Network (HCN) Program (www.njhcn.org), Get Active NJ,
and the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative are three grant efforts to support communities to increase walkability, physical fitness and healthy eating via environmental and policy change. EZ Ride presently has five healthy community grants it is working on in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Plainfield, Bloomfield and Orange.