Safe Routes to School (SRTS) (http://www.saferoutesnj.org/) is a federally funded program administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and designed to encourage grade K-8 students to walk and bike to school safely. EZ Ride is responsible to help the 1200+ elementary and middle schools in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Monmouth counties implement the program. Our primary focus is disadvantaged communities. The goals of the SRTS program are to:
- Work in schools to educate students how to safely walk or bike to school to encourage health and reduce pedestrian crashes, traffic congestion, and air pollution.
- Assist communities to make bicycling and walking to school safer, identify barriers and recommend infrastructure improvements.
NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS) (http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html) is a federally funded statewide effort to promote walking, biking and driving safety in communities. Our goals are to educate and encourage seniors, adults, high school students and pre-school children about walking and biking safety and to distribute safety information in our service area.
Street Smart New Jersey (SSNJ) campaign (http://bestreetsmartnj.org/) is an NJTPA funded program to reduce pedestrian crashes and fatalities by educating communities about safe behavior and working with local police to enforce traffic laws. We work on two full campaigns annually and prepare reports on our efforts to observe driver/pedestrian behavior, survey and educate residents about NJ laws, safe practices and key campaign messages, and about the enforcement campaign.
New Jersey Transit Bike Locker Program. EZ Ride is responsible for managing more than 60 bike lockers at six NJ Transit train stations in Union and Essex County. We check the lockers quarterly and work with the finance team to rent them and promote biking to work or transit.