Winners of the 2023 New Jersey Safe Routes to School Recognition Program Announced; Lakewood Wins Silver, Toms River Gets Gold

The New Jersey Department of Transportation, in coordination with the New Jersey Safe Routes Resource Center at Rutgers University have announced the 2023 New Jersey Safe Routes to School Recognition Program winners.

The New Jersey Safe Routes Resource Center recognizes select municipalities and schools (public, private, and charter) with one of four award levels for their commitment to the Safe Routes to School program.

The recognition levels are First Step, Bronze, Silver or Gold, based upon their achievements.

Toms River Township placed in the Gold category, while Lakewood finished in the Silver category.

The Safe Routes to School program (SRTS) is a nationwide initiative supported by NJDOT and DOTs across the country that empowers schools and communities through projects, programs, and events to create safer environments for people to walk, bike, or travel by other wheeled devices.

The New Jersey SRTS program focuses on infrastructure improvements and educational campaigns that promote the benefits of active lifestyles.

This year’s award recipients advanced their SRTS programs with hard work and commitment to expand walking and biking opportunities in their communities.

The communities that participate in SRTS programs often benefit from less traffic congestion, better air quality, fewer traffic conflicts near schools, and most importantly, safer, healthier and more active children, according to the New Jersey Safe Routes Resource Center.

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  1. As a mother of a Toms River north high school student, I see many bad situations. 🤦🏾‍♀️ you call and let the school know about the situations you encounter and nothing gets done!!!! Tom’s river grade is gold???? Oh boy, I feel bad for the bronze!!!

  2. Don’t think it refers to bus routes… I think it refers more to safe route options to get to schools – more bike paths, sidewalks, light systems near schools, etc.

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