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City of Asbury Park Named Gold Level Winner in NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition Program
10/25/22, Asbury Park, NJ – City Council is pleased to announce the City of Asbury Park has been named a Gold Level winner in the 2022 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Recognition Program. The program, created by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and administered by the New Jersey Safe Routes Resource Center in conjunction with regional transportation safety agency EZ-Ride, helps improve the health and well-being of children by encouraging them, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school safely.
Winners of the 2022 Safe Routes to School Recognition program were recognized for their commitment and support of the Safe Routes to School program after having completed activities to facilitate education and safety. Asbury Park was named a Gold Level winner due to the efforts of Asbury Park Police Department’s Traffic Safety Department and EZ-Ride who partnered with them on activities including Walk to School days; school route planning to identify optimal routes as well as areas in need of improvement; annual crossing guard training; and intersection site observation reports to measure safety. Recognition is valid for 3 years, and winners are eligible for SRTS infrastructure grants, such as the SRTS Third and Fourth Avenues Traffic Calming Grant which is currently in progress.
“Asbury Park Police Department and City Administration is committed to providing a safe environment for our children to get to school,” said Asbury Park Traffic Safety Officer William Reng, “Gold Level recognition highlights that commitment and emphasizes the work we’ve been doing to keep our school routes safe and continue to be a pedestrian friendly community. Asbury Park is Walking School District, meaning bus transportation isn’t provided, which makes it even more important to ensure children safe access to school.”
“We’re thankful to the Asbury Park Police Department for being instrumental in the City winning Gold Level in the 2022 Safe Routes to School program,” said Mayor John Moor. “We’re also grateful to the Safe Routes to School program and the team at EZ-Ride who help facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near our schools.”
For more information on the NJ Safe Routes to School Program, and a list of winners, visit https://www.saferoutesnj.org/current-safe-routes-to-school-recognition-program-winners/ For more information on the City of Asbury Park, visit www.cityofasburypark.com.