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Congressman Josh Gottheimer Promotes NJ Safe Routes to School Program in Ridgewood

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photo courtesy of Village Manager Keith Kazmark

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Ridgewood NJ, on Tuesday , Congressman Josh Gottheimer came to Travel School in Ridgewood to announce $176,000 in infrastructure funding for the planning and engineering of new sidewalks through the NJ Safe Routes to School Program.

Many residents have their doubts given the delays in sidewalk , road and bridge repairs in Ridgewood but Village Manager Keith Kazmark assured readers in a post on Facebook that “Pedestrian safety is a top priority here in the Village and this award will assist us in creating safer ways to our schools for our children and families.”

This seems a stark change from March when  in no uncertain terms, Ridgewood Mayor Paul Vagianos made it clear during the Wednesday, March 6th Village Council Work Session that he does not want the Clinton Ave. “streetscape” disturbed by any safety improvements other than the installation of a sidewalk on one side of the street and a curb on the opposite side.

The NJ Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide initiative aimed at improving the safety of students who walk or bike to school, while also encouraging healthier and more active lifestyles. The program focuses on implementing infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that address safety concerns and promote walking and biking to school.

Some key components of the NJ Safe Routes to School Program include:

  1. Infrastructure Improvements: This involves making physical changes to the built environment around schools to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Examples include installing sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, traffic calming measures, and signage.
  2. Education and Encouragement: The program provides educational resources and materials to schools, parents, and students to promote safe walking and biking habits. This may include pedestrian safety training, bike safety workshops, and events such as Walk to School Day.
  3. Enforcement: NJ Safe Routes to School works with local law enforcement agencies to enforce traffic laws around schools and ensure the safety of students walking and biking to school.
  4. Evaluation and Data Collection: The program collects data on walking and biking rates, safety incidents, and infrastructure improvements to evaluate the effectiveness of its efforts and inform future projects.

Overall, the NJ Safe Routes to School Program aims to create safer and more accessible routes for students to walk and bike to school, while also encouraging healthier and more active lifestyles among children and their families.

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8 thoughts on “Congressman Josh Gottheimer Promotes NJ Safe Routes to School Program in Ridgewood

  1. $1 million OK, that’s about 14,000 per town in Bergen county. It’s a little bit of a help. What would really help is bright striping at dangerous intersections

  2. Josh having a play date with Peewee!

  3. Travell thriving now that they have a new principal.

    Margie Whatshername was not a nice person in my opinion.

  4. Where’s Tedesco in that photo op or Whistleblower for that matter…?

  5. Why was this photo op held at a school? Did the school have to be placed on lockdown while this was being done? Who authorized this? Why wasn’t this held at Village Hall since no school officials are involved? The Board of Education received no funds from this initiative, therefore, this should not have been held on school property.

    1. Point taken, although the grant IS for schoolchildren.

      Lockdown unlikely. They weren’t even inside. Has it really come to that? (Maybe.)

    2. School already on lockdown for spring break.

  6. Did the Village Of Ridgewood ever receive any money for the repair or replacement of the bridge on Kingsbridge Lane? We know it was close to $1 million or more anything happened anyone knows.

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