decline in the number of children admitted to UMDNJ University Hospital as a result of traffic injuries.
For more information about Miami’s WalkSafe Program, visit http://www.walksafe.us/
Garfield is National City-SRTS model
The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) has posted reports on its 2007 City-SRTS
pilot project cities including one on Garfield, NJ. These reports evaluate communities where workshops have been
held, highlighting the unique challenges to and the ways in which each community strives to establish its safe routes programs.
According to the report, “Garfield presents a near textbook example of what can be accomplished with a dynamic local champion who has not only excellent connections to elected officials and city staff, but is fortunate enough to work with professionals who believe that childhood obesity is a serious problem that should be acted upon. The same is true of the schools.” The local champion mentioned, Darleen Reveille of the Garfield Health Department, has truly been a guiding force behind the program.
The purpose of ALRC’s City-SRTS program is to extend SRTS programs beyond those designed primarily for suburban schools. While many SRTS programs, such as International Walk to School Day (iWalk), are great, some programs cannot be easily adapted to all communities or to all schools. In many urban areas, a majority of kids may already walk to school. The City-SRTS program examines barriers to safe routes, such as crime and parental involvement, and other situations that might not be faced in suburban locations.
To view the current City-SRTS reports, go to: http://www.activelivingresources.org