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EZ Ride Uses Safe Routes to School Program to Promote Walking & Health for Long Branch’s Youngest Students 

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, two members of EZ Ride’s Bike & Ped Team went to the Morris Avenue School in Long Branch. We spoke to 435 Pre-K and Kindergarten students about the health benefits of walking and eating healthier foods, and we brought pedestrian safety bookmarks for each student. Additionally, we provided a bilingual letter that was sent home by the school so that parents could understand what their children were taught.

We began with a short animated video that had basic tips about how to walk and cross streets safely. Then, we used an age appropriate PowerPoint to teach kids to dress in bright and visible clothes, to use crosswalks and obey the signals, to get the attention of distracted drivers by waving, to pay attention to their surroundings, and to not use headphones or smart phones while crossing streets. We taught the parts of the road and the four safe crossing rules: Stop, Look, Listen, & Think, in both English and Spanish, with hand motions. The kids enthusiastically yelled out the four rules with us and many of the little ones seemed thrilled to hear us speak Spanish at school.

We interacted with the kids throughout our presentation and invited students to come up to walk on our roadway and practice the four safety rules. The children loved walking across our mini road and crosswalk – two kids got to take on the roles of crossing guard and the pedestrian signal! We gave a total of three assemblies to 315 Pre-K & 120 Kindergarten students.

Janise Stout, PK teacher, said, “I contacted EZ Ride to help my students learn tips to safely walk during the summer when Long Branch gets especially busy with all the Jersey Shore tourists. I really appreciate the Safe Routes to School program because our youngest students learned how to walk safely – they also learned that walking is a great exercise that can be done for life and that it’s important to eat healthier snacks after school.”

This impactful educational and physical activity experience for such young students would not have happened if it weren’t for our NJHCN funder, the New Jersey Department of Health,  and New Jersey Safe Routes To school. We are grateful for their support.

For more info or if you wish to setup a presentation about walking or biking safety, please contact Lisa Lee at llee@ezride.org or 201-939-4242, x123.

About the Grantee

EZ Ride

EZ Ride is a non-profit, public-private partnership with a mission to implement transportation programs and services that enhance quality of life, regional mobility and economic opportunity while reducing traffic congestion & air pollution. The Bike & Ped team offers Safe Routes to School (SRTS) services and works to build safe and healthy communities.