Pace Car Challenge

Nutley Pace Car and Pedestrian Education Program

Setting the pace for a higher standard of safety

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About the Nutley Pace Car Pledge

Nutley Pace Car drivers pledge to:

  • Drive the speed limit.
  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
  • Yield to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
  • Share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities.
  • Eliminate texting and phone use while driving.
  • Display the Nutley Pace Car magnet on their vehicles.
  • Encourage others to take the pledge.

The Nutley Pace Car Pledge is open to all Nutley drivers, including residents, students, township and district employees, and Nutley business owners and their employees.

The Pace Car and Pedestrian Education Program is funded through Partners for Health Foundation, whose vision is to make our communities healthier, better places to live.

Two Ways to Pledge

  1. Print and complete the Pace Car Pledge Form (PDF).
    Drop off your completed pledge form and pick up your magnet at the Nutley Health Department, 149 Chestnut St, Nutley or other participating locations such as your school or workplace.
  2. Pledge Online .
    Once you’ve pledged online, you can pick up your magnet at the Nutley Health Department, 149 Chestnut St, Nutley or other participating locations such as your school or workplace.

Why Pledge

Can one driver really make a difference? Yes!

  • Every Pace Car helps slow traffic, creating an effect that can soon be felt town-wide.
  • The Pace Car magnet communicates your intentions to other drivers as you model courtesy and safe driving.
  • As more people consider walking and biking to be good options, traffic is reduced, and our streets become safer for everyone.

Pledge to make a difference today!

Pedestrian Education

Although Nutley is designed for walking and biking, pedestrians and bicyclists face serious safety issues because of drivers who speed, are distracted, and don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. These threats are particularly acute for children and seniors. The Pace Car Pledge will help Nutley drivers set the pace for a higher standard of safety.

Learn how pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages can also do their parts to keep themselves safe and help make Nutley streets safer. 

Parents & Caregivers

Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Walking, first as a child holding the hand of a caring adult, is a form of transportation used throughout life. Being able to walk safely is an important skill that needs to be developed over time, starting with those first hand-held walks. This guide is intended to help parents and caregivers match their guidance and expectations with their children's abilities. 

Children

Pedestrian Safer Journey: Skills for Safe Walking for Ages 5 to 18

Federal Highway Administration (FHA)

Whether walking with adult family members or with friends, learning basic pedestrian safety may help prevent injuries and prepare school-age children and youth for a lifetime of safe walking. As young people become drivers, it may help them be more aware of pedestrians as they navigate their community’s streets.

Teens

Tips for Preteens & Teens: Prevent Pedestrian Crashes

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Walking around traffic requires the same critical thinking skills as riding your bike and driving a car. Apply the same walking skills you learned as a kid: stop, look left-right-left for traffic and be safe, be seen. Use these skills when you walk, and encourage others to do the same. 

Seniors

Seniors Stepping Out—Mature Adults, Be Healthy, Walk Safely

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • A quick refresher on the health benefits of walking.
  • Resources for getting started and planning what level of activity is best for you.
  • Ideas for incorporating walking into your everyday schedule and staying motivated to continue walking.
  • Tips for staying safe at intersections, in parking lots, in non-sidewalk areas, and in bad weather.
  • Suggestions for making your community a safer place to walk.

Questions

Call (973) 284-4976, email nutleypacecar@nutleynj.org , or message us on Facebook or Twitter.