Jersey City is one of five cities awarded a $100,000 grant

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Jersey City will get $100,000 grant from Degree Deoderant and its partners at Blue Zones.

According to a press release from the company, the “Made to Move” grant program will fund city projects that encourage increased physical movement.

Jersey City was one of 47 applicants representing 28 states across the U.S. and one of only five cities selected. The other cities are Hartford Conn.; Fort Lauderdale Fla.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Richardson, Tex.

According to the press release, the projects address today’s increased need for simple, safe opportunities for natural movement, including trails, street crossings, safe bikeways, and enhanced public spaces.

Jersey City is aiming to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2026 with its Vision Zero initiative. Through the “Made To Move” grant program, Jersey City will receive funding from Degree and technical assistance from Blue Zones’ environment experts to advance this initiative. The funds will help create long-lasting infrastructure solutions and provide additional support for relevant policies, including a pavement-to-park project, which aims to create public spaces on underused streets as well as outreach that highlights the importance of active transportation.

Planning and community events will roll out this fall with on-the-ground projects extending into 2020, according to the release.