The Safe Kids Ready to Walk N’ Roll Camp (R2WNR) is a program that will encourage neighborhood youth to become independent travelers who are able to safely reach the many recreational, educational, and future work destinations available in their community. The R2WNR Camp will play an important role in establishing a safe and positive biking culture in Washoe County.
Activities will include:
- Discovering opportunities and barriers to activity and health in their neighborhood
- Encouraging active transportation for life by promoting self-sufficiency
- Increasing broad-ranged educational opportunities addressing careers, recreation, nutrition, air quality, transportation, education and community service.
Camp alumni and their families will form a founding core of skilled and motivated riders who will appreciate our local bikeways and the opportunities for recreation, education and interpretation they provide.
Based on the pilot project in 2010, R2WNR had different daily themes around which activities, experiences, and travel routes were organized. Activities included community areas encompassing three to five goal areas (recreation, career, education, arts/culture and transportation). Additional locales were added if applicable or appropriate to location or safety.
- Day 1 – Orientation, Helmet Safety and Fitting, Pedestrian and Bike Safety Skills Course, Short Neighborhood Bike Ride
- Day 2 – Recreation – Truckee River Bike Path extended ride (18 miles max.), Bike Maintenance at Reno Bike Project, Tour of Aces Stadium
- Day 3 – Career focus – Bike Path to hospital; tours included REMSA paramedic/ambulance, Care Flight staff/helicopter, Renown Pediatric tour/careers and Washoe County Coroner’s Office forensic careers/fingerprinting
- Day 4 – Transportation/Education – Bike Path to RTC Citicenter for Air Quality, Transportation and Bikes on Buses lesson; Tour of UNR
- Day 5 – Recreation/Community Service/Arts – Bike ride to Reno Fire Station/tour; Community Service Project and thank-yous; Off-Road Ride; Art Project; Family BBQ
More than 25 organizations and 45 individuals assisted with implementing SKWC’s R2WNR including: Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety who provided the primary grant for the program; Sun Valley Family Resource Center and Brenda Hess; Food Bank of Northern Nevada; the families, students and staff of Esther Bennett and Virginia Palmer Elementary Schools; Randy Robison and Black Rock Bicycles; Renown’s Save Your Skull Program; Carson City Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator; Johnny Daggett, instructor from the Reno Bike Project; Reno Aces; Med Express; REMSA; Care Flight; Renown Pediatrics Department including Alannah Manfredi; Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office; RTC SMART Trips including Carol Perry and Mike Moreno UNR’s IGT Knowledge Center; Reno Fire Department; the City of Reno Parks and Recreation Department and their staff; Jim Severt; the Freight House District including Chef Beatrice Mueller; Sun Valley Sertoma; Sun Valley General Improvement District, Harrah’s Auto Museum; Galena Creek Recreation area including naturalist Katie Osborn; Safe Kids Greater Cleveland and Springfield Coalitions; and R2WNR staff.
Thank you to the Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board for their $1,000 grant that helped fund t-shirts and supplies for the 2011 camps!