SAFE KIDS NEWS RELEASE WASHOE COUNTY – Safe Kids Washoe County has been named the Organization of the Year by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board for its work in for improving children’s bicycle and pedestrian safety in northern Nevada through its Ready to Walk N’ Roll Summer Camp. Ready to Walk N’ Roll Summer Camp teaches area children personal responsibility for safe biking and walking behaviors. The program consists of multiple week-long sessions offered throughout the summer and is free to Washoe County students who are 10-13 years old. During the camp, students participate in classroom and neighborhood activities to teach and reinforce safe walking and bicycling. They attend field trips in the community to promote self-sufficiency and improve riding skills, as well as participate in educational activities addressing careers, cultural programming, nutrition, air quality and community service.
Bicyclists and pedestrians currently make up to 12 percent of all travelers in the U.S. With proven environmental, economic and health benefits, the public demand for bicycling and walking opportunities is growing. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across the state has shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available.
The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities, as well as promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians in the state. The board consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor. More information is available at 775-888-7433
Safe Kids Washoe County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Washoe County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Washoe County was founded in 2000 and is led by REMSA.