Redwood City "SPOKES" Program

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About SPOKES

SPOKES is a Bike Safety and Maintenance Program for 5th graders who attend the Redwood City Elementary School District. The program is a collaborative effort between the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Redwood City 2020. The primary goal of the program is to teach students bicycle safety and basic SPOKESLOGO.4.6.2017bicycle maintenance & repair.

Redwood City School District students encounter a variety of challenges affecting their ability to cycle to school; issues ranging from economic hardship to gang activity. Many of the families that we serve in our community are also new to this area and even this country, with limited opportunities to learn about safety rules and norms. Recognizing the need for a program that could help tackle those issues, the SPOKES Bicycle Safety and Maintenance program was developed. 

2017-2018 Program information

2017-2018 SPOKES programming will be offered through our Red Morton Youth Center.  SPOKES is open to 5th & 6th graders who live in Redwood City. SPOKES is a FREE program for Youth Center members, but registration is required. Youth Center membership is $15/year. All registration must be completed at Red Morton Community Center (1120 Roosevelt Ave.)

Due to grant funding requirements, attendance is mandatory and participants must be present for entire class.

GoalsHawes Spokes

  • Teach participants the importance of bicycle safety
  • Teach participants applicable traffic laws and how to ride safely around town
  • Teach participants basic bicycle maintenance and bicycle repair
  • Empower participants to become ambassadors for safe and responsible bicycle riding
  • Provide a child of a low-income household a new helmet, bike lock and basic tool kit after the successful completion of a 6-week course on bicycle safety and basic bicycle repair and maintenance.

Desired Outcomes

  • Increased bike ridership among youths
  • Decreased accidents among youth bike riders
  • Increased safety awareness among youth bike riders
  • Increased confidence and skill level of youth bike riders

Expected Impact

  • Less car traffic around school during drop-off and pick-up times
  • Increase physical fitness level among youths
  • Reduced carbon footprint

Grant

The SPOKES Program, in partnership with Redwood City 2020, has been awarded a grant by the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School Program to cover the majority of program costs for this upcoming school year! 

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department would also like to give special recognition to SIMS Metal and the Seaport Industrial Association.  Their generous financial support will cover the funding gap that will enable us to provide SPOKES through the Fair Oaks & Hawes REACH After School Program and allow us to add additional Youth Health and Wellness classes to be held at the Red Morton Youth Center. 

                                      

For more information on how you can support SPOKES, please contact 650.780.7335.

         

        RWC2020