Welcome to Reno Bike Project

The organization is built around the belief that the bicycle is the world’s greatest, most utilized mode of transportation and that every individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or class has a right to afford, maintain, and enjoy one.

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Bikes for Tykes

Put a little extra holiday cheer out into the world and our community, and join us at one of two volunteer wrenching parties on December 2 or December 9 from 11-3!

Reno Bike Project’s Freewheels for Kids outreach program provides free bikes to kids in need during the holiday season. Children’s bikes, donated by community members, are repaired, tuned up, and spruced up by RBP volunteers. Those bikes are then donated to community organizations who distribute the bikes to families in need.


Join us to work on bikes for the tykes, under the supervision of RBP mechanics. Enjoy refreshments and the company of other service-minded people. No experience needed to volunteer—this is a great learning opportunity!

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Read November’s Newsletter

Read the RBP November newsletter here! And subscribe for monthly news!

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Home Is Where You Put Your Stuff

It is a bittersweet thing to announce that after many years of calling Downtown Reno home, Reno Bike Project is moving to a new location at 216 E Grove St., opening November 1. We came to 4th St. in 2008 at just two years old. Over the course of this residency, we’ve grown up and into our own; and have accomplished some pretty impressive undertakings.

First, some easy numbers: since we moved in, our shop, programs, and events have reached well over 72,000 people. We’ve refurbished and recycled over 7,000 used bicycles and over 40,000 used parts. Our staff have performed over 9,000 repairs, and customers have made thousands of repairs themselves, utilizing our public workstations for nearly 10,000 hours. Dedicated volunteers have contributed 10,000 hours of their own, and RBP has provided employment and professional development opportunities to 35+ individuals.

4th St. is where we developed many of the programs and practices we are best-known for today, including Dan’s Night and Ladies’ Night, community slow rides, Gratis days and mornings, the annual Bike Swap, quarterly Bicycle Repair Classes, the Biggest Little Commuter bicycle subsidy program, Major Taylor cycling education for youth, and much more.

In addition to the above, our presence has had further tangible effects on our neighborhood: as a prime example, three years after we banded together with other 4th St. businesses to demonstrate the potential of the 4th St. corridor with Positively 4th Street, one new business after another is opening its doors on our block; and construction on 4th St./Prater Way, due for completion early next year, will connect Reno to Sparks with enhanced bus rapid transit service, accessible sidewalks, safer two-way traffic, street trees, and bike lanes!

So while it is difficult to say goodbye to this place that we’ve grown so fond of, it’s awesome to look back and see all the good things our presence here has done. And it’s equally exciting to imagine the positive effects RBP is going to bring to our new neighborhood, south of Plumb. So what’s next for this organization? If the history from our first big move is any predictor, it’s going to be bigger and better than anyone can imagine right now.

RBP’s last day open on 4th Street will be Friday, October 20. After that we’re going to spend the next 10 days moving, and we are going to need all the help we can get. Seriously, all the help. To confirm any time you’d like to contribute between 10/21-11/1, please check in with Genevieve so we can tell you which location to meet us at any given time (and to be sure we’re working at the time you want to help). We’ll post daily updates to our social media platforms with day-to-day requests for help, so follow along there, or check in for times not posted about.

So long 4th Street, and hello Grove Street!

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Get Out On a Bike for Fall Break

Has your kid already got basic bike riding down? Are they enthusiastic about mountain biking and ready to hone more advanced skills? Then Reno Bike Project is excited to have your child in this Fall Break’s Major Taylor Ride Camp! This 5-day camp meets October 2-6, from 1-4 M-Th and 9-2 F. The group will gain intermediate road safety, advanced bike handling, mechanics, and more; all while exploring the Truckee Meadows by bicycle, and doing other fun activities. Get more info and register.

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CALL FOR COMMUNITY DJS – DEADLINE OCT 2

KWNK’s mission is to champion music and ideas through community-driven, non-commercial radio in Reno and beyond. Community Radio that is volunteer-based and listener-supported strengthens community ties and builds civic engagement. It’s a huge, long-anticipated, much-needed and exciting project and RBP is one of the partners & biggest cheerleaders. Check out the video below, the website HERE, or follow along on FB or Instagram!

* * * UPDATE: CALL FOR COMMUNITY DJS – DEADLINE OCT 2 * * *

It has been a long time coming and we are finally able to announce that Reno will be getting a community radio station this fall! As many of you know, Reno has been without a freeform community radio station (with both an FM and online presence) for a long time and we are so excited to see this finally change. The station is 97.7FM KWNK – and all our programming is by and for the people of our community. KWNK will feature programming from UNR’s student-run online station, Wolf Pack Radio, as well as programming from people in the community – like YOU!

Here’s where you come in. Want your own show?

As we gear up to get on the air in the coming weeks, we are reaching out to people we think represent our community and would be interested in being a part of KWNK’s first program. KWNK is a platform to amplify our voices and our culture through FM radio and give our community a station that isn’t corporate controlled and run on algorithms. We’re interested in your interests, in the music you like, and in the bands and artists that inspire and excite you. 

There are FOUR OPTIONS for incoming DJs:

1. Weekly show: 30mins or 1hr, every week

2. Monthly show: 30mins or 1hr, once a month

3. One-Off: 30mins or 1hr, specialty show or playlist 

4. Segment/Sweepers: Segments are 1-5mins on a short topic or announcement, Sweepers are even shorter – ie. “You are listening to KWNK 97.7FM, Reno”

We would love for you to be a part of KWNK as one of the important voices represented, and to help launch KWNK as a community staple. As we begin, KWNK will be on air from 4PM-4AM every day (starting Oct 2017), for roughly 6 months. By March 2018, the goal is that KWNK will take over, and transition into a full-time, 24 hr, fully fledged community radio station. As you can see, this 6 month part-time period is crucial for showing the potential of what KWNK can and will be, and we’d love for you to be a part of this journey. 

If you’re interested in being a DJ or participating in KWNK, please fill out this ONLINE FORM and shoot it back to us by Monday, Oct 2. Once submitted, we’ll be blocking out the available hours for shows and programming, and will be doing some one-on-one training on how to build your show and send it in for broadcast.

Link to Online Applicationhttps://kwnk.typeform.com/to/GETLG2

 

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Labor Day Holiday

Heads up to the community: we will be CLOSED Sunday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/4 for Labor Day and to give ourselves a breather post-Burning Man. Will reopen Tuesday.

Thanks for your support!!

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Get Ready to Burn

Burning Man 2017 is August 27-September 4.

Our extended hours are: 10a-8p on Friday 8/25, Saturday 8/26, Sunday 8/27, and Monday 8/28.

If you don’t know, now you know: the best way to get around the Black Rock Playa is by bike. And if you don’t have one, you should reserve one soon. Reno Bike Project has hundreds of Human Playa Vehicles available every year, and is your one-shop stop for accessories and service.

Visit our online shop for bike and gear reservations and additional Burning Man-related info!

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Electric Bike Demo Day

Reno Bike Project is now proud to offer electric bicycles from the Toronto-based bicycle company, Opus, for demo and sale. We envision a future where more motorists leave their cars at home and ride bikes instead, and we think embracing e-bikes moves us in that direction.

We know e-bikes are as new to many in our community as the are to us, so we invite you to form your own impressions with a free e-bike demo on August 12, from 10a to 1p at UNR’s Fleischmann Planetarium. Come take a ride on the newest e-bike technology, and experience the future of bicycle travel. We will also be offering a Demo Day discount of 10% ($280) off e-bike sales that day. RSVP on Facebook!

The models we currently offer for demo and sale are the Opus WKND flat-bar road bike design and the CONNECT city bike design with a step-through frame, euro style.

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Read the RBP August newsletter here! Contains:

  • Bike to the Future: E-bikes @ RBP & Demo Day
  • You CAN Do It: Free CANFEST tickets when you donate a bike to RBP
  • Biggest Little Treasure Hunt
  • Major Taylor Program update
  • Bike Repair Class registration
  • Burning Man & playa bike online shop
  • Bike of the Month
  • August event calendar

And subscribe for monthly news!

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Read July’s Newsletter

Read the RBP July newsletter here! And subscribe for monthly news!

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