Our activities that fall under the Community Outreach umbrella are diverse and always open to evolution in response to community needs. In addition to providing bikes to community members in need, we are part of a motivated and diverse collection of groups and individuals that are constantly advocating for infrastructure to be built, repaired and maintained with cycling in mind. Reno Bike Project has fostered several partnerships throughout the community and with national organizations. Staff and board members are active members of the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance, The Regional Transportation Commission’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board. Reno Bike Project is also a member of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the nationwide Biking and Pedestrian safety advocacy group, and the League of American Cyclists. Through these partnerships RBP educates a broader audience and takes part in the most recent strategies for advocacy.
In line with our mission, RBP takes an active roll in advocating for cycling in the community. Currently, staff and board members hold key positions in various organizations including but not limited to:
-The Regional Transportation Commission’s Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee
-Nevada State Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board
-Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance
-The Alliance for Biking and Walking
-Safe Routes to Schools
-University of Nevada Reno Campus Cycling Coalition
The following are a just couple of examples of our success in the community:
The Reno Bike Project played an active role in the 4th St. Corridor Study conducted by the RTC. Through grassroots community organizing and ally building, we were able to shape the discussion into something more favorable for cyclists. Look for upcoming improvements to 4th St., including bike lanes, coming soon.
Taking the lessons we learned advocating for bike lanes on 4th St., we set our sights on another road diet. After months of open house discussions, community organizing and letter writing, the Reno City Council unanimously voted in favor of making Plumas St. safer. Look for the implementation of the road diet and bike lanes in the fall of 2012.
Freewheels for Kids
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 and tuned up by RBP volunteers. Those bikes are then donated to community organizations who distribute the bikes to families in extreme need, many of whom will currently be living in shelters or in temporary housing.
Our 2016 bike drive is underway! If your family has outgrown or out-of-use bikes, donate them to Reno Bike Project and we’ll recycle them into a new home! Cash donations are also appreciated, as we will be replacing parts on some bikes to they’re not only ready to ride, but totally appealing to their new owners, too.
Our two Freewheels volunteer wrenching parties will be on December 3 and December 10 from 11am-3pm. Volunteers don’t need to have any prior mechanical experience to come in and help; our mechanic educators will oversee and assist in all repairs, and refreshments will be provided as a small thank you. This is a great learning opportunity for new volunteers.
In 2015, Freewheels for Kids volunteers refurbished 100 bikes, which were donated to deserving kids served by The Children’s Cabinet, Bernice Matthew’s Early Head Start Program, and St. Mary’s Medical Group.