What the Major Taylor Program Is:
The Major Taylor Program is a bicycle riding and commuting education course brought to Truckee Meadows by the Reno Bike Project. After seeing the success of Major Taylor clubs around the nation, RBP decided that it should be brought to Reno. The ride club uses bicycling as a tool to teach youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, cycling safety, and the environmental benefits of bikes. We think that cycling offers these young adults opportunities that might otherwise remain beyond their reach, and can be used to improve the quality of their lives. Whether they use cycling for transportation, recreation, or something in between, Reno Bike Project is happy to give young people a chance to enjoy cycling with Major Taylor.
What the Major Taylor Program Does:
The MTP gives teens in the Reno-Sparks area a chance to experience cycling both on- and off-road. Participants are instructed in safe cycling techniques, riding in traffic, bike maintenance, nutrition, and more. Lessons are interspersed between 5-30 mi. bike rides, designed to help improve general fitness while experiencing new parts of the Truckee Meadows. Participants are lent road and mountain bikes by RBP to eliminate the barrier of bike ownership. At the end of each session, participants go for a long ride to a special destination, celebrate their progress over a lunch outing, and are encouraged to continue as cyclists and get involved with RBP, with a free yearlong membership.
Who’s Adopted the Major Taylor Program:
The ride club works with other organizations in the Reno-Sparks area to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to enter the world of cycling. Teachers, administrators, students, or parents who are interested in bringing a Major Taylor session to a new organization or school should contact Genevieve Parker at email@example.com. Here are some of the organizations that we partner with:
The Children’s Cabinet: Since 1985, The Children’s Cabinet’s mission has been to keep children safe and families together. This local organization offers 30 programs for children and youth up to age 21, at no charge to at-risk children and their families. The Children’s Cabinet provided aid to over 11,000 families over the last year.
Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Hand Up Homes for Youth: HUHFY has been serving adolescents and families in Reno, Nevada since 2002. HUHFY expanded services include a full continuum of care for youth at-risk for a higher level of care or youth stepping down in care from residential treatment or a group home-setting.
High Desert Montessori Middle School: A public, charter school formed with the belief that all children deserve the right to experience a Montessori education. HDMS urges all students to be participating members of a socially-conscious and green community by inspiring them to be critical thinkers capable of reflection, communication and action.
Kids Kottage: The Kids Kottages are protective shelters where police or social workers bring children after they have been removed from their families. They are temporary homes operated 24 hours a day by Adams and Associates, Inc., under a contract with Washoe County Department of Social Services.
Rainshadow Community Charter High School: Rainshadow is a public charter high school in Reno with students enrolled in grades 9-12, providing an alternate learning experience that allows students to become involved in their learning process for their own purposes. The students participate in Major Taylor for PE credit by meeting three days a week for one class period. This class helps the students meet their PE credits and out of the Spring 2014 Major Taylor class, four of the students were graduating seniors.
Turning Point: Turning Point is a self-contained program on an alternative campus in the Washoe County School District. The Turning Point program helps individual special needs children who have problems and who have demonstrated significant behavioral regression on a middle school or high school campus even with supplemental aides, services, modifications, and individual behavior plans. Turning Point will provide the support needed to ensure the educational, intellectual, social-emotional, and vocational development of students to enable them to be productive members of society.
Washoe Inspire Academy: Washoe Inspire Academy embraces and empowers all students in a culture that is safe, caring, and academically rigorous. Students will experience academic and social success in a small-school setting through blended learning and social/emotional support with the goal of getting back onto the pathway of college and career readiness.