The Biggest Little Commuter Program (BLCP) was established in 2013 to address unique challenges faced by adults working to beat poverty. Access to affordable transportation is a key, often-overlooked barrier to gaining and keeping employment, so the BLCP’s mission is “employing bicycles to empower low-income individuals to overcome transportation barriers in the Truckee Meadows.”
The BLCP serves individuals in the Reno-Sparks metro area living at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and struggling to afford and access transportation – an essential factor in obtaining and keeping employment. BLCP participants must be referred by a BLCP partner agency because they request and demonstrate a need to overcome transportation barriers. The costs associated with maintaining a bike are a fraction of the alternatives: according to Sierra Club, the average annual operating cost for a bicycle is $308 vs. $8,220 for an automobile and vs. $840 for bus passes. The BLCP eases the initial cost of bicycle ownership by making high-quality commuter bicycles available at a steep discount to program participants, with the option to add commuter essentials (such as racks, panniers, and tools) and upgrade the tires or seat, at cost.
Active BLCP Partners:
- Access to Healthcare’s Aging & Disability Resource Center
- Hand Up Homes for Youth
- My Journey Home
- Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAHMS) Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
- Northern Nevada Hopes
- Veteran’s Outreach/Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
- Veterans Resource Centers of America – Northern Nevada
- Volunteers of America
- Washoe County Public Defender’s Office & Alternate Public Defender’s Office
- Local yearlong AmeriCorps member host sites
Representatives of agencies with case management services for at-risk populations such as single mothers, Latinx communities, Black communities, Tribal communities, LGBT* communities, individuals transitioning out of the juvenile incarceration system or aging out of foster care, etc. are invited to contact Genevieve Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a partnership. Download our New Partner Kit here.