Biggest Little Commuter Program

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 case manager (or similar) from an agency in our community 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 subsidizing high-quality commuter bicycles and U-locks for program participants, with the option to add commuter essentials (such as racks, panniers, and tools) and upgrade the tires or seat, at steep discounts.

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BLCP Partners in the community:

Representatives of agencies with case management services for at-risk populations such as single mothers, Latinx/Spanish-speaking communities, Black communities, Tribal communities, LGBT* communities, individuals transitioning out of the juvenile incarceration system or aging out of foster care, individuals doing physical rehabilitation, aging populations, etc. are invited to contact Genevieve Parker at genevieve@renobikeproject.org or call 775 323 4488 to inquire about the BLCP and refer clients. Download our program paperwork here.