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« Older Entries Dan’s Night On Hiatus Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Dan’s Night will be back sometime in July—exact date of return TBA. Thanks for understanding!

Two RBPs!? Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

We are excited to announce that we are working on opening a second location, at 635 E. 4th Street, this June. We kind of stumbled upon this location in looking for additional storage, but it provides several opportunities for growth, and we are excited for this next phase. This second location allows us to better serve downtown and UNR. When we moved to Grovetown (look out, Midtown!) we lost proximity and, in many cases, the customers from that area. Our second location, just one block east of our old shop, will bring our affordable resources back to that neighborhood back, where the bicycle traffic has always been heavy, and will only increase following completion of the 4th-Prater corridor redesign that includes bike lanes.

We also plan to create a production center for our staff in the new RBP building where they can work, free from the distractions of the public, overhauling and repairing bikes. With so much activity in our shop, it’s often challenging to focus on a single project; this new space is over 6000 sq/ft, so there is both ample storage and workspace. This space also provides us an opportunity to host our FutureCycle program outside or already crowded and bustling Grove St. operation.

Lastly, Burning Man. Last year we sold approximately 840 bikes to Burning Man attendees, and those bikes take up a lot of room. In our old space, we could store about 500 bikes, with another 300+ next door and in additional rented storage space. In this new space we think we can store close to 2000 bikes. This will free up almost 2000 sq/ft of storage in our Grove St. location and allow us to keep all our bikes in one location, improving the efficiency of operations.

We will need some help setting up this new location, as well as need some fixtures and supplies to get set up. Look for updates to help in the near future, in our newsletter.

In the meantime, here is a list of supplies we need:

Home Is Where You Put Your Stuff Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

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!

Summer Riding Camps for Teens Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Sign Ups are open for Major Taylor Summer Day Camps! You can fill out the application online here or download the application here.

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Change to Public Workstation Rate, Effective Immediately Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Hey Reno!
Effective immediately, the rate we charge to use our public workstations will be undergoing a slight change. We will now offer the option of sliding scale of payment with rates being anywhere between $4-$10/hour. We look forward to serving you soon!

RENO BIKE PROJECT CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 23RD TO JANUARY 5TH Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Hope that you are yours have a great winter solstice, Christmas holiday, and New Years. We look forward to serving you in 2016!
RBP, out!

Freewheels for Kids: What You Can Do! Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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. Last year RBP repaired and donated nearly 200 bicycles to children whose families could not afford one. We are always hoping to exceed the previous year’s number to bring the joy of cycling to more kids in the community.

Join us for one (or two!) Community Work Parties on December 5 and December 12, from 11a-3p, 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!

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Thanks for Giving us the weekend off. Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

RBP schedule for Thanksgiving week.

Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm (Dan’s Night will probably happen.)
Thursday-Saturday: CLOSED!

We’ll be spending our time with dear friends and family, and regretting every food decision we have ever made. We hope that you will enjoy your time w/ family, friends, and yourself.

We’ll see you again when our usual hours of operation resume on Tuesday, December 1st.

Shop Closed Sat., 10/31 Friday, October 30th, 2015

We here at RBP love Nevada (which is objectively the best state).
We also love three day weekends (which are objectively great).
So we’ll be closed this Saturday, October 31st, to celebrate Nevada Day. We hope that you’ll enjoy celebrating the best state this Halloween weekend.
We’ll resume normal hours Tuesday, November 3rd.

Shop Closed Saturday, October 17 Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Heads up that RBP will be CLOSED all day on the 17th, holding court instead on First Street, in front of Bicentennial Park. We’ll be running our Bike Valet, Mobile Bike Repair Stand, and annual Bike Swap! Come on down to RenOpen Streets for fun outdoor activities, free of the distractions of vehicle traffic. RBP staff will also lead a Slow Roll down to the event, leaving from the shop at 9:45 am. You’re welcome to park in our lot and ride there with us!

We’ll return to normal hours on Tuesday, October 20.

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