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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.


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!


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!


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.

8th Annual Bike Swap Friday, October 2nd, 2015


This year’s Bike Swap will be held during RenOpen Streets on October 17, from 10-3. This is the first-ever Open Streets event in Reno, and we are so excited about the experience and about being a part of it! This is a great opportunity to get a used bike at a very fair price. Even if you’re not in the market, this is a great event for the whole family, with many a rare and interesting find to be seen. Have a bike to sell? We’ll do it for you while you wanter and participate in the event. Drop off your bike at our 4th St location anytime this month, or at the Bike Swap (we’re located in the angled parking on First Street, in front of Bicentennial Park) between 8am and 10am, day of. The 20% consignment fee will benefit the Reno Bike Project’s education, advocacy, and outreach programs.

Interested in being an independent vendor at our event?  If you’re a shop, cycling club, or just have too much bike stuff in the garage, we’d love to have you at the swap. No consignment fee if you’re selling your own wares. Get in touch and we’ll sign you up.

If you have any questions please contact

Bike Accident Personal Injury Claims in Nevada Friday, September 18th, 2015

We were stoked to get this special guest article from Deanna Power of P. I. Law, who wrote, “it can be challenging to get to point A to point B safely, so I wrote this article on how bicyclists have the option to file a personal injury claim if a car hits them in Nevada. A lot of people don’t realize that they aren’t always liable for hospital bills when injured by a motorist so long as they were following local bicycle regulations.” Thanks to Deanna and her team for the resources they provide. Educate yourself by reading on!

Nevada’s roads are often traveled by bicyclists as well as motor vehicle operators. Although Nevada law doesn’t define a bicycle as a vehicle, cyclists are still afforded the same rights and responsibilities as any traveler on the road. As such, you must obey traffic laws, including those that apply to all vehicles as well as those that are specific to operating a bike on a public roadway.

Nevada Bike Laws

A personal injury claim can cover your medical expenses, property damage, and other compensation to which you may be entitled, if you’re involved in a bicycle accident in the state. The success of your claim can be affected by your adherence to general traffic laws and bike-specific laws.

Motorists must provide cyclists the same considerations as any other vehicle on the road and must also ensure they give bike riders at least three feet of clearance when passing them on a two-lane road. If passing a bike on a multi-lane road, state law requires other vehicles give the bike rider a full lane of clearance. Failure to follow these or any other bike-specific or general traffic laws can lead to a motorist being found at fault for a traffic accident.

Bicycle Equipment Requirements

A lack of proper bike equipment can affect a personal injury claim. Likewise, a bike that is not in safe operating condition, like one with a broken chain or one with poor brakes, can compromise your claim as well. Failing to ensure regular bike maintenance may lead to you being found partially or entirely at fault for an accident in some cases.

Any bicycle on the road after dark in Nevada must have:

If you’re on the road one half hour before sunrise or after sunset, you must use your safety light. Safety lights are also required during inclement weather or other conditions in which lighting is darker than average. Every bike on the road is additionally required to have functional brakes.

Fault and Personal Injury Claims

Nevada uses comparative fault when evaluating personal injury claims, which means that both you and a motorist can be found partially at fault for an accident. So long as you are less than 50% at fault, you can still file a claim in Nevada. Your settlement will be reduced by the percentage fault you share.

Example: Rick was riding his bike when he was hit by a car and suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, and he was texting while on his bike. Because Rick was distracted and didn’t properly protect himself, the jury found Rick 30% at fault for the accident. He was awarded $10,000 for his injuries, but his settlement was reduced to $7,000 to compensate for his negligence.

Filing a Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Claim

Initially filling a claim will start with a demand letter, which you write and send to the motorist’s insurance company. If your settlement request is denied, then you can take the claim to court.

Nevada bike accident personal injury claims are typically filed in the county in which the accident occurred. The county courthouse is the proper location for filing a legal petition for a lawsuit. Here are just few of Nevada’s county courthouses at which bike accident lawsuits may be filed and heard:


This article was provided by Personal Injury Law and not by an attorney, and the accuracy of the content is not warranted or guaranteed. If you wish to receive legal advice about a specific problem, you should contact a licensed attorney in your area.

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