Major Taylor Ride Club
The Major Taylor Program is a bicycle riding and commuting education course available for youth in the Truckee Meadows.
Cycling with Major Taylor
Named after African American world champion cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor and inspired by similar clubs around the nation, RBP brought the Major Taylor Project to the Truckee Meadows. This program empowers youth by offering week-long education courses during the spring and summer that uses bikes as a tool to teach youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, cycling safety, and the environmental benefits of bikes. Whether they use cycling for transportation or recreation, cycling offers young adults opportunities that might otherwise remain beyond their reach and can improve the quality of their lives. We instruct participants in bike maintenance, nutrition, safe cycling techniques, and more with bike rides in between lessons designed to help improve fitness and allow exploration in the community.
Since 2013, RBP and our Major Taylor Program have helped nearly 600 youth explore the Truckee Meadows by bicycle. We have partnered with other organizations in the Reno-Sparks area to provide this opportunity to enter the world of cycling to as many as possible! Participants borrow road and mountain bikes from RBP to eliminate the barrier of bike ownership. Any individuals, teachers, school administrators, students, or parents who are interested in bringing the Major Taylor Project to their organization or school should contact Jillian Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Empowered through bicycling
Cycling offers young adults opportunities that might otherwise remain beyond their reach, and can 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.
Riding & learning together
Since 2013, RBP and Major Taylor have helped nearly 600 young people explore the Truckee Meadows by bicycle. Teachers, administrators, students, or parents who are interested in bringing Major Taylor to a new organization or school should get in touch with us.
We work with other organizations in the Reno-Sparks area to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to enter the world of cycling. Here are some of the organizations that we partner with:
Exploring Truckee Meadows
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.
enCompass Academy strives to meet the individual needs of all students by focusing on students’ academics, personal pathways, enrichment, and social emotional learning.
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.
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.
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.
We’re committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community. Outside of our community bike shop, RBP engages people in the Truckee Meadows in three key ways: Outreach/Advocacy, Education, and Events.