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.”

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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: the average annual operating cost for a bicycle is $308 vs. $8,469 for an automobile and vs. $780 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 lights, racks, panniers, and tools) and upgrade the tires or seat, at steep discounts.

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.