Community Outreach

Our activities that fall under the Community Outreach umbrella are diverse and always open to evolution in response to community needs. In addition to providing bikes to community members in need, we are part of a motivated and diverse collection of groups and individuals that are constantly advocating for infrastructure to be built, repaired and maintained with cycling in mind. Reno Bike Project has fostered several partnerships throughout the community and with national organizations. Staff and board members are active members of various local and regional advocacy groups. Through these partnerships RBP educates a broader audience and takes part in the most recent strategies for advocacy.

Cycling Advocacy

In line with our mission, RBP takes an active roll in advocating for cycling in the community. Currently, staff and board members hold key positions and are involved in various organizations including but not limited to:

-The Regional Transportation Commission’s Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee

-Nevada State Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board

-Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance

-The Alliance for Biking and Walking

-The League of American Cyclists

-Reno Wheelmen

-Safe Routes to Schools

-University of Nevada Reno Campus Cycling Coalition

The following are a just couple of examples of our success in the community:

Fourth Street

The Reno Bike Project played an active role in the 4th St. Corridor Study conducted by the RTC. Through grassroots community organizing and ally building, including our monumental Positively 4th Street event in 2014, we were able to shape the discussion into something more favorable for cyclists. The 4th/Prater road project which includes bike lanes, is substantially completed as of December 2018!

Plumas Street

Taking the lessons we learned advocating for bike lanes on 4th St., we set our sights on another road diet. After months of open house discussions, community organizing and letter writing, the Reno City Council unanimously voted in favor of making Plumas St. safer. The street now features bike lanes, narrower car lanes, and improved pedestrian crossings.

South Virginia Street

In early 2015, the Virginia Street corridor came up for redesign, and RBP joined up with a group of invested citizens under the banner Great Streets Coalition. Virginia Street through Midtown in its current condition failed to meet the needs of its community, characterized by narrow or nonexistent sidewalks, fast car speeds, dangerous crosswalks, and a lack of greenery. The GSC worked with area residents, visitors, business and property owners, and the RTC to pursue a truly great street for Midtown Reno. Although bike lanes were unfortunately not part of the final design due to spacial constraints, the new design does include wide sidewalks, a road diet, and street trees. Construction is underway and we’re looking forward to the new Virginia Street.

Center Street

Midway through 2018, a small but dedicated group branched out of the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance with the vision of connecting UNR with Midtown via Center St. This group worked closely and efficiently with RTC to effect both public and government discussions around creating safe cycling infrastructure along the Center St. corridor. Reno Bike Project supported this initiative at every step, and utilized our reach to draw members of the community to meetings and public comment opportunities. Ultimately, RTC Washoe and the City of Reno both unanimously voted to approve construction of a two-way, physically separated cycle track along Center between the University and Midtown. This project is scheduled for installation during summer 2020.