About

Mission

Reno Bike Project (RBP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and resource for the Truckee Meadows committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through education, cooperation and advocacy.

Reno Bike Project achieves its mission by:

  • Making cycling more accessible to the public through recycling and recirculation of used bikes into the community at affordable prices.
  • Encouraging self-sufficiency by holding bike mechanics workshops and by providing a space for community members to repair their own bicycles rather than incur maintenance costs.
  • Encouraging bicycle activism by promoting and producing cycling related events for a variety of audiences.
  • Advocating for cycling rights and cycling growth in the Truckee Meadows by working with public officials and other organizations that are key players in transportation planning.
  • Complementing other local groups to encourage youth safety and cycling-related arts and culture, and contributing to Reno’s continual growth as a diverse and vibrant community.
  • Keeping an open mind to all cycling needs and ideas and helping to facilitate positive growth.

History

Noah Silverman and Kyle Kozar founded RBP in October 2006 with the mission of getting people onto bicycles. Then-26-year-old Silverman and 23-year-old Kozar amassed a group of volunteers in their mid-to-late twenties to solicit donated bicycles to fix up and make available to the public. On November 18, 2006 RBP hosted its first event, “Bike-Out or Strike-Out.” The daylong celebration of urban cycling culture gave RBP an opportunity to be highly visible in the community and raise people’s awareness of bicycle use. Responding to the enthusiasm for active transportation, the founding group set up a small basement shop where volunteers congregated to repair bicycles. Over time, RBP solidified, growing its volunteer base, increasing bike donations, incorporating with the State of Nevada, securing fiscal sponsorship, and progressing in its grassroots community outreach campaign.

During the subsequent four years, RBP moved into four different locations in an effort to find the perfect shop headquarters. RBP’s flagship shop and office is now at 216 E. Grove St., with an auxiliary shop and production center at 635 E. 4th St. The two shops are open to the public 37-50 hours a week, seasonally. RBP has gained non-profit 501(c)(3) status, diversified its funding resources, and developed its advocacy, education and philanthropic efforts. RBP hosts several annual cycling cultural events which include a bike-themed art show, Bike to Work Day Pancake Feed and various irregular or one-off events in addition to providing a Bike Valet at non-RBP public events.

Since inception, RBP has grown from a basement operation to a full cycling community center and advocacy group. We are constantly striving to achieve our mission of getting more people on bikes, and last year alone we distributed over 1,900 bikes back into the community through our shop and various programs. Our public workstations that provide affordable access to the tools and expertise cyclists need to maintain their own bikes, and our customers logged over 1,600 hours of workstation time in the past year. Our educational programs include “Ladies Night” every Tuesday night, and “Dan’s Night” every Wednesday night, and a 9-week “Bicycle Repair Class,” offered quarterly on Thursday nights.

RBP has forged many valuable community partnerships to increase our influence in the area. We work with the Office of Traffic Safety, local police departments, and many other non-profits and cycling advocacy groups. All of our hard work has had a measurable impact in the Truckee Meadows. The Regional Transportation Commission included RBP and our programs in its application to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and now Reno ranks as a Bronze-Level BFC. Along with other local organizations and businesses, we are making the Truckee Meadows a more bicycle-friendly place and none of these accomplishments could have been possible without ongoing community support and encouragement.

Climate Change

Fighting climate change is central and intrinsic to RBP’s mission. We believe that the bicycle is a tool for social, political and environmental action and change, and our mission to create a world class cycling community has been largely focused on replacing car trips with bicycle trips, a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions. We feel this is something that every community member engage in and make a difference, and we work diligently to facilitate the change.

We also work to reduce other forms of resource consumption including recycling all recyclable materials purchased or donated. This includes recycling tires, bicycles, cardboard and more. We reduce waste by reusing parts that have a usable life but would normally end up in a landfill without an avenue to return them to consumers.

In summary, RBP reduces carbon emissions, reuses resource-heavy consumer products, and recycles ours and others’ waste. We have been, for over a decade, part of the movement towards a cleaner, cooler world.

Watch our 1-min. Intro Video