Major Taylor Program

The Major Taylor Program is a bicycle riding and commuting education course available in the Truckee Meadows. After seeing the success of Major Taylor clubs around the nation, RBP decided that it should be brought to Reno. MTP uses bicycling as a tool to teach youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, cycling safety, and the environmental benefits of bikes. 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.

What the Major Taylor Program Does:

The MTP gives teens in the Reno-Sparks area a chance to experience cycling both on- and off-road. We instruct participants in safe cycling techniques, riding in traffic, bike maintenance, nutrition, and more. Lessons are interspersed between 5-30 mi. bike rides, designed to help improve fitness while experiencing new parts of the Truckee Meadows. Participants borrow road and mountain bikes from RBP to eliminate the barrier of bike ownership. Our program fleet consists mainly of KHS Sixfifty 300 mountain bikes and Flite 280 road bikes, with a smaller number of Specialized Hard Rock mountain bikes and Allez road bikes. At the end of each session, participants go for a long ride to a special destination, celebrate their progress with a pizza party, and are encouraged to continue as cyclists and get involved with RBP.

Who’s Adopted the Major Taylor Program:

Since 2013, RBP and Major Taylor have helped 540 young people explore the Truckee Meadows by bicycle. We work with other organizations in the Reno-Sparks area to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to enter the world of cycling. Teachers, administrators, students, or parents who are interested in bringing Major Taylor to a new organization or school should contact Jillian Keller at Here are some of the organizations that we partner with:

The Children’s Cabinet: 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: 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.

Kids Kottage: 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: 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.