Welcome to Reno Bike Project

The organization is built around the belief that the bicycle is the world’s greatest, most utilized mode of transportation and that every individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or class has a right to afford, maintain, and enjoy one.

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RBP is Hiring: Program Manager Wanted

The Reno Bike Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit community bike shop. Reno Bike Project achieves its mission by:

1. Making cycling more accessible to the public through recycling and recirculation of used bikes into the community at affordable prices.
2. 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.
3. Encourage bicycle activism by promoting and producing cycling related events for a variety of audiences.
4. 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.
5. 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.The Program Managers duties include:

1. Provide leadership in development of RBP’s programming.
2. Ensure that all programming represents and achieves RBP’s mission and vision.
3. Investigate and work to develop all feasible new programming possibilities.
4. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments in the environment surrounding RBP and it’s mission.
5. Work with all program committees (Education, Events, Advocacy) to ensure that all programs are executed and developed successfully
6. Advocate in support of the vision of RBP to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
7. Organize Outreach Events
8. Publicize RBP’s activities, events, programs and goals.
9. Effectively and continually communicate about the status of all programming with Executive Director (i.e. finance, volunteer/staff levels, development.)


Scope of Work:

1. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
2. Compile all required reporting from federal and foundation granting agencies for applicable programs.
3. Ensure there are enough volunteer’s and/or staff for all events and programs.
4. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the organization.
5. Recruit, support and supervise AmeriCorps VISTA members.
6. Working with the Executive Director, to seek out, research, write, and manage all feasible fundraising opportunities.


Skill Requirements:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
2. 2 years non-profit experience.
3. Experience in writing and reporting on private foundation grants as well as local, state and federal granting agencies.
4. Experience with recruiting, hiring and supervising staff members.
5. Any combination of the above skills will be taken into consideration.


The Reno Bike Project is an equal opportunity employer, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submit resume’s to noah@renobikeproject.com or drop off at RBP 541 E. 4th Street.


May 13 No Comments posted by

JOB OPENING for Major Taylor Ride Club Instructor!

The Reno Bike Project is looking for an instructor for the Major Taylor Program’s summer session.  The Major Taylor Program is a youth cycling program that teaches teenagers how to ride bicycles and the benefits of bicycling.

The Major Taylor Program instructor is responsible for not only instructing the students in a classroom setting, but also leading them on rides.  Listed below is the job description for the instructor.

Major Taylor Program Instructor

What is the Major Taylor Program (MTP)?

The Major Taylor Program is an after-school bicycle riding program brought to the Truckee Meadows by the Reno Bike Project (RBP).  The program is named after the first African American World Champion in cycling, Marshall “Major” Taylor.  The ride program 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.


What does the Major Taylor Program Do?

The MTP gives underserved and disadvantaged teens in the Reno-Sparks area a chance to experience cycling both on the road and mountain.  Members of the program learn safe cycling techniques, riding in traffic, bike maintenance, and nutrition.  After a short classroom segment, the students are taken on a ride designed to help improve their general fitness, while experiencing new parts of the Truckee Meadows.  All equipment, including bikes and helmets are provided by the Reno Bike Project.


Major Taylor Project Instructor Job Description:

The sessions, both in class and on the bike, are taught by an instructor with volunteer assistants.  The instructor is responsible for:

  • Instruct each class for both classroom lessons and leading the ride portion of the classes
  • Act as the program’s head mechanic
  • Collaborate with the AmeriCorps VISTA on curriculum development and planning
  • Assign tasks to volunteers present for each class
  • Engage students in the program and bicycling


Major Taylor Program Instructor Qualifications:

  • Possess a strong knowledge of bike mechanics and bike parts
  • Advanced understanding of current Nevada road and cycling laws
  • Experience in high school or higher education instruction
  • A Bachelor degree preferred in education, public health, health and fitness, exercise physiology, or a related field.
  • Knowledgeable on Truckee Meadows trails, bike routes, and safe roads
  • Comfortable around a diverse teenage population
  • Understand PowerPoint and Microsoft programs for class instruction
  • Upbeat and enthusiastic personality
  • Ability to attend all classes on time
  • The candidate either needs to possess CPR and First Aid certification or be willing to attend certification classes (will be paid for by RBP).


***Instructors will be required pass a background check prior to class instruction to ensure the safety of the students.  Failure to do so will disqualify the candidate from this job.***


Time Commitment:

  • Sessions runs through July 15 – August 8
  • The MTP instructor must commit to weekday time slots
    • 2-4 hours
    • 9am-12pm Tuesday/Friday
  • Weekly lesson planning meetings with the AmeriCorps VISTA for the MTP program
  • 4 week session
    • 2 days a week



The instructor will be compensated at $15/hour, unless otherwise determined by the Executive Director.  This is a temporary, part-time position, with possibility for renewal for each session.



If interested, please send cover letter and resume to noah@renobikeproject.com



Feb 15 No Comments posted by

Canfest 2014- Volunteer Signup



Canfest 2014 is right around the corner and the Reno Bike Project is searching for some awesome volunteers to help with this event!  If you like beer and volunteering, then this is the event for you!

Canfest will take place August 23rd at the Peppermill Hotel from 5-11pm.  Every volunteer will get free food and a free tote full of beer!  You must receive an alcohol serving card before the event (instructions included in survey).

Please fill out the survey if you’re interested in volunteering:


Questions?  Please email Sarah Thomas at sarah@renobikeproject.com.


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RBP Closed 7/4-7/5 – Have a great weekend

Greetings all, we are closed Friday and Saturday this week.

Have a great weekend, ride 5000 miles and get ready for another hot, hot summer!




Jul 2 No Comments posted by

Positively 4th Street


For all the info see our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/316484078500029/


Jun 13 No Comments posted by

Bike to Work, School, & Fun 2014

Howdy folks!

Bike to Work, School, & Fun Week is in high gear here in Reno, and RBP helped to kick off the week by supporting the Aces’ Bike to the Ballpark with a Bike Valet.  Bike to Work, School, & Fun Week is organized by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance, and they have a lot of fun events going on all week.  Check bikenevada.org for more information on all of the events hosted by the community.  RBP even has a couple more events in store for you!

Mayoral Challenge and Ride for Reading – Thursday, May 15th – 9am

RBP will be supporting both the Mayoral Challenge and the Ride for Reading.  The Mayoral Challenge begins at the Sparks City Hall and ends at the Discovery Museum.  RBP staff will be joining in on the ride, and you should too!  Afterwards, we will be helping to deliver books to the students at Echo Loder Elementary School as part of Safe Routes to School’s first annual Ride for Reading Event in Reno.

Starting at the Discovery Museum after the Mayoral Challenge Bike Ride, bike riders (like you!) will help deliver donated books to Echo Loder Elementary School.  Volunteer riders will arrive after the Mayoral Challenge (or at 10am if you are not doing the Mayoral Challenge), and we will get your backpacks loaded with books to take down to Echo Loder as part of a group ride.  Once we arrive at the school, we will set up all of the books on tables, talk to the kids about cycling and reading, and how both keep your body and mind healthy!  Afterwards, all the children will get to pick out and take home a book.  We have collected over 1,000 books, so there will be no shortage of choices for the kids.  If you would like to participate in the event, please arrive at the Discovery Museum between 10am and 10:30am to sign up, and get your books packed.  There will be a limited supply of extra backpacks to help carry books, but if you know you will be attending, it will be a big help if you bring your own backpack.

RBP will be opening at noon so that staff can ride in these events.

Don’t Miss Out on RBP’s 8th Annual Pancake Feed!

Then on Friday morning, RBP will be hosting it’s 8th Annual Pancake Feed in support of bicycle commuters for Bike to Work, School, & Fun Week.  Stop by the shop between 6am and 10am for free pancakes and coffee!  It is sure to be a great time, and it’ll be a great way to fuel your morning commute.


May 13 No Comments posted by

Buy a Smart Car & Support RBP!


Hope you all had a blast at our 8th Annual We HeArt Bikes Bicycle Art Show last weekend!  With all the great art, music, and beer, what’s not to love?

One thing you might have missed, unless you were VERY observant (or you saw one of our flyers), was the red 2008 Smart Car for sale sitting just out front of the Holland Project.  WELL, as mentioned on the flyers, Mr. John has offered to donate 100% of the proceeds for the sale of this Smart Car to the Reno Bike Project!  How cool is that?!  (Very).

We want to give John a very HUGE THANKS for donating the future sale of his Smart Car to us, and if you want a brand new (used) car, or know someone who does, check out the listing on Craigslist and give John a call!


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We HeArt Bikes Art Show – April 19



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Biggest Little Commuter Program Launched

Garry Gainn hasn’t owned a personal vehicle in 25 years, and probably never will again. He prefers to travel by foot, bus and especially bike. Unfortunately, Gary was without his favored method of transportation until he became RBP’s newest participant in the Biggest Little Commuter Program (BLCP). BLCP connects those experiencing hard luck with a bicycle as a means of securing and accessing employment.

Biggest Little Commuter Program is the second incarnation of the “Gift Bike Program.” While RBP dispensed hundreds of bikes during the original program, BLCP promises to be new and improved.  High quality bikes are overhauled by RBP members during the new Bicycle Repair Class; ending up in the hands of folks like Gary. Participants are referred by established community partners and contribute a $30 match. Gary served America proudly and as a Veteran he was referred by Veteran’s Outreach. The new bike has already helped him in searching for a new apartment, “it’s good as any bike I’ve ever owned.” RBP will continue to build community with BLCP as bikes hold tremendous potential to lift those out of poverty and drive economic development. For more information about BLCP contact Matthew Cramer, BLCP Coordinator at matthew@renobikeproject.com, 503-577-8472.

Garry Gainn BLCP photo



Final smiles before Gary Gainn heads out on the first ride on his new Biggest Little Commuter bike


Mar 13 No Comments posted by

Logo Contest

Design an original logo for Reno Bike Project’s

Biggest Little Commuter Program!

This program will provide sustainable transportation in the form of bicycles to help improve accessibility to job sites and employment-related activities for disadvantaged individuals who are actively seeking self-improvement. Implemented alongside the Biggest Little Commuter Program is RBP’s Bicycle Repair Class. The Bicycle Repair Class teaches active members the skills to be more proficient in bicycle mechanics. All bicycles that are refurbished through the Bicycle Repair Class will be used for Biggest Little Commuters.

A Reno Bike Project Randonnuer Membership

This membership offers access to Dan’s/Ladies Night, unlimited use of our public workstations for one year, a Reno Bike Project t-shirt, 10% off new and used parts, and entry into RBP events and annual membership party.

• Submit entry by May 1st, 2014
• Must be an original design – no copywrited/borrowed materials
• No nude/graphic images depicted
• Logo must be representative of Reno Bike Project and the program
• Submissions can be in color or black and white
• Submissions can be created in any medium that allows for printing and digital reproduction
• Must be able to a sign release granting Reno Bike Project ownership of the logo

Submit entries to:
Or mail/drop them off at the Reno Bike Project shop:
541 East 4th St. Reno, NV 89512
Attn: RBP Logo Contest


Mar 5 No Comments posted by

Thank You to the Rotary Club and Edible Pedal!

Howdy folks,

Major Taylor Ride Club already looks promising for 2014.  As we prepare, we have been searching for a new instructor (SEE HERE), and we have been finalizing the details with Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and Kids Kottage, as well as with our new partner for 2014, Rainshadow Community Charter High School!  But as we get ready to have an amazing 2014 with Major Taylor, we’d like to take the time to recognize two partners that are contributing towards the program.

Reno Bike Project has been chosen as a beneficiary by Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise and Edible Pedal 100.  Their support will go a long way towards enabling us to bring Major Taylor Ride Club to Rainshadow Community Charter High School, Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, and Kids Kottage in 2014.

Thank you Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise for your support and Edible Pedal 100 for giving back to your community!

Noah (third from left) accepting an award from Rotary Club Reno Sunrise on behalf of the Reno Bike Project.

To learn more about Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise and Edible Pedal 100, click on their logo below to visit their website.

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