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.
Noah Silverman and Kyle Kozar founded Reno Bike Project (RBP) in October 2006 with the mission of getting people onto bicycles. Then 26-year-old Silverman and 23-year-old Kozar amassed a large group of volunteers in their mid-to-late twenties to solicit donated bicycles to be fixed up and made 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 awareness of bicycle use. Responding to the enthusiasm for alternative transportation, a small shop was set up in a basement for volunteers to congregate and repair bicycles. Over time, RBP continued to solidify, growing its volunteer base, increasing bike donations, incorporating with the State of Nevada, finding fiscal sponsorship, and continuing in its grassroots community outreach campaign.
Throughout the subsequent four years Reno Bike Project moved into several different locations in an effort to find the perfect shop headquarters. RBP’s current and permanent home is at 216 E. Grove St., open to the public 38-50 hours a week. We have gained non-profit 501(c)(3) status and diversified our funding resources which allowed for growth in our advocacy, education and philanthropic efforts. RBP hosts many annual events promoting cycling and cycling culture which include community rides, the We HeArt Bikes Art Show, Bike Week Pancake Feed, an annual Bike Swap, and provides a Bike Valet at various public events.
Since our inception in 2006, 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 1,250 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 2,000 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.