RBP has been operating for 12 years. Our community bike shop is a hub of cycling and DIY culture. In 2018 customers spent over 2,000 hours in our public workstations learning from our mechanic educators, repairing their bicycles and building recycled bicycles. Our volunteers logged over 2,060 hours. We sold 7,950 used parts recycled from old bikes, and 2,175 refurbished bicycles; and our service department performed 1,968 repairs. “Gratis days” and “Gratis mornings,” offered every Second Saturday and Wednesday mornings weekly, boost the accessibility of our shop and services by offering public workstations, tools, and mechanical education at no cost.
RBP also has a history of successful programs. We currently host a weekly after-hours workshop for women, which has been running continuously for 7 years and creates a welcoming, judgment-free environment for one-on-one bicycle repair assistance. Our Membership Program gives supporters a way to vote for bikes with their wallet and access sweet perks. We have hosted four 9-week Bicycle Repair Class (BRC) sessions per year since 2014. The BRC provides members with a well-rounded introduction to bike mechanics. The class serves two goals: it bolsters our Volunteer Program with trained individuals possessing a good knowledge of the shop; and it refurbishes bicycles for the Biggest Little Commuter Program (BLCP). The BLCP was established in 2013 to address the unique transportation challenges faced by low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. The program provides eligible participants with high-quality commuter bicycles in order to fulfill unmet transportation needs. In addition, our Major Taylor Program has provided cycling education for teenagers in and out of Washoe County schools since 2013, using cycling as a tool to teach youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, on-road safety, and environmental benefits of bikes. Finally, our FutureCycle Program uses RBP as a setting to teach at-risk youth the basic skills needed for a lifetime of employment. Its purpose is to equip youth who face barriers to success with skills and experience that will make them desirable employees in a bike shop or other specialty retail settings, and kick start their careers.