Free cycling clinics to be held at the RTC’s Bonneville Transit Center

The RTC will host several clinics in the next two months designed to teach cyclists about bicycle
maintenance and safety. The free clinics will take place at the bike center at the Bonneville
Transit Center in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings as
• Learn How to Ride on Two Wheels on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Drive Train on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Wheels and Brakes on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Saddle Choice on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• How to Change a Flat Tire on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For more information about a specific clinic, please call 676-1915
The RTC Bike Center is located inside the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) at 101 E. Bonneville
Ave., and is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Riders can catch one of 12
different bus routes at BTC, including the Westcliff Airport Express, Centennial Express, MAX,
Deuce and the Strip & Downtown Express. For more information, visit
New Nevada law makes bike riding safer – Drivers must leave 3-
feet when passing a bike on the road
Although most people are now familiar with the new Nevada law that bans using a cell phone
while driving unless they have a hands-free device, there is another new law that drivers also
need to heed while on the road.
As of Oct. 1, 2011, drivers passing someone riding a bicycle on the road must now give at least 3
feet of space between the car and the cyclist. As the cycling community in Southern Nevada continues to grow, entities like the RTC are
working to make riding your bike around town even safer. Drivers need to be vigilant and share
the road. And this new law offers cyclists even greater protection on the road.
Unlike the new cell phone law, there is no warning period with the 3-foot law. If drivers get too
close to a cyclist on the road, they can be pulled over and cited or fined.
Specifically, the law states that if there is more than one lane for traffic proceeding in the same
direction, drivers should move to the lane to the immediate left, if the lane is available and
moving into the lane is reasonably safe. Or, if there is only one lane for traffic proceeding in the
same direction, drivers should pass to the left of the bicycle or electric bike at a safe distance
that is not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle.
Bicyclists are reminded that they need to obey traffic laws as well, including staying in bike
lanes, stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and properly using arm signals when turning.
With this new law and increased vigilance, we can make our roads safer for all, drivers and
cyclists alike.
RTC to offer transit schedule information via text messaging
service, rideRTC
Whether you’re driving home or taking transit, the RTC can help you get up to the minute
information on your commute via text messages. The RTC has launched a new mobile SMS text
service, rideRTC, enabling transit riders to find out when the next transit vehicle is scheduled to
arrive at their stop by sending a text message to the RTC from their mobile phone.
“We continue to work towards making transit more convenient and accessible for riders in
Southern Nevada,” said Jacob Snow, general manager of the RTC. “With rideRTC, riders now
have the convenience of obtaining relevant schedule information right on their mobile phone.
Finding out when the next transit vehicle will arrive is simply a text message away.”
Snow added that riders will find that using rideRTC is easy. Simply send a text message to 41411
and type in the body of the text message rideRTC followed by a space, and then the bus stop
identification number that can be found on the shelter or on signage at the stop. For example,
riders would text ‘rideRTC 292’ to 41411. Within seconds, the rider will receive a reply text
message with the arrival times of the next three scheduled vehicles at that location.
With this new text messaging service, riders can obtain schedule information without having to
carry a hard copy of the RTC transit guide. Additionally, rideRTC will provide scheduled arrival
information for any transit stop in the valley, while the transit guide provides schedule
information only for certain timepoints along a route.
The RTC also provides alerts and information regarding traffic and incident reports on I-15, US
95 and the 215 Bruce Woodbury Beltway via RTC FAST Freeway Traffic Alerts sent by email or
text message. Commuters can sign up to receive both e-mail and text message alerts at the RTC’s website, Drivers are reminded to check
messages before they get behind the wheel to drive.
Standard text messaging rates apply for both rideRTC and the FAST text message alerts.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians, Bicyclists & Motorists
There have been a series of auto-pedestrian accidents over the last few months reminding us
just how dangerous our roads can be. Safety is a shared responsibility for all road users including
drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The following are some tips to improve road safety for
Pedestrian Safety Tips
• Always cross the street at a signalized intersection or at a marked crosswalk.
• Dress to be seen. Brightly-colored clothes and reflective material at night make it easier for
drivers to see you.
• Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road,
always walk facing traffic, so you can see oncoming cars.
• Do not assume drivers see you. Make eye contact.
• Stop at the curb or the edge of the road.
Bicycle Safety Tips
• Don’t ride against traffic. Ride with traffic, in the same direction Use the right lane and obey
traffic signals and stop signs.
• Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and
don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal your intention to turn, and pay attention to cars
and pedestrians.
• Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use front and rear lights, and make
eye contact with drivers.
Motorist Safety Tips
• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
• Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
• Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.
• Allow 3 feet of clearance when passing bicyclists.