FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2021
Karen Castro, RTC, 702-676-1698 Office, CastroK@rtcsnv.com
Stephen Miller, Transit app, 617-440-4690 Office, email@example.com
Stephanie Forté, SNVBC, (702) 596-9866 Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer L. Sizemore, SNHD, (702) 759-1225 Office, Sizemore@snhd.org
RTC and partners celebrate National Bike Month with launch of innovative biking programs and safety campaign
First-of-its-kind bike share and transit pass bundle on Transit app, a new loyalty program, and more!
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LAS VEGAS – In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is teaming up with local and national partners to launch a bike share loyalty program, offer annual and reduced fare pass options, a safety campaign and a new multimodal app upgrade to encourage and promote cycling throughout Southern Nevada. For all RTC National Bike Month program information and fares, visit rtcsnv.com/bikemonth.
The RTC launched a first-of-its-kind combined mobility service via Transit app providing customers the opportunity to purchase transit and bike share passes with a single Transit account. This feature fully integrates both services in a single app allowing customers to purchase a transit pass and unlock a bike with just a few taps.
“We are proud to be the first transit agency in the United States to fully integrate both bike share and transit passes in a single app,” said MJ Maynard, RTC Chief Executive Officer. “Providing this additional multimodal option is just another way we are meeting our community’s evolving transportation needs.”
“This collaboration is the result of a public transit agency forging a new path for the future of transportation,” said Jake Sion, Chief Operating Officer at Transit. “Nevadans are getting mobility at the press of a button in Transit.”
By merging transit and bike share into a unified experience with Transit app, the RTC makes it easy and convenient for residents and visitors to experience Southern Nevada without driving. Customers can download the free Transit app, enter their payment information, and activate any transit or bike share pass instantly.
The RTC is also introducing new bike share pass options. In addition to the existing $5 daily and $15 monthly passes, a new annual pass for $125 is now available to riders. And thanks in part to grant funding from the Southern Nevada Health District, half price monthly and annual passes are available to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cardholders.
As a thank you to its devoted riders, the RTC launched a bike share loyalty program, Bikecentives, which provides complimentary limited edition cycling gear to riders each time they reach 50, 150, and 300 rides in a calendar year.
In addition to the new fare payment option and rewards program, the RTC continues its commitment to safety and has partnered with the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition (SNVBC) to promote its Ride Safe: Know Before You Go campaign throughout the month. The educational program identifies five critical points of gear and behavior for cyclists to keep top-of-mind: Protect Your Head, Be Visible, Choose Safe Routes, Be Predictable, Ride Defensively.
“Cyclists’ behavior and decision-making are integral to achieving a zero-collision goal. As we ask motorists to learn about cyclist behavior and consider our presence on the road, cyclists must be predictable and plan safe routes before riding,” said Rob Hutchinson, SNVBC’s president. “Ride Safe’s points need to be second nature for everyone riding a bicycle, new and seasoned cyclists, alike.”
The RTC will share more information about the campaign including safety tips and videos featuring cycling influencers throughout May across its social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
To learn more about RTC cycling efforts and initiatives, visit rtcsnv.com/bikemonth.
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, designated metropolitan planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of the Southern Nevada Strong comprehensive regional plan for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com and stay informed by subscribing to our blog