RTC Bike Share is expanding to new downtown Las Vegas neighborhoods! After receiving partial funding from the Southern Nevada Health District, we have identified four potential areas for one to three new bike stations. Help us decide where the stations should be installed and you will be entered to win one of two $100 gift cards!
The proposed stations include: – Alta Drive, between Shadow Lane and Martin Luther King Boulevard – East Fremont Street, between Bruce Street and North 21st Street – Martin Luther King Boulevard, near Pinto Lane – South 13th Street, near East Clark Avenue and The Center Public
RTC Bike Share will be giving away a 3-day general admission pass to the Life is Beautiful music festival to be held in Downtown Las Vegas, September 17-19, 2021. Every new rider who signs up for an Explorer Pass at the RTC Bike Share tent at First Friday will be entered into the drawing for the 3-day general admission pass. The drawing will take place at 11:00 AM and the winner will be contacted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, via e-mail.
How to Enter: Stop by the RTC Bike Share tent near the food trucks during First Friday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM on September 3, 2021.
Eligibility: You must be a new rider (no current pass) and sign up for an Explorer pass during First Friday at the RTC Bike Share tent. One entry per person. You must be 16 years of age or older to become a bike share Passholder.
Current Passholders: Win a 3-day GA Life is Beautiful Pass
RTC Bike Share will be giving away a 3-day general admission pass to the Life is Beautiful music festival to be held in Downtown Las Vegas, September 17-19, 2021. Now through Monday, September 13, 2021, Passholders who post a photo from their Art Tour Route Guide trip and include #RTCBikeShare and @RTCSNV will be entered to win the 3-day general admission pass! The drawing will take place at 11:00 AM and the winner will be contacted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, via social media, and announced in our next newsletter.
How to Enter: Now through Monday, September 13, 2021, share a photo of you and your RTC Bike Share bike at one of the featured murals from our Art Tour Route Guide series. You may post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Be sure your profile is set to public, include #RTCBikeShare and tag @RTCSNV. Private profiles cannot be viewed and therefore not entered into the contest.
Eligibility: You must be an existing Passholder (Explorer or Downtowner) to enter. Pass status will be verified upon confirming the winner. Shared photos must be posts to count as an entry (sorry, stories will not be included) and Passholders may post to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Social media account must be public for post to be viewed and entered in the drawing. One post/entry per person. Posts will be counted from Friday, September 3, 2021, through Monday, September 13, 2021 to be entered into the drawing. Passholder status will be verified upon confirming the winner.
We’re getting close to September and we have another installment of Life is Beautiful art-inspired bike routes for you to explore! Take some time to ride down memory lane and view the art of previous years’ Life is Beautiful festivals by bike.
Dock at Fremont & 7th:
A short walk East, to the corner of Fremont and N 8th St will place you in front of a go-to Life is Beautiful backdrop created by local artist Eric Vozzola. While it’s not Eric’s first Life is Beautiful contribution, it has remained an 8th and Fremont staple since 2016. If elements of this piece seem familiar, you may have seen other Eric Vozzola murals around Las Vegas. Some current pieces include Window into the Multiverse along the west side of Area 15, Circa’s Garage Mahal murals, and Connecting Then and Now which can be found at the corner of Carson and 6th at the John E. Carson building.
Your curiosity may lead you to the fallen robot nearby, appearing to push itself back up. Mechan X is the second fallen robot of Tyler Fuqua Creations and was built for the 2018 Life is Beautiful festival. Mechan X won’t be down for long though, as this robot is only planned to be on display through the rest of this summer.
Dock at 7th & Carson:
If you find yourself wanting a snack along this tour, you’re in luck! Restaurant Row is located at this intersection and extends a few blocks down Carson. Don’t forget to be curious on your quest for a Downtown Las Vegas cuisine, as there’s art to be found! Another popular local artist’s work can be found on the north-facing wall of 7th & Carson restaurant. While not an official Life is Beautiful piece, Pretty Done‘s freestyle line work has become a DTLV staple.
Dock at Sahara & Las Vegas Blvd:
This one will require a little mixing of transportation methods, are you up for the challenge? Don’t worry, the Transit app makes navigating your multi-transit trips a breeze! Stepping outside of the Life is Beautiful footprint, we’re going to venture down the Strip. After you dock your bike at the Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard station, you’ll want to hop on The Deuce and make your way to Wynn Las Vegas. Head to the Wynn Plaza rotunda and you’ll be greeted by Smiling King Bear; a colorful, 16-foot tall sculpture by Spanish artist Okuda. Smiling King Bear along with the mural The Rest of the Three Graces (still viewable near 7th and Stewart!) were featured at Life is Beautiful 2017.
Summer is here and we’re rolling out some amazing rider discounts! If you are new to bike share, we would like to welcome you with a $5 Explorer Pass. Experience your first 30-days of bike share with promo code Explorer5. For our existing Explorer (and previous 30-day) Passholders, if you have been thinking about upgrading your pass, now is a great time! Take $30 off the Downtowner pass with promo code 30OFF.
Promo codes may be redeemed on the Transit app, Bcycle app, or bikeshare.rtcsnv.com. Additional fees apply for rides over 60 minutes. Promo codes are good through Friday, September 24, 2021. One promo code per rider.
Get those wheels spinning and ride into your best days of summer with RTC Bike Share!
We had such a great time painting bike frames during July’s First Friday! Members of the Downtown Las Vegas community (and beyond) contributed to the painting of three bike frames which will become part of our RTC Bike Share fleet. Didn’t get a chance to contribute? We will be returning to First Friday next month! We look forward to seeing more artwork being added to our bike frames during the next First Friday, on August 6th. Keep an eye out around Downtown Las Vegas to see your art on wheels!
Are you as excited about the return of festivals as we are? Can’t wait for September? Take some time to ride down memory lane and view the art of previous years’ Life is Beautiful festivals by bike!
Art Tour By Bike Route
Dock at Fremont & 10th:
After you dock your bike, look up to be greeted by some colorful creatures. This is the work of Kevin Lyons, looking to spread some cheer.
Looking west towards Fremont9 you’ll notice a group of larger than life butterflies appearing to flutter away. This is a mural by French artist sensation Mantra from Life is Beautiful 2019.
Walking towards Fergusons, you’ll notice shadowed letters above the entrance to Gather House. This is the work of Indian graffiti artist Daku paying homage to the building’s former life as a bookstore. Fun Fact: The quote is mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare but it is actually a slightly modified paraphrasing of the poem Time Is by American poet Henry Jackson van Dyke Jr.
Dock at Fremont & 7th:
After a short walk to the west you will notice one of artist Ernest Zacharevic‘s signature whimsical murals depicting two children playing on an infinity sign. Lithuanian-born, Ernest Zacharevic is an artist who combines fine art with creating art outdoors.
Dock at 1st & Ogden:
The Plaza is an iconic DTLV property but have you ever taken some time to admire the artwork strategically placed around the exterior? This is the work of Brooklyn based FAILE, a collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Growing up together in Arizona, USA during the 1970s, the two began working together in New York in the late 1990s.
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, and 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.”
Hey loyal riders, we see you! You bike to work, you bike for exercise, and you bike for community. To thank you for riding with us we have created Bikecentives, a new way to earn exclusive rewards simply by taking rides with your Explorer or Downtowner pass.
All Explorer and Downtowner Passholders will be eligible to earn limited-edition RTC Bike Share gear by reaching specific rider milestones. All rides will be counted throughout the calendar year. Passholders who have taken rides between January 2021 and April 2021 will have their rides counted retroactively. No need to fill out any forms, as long as you’ve had your Explorer pass (formerly 30-day pass) or purchased a new Downtowner pass and have kept your account active and in good standing for at least 60 days, you will be automatically enrolled!
Started back in 1956, the League of American Bicyclists created National Bike Month to spread awareness of the benefits of biking as well as promote safer conditions for riders. Now celebrated from coast to coast, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give biking a try. This year, RTC Bike Share is bringing our riders exciting updates as we spin into National Bike Month.
New passes, who ‘dis? We have officially updated our pass options to offer you daily, monthly, and yearly pass options. That’s right, you can now purchase your RTC Bike Share pass annually. In addition, our monthly and annual pass options now have reduced fare opportunities for EBT cardholders made possible in part by our partnership with Southern Nevada Health District! We didn’t stop at the pass structure; we went for a full makeover and updated our pass names too!
New passes bring new purchase options. The RTC is the first transit agency in the United States to fully integrate its bike share and public transit systems into a single account and app experience. This new offering, available in the Transit app, enables riders to plan a multimodal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps. Riders will still be able to purchase passes on the RTC Bike Share website or the BCycle App. Already using the Transit app? You can visit your closest RTC Bike Share station, open the app, and tap a bike share icon to get started.
Re:Think your commute and win prizes with Club Ride! Did you know you can get rewarded when you walk, carpool, motorcycle, bike, or ride the bus to work or college? Click HERE to sign up and start reporting your commute!
What is Club Ride? Club Ride is a FREE incentive program of the RTC designed to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in Clark County by encouraging: riding the bus, bicycling, motorcycling, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, and working compressed work weeks (4/10 schedule).