Webberville Shop is Now Open!
After years of negotiations, fundraising, planning and hard work, the permanent location of the YBP community bike shop officially opened on May 1, 2010. Thanks to everyone who made this a reality.
About the site
The site is 3/4 of an acre at the intersections of 12th Street, Webberville Road and Springdale Road next to Simms Elementary. All three roads have major bike lanes, which we took to be a sign. Since we were fortunate enough to have such a large plot of land included in our lease from the City, we installed an organic community garden behind the shop, which is irrigated by 10,000 gallons of rainwater collected off the YBP shop roof.
About the building
We constructed a 3000 sq ft. warehouse much like our old facility on 51st street. With the generous support of several volunteer architects we have designed the space to be as comfortable as possible using passive heating/cooling and day-lighting techniques.
Yellow Bike raised $200,000 in donations for the construction of its permanent headquarters, and used a micro-loan program to raise the remaining construction costs. We asked supporters of YBP’s mission and who had some cash in the bank to loan it out to YBP and literally build community in the form of the new YBP headquarters. The terms were to repay the loan within 5 years, and give a better deal than you can get in your savings account at the bank at 3% interest. We thought it would be a way to put your money to a good use, then get it back – plus interest! We raised 100k through microloans for the project and will pay them back over the course of the next 5 years. For more details visit our Microloan page.
Thanks to our generous supporters
Yellow Bike volunteers, The City of Austin, Mike McHone, Urban Design Group, Andrew W. Clements, S&G Contractors, Tank Town, Iona Bruckner, Mike Cronomiz.