Yellow Bike Project

Program Updates:

3/3/2021

I Live Here, I give Here

Many Needs, Many Asks –
Please give what you can, $5, $10 or?? Help us continue to
– give 100’s of free bikes
– provide free workshops
– refurbish bikes for re-use
Every dollar will help others get essential transportation.
PLEASE GIVE NOW


“In Shop” Sales of Parts and Bikes Resumes March 6th. Saturdays: Noon to 6PM

WooHoo!!!
Saturday Sales resumes for the first time in almost a year. Our used parts inventory and refurbished bikes will be available for shopping with a required reservation. COVID protocol must be followed; ie. masks and physical distancing.
When: Saturdays noon-6PM starting March 6
Where: 1216 Webberville Rd


Donations: A Cornerstone of our Organization.

We thank you in advance, as it is your donations that provides the raw materials for our programs. Please remain at your vehicle, call 512-524-5299 for assistance. Open Tuesdays 2-6 PM.

Bill, Bonnie, and Alicia (with volunteer Susan)

Earlier this week, we were graced by three incredible Austin citizens. Target department store donated about 20 brand new bikes to them. They are active members of Reveal Resource Center of Austin, which is a non-profit primarily focused on food pantries and clothes closets serving low-to-moderate income families.
We are very touched by their generosity, and their recognition of YBP as a deserving recipient of their good fortune. We are proud to commend them, and Target for their hard work, commitment, and generosity.


Community Workshops (get help with your bike or learn mechanic skills on a YB bike)
More Workshop are now available!

Community (aka Open) workshops are by reservation only and fortunately, starting in January, these shop times have increased in numbers. Community workshops are offered every other Monday 6-9 PM, and now every Wednesday and Friday 6-10 PM. We still have 2 outdoor work stands in our front yard with some tools attached to them. If you want to help make more shop times available to people, you can volunteer toward becoming a shop coordinator The minimum commitment is 18hrs in a rolling 3-month period, and it can be some of the most gratifying volunteer work around. Reservations for the workshops are available now. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.


Volunteer Workshops – (learn the skills to refurbish and/or maintain a bike)

We are welcoming volunteers into our Community Bike Shop. We are decreasing the number of volunteers in each of our workshops due to the significant uptick in COVID infections in the Austin area.
WHO: Volunteers wanting to help YBP serve our cycling community.
WHAT: Volunteer workshops to refurbish bikes, organize parts, etc. 
(unlike Community Workshop, volunteers may not work on their own bikes or projects, but may receive credit towards completing tasks required for the Earn-A-Bike Program). Volunteers will learn all the skills to fully refurbish a bike.
WHEN: First and third and fifth Mondays, and second and Fourth Tuesdays 6-9 PM. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.
WHERE: YBP Shop at 1216 Webberville Road.

Luke adjusting a derailleur, and Erica overhauling a coaster brake hub.

Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Certain classes will be offered either over Zoom or in person to a small number of participants. March class is “Build Your Kid a Bike” Check availability and sign up here.


WTF at YBP

Women/Trans/Femme  workshop is on the schedule .  Come hang out! Come wrench with us! No experience necessary.

This workshop is run similarly to our Community Workshops but in a supportive, all Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) atmosphere.

WTF hours are open to anyone who identifies as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feels that their socialization or treatment as a woman, transperson, and/or femme has impeded their participation in bicycle mechanics.

(WTF language borrowed from the BICAS -Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage website)

Bring your own bike project (or see what we have!) and use our tools with W/T/F-identifying mechanics on hand to guide you and answer your questions.  Learn how to fix your bike, earn a bike through our Earn-a-Bike program or volunteer around the shop. Reserve your time here.


Earn-a-Bike is Reinstated

As we are now offering both Volunteer Shops and Open/Community Shops both phases of Earn-a-Bike can now be completed. Please review YBP’s Earn-a-Bike form. It explains the program and divides it into two supervised repair checklists: the first performed by E-a-B participants on any bikes YBP plans to donate; the second on the frameset participants earn on the first checklist. You may complete the first checklist at either Volunteer Shops or an Open Shops, And the second checklist at Open Shops.

The checklists are self-paced and because the pool of E-a-B framesets come from donations, YBP cannot guarantee that there will be 1) one you like or 2) one that fits you when you’re ready to choose one.


Bike Donation Programs

Kate picking up two bikes for her casework clients.

Volunteer Led efforts

A small team of volunteers continues to refurbishing bikes for our community partners, and schools. In the past 6 months, 62 bikes have left the shop to new riders in need of transportation to work, school, and errands. Our Volunteer Workshops is also providing support in these efforts. Thank you !!


Create-a-Commuter

As always, the first and most important part of our mission is to provide free bikes to those who would not otherwise have access. For the last fifteen months, ending in July, our Create-A-Commuter program has equipped 150 high-quality used bicycles with helmets, locks, lights, racks, panniers, and resources for safe urban cycling. Create-A-Commuter participants have come to us through twenty-one nonprofit organizations including Refugee Services of Texas, Caritas of Austin, Integral Care, Community First! Village, Foundation Communities. YBP’s work on this program has been completed under the partnership with the City of Austin.


5th Holiday Kids’ Bike Give-Away

An annual event that aims at delivering bikes to underprivileged children around the holidays. The bikes are handed out through Austin’s Yellow Bike Project’s partner organizations; among them: Caritas, Foundation Communities and Settlement Home for Children.

Last week, Austin’s Yellow Bike team, with the help of volunteers, put 148 kids bicycles into the hands of those who needed them the most. 

In the short term, the goal is to bring the joy of receiving the gift of a bicycle during the holiday season. The long term goal is to empower children through cycling and teach them an active healthy lifestyle and environmentally responsible means of transportation.

This year, in addition to the giveaways through the partner organizations, a number of bikes, with helmets and locks, were dedicated to WIC and SNAP recipients.

Bikes have the right to children!

Thanks for all the hard work, to Marcelina, the project planner and organizer! And thanks to everyone who contributed time and effort, building bikes, hosting work parties, delivering food and supplies, and so forth, to make this years giveaway a success.


Yellow Bike Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been working since 1997 to reuse bicycles and to provide tools, workspace, and guidance for all. To learn about all the different ways you can use the shop, click here!

We realize that YBP is many things to many people. For everyone eager to purchase a bicycle or replace your parts, get your hands on that one weird tool you need, or volunteer and learn mechanics all at the same time, we see you, and we hope we can serve you soon.

Love and solidarity,

YBP

Yellow Bike Project
1216 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78721
512-524-5299
austinyellowbike@gmail.com

YBP welcomes donation of money or goods from any person or institution with the condition that the YBP name or logo is not used for promotional uses. If approved by YBP, case by case exceptions may be granted.