Yellow Bike Project

Updated January 30, 2023


SHOP CLOSED DUE TO WINTER STORM: January 31 – February 2

We are closing the shop for the next few days: January 31 – February 2, 2023 to stay warm and we hope you stay warm and safe too!


WTF Workshop on January 30 canceled

Hey beautiful people! We are sorry to inform you that we are canceling tonight’s WTF Workshop due to a winter storm. Stay warm!


New education opportunities for 2023!

Starting on Sunday, January 22, and continuing on Sundays thereafter, we will offer a variety of classes to demystify the workings of your bicycle. 

These approximately 3 hour classes will delve into the various aspects of bicycle mechanics, in a combination of classroom and hands-on learning. 

Our instructor, Mr. Scott Menzies, joined Yellow Bike after spending 5 years creating a bicycle mechanic school in Anchorage, AK, Susitna Bicycle Institute, and holds every certification in bicycle mechanics available in North America. Join him and our other teachers for an experience we hope will empower you to take more control, and enjoyment, from your transportation.

We want bicycle mechanic education to be accessible to all, so we offer a sliding scale for individuals in a difficult financial situation, and a 100% rebate for people who have made a volunteer commitment to Yellow Bike.

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UPCOMING CLASSES

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SHIFTING SYSTEMS CLASS

January 22; 9AM – 3PM

DETAILS & TICKETS: bit.ly/shiftingsystems

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BICYCLE BRAKING SYSTEMS

January 29; 9am – 12pm

DETAILS & TICKETS: bit.ly/brakingsystems


New Year’s Day on the Veloway

Looking for inspiration for cycling new year’s resolutions? We may have some suggestions 😉. Start New Year’s Day on the Veloway and ride 100 miles to better the Austin cycling community! A lot of fun and a kind fundraising gesture from the Violet Crown to Yellow Bike with love! Details HERE. Happy New Year Y’ALL!


The shop will be closed between December 25, 2022 and January 2, 2023. See you on January 3, 2023!


111 bikes delivered to children during

Holiday Kids’ Bike Giveaway 2022!

This year our Holiday Kids’ Bike Giveaway brought bicycle joy to 111 children! The bikes were distributed at our location, at schools and through other community partners, like the Sun City Golf Club. We are very grateful for their help in delivering the bikes to kids and to anyone who made this wonderful event happen: our volunteers, staff members and sponsors: Trek Bicycle Austin, Guardian Bicycles and the Texas Auto Center. Big kudos everyone! The smiles, mixed with shock (of getting the first bike, in some cases) on these cute little faces say it all😊.

PS Special thanks to Deborah Barak – Documentary Family Photography for pictures!


KUDOS FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT RIDE!

A truly special photoshoot ride with a great turnout organized and led by our wonderful partner Ride Bikes Austin! We feel grateful, loved and inspired to continue supporting Austin community with free and affordable bikes, bike mechanic education and a welcoming space filled with bikes, parts and tools that is open to all!

Big kudos to: Ride Bikes Austin; the photographer Deborah Barak – Documentary Family Photography; Pavielle Babai-Pirouz from @pedicabatx who kept Deborah moving and safe on the pedicab; Blue Owl Brewing for delicious beverages; and last, but not least – to all participants with whom we shared those lovely (despite the cold) moments captured in Deborah’s photography😊!

PS The photos from the photoshoot will be used in our new secret Yellow Bike’s “project”… Look out for special announcements around spring😉.


PHOTOSHOOT & RIDE WITH RIDE BIKES AUSTIN

A beautiful gift from our beloved Ride Bikes Austin who will lead the Sunday PHOTOSHOOT & RIDE for our organization! The goal of the photoshoot is to capture Yellow Bike’s story through the many different faces of people (on bikes 😍) we have been serving for the last 25 years. More info about this ‘secret project’ will be revealed in coming months, as part of our 26th anniversary celebrations… Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, join us this Sunday, December 18 for this lovely photoshoot opportunity. Meeting point: 1:30 PM | @ Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center. Details about the ride/event HERE.

Special thanks to Ride Bikes Austinthe photographer Deborah Barak who will follow us on a pedicab on Sunday to get the best shots and to Pavielle Babai-Pirouz from @pedicabatx who will keep Deborah moving and safe on the pedicab. And last, but not least – big kudos to the Blue Owl Brewing for providing beverages for the participants (non-alcoholic beverages will be also available)!


HOLIDAY KIDS’ BIKE GIVEAWAY 2022

An annual event that aims at delivering bikes to children from underserved areas of Austin around the holidays. 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.

New reservations to receive a free bike for your child ages 5 to 9 years old
have opened for December 17th.
Make Your Reservation Here

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GET INVOLVED!

This event relies solely on the work of volunteers and donations. Any cash donations will help Austin’s Yellow Bike Project to buy more helmets to accompany the bikes that will be given away. Should you be willing to support the cause, send checks to: 1216 Webberville Rd, Austin TX 78721 or donate via Austin’s Yellow Bike Project website at: www.austinyellowbike.org.


37th STREET LIGHTS RIDE


Tickets for the Bike Maintenance 101 on November 27, 2022 available HERE; for the Community Workshop on November 28, 2022 please register HERE.


SHOP CLOSED: NOVEMBER 10

WE ARE CLOSED FOR SHOPPING & DONATIONS ON NOVEMBER 10, 2022. Come back tomorrow!


THANK Y’ALL!

Fot. Zilker Brewing Co.

The strength of Austin’s Yellow Bike Project is in the support we receive from our community. Last Saturday we felt enormous support from everyone who took part in the bike & brew Yellow Bike Project Social Ride and everyone who made that event happen! Kudos to Zilker Brewing Company for creating a special edition of Yellow Bike beer and for taking care of the logistics of the fundraising event for our organization! Also special thanks to our regalar partner – Ride Bikes Austin and all their volunteers – the leaders and the safety keepers of the Saturday fundraising ride! Lots of love to Easy Rider Pedicab & DOB Pedicab ATX for showing up and providing more riding options to the participants. And last, but not least – big thanks to The Front Page Cafe, Kinda Tropical & La Holly for hosting stops along the route and for continuing to carry #yellowbikepale!

All the proceeds from the event will help us continue doing what we love the most – providing free and affordable bikes to all and creating more educational programs. Thank y’all!


ZILKER BREWING CO. & YELLOW BIKE PROJECT: bike & brew

Join the Zilker Brewing Co. and Yellow Bike Project teams on a Saturday Social Ride to raise funds for Austin’s favorite non-profit bicycle recycling program and education facility. Our rides kicks off at Yellow Bike Project with a morning jolt from our friends at Spokesman Coffee Roasters and light breakfast snack.

Our beloved partner Ride Bikes Austin leads a ride from Yellow Bike Project to Zilker brewery. Please follow all the safety instructions!

Wheels down at 10:50am as we head to our first stop, The Front Page, for a quick cold beer then it’s off to Kinda Tropical for another round and some more snacks. Once everyone has gotten their fix, we’ll head to La Holly and then Easy Tiger. Finally, we’ll end the ride at Zilker Brewing Co. for one more cold pint. 

🚴🏿‍♀️ 10am – Kick Off at Yellow Bike Project (1216 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78721)

🚴🏿‍♀️ 10:50am – Wheels Down; 1st Stop: The Front Page (1023 Springdale Road Bldg 1 Suite F)

🚴🏿‍♀️ 2nd Stop: FOOD STOP Kinda Tropical – (3501 E 7th St)

🚴🏿‍♀️ 3rd Stop: La Holly – (2500 E 6th S)

🚴🏿‍♀️ Final Stop: Zilker Brewing Co. (1701 E 6th St)

At our last stop, join us as we party it down with DJ Arlin and stick around for our raffle winners!


THANK Y’ALL!

Latino Heritage Bike Ride: Día de los Muertos edition with Yellow Bike Project

We are so grateful to our partner in crime – Austin Latino Heritage Bike Ride (LHBR) and everyone who made the “LHBR: Día de los Muertos edition with Yellow Bike Project” happen: MetroBike Austin & CapMetro, Dear Diary Coffee, Ride Bikes Austin, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexicarte & Team Snacks Cycling! Also, big kudos to all participants who joined our event with an open heart and mind to learn, explore and connect. It was a truly bonding, educational and fun experience! We love y’all!


Latino Heritage Bike Ride: Día de los Muertos edition with Yellow Bike Project

Join the Latino Heritage Bike Ride (LHBR) and Yellow Bike Project (YBP) to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, estilo bici! In this LHBR edition, participants will pay tribute to loved ones’ past, as well as Austin Community Members that have worked to uplift the community.

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Register for the ride HERE.

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COSTUMES & FACE PAINT ENCOURAGED!

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MEETING POINT: DEAR DIARY

09:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Introduction to DIA LOS MUERTOS by Berenice Ramirez Campos (LHBR) while enjoying cookies made by Amalia Litsa from Dear Diary and pan de muerto – a traditional DIA LOS MUERTOS bread.

BIKE RIDE TO MACC

09:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Bicycle ride from Dear Diary to the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). 

COMMUNITY OFRENDA WORKSHOP AT MACC

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Join the LHBR Community Altar presentation and learn about the vibrant history of the celebration. Bring a photo (or a copy of a photo) of a loved one who passed away and add it to our community ofrenda at MACC to celebrate the lives and the memory of those who are no longer with us. 

A BIKE RIDE TO THE VIVA LA VIDA PARADE

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

A ride to merge into the annual Méxic-Arte Viva La Vida parade downtown! All participants in the parade will get the opportunity to represent our comunidad, estilo bici! 

MERGING WITH THE VIVA LA VIDA PARADE

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Family is definitely central in the Latino community and we want you and yours to join ours! Research sites “bonding with family” as the number one reason to bike in communities of color. We invite both individual and family cyclists to ride with us in the parade! The parade will gather on 6th street between I-35 Southbound Frontage Road and Red River street, and travel west on 6th street to the festival location at 4th and Congress.Parade Route: Viva la Vida 2022 Parade – Mexic-Arte Museum.

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METRO BIKES: FREE PASSES

If you don’t have a bike and would like to join us for the ride, our beloved sponsor: METRO BIKE AUSTIN has offered a limited number of free passes valid on the day of our ride. Register for the ride HERE: bit.ly/3TKyUMq and we will provide you with the METRO BIKE free pass soon. First come, first served.

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WHAT INSPIRED US TO ORGANIZE THE RIDE

“What’s so cool about estilo bici?” you ask 🙂 It is predicted that the Latino community is one with the highest preference for social biking out of other ethnic groups. Last month, our community managed a 10 mile cycling tour with the 1st annual Austin Latino Heritage Bike Ride (LHBR). Now, we’re excited to transition into Día de Los Muertos to continue raising awareness on Austin’s Latino Heritage AND promote a healthy lifestyle through this sustainable transportation method! 

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ABOUT ORGANIZERS

Latino Heritage Bike Ride (LHBR) 

A grassroot and female led initiative that aims at preserving Latino Heritage through community bike ride events. Follow us: @austinlatinoheritagebikeride.

Yellow Bike Project (YBP)

Austin’s bicycle recycling and education facility, empowering cyclists for over 25 years. Follow us: @austinyellowbike.

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PARTNERS & SPONSORS

We would like to thank our beloved partners and sponsors: METRO BIKE AUSTIN & CAP METRO; DEAR DIARY COFFEE, MACC, MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM & TEAM SNACKS! 



RIDE & THRIVE: COMPLETED!

Thank you Latino Outdoors & Tough Cutie Brand for a beautiful collaboration that led to the first edition of the “RIDE & THRIVE”: an introduction to mountain biking for BIPOC women! This event would not be possible without the sponsor CapMetro and without the leadership from Team Snacks Cycling and the community support from Cycleast & Dear Diary Coffee. Also big thanks to Ride Bikes Austin & Critical Mass Austin for helping to spread the word about the event and to REI for flexibility and amazing customer care! And last, but not least, big kudos to all the participants! What a wonderful group! We love y’all!


RIDE & THRIVE

Ride and Thrive is a mountain biking adventure ride catering to BIPOC women and teenage girls from underserved areas of Austin. Selected participants will learn how to patch a tube and receive a free mountain bike and assorted biking apparel. Mother-daughter duos are encouraged, but not required.

WHEN:

Sunday, July 10, 2022; 9 AM – 2 PM 

WHERE:

The route begins at YBP located at 1216 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 

SCHEDULE:

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Patch/Change a Tube workshop at YBP. After the workshop, each participant will receive 

a patch-a-tube kit.

10 30 AM – 11:30 AM

Brunch with organizers and partners at the Yellow Bike Project.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Departure from the YBP and first half of the beginner mountain biking trail.

12:30 PM – 2 PM

Break for picnic and light swim; second half of the bike ride and return to the YBP.

Participants receive their goody bags upon returning to YBP.

APPLY:

The event is open to BIPOC women of color in the Austin area. Interested parties can apply HERE. Lucky mountain bike owners and participants of the ride will be selected by July 1, 2022.

ORGANIZERS:

Yellow Bike Project; Latino Outdoors; Tough Cutie

Special thanks to Capital Metro for helping us make this event happen!


RIDE TO THE FUTURE

It was tough, but we made it to the finals! Thank you Impact Austin for this wonderful opportunity! Your grant will help us kick off “RIDE TO THE FUTURE”, a new youth work training program. All that would not be possible without our wonderful long-term partner – Communities In Schools of Central Texas – who supported us during a long and difficult application process and with whom we will be implementing “RIDE TO THE FUTURE” in 2023. More about that soon; stay tuned! Also, kudos to our fellow finalists: Explore Austin, Austin Soundwaves and The Dream Come True Foundation Austin! Thank you all for your wonderful work for the Austin community!

Impact Austin is a local charity comprised of women seeking to transform lives in the Greater Austin area through high-impact and lifelong giving. Its only membership requirements are to be female and donate $1,250 each year. Impact Austin combines the annual donations from members and awards large grants each year to local worthy causes selected by its members. Since 2003, Impact Austin has donated more than $7 million to worthy Austin-area nonprofit organizations.


YBP Best of Austin 2022

Austin’s Yellow Bike Project has been announced a Winner in The Austin Chronicle’s 2022 “Best of Austin” Readers Poll/Critics Picks: Category: Services. We would like to thank The Austin Chronicle for the nomination and all their readers (who happen to be our clients too) for voting for us! Your support means a lot and inspires us to continue doing what we love doing the most – sharing bicycles and bicycle knowledge with y’all! Bicycles to the people! Happy Bike Month!


YBP TURNS 25!


BIKES ACROSS BORDERS 2022

Poster by Marcelina Gray & Brett Lehrman

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Annual migration of enthusiasts on bicycles to México to deepen relationships of solidarity and to donate bikes to people with little or no access to means of transportation.

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TIMEFRAME OF THE TRIP

May 19: DEPARTURE: AUSTIN, TEXAS

June 3: ARRIVAL: MONTERREY, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO 

June 4: EVENT w/ PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: MONTERREY

June 5: OFFICIAL END OF THE TRIP: MONTERREY (RETURN OPTIONS TO TEXAS: BUS OR PLANE)

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JOIN THE RIDE

Ride the donation bikes from Austin, TX, USA to Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. (May 19th – June 5th). The bikes will be donated to indigenous communities in the metropolitan area of Monterrey and distributed by a local community leader: Ricardo Morales. Interested in taking part in the ride? Sign up through the google form.

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ROUTE

The ride starts in Austin, Texas, USA and ends in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. THIS is a general route. Keep in mind that small adjustments may be made prior to the departure. Flexible timeframe options for doing shorter fragments of the trip.

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FIX THE DONATION BIKE AT YELLOW BIKE PROJECT

Fix your “Bikes Across Borders” bike at Yellow Bike Project. Visit: austinyellowbike.org/schedule for schedule (look for workshops marked as “BxB welcomed”).


Program Updates:

Women/Trans/Femme Workshops are offered on first and third Monday of each month (6 – 9 PM).

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.


Shop Hours:
Shopping or Donating bikes and Parts

No reservations required.

Hours & days: 
Tuesday:12 – 5 PM; 
Wednesday 2 – 5  PM;
Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 5 PM;
Sunday – Monday: Closed

Also checkout our online sales through Ebay Charity


Bike Maintenance 101

Learn basic bike maintenance with Yellow Bike Project volunteer mechanics! We will discuss maintaining tires, tubes, brakes, cables, bearings, and drivetrains to help ensure safe and pleasant rides.

We will wear masks and observe social distancing.

Tickets available HERE.

Please note that this is not a repair class. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes, but we will not have time to repair them.


Community Workshops
(get help with your bike or learn mechanic skills on a YB bike)

Community workshops are offered throughout the month. Please check the schedule (click on “schedule” in the top left corner of our website) to see exactly when workshops are offered. 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!


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

We are welcoming volunteers into our Community Bike Shop.
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 can learn all the skills to fully refurbish a bike.
WHEN: Second and forth Tuesdays, 6-9 PM. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.
WHERE: YBP Shop at 1216 Webberville Road.


Earn-a-Bike

Please ask a Workshop Coordinator for an Earn-a-Bike Form when you are ready to get started! It explains the program and divides it into two supervised repair checklists: the first performed by E-a-B participants on bikes YBP plans to donate; the second on the bike you will earn by completing 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 bikes 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, but we get new donated bikes every day!


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.

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.

A small team of volunteers continues to refurbishing bikes for our community partners, and schools. In the past 8 months, 102 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 !!


More bikes to people in need

thanks to the Energy Foundation grant and our partners:

PUMA, PODER, GAVA & GHISALLO!

One of our recently accomplished donation programs is a result of a collaboration between multiple agencies and organisations, connected together through a grant from The Energy Foundation. Within this project, YBP picked up and refurbished bikes, then donated them to people in need of transportation. Bikes came from the Capital Metro Lost and Found. Local advocacy organisations PUMA, PODER, and GAVA found recipients in need of a bike. Lights, locks, and helmets were also included with each bike. To help clients become a long lasting cyclists, Ghisallo Foundation will provide safety and maintenance training. We hope to form lasting relationships with all these partners in the hope of getting many more people on bikes! As always, the first and most important part of our mission is to provide free bikes to those who would not otherwise have access.


BIKES HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN!

Over 100 bicycles have been distributed to kids from underserved communities together through our partner organisations and during our Sunday Spring Kids’ Bike Giveaway. Big thank you to all mechanics who supported us in the last few moths to put those bikes together. We would also like to thank all our donors, thanks to which, we managed to equip the bikes with helmets. We would like to express big gratitude to all of you and each one of you who helped us make this event happen. Bikes have the right to children!


I Live Here, I give Here

Many Needs, Many Asks – Many Answered
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters. It is with heartfelt thanks that we receive your donation so we may continue to offer free bikes to our communities in need, free bikes for kids to experience joy and freedom, and free workshops.
THANK YOU !


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.