Yellow Bike Project

Updated July 13, 2022

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.