San Francisco Yellow Bike Project
|Location||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Mission Statement||Getting more people on more bikes on the streets of San Francisco.|
San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is ... a volunteer powered community bike shop that transforms donated bicycles, parts, and other cycling resources into functional bikes for the SF Bay Area.
San Francisco Yellow Bike Project was inspired by Austin Yellow Bike Project, where SFYBP President Nathan Woody used to be a volunteer coordinator. While bike touring through Europe in 2010, Nathan read about San Francisco's goal of reaching 20% bicycle mode share by 2020, so he got to thinking about ways he could support that goal when he returned to San Francisco. It wasn't long before he connected the dots and realized that the Austin Yellow Bike model could also thrive in San Francisco, particularly in neighborhoods currently underserved by bicycle shops and resources.
San Francisco Yellow Bike Project was incorporated in 2011 and held its inaugural fundraiser/parts drive/dance party/launch, the Upcycle Ball, on February 4, 2012. While it waits for its 501(c)3 letter and searches for a permanent shop space, SFYBP has been holding mobile and pop-up shops around the city. Check the SFYBP web page for updates as SFYBP works toward getting its volunteer programs up and running.
San Francisco Yellow Bike Project administers a volunteer powered community bike shop that transforms donated bicycles, parts, and other cycling resources into functional bikes for the SF Bay Area. We use the following programs to get bikes into the community and onto the streets:
• Ready-to-Ride Bikes: Volunteers produce a fleet of refurbished bikes that members of the community may purchase by donation.
• Kids’ Bikes: Many of SFYBP’s donations are from parents with bikes that their children no longer can use. Volunteers collect, repair, and build fleets of these bikes that SFYBP then distributes to local classrooms and youth organizations.
• Yellow Bikes: Bikes and parts that are not used by our other programs, often diverted landfill items, are repurposed into free community bikes. They are built into simple machines that are painted yellow and released to the streets for anyone’s use.
• Earn-a-Bike: Volunteers earn the opportunity to build their own bike from parts in the shop by completing a volunteer program and achieving the required number of volunteer hours.
• Education Outreach: SFYBP will periodically host educational outreach events in the community, such as Bike Rodeos, in which volunteers will teach basic bike safety and urban cycling skills to youth organizations and classrooms.
• Reused & Recycled Parts: The SFYBP community shop is a warehouse of used and reusable parts available for a donation. Community members are welcome to come to the shop during business hours to get a hands-on bike maintenance tutorial by our volunteers. We also have a limited supply of new parts, such as inexpensive tires, tubes, chains, and brake/gear housing and inner wire. This program diverts salvageable bike parts from landfills into safe, rideable bikes. Unusable parts are then sorted for the appropriate recycling stream.
The volunteers who repair the bikes get a free education in mechanics, and the community gets more rideable bikes on the streets of San Francisco.