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There are a lot of used bikes out there that people wouldn’t buy even if they were fixed up. When something goes wrong with these low end (often Burner) bikes, they are typically destined for the landfill. By the same token, there are a lot of people who would benefit from having access to the most basic bicycles, as well as people who haven’t ridden in years but whose interest in cycling would be rekindled by finding a bicycle they wouldn’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for.

The Yellow Bike program is the bridge between these bikes and people. We take the bikes that ordinarily would be thrown out, salvage and refurbish what we can (and recycle or turn into art what we can’t), and build simple, functional bikes that we paint yellow. These bicycles are available for a suggested donation of $10. Use it for a day, for a year, or forever!

Yellow Bikes may be brought back to the shop for maintenance, and when they are no longer needed, donate them back to the Yellow Bike program!

Give us your tires, your wheels,
Your dusty Burners yearning to ride free,
The wretched refuse of your aluminums and steels.
Send these, the rusty, dumpster-tost bicis,
We lift our wrenches to make Yellow Bike deals!

Community bike shops — sometimes also called bike kitchens, bike collectives or bike cooperatives — are not-for-profit, volunteer-run organizations that offer such low-cost and free services as bicycle education, do-it-yourself bicycle repairs, and bicycle recycling, often with a special focus on serving youth, low-income and otherwise underserved communities. Most community bike shops rely on donations of bike equipment, tools and cash in order to provide these services.”

SFYBP’s focus is on developing a welcoming, accessible shop where volunteer power refurbishes donated bikes and parts into functional bikes for the Bay Area and for various special projects.

--SFYBP is entirely donation and grant supported. We have no membership fees--anybody can make use of the shop or volunteer.

--SFYBP is more than a Do-It-Yourself shop: our Volunteer Program focuses on salvaging and refurbishing donated bikes and parts for our various charitable and educational programs.

--SFYBP is seeking a permanent shop space on the west side of San Francisco. Our aim is to make cycling more accessible and practical for communities currently lacking in shops and other cycling resources.

Location

1131 Mission Street

Supporters All

Bridget
Luke Bornheimer
Danny Sauter
TEDx SoMa
Loic
Meli
Skylar Woodward
Sally Yee
Ilana Lipsett
Wayne Edfors
Matthew Philip McKenna
Jaki Levy
Tee Parham
Thomas Kohler
Dan
Tom K.

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Tom K.

It seems like we're still not getting it. Yellow Bike Project is proving that bike sharing doesn't need to cost this much.

"Bike sharing seems to be positioned as the solution for smart growth and urban development. But one major problem exists with these large-scale systems: the price tag.

D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare has required upwards of $13 million to build & install so far, and takes close to $1 million to operate annually. Each station in the system costs $50,000 to put on the ground, and you need at least 30 to make it worthwhile. Remember when SmartBike DC launched in 2008 with only 10 stations and it was barely used?"

www.huffingtonpost.com/allie-a...

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The Future of Bike Sharing

Bike sharing seems to be positioned as the solution for smart growth and urban development. But one major problem exists with these large-scale systems: the price tag. So if you are not a major metropolitan city with deep pockets, how do you get in on the bike share action?

www.huffingtonpost.com/allie-a...

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Tom K.
Tom K. proposed this resource for the Yellow Bike Library in Mid Market.

Although not quite 6th, you can actually check out bikes from the Yellow Bike Library at [ freespace ] near 7th and Mission until the end of the month.

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Support the Yellow Bike Library in Mid Market in San Francisco

There are a lot of used bikes out there that people wouldn’t buy even if they were fixed up. When something goes wrong with these low end (often Burner) bikes, they are typically destined for the landfill. By the same token, there are a lot of people who would benefit from having access to the most basic bicycles, as well as people who haven’t...

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Sally Yee
Sally Yee
Jun 20, 2013

Thanks, Tom! I've been keeping my eye on them :) Now that question is, who wants/has the patience to teach an adult (ahem, *me*) how to ride a bike ;)

Posted by Sally Yee on Jun 20, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 20, 2013

:-) www.sfbike.org/?edu3

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 20, 2013
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diane dohm

bike-sharing is coming to SF next year!
www.sfmta.com/cms/bshare/indxb...

Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 15, 2013

So one of the issues with the Bay Area Bike Share is cost, number of bicycles and speed of getting the operation up. I'm a big fan of Yellow Bike Library because it's already live, it's cheaper, and it's using resource that would end up in a landfill.

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 15, 2013
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