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.