The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project (SFYBP) is a nonprofit, volunteer-powered community bike ship that transforms donations into rideable bicycles for the Bay Area and beyond. SFYBP operates community bike shops, teaches bike mechanics and maintenance, and celebrates cycling.
SFYBP 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 salvaged and built into simple machines that are painted yellow. Suggested donation, $10. Use it for a day, a year, or forever!
• 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.