From Our Editors
The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project proves that one person's trash can become another person's two-wheeled treasure. At the heart of the project are leaders who train volunteers in bike mechanics so they can upcycle salvaged and donated bicycles, parts, and resources to bring more safe, functional bikes to the Bay Area. By adding more bikes to the streets, the project hopes to make cycling more accessible to people who may not otherwise be able to afford a bike and create a larger community of people who travel using green modes of transportation. Volunteers also gain valuable bike-maintenance skills that may empower them to ride more frequently and increase the number of bike commuters. In addition to constructing refurbished bikes, volunteers can earn bikes by completing volunteer hours, resell the bikes to community members, and distribute small bikes to classrooms and youth organizations. The project also builds bikes from diverted landfill items, which are painted yellow and available for short-term rental for a small donation.
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