The Issue: Benefits of Building with Upcycled Bike Parts
Sometimes adjusting breaks and attaching rivets can be about more than just building a bicycle. When people learn to fix their own bikes, they gain confidence and feel empowered to ride more often because they can maintain their bicycle. Additionally, using discarded parts to build bikes prevents those parts from ending up in landfills, encourages recycling, and results in putting more safe, functional bikes in the hands of people in the community who cannot afford bikes on their own.
The Campaign: Building a Trailer for a Mobile Bike Shop
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then San Francisco Yellow Bike Project can construct a bicycle trailer for its mobile bike shop. Each additional $10 donation will go toward enhancing the bike trailer. Using the mobile bike shop's trailer, cabinet, and tools, volunteer mechanics can travel around the city, building and fixing bikes to provide a more eco-friendly mode of transportation for the community. The trailer will contribute to the project's overall goal of “painting the city yellow,” which includes creating opportunities for mobile repair workshops and raising awareness about upcycling bike parts.
San Francisco Yellow Bike Project
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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