From Austin Chronicle on 4/30/10
By Lee Nichols
Yellow Bike Project Rolls into New Home
The yellow bikes are back.
Actually, to be more accurate, the Yellow Bike Project is back, after a two-year semihiatus that rendered the organization almost nonexistent. Yesterday (Wednesday), the YBP held a ribbon-cutting at its new headquarters (1216 Webberville Rd.), and on Saturday, May 1, 4-8pm, the public is invited to a grand opening celebration to show off the facility that will house its rebirth.
You might remember Yellow Bike – in its original incarnation, the nonprofit collective patched up old bikes, painted them yellow, and left them unattended around the city in utopian hopes of creating a fleet of community bicycles unchained on the streets, for anyone to use. YBP still lets loose yellow bikes, but its mission emphasis has shifted more toward bicyclist education and empowerment, offering the public a place to learn about bike maintenance and repair as well as safe riding practices.
For 10 years, the nonhierarchical collective operated out of a city-owned warehouse on East 51st Street, but in 2007, the incoming Mueller redevelopment project forced them out. The organization's existence was seriously jeopardized, but YBP volunteer and treasurer Jennifer Schaffer said then-City Manager Toby Futrell came to the rescue.
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