Yellow Bike donates bicycles to school and after school programs
Chris Riley (512) 658-2350
Purpose: Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.
Projects/Activities: Bike Austin’s efforts fall into three categories: Education, Advocacy, and Rides. Our advocacy programs include engaging in the Austin Council elections, supporting the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, and actively engaging in meetings in support of bike facilities. For the latest rides and education activities, see our Web site, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Meetings: Schedule varies.
Newsletters/Publications: E-newsletter under “Get Involved” section of Web site.
Volunteer Opportunities: Varies. See Web site.
Dues: $35 year/Advocate; $52 year/Buck-a-Week; $10 month/Supporter.
301 E. 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Robin Stallings (512) 476-7433
Purpose: BikeTexas is the statewide nonprofit organization that advances bicycle access, safety, and education at the local, state and federal level. We encourage and promote bicycling, increased safety, and improved conditions. We unite and inspire people and provide a cohesive voice for those who ride bikes in Texas. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2016!
Projects/Activities: “Safe Routes to School” Educational Materials – Distribute tens of thousands of educational booklets and bicycle lights per year to schools, police departments, and other community leaders.
Texas Bicycle Coalition Advocacy – Member-funded. Work with elected and other public officials on local, state, and federal levels (especially during Texas Legislative Sessions) on legislation and policy promoting bicycle safety.
Consultation with community leaders across Texas on advocacy and implementation of safe cycling and active transportation infrastructure, policies, and programming throughout the state.
“SafeCyclist Teacher Training Program” – Certified over 4,000 elementary school PE teachers and reached more than two million school children in Texas since 1998 to use 15-unit curriculum to teach children bike safety.
Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of opportunities are available, from fleet maintenance to public outreach to advocacy and education efforts.
Newsletters/Publications: Monthly e-newsletters available for members; updates posted on Web site and social media channels.
Dues: Levels vary. Donate on Web site.
Institute for Community MicroMobility
P.O. Box 5122
Austin, TX 78763
Susan Engelking (512) 413-7750
Facebook: Micromobility Institute
Purpose: The Institute is a mobility disruptor on a national scale. We advance a Vision Zero protected infrastructure for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and other small, low speed (<25 mph), low-emission modes like scooters and e-bicycles in coordination with active modes. Cities can shift 20+% of conventional car trips to safer, cheaper, healthier, and cleaner mobility. The infrastructure can be built with the crumbs of major transportation projects.
By 2026, Austin can cut carbon emissions by >500,000 metric tons/year. Austin can develop a $1 billion micromobility infrastructure without raising taxes.
Newsletters/Publications: Contact us for a free pdf download of Tiny Transit: Cut Carbon Emissions In Your City Before It’s Too Late (Morgan James Publishing, 2020) or to preorder Resilience: The New Livability Playbook for Mayors.
Projects/Activities: Register for our free live webinar. If you like it, apply for our new accelerator for city leaders. It’s a live, online course where you will learn alongside other innovation-minded cities. In weeks, you can develop a micromobility implementation start-up plan.
Volunteer Opportunities: Working social media; creating videos; writing and research.
See full story about MicroMobility on Environmental Directory Web site.
Yellow Bike Project
1216 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78721
Contact: (512) 524-5299
Purpose: Yellow Bike Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been working since 1997 to get more bikes on the streets of Austin by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group.
Projects/Activities: YBP hosts volunteer-run Community Workshops where visitors can fix up their own bike with our tools and help or learn bicycle mechanics while volunteering. During Retail Hours, we operate as a thrift store with a selection of refurbished bikes for sale and a warehouse full of inexpensive used parts. We donate fixed-up bikes to a variety of community organizations, school and after-school programs, and individuals in need. Along with our workshops, we offer formal classes periodically, and strive to reuse or recycle bikes and parts that are no longer serviceable.
Regular Meeting Dates: The YBP Volunteer Collective meets at the shop on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM, with time for public input at 8 PM.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are always welcome at our Community Workshops, and may participate in our Earn-A-Bike program or fulfill community service requirements, all while helping to keep the shop running and fixing up more bikes!
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