About a week ago, Parker from Grassroots Coffee came up to me and started explaining Austin’s Yellow Bike Project.

The Austin Yellow Bike Project (YBP) 501c(3) is an all-volunteer initiative to put bicycles on the streets of Austin and Central Texas by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group.

AustinYellowBike.org

It’s an awesome opportunity for novice cyclists and those without the finances to buy or repair a bicycle to empower themselves.  Volunteers teach visitors basic mechanic skills and the free-to-use bike shop is stuffed with used parts and sem-ridable bikes for purchase.

Even cooler, they take abandoned bicycles, fix them up and slap some sunshine yellow on it for a ride that is free to use by anybody around town.  These bikes are parked willy-nilly for anyone to use; nobody locks them up or steals them because nobody ones them! So awesome!

What are your thoughts regarding cycling in Thomasville?  Take our poll and lend us your ideas as we start to look at making the bike ride more of the norm in town. Poll ends October 14th!

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