It was a pleasure to read Lee Nichols' article "Yellow Bike Project Rolls Into New Home
" [News, April 30]. Recently, I attended the bike forum at the new Yellow Bike headquarters at 1216 Webberville Rd. This forum was free, thanks to local sponsors, and proved to be highly educational and fun. Best of all, it was an opportunity to collaborate with people from all walks of life and brainstorm ways to improve bicycle advocacy campaigns, educational outreach, infrastructure, and other related topics of importance. The YBP headquarters was buzzing with great conversations all day!
Indeed, much can be achieved by bringing together concerned citizens, city staff, cycling advocates, and public officials who all have a common purpose and an open mind. The key is having a place and purpose of coming together.
Austin is lucky to have people who are committed to service-oriented organizations like Yellow Bike. We should do everything in our power to create and preserve community spaces like this, including the Rhizome Collective's Grove Field and the Workers Defense Projects' 5604 Manor. These places build community, foster educational growth, and improve our city in countless ways.