“Leave this world a little better than you found it.”
We started Yuba Bicycles with the vision of making the world a better place, a world where we could raise our kids. Yuba Bicycles believes that by changing our transit habits, getting fit, getting outside, having fun and creating new economic opportunities, we create a better world. Wouldn’t you agree?
By expanding what is possible to do by bike—from trips to the farmers market, to moving house, to commuting with kids and grabbing groceries after work—you can eliminate your dependence on oil and reduce your carbon footprint. Every mile you ride—instead of drive—is one fewer pound of carbon released into the atmosphere. Personal vehicle trips consume 140 billion gallons of gasoline for transportation fuel each year. This releases 2.8 trillion pounds of carbon into the atmosphere.* Almost 50% of personal car trips in the United States are three miles or less, a quarter of trips are 1 mile or less. *According to American Energy Independence
Living an active lifestyle has been proven to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, as well as increase mood and self-esteem. You and your family can have a higher quality of life simply by getting a little more exercise on your bike.
Whether you’re a road warrior, someone who wants to lead a no-car lifestyle, or stay fit, Yuba Bicycles simultaneously allows you meet your physical wellness and transportation goals. According to the CDC, cyclists live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% less days off work on average. Tempting, isn’t it?
Join the New Economy
Riding a Yuba bicycle for most or all of your car trips can drastically reduce or eliminate a whole host of expenses. Your car is expensive. Car ownership eats up 15% of the average American household expenditures, approximately the same amount as is spent on healthcare and food combined.* If transitioning from a auto-centric to cargo-bike centric lifestyle meant you could free up 15% of your income, what will you spend the extra money on—credit card debt, student loans, mortgage? Why now, are you driving everywhere?
The Great Outdoors
Connect with nature; exercise longer; smile bigger. Do you need a reason to get on your bike? Cyclists pass lightly through the neighborhoods—taking up 1/10th the parking space of a car and causing significantly less damage to roads. Communities with fewer and slower cars have higher rates of neighbor interaction and friendliness, are safer from crime and have higher rates of community connection.
In our culture, bicycles mean freedom. We can all remember the feeling of the wind in our faces the first day that we rode without training wheels. Utility bikes are about experiencing that much fun and freedom everyday. Spontaneous picnic at the park? No problem. Pick up your child and a friend for a play date after school? No sweat.
The distinction between the Yuba Mundo and other utility bikes is that it is more fun. It’s stiff frame is the ultimate in maneuverability and control, meaning you can manage heavier loads and relax while riding with your kids. The long-tail frame makes finding a bike parking spot a breeze, not to mention that it’s much faster rolling than trailer or bucket options.
We are very pleased to connect with and support non-profits that share our vision for the future.
Our Vision: Every community benefits from the fun, practicality and efficiency of biking and walking. In 2020, one-third of all trips in North America will be made by bicycling and walking for all reasons ranging from personal health and environmental sustainability, to economic necessity and moral responsibility. The Alliance has created, strengthened and empowered effective and sustainable bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations in every state, province and major city in North America. These organizations are highly respected by the public, media and policy makers. Their efforts in their communities and their united strength at the national level have transformed communities to places where it is easy, safe, desirable and common for all people to bike and walk. Alliance leaders and organizations in our movement are diverse, are intentional about engaging their diverse populations in mainstreaming bicycling and walking as an option for all, and have engaged in partnerships with other organizations, agencies, disciplines, and allies to expand the number of people biking and walking in their communities.
East Bay Bike Coalition
East Bay Bicycle Coalition works for safe, convenient and enjoyable bicycling for all people in the East Bay.
Bicycling in the East Bay is routine, appealing and safe for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. The entire East Bay is easily accessible by bicycle on a robust and seamless transportation system. The East Bay is filled with people biking and walking on vibrant streets, which are the center of our rich and diverse communities.
Marin County Bike Coalition
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) has been steadily improving our county’s road and multiuse pathway facilities for cyclists and pedestrians since we formed in 1998.
You’ve seen the impact of our advocacy efforts in each of our towns: bike parking facilities, miles of new bike lanes, a nearly completed bike routes system that is signed, several separated multiuse pathways road repairs and resurfacing, share the road “sharrow’’ road stencils, and much more.
More recently, you’ve seen the positive impact of our Off-Road Program’s efforts, including the beautiful new 680 Trail linking two County open space preserves, improved trail access on State Parks and GGNRA lands, volunteer trail work days and much more.
Our goal is for 20% of all trips in Marin to be made by bicycling or walking by 2020. You can help – join MCBC today!
- MCBC’s work improves our quality of life in many ways:
- increased opportunities for daily physical activity and a connection with the outdoors and nature
- teaching your children to be skilled and safe bike riders
- reduced road congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption
- transportation equity for our low-income neighbors
Formed in summer 2006 with initial seed funding from the Hub of Petaluma Foundation, Petaluma Bounty is a community-based nonprofit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors.
Our core programs include: a network of Community Gardensthroughout Petaluma to increase food self-sufficiency and strengthen community; Bounty Hunters –a community food gleaning program that collects fresh, surplus food from backyard gardens, farms and businesses and distributes it to food pantries and senior centers; the Bounty Farm– an educational urban farm growing sustainably farmed food for the community and teaching sustainable agriculture to students, interns and the general public; the Bounty Box Food Club–weekly boxes of organic fruits and vegetables sold at wholesale prices to low-income families (with retail Boxes also available); and, Backyard Bounty–our newest program, that will build your new Victory Garden or expand your existing garden, with pre-built garden boxes and containers, or a custom designed “permaculture” inspired food forest.
Rivers for Change
Rivers for Change is a 501c3 not-for-profit, founded in the Fall of 2011. Our mission is to engage, collaborate, and promote conservation through Source to Sea Adventures. We work to connect people to people, people to rivers, and rivers to rivers through campaigns like the 12 Rivers in 2012 project andthe California 100, an ultra marathon paddle race. We marry adventure and conservation within a Source to Sea holistic view of river systems.
Safe Routes to Schools
The first modern Safe Routes to School program in the U.S. began in 1997 in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1998, Congress funded two pilot SRTS programs through the US DOT. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued $50,000 each for Safe Routes to School pilot programs in Marin County, California and Arlington, Massachusetts. Within a year after the launch of the pilot programs, many other grassroots Safe Routes to School efforts were started throughout the United States.
Efforts to include a larger SRTS program in federal legislation began in earnest in 2002. In 2003, the League of American Bicyclists organized the first meeting of leaders in pedestrian and bicycle issues to talk about Safe Routes to School and how a national program might work. At the same time, a number of states were developing their own SRTS programs, continuing to build momentum for the movement.
In July 2005, Congress passed federal legislation that established a National Safe Routes to School program to improve safety on walking and bicycling routes to school and to encourage children and families to travel between home and school using these modes. The program, which was signed into law in August 2005, dedicated a total of $612 million towards SRTS from 2005 to 2009. The Federal Highway Administration administered the Safe Routes to School program funds and provided guidance and regulations about SRTS programs. Federal SRTS funds were distributed to states based on student enrollment, with no state receiving less than $1 million per year. SRTS funds could be used for both infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure activities. The legislation also required each state to have a Safe Routes to School Coordinator to serve as a central point of contact for the state.
Safe Routes to School programs operate in all 50 states and D.C. Children benefiting from SRTS funds live in urban, rural and suburban communities representing varying income levels and a range of walking and bicycling conditions. With legislative extensions, the Federal Safe Routes to School Program has apportioned nearly $1.15 billion to states as of September 30, 2012. These funds have benefited or will benefit more than 13,000 schools.
In July 2012, Congress passed a new transportation bill: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Beginning in October 2012, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities will be eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program, as part of a new program called Transportation Alternatives. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is charged with putting the legislation into practice, and it provides information about MAP-21 on its website.
State SRTS programs are also in the process of determining how to handle the new legislation. As the States provide information about how they will proceed with Safe Routes to School, the information will be available on our State SRTS pages.
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Formed in 2003, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is a volunteer driven 501c3 non-profit whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of the trail systems in Plumas and Sierra Counties. SBTS employs as many as 15 full-time, seasonal employees, all of which are Plumas and Sierra County residents, with a payroll of just under $400,000 for 2010. In addition to a paid trail crew, SBTS has donated over 30,000 hours of volunteer labor to both the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests, maintaining over 30 trails, including the creation of 25 miles of new trails. While these trails see over 200,000 users per year, they continue to maintain a level “A” standing due to all the hard work of SBTS staff and volunteers. This organization is not only a shining example of what a small group of dedicated, passionate people can do for an area, it is a demonstration of economic efficiency when no alternatives exist. All of our product sponsors’ and volunteer monies go directly to trail maintenance and development. Donations are multiplied by over 1500% through organized volunteer labor and in-kind contributions.
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
By 2017, bicycling is an everyday, mainstream activity in communities across Sonoma County. Bicycling is recognized, accommodated and funded as a legitimate and essential mode of transportation. Sonoma County residents embrace a healthy and active lifestyle that includes safe and convenient active-transportation options. As a result, Sonoma County communities enjoy lower health-care costs, a cleaner environment and more transportation choices. Sonoma County is a national model for innovative bicycle-friendly transportation facilities and programs.
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition promotes bicycling for transportation and recreation and works to educate the community about bicycle safety and the benefits of cycling, including good health and protecting the environment.
1) Sonoma County has a transportation network, public policy, and patterns of development in which bicycling is a viable and appealing option for all.
2) Sonoma County has a culture where bicyclists of all ages feel safe when traveling in Sonoma County.
3) Sonoma County is recognized as a world class location for recreational and competitive bicycling.
4) Sonoma County public health organizations recognize the positive health benefits of bicycling and are directly involved in transportation and land use decisions.