The Brownsville Bike Barn is an initiative to support and promote bicycling in Brownsville. Their operation began with a donation of bicycles from Austin’s Yellow Bike Project that were in need of repairs. With the assistance of the City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department, the Brownsville Bike Barn was launched in 2013 at 624 East Madison Street.
Completely, 100% operated by volunteers and community support, the Bike Barn is home to the Rio Grande Valley’s only Recycle-A-Bicycle and Earn-A-Bike program. These programs allow community members/organizations to donate used/unwanted bicycles so that others (all ages) can earn these bicycles through 25 hours of volunteer service. Volunteer service generally consists of repairing used bicycles, working in the garden, and assisting at city events.
CycloBia Brownsville creates a car-free street environment to encourage people to try and adopt transportation cycling, recreational cycling, and other active forms of transportation. Organized by the City of Brownsville Public Health Department, but supported through numerous departments, organizations and businesses such as the UT School of Public Health, BISD, HEB, the Brownsville Police Department, and the Traffic Department.
A grass roots community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the community of Brownsville, Healthy Communities has created a plethora of programs, committees, objectives and strategic plans to impact health, education and environmental issues.
The mission of Healthy Communities of Brownsville is to
develop and foster programs that promote social change through
education, leadership and community action. This organization is a
strong partner for the cycling community. Healthy Communities has hosted
bike rodeos to educate youth on rules of the road, they are supporters
of the Brownsville Bike Barn, and assist in organizing and participating
at all the CycloBias.