Bicycle

5:04pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Economy/Labor/Biz

A bike shop called Good Karma

A bike hangs on the wall outside Good Karma Bikes in San Jose
Leslie Griffy

Getting around sprawling Santa Clara County is a trick for anyone, but for those without housing, getting to and from services and opportunities is even tougher.

That’s where Good Karma Bikes comes in. On Saturdays, the volunteer and job-training cycling clinic and store does free repairs on bikes brought in by homeless folks.

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8:43am

Thu October 18, 2012
Bike commuting

Today on Your Call: Why are more people biking to work today? And how is it affecting our cities?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about bike commuting, which is on the rise in many cities around the world.  A US Census Bureau Survey shows a 66% increase in bicycle commuters from 2002 to 2010.  What are the policies and infrastructures that make this possible?  And does bike commuting make our cities better? Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here.  What are your bike-to-work stories?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests

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1:28pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Bilingual Bike Repair in Fruitvale

Entrance to the shop, with volunteer-painted sign. Inside: Kathleen Mills, Steven Hobdy and Morgan Kanninen
Photo by Jen Chien

Bike culture in the Bay Area runs the gamut, from high performance racing to hipster fixies. Keeping a bike can be an expensive hobby, and as with cars, some people use their bikes as an extension of their personal style.

At ColectíVelo, a community bike shop in East Oakland, bicycles are still seen for their primary purpose: transportation. The shop provides free space and tools, bike repair training in Spanish and English, and access to bicycles for those with low incomes.

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