As a vehicle to building community, the shop is a one-stop-shop biking support hub in Calgary’s downtown core offering reconditioned/recycled bikes, repair space, tools and instruction, and workshops. The shop provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for novice and experienced riders alike. Further, The Good Life is community meeting space open for use to environment and community minded groups. The Good Life collaborates and builds relationships with other community groups as well as offering work experience while focusing on the ideal of mutual aid.
The Good Life strives to make Calgary a better place for cyclists and all community members alike through creating a venue for education concerning cycling as well as other local issues. Aside from the benefits of encouraging cycling through mechanical awareness, self-sufficiency, and affordability, environmental benefits include reducing carbon emissions through reduced traffic congestion as well as individual production in addition to recycling bicycles and parts otherwise destined for the waste stream. The shop not only facilitates access to affordable bicycles and services, thus enabling people to ride and keep riding, but builds the stronger sense of community that our booming population so desperately needs. This project is an end in itself, while also creating a positive space for the promotion and organization of future ventures dedicated to the goals of environmental protection and community empowerment.
Visit http://www.goodlifebikes.ca/ to learn more.