Have you ever wanted to dress up and go to your Prom by bike? Well here is your opportunity. Dress up in your finest prom gear and we’ll cruise the streets, ending at The Good Life for a wicked dance party and the kick-off party for Cyclepalooza!
TICKETS BY DONATION
* members of Good Life Community Bike Shop and invited guests only*
If you are not a Good Life member, there will be membership forms available at the door. You are welcome to sign up then and join our wonderful community. As always, membership is free/by donation.
6:30 RIDE, Meet at The Good Life (All Ages)
*If you can’t ride at 6:30, we’ll be picking up cyclists at the Central Memorial Library (12th Ave & 2nd Street SW) at 7:30 PM. Join us there!
8: 00 DANCE PARTY at The Good Life, games, silent auction (18+)
DJ SEAN from Hot Mess
Sweat, spandex, tank tops
Punk-synth beats splattered on 80s power pop
Dream-cream electro grooves
PaperGirl Corsage Table
All happening at your favorite community bike shop The Good Life
148 10th Street NW
If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/bikepromvol
CYCLEPALOOZA – 10 days of bike fun! Add a ride or check out the calendar: CYCLEPALOOZA.CA
Do you ever into those concerned discussions about the dangers of cycling? Well there is a news article from The Guardian of the UK that should help you counter those concerns. The key point is worth quoting in full:
“All activities carry a risk. For some reason there seems to be strong focus on the risk of injury associated with cycling. Clearly, when deaths do takes place that’s tragic, and we need to do all we can to avoid them. But I think there is a perception that cycling is much more dangerous than it really is.
This focus on the dangers of cycling is something to do with the visibility of them, and the attention it’s given. What we don’t notice is that if you were to spend an hour a day riding a bike rather than being sedentary and driving a car there’s a cost to that sedentary time. It’s silent, it doesn’t get noticed. What we’re talking about here is shifting the balance from that invisible danger of sitting still towards the positive health benefits of cycling.” – Dr. Harry Rutter, National Obesity Observatory, UK
As most of you already know, Good Life Bikes shares the Anthill Building with Market Collective. There is much controversy surrounding the cancellation of 2 out 3 weekends in December that Market Collective was hoping to have the Anthill Building. Here are some newspaper articles for more information:
Calgary Herald Article
We wanted to stress to everyone that Good Life Bikes had no involvement in this decision by the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), as this sort of decision is not under our jurisdiction. Everyone at Good Life Bikes loves Market Collective and wants to work with everyone and anyone to make Kensington and the rest of Calgary to become a more vibrant place filled with art, music, small businesses and of course bikes. According to the Fast Forward article, this controversy stems in part from the concern regarding the lack of parking. Quoting Suzy Thompson: “the BRZ believes the market puts too much pressure on local parking as it brings in 3,000 to 5,000 people over the weekends it operates, and that’s why Market Collective isn’t welcome.”
Popular Community Bike Shop Loses Space
Members of the organization seek support in the hunt for a new venue
CALGARY, AB – A popular not-for-profit community-run bike shop has been informed their current space must be vacated by February 17th. During its three and a half years in the space, the Good Life Community Bicycle Shop has provided cycling support, resources and education to the Calgary community. It continues to grow in its mission to empower people from all walks of life to learn a new skill and choose cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
The Good Life began in 2008 with a project grant of $5000 and has grown exponentially since then. “The Good Life is a vital service to the Calgary community” says Britt Aberle, a coordinator and volunteer at the Good Life. “A new space is essential for us to continue to do the work we do, supporting thousands of Calgarians each year.” Due to the Good Life’s efforts, over 3000 bikes have been diverted from the landfill to be reused or recycled and more than 5000 people have accessed the organization’s many programs.
Due to the short notice of the lease termination, the Good Life is seeking support from the community in the search for a new venue. This may come in the form of brainstorming, connections or an actual donation of space. For those who may be able to help in the procurement of a new space, a meeting will take place Monday, January 16th at 6:30PM at the Good Life Community Bicycle Shop in Eau Claire Market. Monetary donations to assist with the transition will be accepted at the shop prior to February 13, or may be sent to Two Wheel View (the Good Life’s sister organization) via CanadaHelps.org.
Volunteer Daniel Giesbrecht notes, “The Good Life helps people. They helped me learn how to do things that I did not know before, which I appreciate; it makes me feel good. They didn’t charge me anything to fix my bike! I hope that they keep going and I wish there were more of these (community bike shops).”
“We are grateful for and thank everybody for their support in this critical time of need.” Says Renee Mak, a staff member who began working for the Good Life as a volunteer.