It’s bigger than bikes.
The Good Life Community Bicycle Shop is a nonprofit education and resource centre founded on the values of:
mutual aid, equity, inclusion, anti-oppression, and connection and care for the environment.
We use bicycles as a vehicle to empower individuals and communities to become
increasingly resourceful, resilient, responsible, and caring.
D.I.Y & D.I.T.
(Do It Yourself & Do It Together)
ANTI-OPPRESSIVE SAFER SPACE
REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
USED BIKES & PARTS
The Good Life Community Bicycle Shop is an non-profit education and resource centre that uses bicycles as a vehicle to empowering individuals and communities through DIY & supported bicycle repair and maintenance, used bikes & parts, and workshops. Founded on the values of mutual aid, equality, inclusion, anti-oppression, and connection to and care for the environment, we also invite individuals to volunteer their time and skills to help others. We strive to offer a safe, supportive and inclusive place where community members can interact, help out, and learn from each other. Aside from the benefits of encouraging self-sufficiency, resiliency, empowerment and community connections, environmental benefits go beyond reducing carbon emissions through reduced traffic congestion and individual production in addition to recycling bicycles and parts otherwise destined for the waste stream – bicycles are an accessible entry-point to addressing the bigger picture challenges that humanity and the planet face.
We strive for a vibrant and diverse community in which alternative transport is accessible and individuals have the tools to connect with the local environment as well as develop understanding and environmental stewardship while cultivating the skills to safeguard and affect the natural world wisely. We create positive social ties and expand individuals’ networks of contacts by bringing together individuals of all backgrounds. We seek to empower those who normally experience marginalization by offering affordable, healthy and sustainable transportation, work experience, empowerment in a participatory organizational model, the daily opportunity to build self-esteem and self-advocacy skills, and we build community networks while providing positive learning experiences through hands-on opportunities. Skill-building opportunities further include soft skills, group and life skills including leadership, problem solving, mentorship, and teamwork, written and verbal communication, mechanical skills, organization, and customer service. The Good Life Community is unique because it builds great educational experiences into meeting needs, and rewards fun and engaged learning with results that impact our day-to-day lives.
Our caring staff and volunteer team is comprised of individuals with a diverse skill-set, education (B.A., B.Ed, M.A., M.S.W, etc. ) and leadership roles within the sector. The organization employs a robust volunteer program, engaging diverse Calgarians in volunteerism every day. The Good Life Community has been recognized for its innovative and relevant programming, strategic organizational model that encourages full participation of its members, and strong leadership. We have been honored and humbled with various community and volunteer awards including YMCA Peace Medal for Community Organization (2010), Volunteer Calgary’s Volunteer Engagement Award (2011), Calgary Learns’ Program Designer & Director Award (2011), Calgary Learns’ Life of Learning Volunteer Award (2011), FFWD Best Bike Shop (2011), FFWD 3rd best local nonprofit (2013) and FFWD 3rd best bike shop (2012, 2013).
All that said, if you have bike issues or just want to have some fun, come on down! Everybody is welcome.
We are located at 2100 4st Street SW, right in the Mission Area. It is a ten to fifteen minute walk from downtown Calgary.
We don’t do hydraulic brakes for health and safety reasons