In A Nutshell:
A community bike shop at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for students and other community members to learn how to use tools and parts to maintain, repair, and build their own bicycles; they also recycle abandoned and donated bikes to provide the public with reliable and reasonably priced bicycles.
Why They Rock:
- If you buy a bike from the Bike Kitchen and bring it back when you’re done with it, then they’ll give you half your money back; and all their bikes come with a one month warranty!
- Bikes 101: An educational workshop designed to introduce new riders to the basics of bike safety, route planning and maintenance. Also includes tips on buying a second hand bike!
- Cargo Bike Share Program: rent cargo bikes to move your precious stuff around on two wheels, or four with a trailer!
- Purple and Yellow Bike Project: a fleet of used bikes that are available for use on the UBC campus. Bikes are locked with same keyed locks. Whenever you see a bike, you are free to unlock it and ride it away; the person that left it there will have to find another one.
- Volunteer Night: a great way to learn basic bike mechanics, and meet new bike friends…50Give favorite!
Vancouver was filled with riots after the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup Finals (too much Molson without volunteerism), high-fives at lululemon headquarters (luluwhat?…they rock – Down Dog coming) and a surprise from a raccoon: LAST journal entry – here she rolls…right into your Bike Kitchen!
Getting into Canada is like trying to ride the ‘big boy’ roller coaster when you are a foot short, one thing to remember while talking to the border patrol – never say you are volunteering…How much money are they paying you? How much money is in your wallet? Who is your Daddy? After a cavity search and a good cry about my past (yes, I took my brother’s Big League Chew – how did they find out!?)…I finally made my way into gorgeous Vancouver – photos show her beauty.
I started my volunteer day with a tour at lululemon corporate headquarters with chill-cat/present-minded Matt, the company sells technical yoga/athletic apparel and promotes weekly events like complimentary yoga in their stores across the world. I previously worked for lulu in Maryland and have been crushing them since – besides the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, they also give back the community by letting all their stores donate to eight local non-profits per year (Vancouver lulu – contact Bike Kitchen – DO IT NOW!)…their manifesto is my juice (print out, post to mirror, read daily…Chip – let’s do lunch and bear hug)!
Vrooom (so not green)…off to the Bike Kitchen and I met veteran-Jedi bike legend who runs the shop – Lucas! My favorite part of the day was watching people coming in with their ‘hurt’ bikes, and the hip/wicked smart (ooohh – Boston sting) shop crew could just diagnose all their issues on the spot – docteurs de vélos (had to throw in some broken French). My day consisted of dirty shop tasks: tied old tires and inter-tubes in bundles for recycling, rearrange/cleaned tool shelves, and snipped drop-outs (peg in middle of tire spoke) which are re-used in the construction of new bikes. The finale for the day included moving old bikes to the ‘Graveyard Shed’ for storage and we encountered a sleepy raccoon…the little guy was just waking up from a nap, non-stop yawns. The Canadians were not scared of the critter, normal sighting for them…I was more comfortable back at the border.
The tour was capped off with Vidicoulus Vancouver hospitality from generous Jennifer and world-traveler Peter. They provided a comfy room which included FIFA EA SPORTS screams of joy from next door (felt like my soccer home), secret-style BBQ rib recipe (almost 20 ingredients in the sauce), and the craziest stories I’ve heard on the tour – never use Bear Spray while naked…cricket, cricket.
I think it’s super appropriate that the tour ended in Vancouver which is were the hottest and most overused word actually lives: COMMUNITY! The Bike Kitchen is accessible to any locals who want to green-up their transportation, lululemon provides a healthy global home for exercise at no cost, and 50Give is now complete – which includes a collection of small non-profits making a positive impact across North America. Ideal Saturday: ride my bamboo bike to complimentary yoga, eat local organic food, and volunteer in my community…50Give rolling out.
Thanks is an understatement to all the non-profits, friends who provided housing, food and fuel…and most importantly all the inspiration 50Give received – more Positive Present information coming…stay awesome.
Or, donate a bike or 20 to this address: 6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC; or find a local bike co-op in your neighborhood at the following link: http://www.localbiketrader.com/links/bicycle_co_ops.htm
“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” ~ H.G. Wells
“The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.” ~ lululemon
“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” ~ Bill Nye
“Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air that flows over the water, Vancouver will do nicely.” ~lululemon
“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” ~ Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity