Friday, February 28, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The person managing all this, currently, is Kate (center in the photo), a self-possessed junior in Environmental Engineering who runs the place with a calm grace conveying to even the beginnerest of novices that yes, you can fix your own bike.
Cyclab mechanics will help you put your bike up on one of the stands, and help you troubleshoot. If you need instruction, they will show you what to do - but then they hand you the tools and you do the actual repair yourself. So you will ride away not only with a better functioning bike but also with the know-how.
The owner of the bike (left in the photo) told me that the first time she walked in here, at the beginning of the year, she didn't know how to fix a flat tire. This time she was tuning her derailleur, and working on making her rear tire circular again. On the afternoon of my visit Kate was also training a new mechanic.
No wonder the place is popular. Halfway through a Sunday afternoon it was packed with people all happily working on their bikes or scooters.
Friday, February 14, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.