On NBC's "Bay Area Proud".
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On NBC's "Bay Area Proud".
@GoodKarmaBikes and Stanford Blood Center and teaming up to create Good Karma. Sign-up to donate a pint of blood and eat cookies afterward. You will receive a certificate for a free pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream. That's instant karmic payback.
Every two seconds someone in America needs blood.
Please join 100% of the Good Karma Bikes staff. Sign up here. Use sponsor code 2452.
Park Tool School
We are now offering Park Tool School @GoodKarmaBikes. We have two classes that you may enroll in. The details are on our website.
The class is lecture and lab. The lab is twelve (12) fully functional, high-end workstations. All the tools you need, all the supplies you need.
Students receive as part of their tuition the latest edition of The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair written by none other than Park Tool's Master Mechanic Calvin Jones.
While you're a student with us you get a 20% discount on tool purchases.
You can completely overhaul your bicycle in the course of our 18 hour curriculum. Yes! You may work on your own bike.
@GoodKarmaBikes is a nonprofit social enterprise. Our revenue is reinvested into providing a path to greatness for youth in transition. We specialize in emancipated foster youth and opportunity youth.
We are a 8,600 square foot, full-service, second-hand bike shop. We have over 300 bikes for sale. We have accessories. We perform the highest quality service.
Our second-hand bicycles are fully rehabilitated and come with a same-as-new warranty.
What spandex? What fancy shoes? You can bike to work and not only is it easy; it's fun.
Take for example this gorgeous, Schwinn Varsity, circa 1975. No spandex needed on this beauty. Notice the beautiful rake on the fork. That's comfort. Beautiful chrome fenders and what's that...a wicker basket!
To give you more details, the bicycle's name is Eleanor and wanting to go with the rider is Bunny. Unfortunately, Bunny is too big for the basket.
We didn't make this up. This is a real bicycle, rehabilitated by one of our transition age youth (TAY), purchased by a real customer @GoodKarmaBikes . The revenue made from sales and service is used to provide work readiness, salaries, and the impetus to go to college for our TAYs. One is in college now and three more start this fall.
It doesn't have to be May 14 or Bike to Work Day. You too can bike (not cycle in Spandex) any day you wish.
Bunny still doesn't believe she can't fit in the basket.
The May 13 edition of the Silicon Valley Metro featured GKB on the cover and a feature article. The author @jennwadsworth wrote a beautiful piece on our emancipated foster youth making it in life. It's a great read.
Jenn was able to capture the passion that the GKB staff has for our new program. It is a privilege to be able to work with and learn from these inspirational young people. I speak for the entire GKB staff when I say that we all feel that we receive so much more from these tremendous young people than we could possibly give.
The success of this program would not be near what it is without the support and collaboration of Ty Thompson of The HUB. Ty's passion, dedication, enthusiasm, and absolute steadfast dedication can't be overstated. Ty, on behalf of all of us at GKB and our young people, thanks for being the phenomenal human that you are.
We are just ONE DAY from the launch of Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign on May 5, 2015, to help Silicon Valley nonprofit organizations, including Good Karma Bikes. Schedule your donation today!
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We call them clients. The only thing we ask of them is that they do something nice for someone else. Our clients of our free Saturday repair clinic are homeless and low-wage workers. Many of them work two jobs and wonder if they'll have enough to get by this month.
Our free repair clinic is open to anyone. That's right, no questions asked. We do excellent service for everyone.
The average client age is 49.0 years.
Less than 15% are employed (we don't included retired as that is a choice).
Slightly more than 50% make money recycling. Of those who recycle, 90% use their bicycle for recycling.
75% use their bicycle to carry groceries.
76% use public transportation at least once per week. But 89% still say their bicycle is their primary transportation.
14% of our clients are veterans. We serve veterans from every conflict starting at the Korean War (1950s).
Our clients rate our service 4.86 out of 5.00 (we didn't count the scores over 5).
You can help...
You can volunteer with Good Karma Bikes. It's fun and you learn a lot.
You can donate to support clients with their primary transportation.
You can follow us on Facebook: Good Karma Bikes
You can follow us on Twitter: @GoodKarmaBikes
Or, we'd be really happy if you did something nice for someone else and thought of us while you were doing it!