University of Calgary

Bike Root opens

March 20, 2009

Community Bicycle Shop Grand Opening takes place March 21

The Bike Root Community Bicycle Shop was made possible through the Quality Money Initiative along with partnerships with the University's Department of Operations and Maintenance and the Office of Sustainability.

On Saturday March 21, the Bike Root Community Bicycle Shop will host an official spring grand opening and the launch of their bicycle library lending program.

"Our bicycle lending program provides members with free access to bicycles to get around campus and the surrounding community," said Lance Ayer founding member of the non-profit volunteer-run bicycle shop. "In addition to our lending program we also provide members with shop space, tools and mechanical assistance to learn how to repair and maintain their bicycles. Our goal is to make cycling a more accessible method of transportation and in turn foster healthier lifestyles, a sense of community and environmental sustainability."

The Bicycle Root opened to the public in the fall of 2008. The shop currently boasts almost 200 members and is supported by a base of 30 dedicated volunteers. A yearly membership to the shop is $10, which gets a member access to special events, the shop space, tools and assistance from the volunteer mechanics.

"This Spring kick-off will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate with our current members and volunteers," said event organizer Kelsey Lavoie. "It's also a great chance to network with individuals and organizations who are also interested in developing a stronger cycling culture and fostering environmental sustainability here in Calgary."

The Spring Grand Opening Extravaganza will be open to the public and will kick off at 4 p.m. with a bicycle scavenger hunt, bicycle art and free all-ages BBQ at the shop.

People are also encouraged to come by during regular shop hours that day between noon and 3 p.m. Evening events will start at 7 p.m. in The Den in the MacEwan Student Centre with refreshments and local bands including Seven Story Redhead and Class Action.

Since 2004, the university has put more than $6.5 million directly into the hands of students to invest as they wish to enhance the quality of the student experience.

To learn more about the Bike Root Community Bike Shop visit www.bikeroot.ca