Entrance to Bicycle Inter-Community Action and Salvage

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    The entrance to the BICAS community bike shop. They sell reclaimed, used bike parts, and offer classes to anyone for a nominal fee. I feel that the existence of a community bike shop in a city means the city has reached a "good" status for bicycling and people who ride bicycles. Walk down the ramp into the basement of a building into an industrial area.

    These shops tend to make bicycles and bicycle-specific knowledge available to anyone who seeks it out. More essentially, it invites everyone to attend and learn.

    If you thought Working Bikes and West Town Bikes were cool (for Chicago people), then BICAS is like the two combined and on steroids.

    I love how colorful this shop is.

    1. reallyboring 63 months ago | reply

      As for your first paragraph, definitely not the case! Memphis has a community bike shop, but it remains one of the very worst cities to bike in.

    2. Steven Vance 63 months ago | reply

      While writing the sentence about reaching a "good" status, I realized I didn't have enough information about the locations of community bike shops. I was taking into account Chicago and Tucson, and also what I read about Montréal and Pittsburgh in Momentum magazine.

      That's why I used the subjective adjective "good" in quotes, but perhaps I need a sentence that better describes what I mean to say.

    3. reallyboring 63 months ago | reply

      Perhaps it just means there's strong citizen support for good bike policies, programs, and infrastructure - the politicians just may not have caught up.

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