A Bike Shop With a Recipe for Mobility

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    [from LA Times]

    Live to Ride, Ride to Live A Bike Shop With a Recipe for Mobility

    If Jimmy Lizama had his way, the fossil-fuel-burning monsters clogging our streets would be
    relegated to the junkyard while Angelenos savor the city's beauty and climate on bicycles. "I want
    to help working-class people who want to go to the market on their bikes instead of driving 10 miles
    to go to a store," says the proprietor of Kill Your Car Courier service and a founding member of the
    Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition advocacy group.

    [. . .]

    On Tuesday and Thursday nights, still soaked in sweat from a day on wheels, Lizama pedals to the
    Kitchen, a bicycle repair co-op he created two years ago with fellow courier Randy Metz and
    freelance photographer Ben Guzman. The operation is crammed into the kitchen of an empty unit in
    the two-block Eco-Village cooperative near Koreatown, an endeavor sponsored by nonprofit funding
    and devoted to ecologically sustainable community development. The Kitchen is outfitted with four
    work stands and every tool an aspiring bike mechanic could need. Hanging in the front room in
    various states of repair are about 20 found and donated bikes being refurbished for use by rideless
    Kitchen users.


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