Bikeworks South Moving Day

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society has had to find a new home for our south side volunteer-run community bike shop. The landlords had new plans for the space and the lease with EBC was not renewed.

Luckily, a new location has been found only two blocks away from the old spot, in the premises of the recently closed Videodrome, a movie rental store (sad to see another local video store close). Unlike the small, light-industrial warehouse environment the south shop has been in for more than a decade, the new location is a retail space. It’s not hidden in a back alley like the old shop and it has….windows! Yes, honest- to-goodness windows with actual sunlight streaming in! Trust me folks, this is heady stuff.

This is the new location before any renovations were started.

This is the new location before any renovations were started.

I spend most of my time at the north shop (which is the only one currently open for business) so I haven’t been  involved with the getting the new south location up and running. However, there are a lot of hard-working people toiling away to get the new space ready before the start of another cycling season in spring. An amazing amount of work has already been done.

This past Saturday was moving day. A small horde of volunteers spent spent the day hauling the contents of the old shop to the new one. While there was a lot of stuff to move, it only had to go a short distance and our freakishly warm weather was a real boon: I much prefer moving things at +8°C as opposed to -8°C…or colder.

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Piles of stuff in the old shop to move.

Piles of stuff in the old shop to move.

Schlepping.

Schlepping.

Now empty shelves in the used parts room.

Now empty shelves in the used parts room.

It is an absolute requirement that some things be moved by bike-trailer.

It is an absolute requirement that some things be moved by bike-trailer.

This is the classiest moving vehicle I've ever seen.

This is the classiest moving vehicle I’ve ever seen.

It deserves two photos.

It deserves two photos.

EBC Bikeworks South

The old shop looking a lot emptier.

The new shop before renovations.

The new shop before renovations.

The new location after moving day.

The new shop after moving day. Not my best panorama shot, unfortunately.

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