Archive for October, 2017

The Function of Space

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

If you’ve been receiving our newsletters or following us on Facebook for a while, you might be wondering: Why do we use so many space backgrounds?

An easy answer could be that images of celestial bodies and formations in outer space are awe-inspiring and aesthetically pleasing. Why not use beautiful pictures of nebulas, planets, stars as background images?

But the main reason is that the Hubble Telescope has an incredible online image archive and all of the images have relaxed copyright permissions. Their images can be downloaded and freely used — so long are you are not creating a product intended for sale with the images.

From the Hubble website:

“Material credited to STScI on this site was created, authored, and/or prepared for NASA under Contract NAS5-26555. Unless otherwise specifically stated, no claim to copyright is being asserted by STScI and it may be freely used as in the public domain in accordance with NASA’s contract.”

You can simply go to their website, select an image and download a high-quality copy — they even have different file sizes and formats available to easily download. Check it out for yourself here. You’ll see a hyperlink to their copyright notice below the download options.

The STSci (Space Telescope Science Institute) wants their image archive to be used, and we’re pretty sure they’d be smitten with the way that we’ve been modifying their images for our own use. They might even say that our media is out of this world.

Interstellar images are a hallmark our of visual style, and it’s been that way for years — long before any of our current employees worked at the AMS Bike Co-op. However, current staff have kept up the tradition.

Want to learn more? You can read more information about copyright laws in Canada here.




spare parts bike art workshop series

Monday, October 16th, 2017

In anticipation of Pedalling Art: 2nd Annual Fundraiser + Bike Art Auction, we are hosting a crafting workshop series at Our Community Bikes.

Join us for some or all of the > spare pARTs < crafting workshops, taking place on Monday nights from October 23rd – November 6th! In these workshops you will learn how to turn used bicycle parts no longer fit to ride into beautiful functional and funky objects and art pieces! This year we are offering workshops on how to make:

  1. bike tube earrings and collars
  2. top tube sweaters
  3. brake lever coat racks.

Each workshop will include a demo by the instructor and individual instruction as needed. Workshops are all 3 hours long. Materials and tools will be provided.

This workshop series is a collaboration between the AMS Bike Co-op and Bike Kitchen, and Our Community Bikes.

You may have time to make multiples of your craft, and we encourage and accept donations of work for our upcoming fundraiser, Pedalling Art: 2nd Annual Fundraiser + Bike Art Auction on November 10th @ Gam Gallery.

This event takes place on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh peoples.


Each workshop costs $10-30+ sliding scale. Feel free to donate more if you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Kids can come for free (with accompanying adult).


There is a limit of 10 participants per class so please register in advance to reserve your space! If you want to pay online, you can choose from three different sliding scale options ($10, $20, $30). Or, in the ‘payment methods’ section, you can choose to pay in person and pay exactly what you want for the class in cash.


October 23rd, 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Bike tube jewellery (earrings and collars) with Cyn.
Register here.

October 30th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm – Top tube sweaters with Leanne.
Register here.

November 6th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm – Brake lever coat racks with Sunny.
Register here.

RSVP on on Facebook here.

RSVP to Pedalling Art here.

Who will benefit?

All proceeds will go directly to Bici Libre and Pedals for the People. Extra art pieces that are made and donated will be featured in Pedalling Art: 2nd Annual Fundraiser + Bike Art Auction.

You can read more about these programs here.


There is a gender neutral washroom at Our Community Bikes.

Our Community Bikes is not a scent reduced space.

Our Community Bikes is wheelchair accessible. The entrance has two 28″ outward swinging doors that outwards to create a 55″ entrance. The entrance is level. There is a 35″ corridor inside. The door to the washroom is 31″ wide with an inward swing and there are grab bars installed in the washroom. The hallway and washroom will be cleared of any items being stored in these areas prior to the events so that there is a clear path to the washroom and room to turn around inside.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail[at]