Good Karma Bikes CEO James T. Gardner, PhD, began fixing bikes for homeless people living in a downtown San Jose park. I took less than ten minutes for him to clearly see what was going on– and it was not about bikes. It was about self-esteem.
Attempting to service the enormous need, Jim began to teach them bike repair. They soon began to teach others. That’s how Good Karma Bikes was born on a rainy Saturday in 2008. No market research, no study, no plan–just an effort to help with bicycle transportation for those who genuinely felt they had nothing.
Shortly after, Jim began reaching out to people in any form of recovery and providing a bicycle to those who couldn’t even afford the bus. After about 1,000 people had benefited, a used appliance repair van was donated in 2010. Good Karma Bikes was now truly a mobile. The same donor then helped Good Karma locate a warehouse on Sunol Street. In 2016, Good Karma Bikes secured a location on Lincoln Avenue.
In July of 2023, we moved to our current location at 82 South Montgomery in San Jose. A one minute walk from the Diridon Transit Hub.