Good Karma Bikes CEO James T. Gardner, PhD, began helping homeless people in downtown San Jose fix their bicycles on the weekends back in 2008. Discovering an enormous need, Jim began to teach homeless people how to repair their bikes themselves, and they in turn taught others. From there, he started Good Karma Bikes to reach out to people in all forms of recovery and for those whose bicycle is their primary transportation.
Today, you can purchase a fully refurbished bicycle from our retail shop or visit our service department for repairs. We give more then 30% of our gross revenue as financial support for those in need. We give away, on average, 1.5 bikes each day. Since our humble beginnings, we have provided over $2.1M in financial assistance to those in our community. No one has ever been turned away for financial reasons.