Recycling cycles

For Zac Holford, learning how to fix bicycles is much more than just mechanics.

It's a way to foster community development.

"Cycling is a very popular thing in that everyone in the population has a bicycle story, remembers when they had a bike (or) has had problems with bikes," said Mr. Holford, 25.

"But its price of entry is often out of the means of a lot of people," he added.

To make bicycles more affordable, the South Carolina native decided to implement an idea he first saw in Memphis - a bike cooperative where, for $50 a year and 10 hours of volunteer work, people can build their own bikes or overhaul ones they already have.

Last week, the co-op opened its new location inside the St. Andrews Center in the Highland Park area.