Archive for July, 2011

Shift urban cargo delivery looking to hire!

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Check out this job posting from Shift, Vancouver’s new cargo bike delivery service. Exciting!

Shift urban cargo delivery is a start-up worker co-operative that is going to be using zero-emissions cargo trikes to replace delivery trucks in the Vancouver downtown core. (Never seen a cargo trike before? Think bicycle with three wheels, a huge box on the back, and an electric assist to help with the heavy loads!) Check out this similar company in Portland: (Our website is currently under construction, but you can check us out on Facebook!)

We’re launching one of our trikes full time (8 hours a day, Mon-Fri) on August 4th with an awesome office supply company. The second trike will be launched sometime mid August with multiple clients (food, catering, moving supplies, etc). We are looking to hire a few awesome people to help us cover some of that delivery work. A typical delivery shift will be about 4 hours per day. Does this sound like it would interest you? Read on!

Job Description:

– On-call temporary position, with potential for a more permanent position and/or co-op membership in the future.
– Deliveries during the period from August 4th to September 15th (with possibility of extension)
– $15 per hour for delivery time

– The position would be on-call, based on need, up to 30 hours per week
– Main duties include loading, triking, and delivering parcels downtown
– Training will be provided for delivery logistics and basic triking
– You have the option of attending team meetings and learning more about the internal workings of Shift! (Recommended if you are interested in staying with us more long-term)

Looking for:

– Personable, friendly, and professional attitude
– Basic cleanliness and present-ability
– Physically capable (cycling, carrying large parcels)
– Confident cycling around traffic
– Knowledge of bike maintenance is an asset
– Familiarity with downtown streets/routes is an asset

– Willingness to learn
– Flexible schedule
– Organized and reliable
– Self supervision, works well independently
– Long-term interest in co-op membership is an asset
– Passion for our mission, which is to:
1.) Provide a zero-emissions, cycle-based, good distribution service in Vancouver;
2.) Offer sustainable goods-transportation solutions to business clients;
3.) Facilitate the empowerment and skills-building of our worker-members through a worker co-operative model; and
4.) Promote positive cycling culture in Vancouver.

Shift also adheres to affirmative action principles, meaning that in order increase the range and diversity of skills, perspectives and experience in the organization, hiring preference may be given to qualified applicants from groups who face systemic barriers to employment (for example, due to age, gender, ethnicity, social-economic background, sexual orientation, etc). This does not mean that we will not hire applicants who do not face systemic barriers, but rather that we encourage you to be open about who you are! Feel free to mention affirmative action considerations in your cover letter. We also encourage you to include other skills and experiences in addition to those outlined above — especially if you see areas where you may be able to contribute more to the business (for example in sales, marketing, accounting, meeting facilitation, policy writing, delivery logistics, bike mechanics…etc)

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Applications will be reviewed as they come in, so the earlier you send, the better!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Loretta at 778-231-2866 or at the above e-mail address.



The New Cyclist Handbook available in 5 Languages

Monday, July 11th, 2011


Check out an awesome new resource created by the VACC, Mosaic and Travel Smart, working to truly make cycling for everyone.


The New Cyclist Handbook available in 5 Languages: Reaching new communities with mobility choices

The cycling handbooks outline rules of the road, safety tips, helmet and bicycle fitting, and resources to find out more about safe and enjoyable cycling. Printed and available online, the handbook is in five languages: PunjabiKoreanTagalogsimplified Chinesesimplified English.

Improving mobility options for all language communities, and especially newcomers to Canada is an important part of independence, connecting people to their communities, and increasing their opportunities to choose active, sustainable options. The VACC believes increased bicycle use can reduce traffic congestion, improve health, and enhance our urban environment in terms of social connectivity, sustainability, and accessibility.

Copies are available for free at the VACC office: 3 West 3rd