Archive for September, 2011

Momentum for Change – Sept 24th

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Help is needed to keep the momentum going in the fight against climate change! has organized a gigantic day of action focused on Sustainable Transportation.

The Moving Planet Day of Action is coming up on Saturday, September 24th. The Wilderness Committee is helping to host the Vancouver component of the day of action! The event in Vancouver is called Momentum for Change and will involve a bike ride (or skateboard or unicycle or pogo stick or however else you want to self-propel) from Science World to Stanley Park.

The ride will start at 2pm on Saturday, September 24th, leaving from Creekside Community Centre in False Creek (close to Science World). It will take the new, continuous bike route along Dunsmuir and Hornby through downtown Vancouver, and from there up Beach Avenue ending up at Second Beach in Stanley Park.
Before the bike ride, starting at 12 noon there will be festivities and a public forum on transportation alternatives at Creekside Community Centre with our friends from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation.  The forum will be discussing the paper co-published with the CCPA called Transportation Transformation.

Come out to the Creekside Community Centre on Saturday, September 24, and enjoy the festivities and public forum at 12 noon, then join us at 2pm for the bike ride to Second Beach in Stanley Park!  Remember to invite your friends and family!

More information available at

A second action is also taking place on Sept 24th:

The Ride for our Future is a youth ride all the way from the Scott Road skytrain station (easily accessible by putting your bike on the skytrain) to our provincial legislature in Victoria. On September 24th,’s international day of climate action the youth of BC will be pedaling to our government offices to call for real action on climate change and to fight for our future.

For more information:



Women’s Night – Sept. 28th!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


We are working towards making our space more inviting for women wishing to learn more about bicycles.

Wednesday the 31st of August from 6pm to 9pm is Women’s Night at the Bike Kitchen once again! The space is for self identified women and is trans inclusive.

The evening will consist of shop time to work on your own bicycle with instruction and tutorials when you need them. Beginners are very encouraged to attend. Knowledgeable mechanics and volunteers will be able to answer your bike questions and help you get your ride in tip top shape.

We aim to provide a relaxed evening of fun and wrenching.

Bring: Your bad self and your bicycle – if you have one. If you don’t have one, feel free to come and pair up to help someone else fix their bike.

Cost: $5-$10 Sliding Scale. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

RSVP to our facebook event.

Inquire at with your comments or concerns.

Hope to See You There!

A Message for the Men: sorry about the invite. There is no way to only invite women from our co-op group. If you want to support the event you can encourage your lady friends to come!



Campus End of Trip Facilities

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Information courtesy of UBC Transportation Planning

Secure Bike Cages: Free – Register online

Any UBC Student, staff or faculty with a registered address can use these!

Bike Locker Rentals – Request one now!

Located outside the Student Union Building (SUB), the David Strandway Building, the Frederic Lasserre Building, the D.H. Copp Building, the Henry Angus Building, the Neville Scarfe Building, the Engineering Design Centre, the Life Sciences Centre and the War Memorial Gym, bike lockers are available for 10$ per month.

Shower Facilities

  • War Memorial Gymnasium, 6081 University Boulevard.

Who: Students, staff, and faculty
Cost: Free
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 6:00pm
Contact: (604) 822-3515

  • Student Recreation Centre (SRC), 6000 Student Union Boulevard

Who: Students, staff, and faculty
Cost: Free
Hours: Mon – Fri, 6:30am – 11:00pm
Contact: (604) 822-6000

  • Osbourne Centre, 6108 Thunderbird Boulevard (units I and II)

Who: Students, staff, and faculty
Cost: Free
Hours: Mon – Fri, 7:00am – 8:00pm
Contact: (604) 822-4452

  • UBC Aquatic Centre – 6121 University Boulevard

Who: Students, staff, and faculty
Cost: $2.75 or free for students (see below), $3.75 for faculty and staff.
Free Hours (with student card): 7:30 – 9am, 11am – 2:25pm and 4:30 – 5:30pm.
Contact: 822-4522




Cycling information for new students

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

A hearty welcome to new and returning students! Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to stop by at the shop, or contact either the Bike Coop or the Bike Kitchen.



Bike theft is a big problem on campus. It’s important to keep your bike locked up at all times. The most secure kind of lock is a U lock placed around the front wheel and frame of your bicycle.

There are also secure bike parking cages for students located around campus. To get a code for the cages, come to The Bike Kitchen with your student ID.

Private bike lockers can also be rented from The Bike Kitchen for $10/month.



BC law requires helmets to be worn at all times when riding a bike. It’s also a generally good idea. Helmets should fit snugly around the head and be worn low enough to provide forehead protection. Helmets that have been worn during a crash may be compromised and should be discarded.



You can purchase fully refurbished and guaranteed used bike from The Bike Kitchen. We get donations of used bikes and build them back up with both new and used parts they can enjoy a new lease on life, and so you can enjoy riding them!

We build bikes as fast as we can, but sometimes the demand exceeds the amount of time we have. So if we don’t have the bike for you today, keep checking in, we’re always building!

All our bikes range from $100 to $500.

Our buy-back policy: any bike over $100 that you buy from The Bike Kitchen, we will buy back from you for half the price you paid minus half the cost of repairs.

Our Warranty: any bike over $100 that you buy from The Bike Kitchen comes with a 1 month warranty for any problems that come up as a result of the bike’s construction.

We do not sell new bikes, buy bikes, or do trades.


At The Bike Kitchen, you can use the space and tools for $7.50/hour. We will teach you how to fix your bike for $15/hour. You can also drop off your bike for us to fix, and usually we can get it back to you the same day.



No bike experience is necessary to volunteer with us!

Volunteer nights are Tuesdays, 6pm to 9pm. You can come in and learn how to fix bike by helping to maintain the campus community bike fleet (the Purple and Yellow bikes). After 6 hours of volunteering, you also get a key to the fleet, so you can use P&Y bikes around campus. After another 6 hours, you get a free membership to the UBC Bike Co-op

If Tuesdays don’t work for you, you can arrange times to come in during regular hours and volunteer to help us out around the shop, or on weekends to help us run our Cycling Resource Centre at farmers markets and other events.



Last of all, we still are a cool AMS club and love having events all year! Our Facebook page will have our events on it, as well as we like to tweet lots about bike stuff. We do group rides, fun things like Woman & Queer Night and other events for our members. Summer barbecues, annual parties! We like to think we’re a friendly bunch! Passionate about social justice and advocacy, but also just having fun 🙂