Archive for January, 2016


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Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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New Blog Feature: Book of the Month!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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by Ali Byers

Believe it or not, the AMS Bike Co-op has an eclectic collection of books available to borrow in our space in the basement of the old SUB. The library boasts titles such as Divorce Your Car and BC Car-Free and topics range from gender theory to bike mechanics and everything in between. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come in and browse, borrow or read the books. All the books featured can be found in our library.

In keeping with the season, January’s pick is Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling by Tom Babin. The author currently lives in Calgary, works as a journalist for the Calgary Herald and commutes by bike year-round. The book provides a detailed depiction of the realities of winter cycling in Canada.

He opens with an anecdote of a fateful, early winter ride during which he experiences an elusive joy found in the falling snow and the fading light of the day—along with two much less enjoyable falls. This combination prompts an exploration of the sustainability of winter cycling. Does the joy that comes from winter cycling outweigh the dangers? Can winter cycling ever be truly enjoyable? Is it worth it?

Whether you’re a fair-weather cyclist looking to expand your bike knowledge during the off-season or an avid winter cyclist looking for inspiration, this book has a lot of knowledge to offer.
Happy reading and cycling (preferably not at the same time)!

 


 

BikeMaps.org : A crowdsourced tool for mapping cycling safety

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

map_web_fullBy Karen Laberee  of BikeMaps.org

Did you have a near miss on your bike to work today? Would you like to alert fellow cyclists to a hazard such as broken glass? BikeMaps.org  is a website where you can log cycling incidents: collisions, near misses, hazards, or thefts. The web-map was launched in the fall of 2014 by the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab in UVic’s Geography Department with the goal of capturing more data on cycling safety. It is estimated that only 30% of cycling collision data is collected by official sources, such as ICBC, leaving the vast majority of incidents unreported.

To date, nearly 2000 incidents have been logged in over 30 different countries. In the Greater Victoria area, where most of the pins were located early on, BikeMaps.org researchers have been able to identify some hotspots of risk based on citizen mapping.

The BikeMaps.org Team includes public health researchers from SFU under the guidance of cycling research expert Dr. Meghan Winters. The MetroVan BikeMaps.org Team has received funding from the Bullitt Foundation to promote mapping across the Lower Mainland. With more locations pinned across Metro Vancouver, researchers will be able to document areas with cycling safety issues in the region. These results can be used by advocates and municipalities to identify priorities for infrastructure investments, resulting in streets safer for cycling.

“Cycling is a healthy, quick, and fun way to get around our region. BikeMaps.org is one way we can work toward ensuring our streets are safe for cycling. I encourage cyclists across Metro Vancouver to contribute data. We already have over 500 incident reports in the region and are learning a lot about the type of safety issues cyclists face and the location of trouble spots. So far, about three quarters of reports are near misses or hazards, which highlights the potential to use BikeMaps.org proactively,” says Winters.

Logging an incident is anonymous and only takes a minute or two. You also have the option to create an account to receive notices of any incidents in your area. Both android and iOS mobile apps are available for citizen mappers to use BikeMaps on their mobile devices.

BikeMaps.org welcomes all feedback and interest in the project. Get in touch by email info@bikemaps.org, on twitter @BikeMapsTeam, or through Facebook (BikeMaps.org). Share a biking photo on Instagram: @BikeMapsMetroVan.

 


 

We’re Hiring an Education & Outreach Coordinator!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Our current Communications and Outreach Coordinator is leaving to cycle in faraway lands, and therefore we’re hiring a new permanent staff member! Check out the job posting below and tell all of your cycling obsessed friends.

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Hours per week: 20-30
Wage: $16-$19 hourly, commensurate with experience
Application deadline: Monday, January 25th at 10am

The AMS Bike Co-op provides UBC students and the wider community with an accessible environment where they can learn about bicycle maintenance and cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transportation. We engage in education, outreach, and advocacy through our programs and our community bike shop, the Bike Kitchen. For more details on our programs and services, please visit bikecoop.ca.

We’re looking for a motivated Education and Outreach Coordinator to help manage some of our key programs and services. The position will entail:

  • Coordinating outreach events
    • Managing staff and volunteers
    • Scheduling events and liaising with groups to expand outreach programs
    • Ensuring resources are well-stocked for outreach events
  • Program coordination
    • Coordinating the Build Your Own Bike & Intro to Mechanics programs
    • Overseeing bike lockers and bike cages
  • Communications
    • Updating social media accounts with all the best bike news
    • Helping out with our blog, website updates and newsletter
  • Program development and improvement
    • Identifying areas of improvement in our current programming
    • Developing new programs to reach more wonderful bike-loving humans
    • Seeking additional sources of funding to continue to grow as an organization
  • Other tasks as assigned

So, what kind of qualifications would the ideal human have?

  • You really love bikes. A lot. And you love sharing your love of bikes with strangers. A lot.

You also have:

  • 1-2 years experience coordinating programs, preferably in a not-for-profit organization
  • Experience writing grants and funding proposals
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and/or training staff members
  • Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of basic bike mechanics and enthusiasm for getting your hands greasy
  • Knowledge of cycling culture and advocacy
  • Knowledge of the UBC campus and experience with UBC student life (you’ve at least been to Wreck Beach)  
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Self-motivated & flexible

We’ll like you even better if you have:

  • A bike with a cute name
  • Experience and proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Experience and proficiency with using social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Experience with collective decision-making practices
  • Experience using WordPress and newsletter mailout services
  • Experience using CiviCRM or other similar constituent management software
  • Working knowledge of another language, particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and/ or Spanish
  • Excellent sense of humour and taste in music

Priority will be given to candidates with identities that are traditionally under-represented in the bike industry; we invite you to apply if you experience oppression based on gender identity, race, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, disability, colonization, religion and/or socioeconomic background.

Unfortunately, we are only able to consider applicants that are eligible to work in Canada or on UBC campus.

Note: Some evening and weekend work required. Must be available to attend weekly Board Meetings on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 pm.

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Aida Mas, Programs Manager. Applications can be submitted by email to programs@bikecoop.ca, or in person at the Bike Kitchen (6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC) Monday to Thursday between 10 am and 6 pm.