Archive for March, 2016


AGM Recap

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The Bike Co-op held its Annual General Meeting last Tuesday on March 8. Presentations were given by programs director Aida Mas, education and outreach coordinator Hannah Feigenbaum, outreach assistant Ali Byers, Bike Kitchen manager Emily Hein, president Will Bailey, and treasurer Eva Jordison. After we finished talking about how much awesome stuff we did last year we took a pizza break, true to our form, and then began elections. Check out our annual report in an infographic for more awesome stuff! Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.25.02 PM

There was a lot of turnover on the board since all three of our execs are graduating in the spring. We were sad to say goodbye to Will Bailey as president, Tamara Brown as vice-president, and Eva Jordison as treasurer. They have all assured us that they’ll continue to loiter and/or volunteer with the Co-op, so that makes us feel a little bit better.

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The new board consists of a mix of familiar and new names. We’re looking forward to a great year with them. Keep an eye out for interviews with them throughout the year. Without further ado, here they are! 

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President: Connor Morgan-Lang (previous Board Member and Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee)

Vice-President: Mike Gottlieb (previous Board Member and Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee)

Treasurer: Fausto Inomata (previous Board Member)

Members at large:

Amir (re-elected Board Member)

Khiran (re-elected Board Member)

Eva (re-elected Board Member)

Paige (new Board Member)

Abella (new Board Member)

Gregory (new Board Member)

 
All the great things that happened this past year at the co-op would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers. We thanked our volunteers publicly at the AGM and our volunteer coordinator Gretta Dattan made medals that we gave to the people who have given the most of their time to the co-op, namely Marv, YH, Allen, and David.

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Thanks to everyone who made last year a great year the Co-op. We can’t wait to see what the coming year holds!

 


 

We are hiring summer work learns!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The Bike Co-op is hiring for the summer! We are looking for a Programs Assistant, and an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator to help us run and expand our programming. Both are Work Learn positions, which means that you must be eligible for the program to apply. Have a look at the job summaries below, and if you’re interested apply through through the UBC Jobs Board. 


 

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Hours per week: 20
Wage: $16.26
Deadline to apply: March 25, 2016
Anticipated start date: May 1, 2016

The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator’s main tasks will be:
– Attending volunteer nights, particularly Purple and Yellow Volunteer nights every Tuesday from 6-9pm
– Providing support to volunteers during volunteer nights and at outreach events (greeting volunteers, providing brief orientations to new volunteers and assisting other volunteers when necessary)
– Assisting the PM with volunteer coordination and recruitment
– Helping the Education and Outreach Coordinator with Cycling Resource Centres (community cycling resource stations at community events, where free cycling information and by-donation tune-ups are provided)
– Facilitating volunteer orientations
– Entering data and compiling statistics on volunteer retention and member engagement
– Collecting data on the Purple and Yellow Volunteer nights, to identify the volume of bicycles repaired and currently in circulation
– Monitoring volunteer programs and seeking areas for improvement
– Attending the Bike Co-op’s Programs Committee meetings on alternating Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm
– Assisting with the administration of bike lockers and cages

Qualifications
– Experience with customer service and/or public relations
– Knowledge/interest in cycling culture and advocacy
– Basic bike mechanical skills
– Experience with data entry and spreadsheets
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
– Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgrounds
– Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
– Strong teamwork skills

Programs Assistant
Hours per week: 20
Wage: $16.26
Deadline to apply: March 25, 2016
Anticipated start date: May 1, 2016

The Programs Assistant will work closely with Bici Libre as well as on the following services provided by the Bike Co-op:

1. Bike lockers and cages: a service provided in partnership with UBC Campus and Community Planning, providing safe bike parking facilities on campus. The Programs Assistant will:
– Respond to customer requests by phone and email, providing customer service to new and existing program users
– Receive requests for locker spaces, assign customers to locker locations and arrange for key pickup and payment
– Maintain a wait list for full areas and notify customers when space is available
– Maintain organization of the key management system
– Compile statistics to improve the service and better assess user needs

2. Intro to Mechanics: a weekly, affordable workshop on introductory-level bike mechanics for all members of the community. The Programs Intern will:
– Register customers for workshops and maintain the wait list
– Enter data from completed workshop feedback forms
– Check-in registrants, assist the workshop leader and ensure paperwork and feedback forms are filled out and collected at the end of the workshop

The Programs Assistant will also provide administrative assistance for other Bike Co-op programs as directed by the Programs Manager, including preparing and collecting surveys, entering data for program and member feedback and assisting with the organization of documentation and resources. In addition, the Programs Intern will collaborate with the Education and Outreach Coordinator by writing short articles and blog posts on urban planning and cycling infrastructure and policy. They will also work closely with the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator by attending certain outreach events and assisting with volunteer coordination.

Qualifications
This position is suitable for an undergraduate level student. The applicant should also possess the following qualifications:
– Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Strong teamwork skills
– Knowledge/interest in cycling culture and cycling advocacy
– Knowledge of Spanish (preferably fluent)
– Valid drivers license
– Ability to communicate in a professional manner through writing and speaking
– Experience with data entry and spreadsheets
– Experience with customer service and/or public relations
– Basic computer skills (word processing, emails)
– Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgroundsAssets:
– Experience working in non-profit organizations
– Experience with collective decision-making practices
– Intermediate to advanced bike mechanical skills

 

 

 

 


 

Review of the City of Vancouver’s 5-year Bike Plan

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

The City of Vancouver’s (CoV) 5-year cycling network map is encouraging for those who enjoy cycling and especially those who rely on active transportation for commuting and moving about the city day-to-day. People who ride bikes in the downtown core will experience a remarkable upgrade and expansion of cycling infrastructure. Seeing as this region houses the greatest population density it is sensible to focus the majority of efforts there. However, relative to downtown, the exterior routes remain sparse and in some cases disconnected.

Connections to UBC

Data compiled by Campus and Community Planning (C&CP) show cyclists currently comprise 1.3% of mode share and a 3-year rolling average projects over 2000 weekday bicycle trips to and from UBC per day¹,². C&CP plans that by 2040 at least 16% of trips will be made by people either walking or cycling². To align with this plan, infrastructure will need to be substantially upgraded and expanded to attract and maintain the influx of new cyclists looking to access the campus. UBC is accessed by five main cycling routes — University Boulevard/Blanca/Off-Broadway, Chancellor Boulevard/4th Avenue, Northwest Marine Drive, 16th Avenue, and Southwest Marine Drive. Below, we provide commentary on current concerns for each of these routes which we hope can be addressed in future plans.

University Boulevard/Blanca/Off-Broadway and 10th Avenue

This is the primary route for cycling onto campus, connecting directly to UBC’s core. We welcome plans to add infrastructure to Blanca and to upgrade the 10th Avenue bike route to All Ages and Abilities (AAA) status, as that is a major thoroughfare for students living in Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant and East Vancouver. However, in its current form the cycling network map is void of plans to install an AAA bikeway between 10th Avenue — or any other arterial routes — and the University Endowment Lands (UEL). The AMS Bike Co-op feels this is a considerable oversight. We hope plans will soon be made to complete this AAA route by upgrading the Off-Broadway bike route to connect 10th Avenue and Blanca.

Chancellor Boulevard/4th Avenue

This route is appealing for upgrade, due to its proximity to the AAA route from Jericho Beach to Downtown. Issues remain with the bike infrastructure along Chancellor, including the lack of lights, high traffic speeds and poor connections, and we are working with HUB, Bike-Walk UBC, and the MOTI to address these. However, on the Vancouver side, the connection between the AAA route and Chancellor remains unsatisfactory. While we welcome the proposal to upgrade Highbury, the remainder of the route along 4th Ave consists of narrow painted lanes and in some places sharrows along a high-traffic road. We strongly encourage the CoV to also consider upgrading the existing infrastructure along 4th, so that there is a AAA route connecting Downtown to the edge of the UEL.

16th Avenue

16th Avenue is an important bike route connecting to the Dunbar and Kerrisdale neighbourhoods, where many students live. Unfortunately, the painted bike lane on the UBC/Province side disappears at the CoV border at Blanca. We welcome the addition of infrastructure to Blanca to connect to 16th avenue. However, as many commuters live in the Dunbar area, the section of 16th Avenue between and Blanca and both the Dunbar and Valley bike routes represents a gap. To follow the “Vision Zero” initiative of the City, sections of bike lane running parallel to roads with speed limits in excess of 30km/h should have protected lanes due to elevated risk of fatality³. There is ample room on this section for parking-protected or fully-protected bike lanes.

Southwest Marine Drive

Southwest Marine Drive is a major connector to UBC from South Vancouver. We welcome the planned upgrades to the painted lanes along that route, but hope that it can be considered for AAA upgrades in the future.

Northwest Marine Drive

Technically an AAA route onto the edge of campus, but more of a leisure route than a direct commuter route. Also, a lot of that “AAA” route is hard-packed gravel, which is not exactly commuter friendly. The connection between NW Marine Drive and Point Grey Road through Jericho Beach Park is unpaved and shared with pedestrians. Even though we encourage the bicycle use as leisure, we also recognize the potential conflicts between commuting cyclists (transportation-focused, fast-riding) and promenading pedestrians (leisure-oriented, possibly with dogs).

Summary

To maximally improve the current state of commuting to UBC we suggest the CoV prioritize the addition of 1) 8th avenue from Trafalgar to Blanca 2) 4th avenue between Highbury and Blanca and 3) 16th avenue between Valley drive and Blanca to their catalog of AAA bicycle lane projects. Provided these new routes, the AAA cycling network would be able to safely funnel bike commuters from East Vancouver, Kitsilano, Downtown, and Dunbar to UBC. While at present many of these connections are not at AAA status on the UBC side, we are working with the province and local groups to upgrade these, such that their inclusion in the City’s five-year plan is appropriate. UBC’s daytime population is approximately 60,000 people and nearly one-tenth of the entire population of Vancouver proper¹. Considering this, the scale of impact on Vancouver cyclists justifies these proposed cycling network expansions.

Other Comments on the Plan

Kent Avenue and SW Marine Drive Connections

The map also shows no connecting routes between SW Marine Drive, Kent Avenue, and Hudson Street, limiting their utility for some commuters particularly those riding with young children or who are inexperienced. Further examples are Commercial Drive, Bute, Gore, and West Waterfront Road.

Representation of Infrastructure at UBC on Maps

We welcome the inclusion of on-campus cycling infrastructure in Figure 2 – Five-Year Cycling Implementation Map (November 2015). However, we note that all the infrastructure is shown as being equal, and not reflective of the diversity of infrastructure, which ranges from highly uncomfortable painted lanes along high-speed routes (16th, Marine Drive) to much more comfortable car-free pedestrian malls. Better-harmonized bike map data would aid both the public and decision-makers. We hope the CoV can continue to work with UBC C&CP to this end.

Trial of Skateboards and Push Scooters on Bike Infrastructure

Finally, the AMS Bike Co-op supports the pilot for skateboarding and scootering in protected bike lanes. If collision data generatedover the course of the pilot suggest no significant change in the number of accidents between cyclists and people riding skateboards, push-scooters and using skates, the protected bike lanes should become permanently multi-use. Further, we support the motion to limit the narrower on-street bikeways to only people riding bikes due to closer proximities and necessarily quicker reactions.

References:

1. Campus and Community Planning UBC. UBC Vancouver Transportation Status Report Fall 2014. http://planning.ubc.ca/sites/planning.ubc.ca/files/attachments/UBC2014-
TransportationStatusReport-FINAL_0.pdf
2. Campus and Community Planning UBC. UBC Transportation Plan 2014. http://planning.ubc.ca/sites/planning.ubc.ca/files/documents/transportation/plans/UBC-Transportation-Plan-2014_Oct.pdf
3. Kim, J-K., Kim, S., Ulfarsson, G.F., & Porrello, L.A. (2007). Bicyclist Injury Severities in Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Accidents. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 39:238-251
4. City of Vancouver. Census and Local Area Profiles 2011. http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/censusLocalAreaProfiles2011.htm

 


 

Purple & Yellow Story Contest

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Write your own origin story or poem about one of our P&Y bike share programs and you will be entered to win a prize! The Purple and Yellow program is a co-op staple. As a ride share it embodies many of the core principles the Bike Co-op stands for like education, sustainability, and community.

Submit your stories by March 15th to volunteer@bikecoop.ca and you could win a $20 Mahoney & Sons gift card or tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival. All genres and forms (poetry, short stories, songs etc.) are welcome so get creative and submit right away!

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Here’s a story by assistant Volunteer Coordinator Gretta to get you started:

Racing through the sun dappled forest, the sylvan nymph’s ethereal feet barely impressed the spongy moss on which her dainty feet alighted. Verdant ferns unfurled before her and the ambrosial flowers turned their multihued heads towards her, calling out to her in vain to stop and rest with them for a moment, to curl up between saplings and play with the dewy-nosed fawns who waited patiently in the undergrowth for the return of their svelte mothers. The glaucous-eyed nymph was rushing to see the virgin Artemis who, according Procne’s chirping swallows, was dancing with her hounds and huntresses to the joyful warbling of the larks and finches.

The panting nymph stopped with a start, something cold had touched her delicate foot. What could it be? Was it the playful leavings of a wayward satyr? The still-cool footprint of a wandering river nymph? One of the adamantine fragments of Gaia’s broken body?

The golden tressed nymph shuddered in anticipation as she pushed aside the feathery mosses with trembling fingers. A color as golden as the nectar the glorious gods of Mt. Olympus sipped shown through the moss, followed by glimpses of a violet as pure as Lady Persephone’s winter robes; overcoming her hesitation the sylvan nymph brushed stiff grasses and drippy vines away from the fast-appearing shape below her. It was a strange apparatus full of twisted joints and sharp, rusting points, if a machine could be in pain, could suffer and bleed the ichor of the gods, then this contraption would be cringing in unutterable pain like woeful Prometheus.

The nymph knew that she must take this poor, suffering machine back to Hephaestus’ mighty forge from which blinding sparks flew day and night as the fearsome god invented, created, and smelted eternally. It would mean a journey of heretofore unknown trials and tribulations and she would need to triumph over monsters the likes of which only the heroes of legend had ever faced. Yet the nymph knew the machine had the potential to be sublime, as a creation of a sacred Olympian it was sublime even in its unwholesome contortions.

The ferns unfurled and fanned themselves against the nymph’s legs and the sparrows dipped through the gentle boughs of the forest, nestling their beaks into her hair a final time as she wheeled the apparatus through the forest. She could hear the Artemesian revels behind her but she hardened her resolve. Maybe one day the Lemnian Hephaestus would name this machine after her. “Good luck Biclisto!” the fawns at her heels shrilled as the towering oaks above them rustled their leaves in encouragement and the duo-nymph and machine-walked and wheeled out of the cool, verdant glen and into Helios’ welcoming arms.