Archive for May, 2016

Multilingual Night Pilot Event coming up on June 15th!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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La Noche Mutliculural

Multilingual Night is a pilot event taking place on June 15th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Bike Kitchen.

The program was developed to provide a space for those who do not speak English as a primary language to learn about bike maintenance and mechanics. Instruction will mainly be done in English, and there will be Mandarin and Spanish translators and volunteers to help! Our aim is to promote inclusiveness and reduce barriers to learning about bike maintenance within the UBC community!

Whether you are learning English and want to practice in a relaxed atmosphere, or want to learn about bike maintenance in Mandarin or Spanish, OR want to connect with other Mandarin and Spanish speakers who enjoy cycling, check out this event! Our goal is to establish a common space for multilingual interaction, fun, and learning as well as encourage biking as a means of sustainable transportation.

Bring your own bike to work on or learn about bike mechanics by helping us recycle donated bikes by stripping them for parts! Beginners are always welcome! No bicycle mechanics experience necessary.

Admission to this event is FREE and there will be free pizza!!

Check out the Facebook event here.



We’re hiring a Shop Manager!

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, full service, community bike shop located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver (Point Grey) campus.  We are a social enterprise established to support the AMS Bike Co-op (, and we function largely as a service-driven and educational shop.  A team of three to seven mechanics averages 15 work tickets a day, mostly small jobs, and also assists customers and co-op members in repairing their own bikes. Our clientele is predominantly UBC students, staff and faculty and we mostly service commuter bikes. Together with the AMS Bike Co-op, our mission is to support and expand the cycling mode share in the UBC area.  We fill many different roles in the campus community and act as the hub of cycling activity in the area, with around 50 customers per day.  During the day we offer repair services as well as repair instruction, and in the evenings we offer a range of educational programming on bike mechanics and.  We specialize in refurbishing and selling used bicycles, and offer new and used parts/accessories for sale.  More information about our organization can be found at and    


The Bike Kitchen is seeking to fill the position of General Manager, the most senior role in the shop.  The successful applicant will be in charge of managing daily operations, overseeing the team of mechanics and educators, liaising with external and parent organizations (AMS/UBC), as well as providing business direction including seeing the shop through an upcoming period of change and growth. The Manager reports to the Bike Co-op Board of Directors, who provide broad oversight and support. The Manager of the Bike Kitchen works in collaboration with the Programs Manager of the Bike Co-op, who manages the educational and outreach programming as well as overseeing 4+ programs and communications staff.   The Bike Kitchen Manager must keep the organization’s mission in mind and ensure that the Bike Kitchen continues to act as an inclusive, positive space.  The Manager is also expected to be a proficient mechanic and repair bikes regularly.  The Manager coordinates a team of 4-7 skilled mechanic staff members and is supported by staff who contribute to shop operations. Typical staff turnover is around 2.5 years. The Manager position is 40hrs/week and a 2-3 year commitment is preferable.


The Manager is responsible for:

– Managing daily shop operations including sales and repairs

– Managing and supporting staff: hiring, training, scheduling, professional development etc

– Improving and maintaining the Bike Kitchen as an anti-oppressive and inclusive space

– Consulting and updating the business/financial plan

– Managing organization of finances including cashout, weekly deposits, and payroll

– Repairing bikes for customers and service writing

– Acting as primary contact for  shop communications

– Working with the Programs Manager and the Board of Directors on programs and long-term goals


The ideal candidate will have:

– Experience or training in small business or non-profit management

– An analysis of oppression and privilege, and experience working within an anti-oppressive framework

– Relevant/diverse work experience within the bike industry

– Proficient bike mechanic skills

– Experience managing staff or comparable experience in a leadership role

– Excellent organizational skills

– Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution

– Excellent customer service skills


We will like you even more if you can demonstrate:

– Expert level bike mechanic skills

– Teaching experience

– Experience in community/non-profit bike shops

– Experience in inventory management and ordering

– Knowledge of UBC departments and campus


Salary: $38,000 – $42,000 per year, plus bonus, commensurate on experience.

Hours: 40 per week. Saturday and evening work possible but not required.

Relocation: a successful candidate from outside the Greater Vancouver area will have moving expenses subsidized.


Please email your resume and cover letter to  by June 10th. We’ll be doing interviews on a rolling basis. Tentative start date is between July 11th and  August 1st, but can be earlier. Please include any time frame considerations on your application. The summer is intended to be a transition and training period between the current manager and the successful applicant.


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, etc

– Candidates who are already legally permitted to work in Canada


Only short listed candidates will be contacted, within three weeks of your application submission.




5 Things You Might Not Know About Volunteering at the Bike Coop

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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  1. Free Wednesday Workshops
    Our Wednesday Volunteer Days include a free workshop from 1:00pm – 2:00pm just for volunteers! Drop by to volunteer anytime between 11:00am – 5:00pm for as long as you like.
  2. Share the Cycling Love with the Community
    If you want to share your knowledge and excitement for cycling with the larger community, volunteer for a Cycling Resource Centre this summer. We’ll be on campus, at farmers markets and different events around the city. Volunteer for more than 3 hours and receive free lunch (especially exciting if you’re volunteering at the Kitsilano Farmers Market!)
  3. Write a Blog Post
    We’re always looking for new posts for the Bike Co-op Blog. Posts can be about (almost) anything bike related. Have you gone on an entertaining ride or bike camping trip that you want to share? Taken artsy bike photos? Written bike poetry? Let us know!
  4. Organize a Ride or Event
    Got any ideas for events or rides? We can support you in organizing and promoting a bike event or ride around Vancouver. Past rides have included cookie crawls to different bakeries, brewery crawls, rides to beaches, overnight Gulf Island adventures, or simply a ride in fancy outfits… Let your imagination run wild.
  5. Swag Up Your Life
    Bike Co-op volunteers get a membership after 6 hours of volunteering, and a P&Y key after another 6 hours of volunteering at a P&Y Night. Volunteers now also get a snazzy water bottle after 20 hours and a Bike Co-op or Bike Kitchen T-shirt after 30 hours.

Email Tamara at if you would like to volunteer!




Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Do you have any friends who have been wanting to try biking to work or school? For this year’s Bike To Work Week (BTWW), support a friend to get cycling, share your story with the Bike Co-op, and both you and your friend will be entered to win prizes! This year’s BTWW runs from May 30th to June 5th. Email us your story by June 6th to be entered.
Ways you can support your friends:

  1. Route planning
  2. Tips on road riding
  3. Being a buddy to buy bike, helmet, lights
  4. Riding together to help them feel comfortable on the road

How to enter:

  1. Encourage a friend to bike to work
  2. Take a photo and you and your friend with your bikes
  3. Send your photo and BTWW story to by June 6th and watch your email to see if you won!


  • Free registration for any session of our Intro to Mechanics workshop series (4 workshops in total!)
  • One $20 gift certificate to The Bike Kitchen EACH for you AND your friend (two in total)
  • Two Bike Kitchen T-shirts and two water bottles
  • Two $5 gift certificates to Earnest Ice Cream
  • one $30 gift certificate to Colony Bar in Kitsilano

*You don’t have to be registered with HUB’s Bike to Work Week program to participate. To learn more about BTWW and to enter for even more prizes, visit



Used Bicycle Drive and Bike Clinic

Thursday, May 12th, 2016


Got an old bike just lying around? Now’s the time to find it a good home! Our Community BikesThe Bike Kitchen, Key West Ford and Council 5423 of the Knights of Columbus have teamed up for this bike drive to benefit the Pedals for the People program.

From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday May 14, at Holy Cross Elementary School on 1450 Delta Avenue in northwest Burnaby, you can drop off your used bicycles and bicycle parts, tools, helmets, lights and other accessories to be refurbished for distribution to low-income people in the Greater Vancouver Area. Also, bring in your current bike for a free basic tune-up!

For more information about Pedals for the People, visit or call 778-836-7122.