Archive for May, 2017


Job Posting: We’re Hiring a Programs Assistant

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

May 24, 2017

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.

The Bike Co-op is hiring a full time Programs Assistant for a temporary summer position via Canada Summer Jobs. This job is available to applicants who are under 30 years of age who are currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plan to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.

We’re looking for a motivated Programs Assistant to help manage some of our key programs and services. The selected applicant will report to the Programs Manager who oversees daily operations at the Bike Co-op.

Responsibilities will include helping with tasks at the Bike Kitchen and the Bike Co-op, including but not limited to event and program planning, office tasks, shop organization and maintenance, and staffing events. This is a unique opportunity for a student to become familiar with both the office, outreach, and service components of our organization – we look forward to meeting you!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting with program and project research and development.
  • Helping maintain our bike locker and bike cage rental programs.
  • Assisting coordinators and mechanics for programs such as Purple and Yellow Bike Share, Bici Libre, Pedalling Art, and the Kids’ Bike Library.
  • Staffing outreach events such as Cycling Resource Centers with other staff members and volunteers.
  • Assisting management at the Bike Kitchen with shop and organizational tasks as needed.

Qualifications

  • A strong understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and practices.
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Some experience with community bike shops, either as a volunteer or staff member.
  • Meets criteria for position funding:
    • under 30 years of age
    • currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plans to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.

Assets

  • Experience working for a non-profit organization.
  • Experience with hands-on instruction.
  • Knowledge of community bike shops.
  • Knowledge of a range of bike components and tools.

Job Specifications

  • Compensation: 13.00/hour (negotiable based on experience)
  • Hours: 32 hours/week
  • Position start date: on or before June 29th, 2017.
  • Duration: 9 weeks, to end before August 31st, 2017.

Please email your resume and cover letter to programs@bikecoop.ca with the subject heading Application: Programs Assistant. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled, or until June 29th. The selected candidate will start work by June 29th, 2017 and the position will terminate on or before August 31st, 2017.

* UBC is located on unceded Musqueam territory. We encourage Indigenous people, as well as all people who are underrepresented in the cycling industry to apply for this position.

 


 

Kids Bike Library

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The Kids Bike Library is:

A. A service offered by kids who deliver your library books by bike

B. A library that exclusively offers kids books about bicycles

C. None of the above

The correct answer would be C, none of the above, although both A and B sound amazing. The Kids Bike Library is a program run by the AMS Bike Co-op and Bike Kitchen to ensure kids are riding safe bikes that fit them and have the tires pumped up and the chains oiled. Kids can swap their bike for a better fitting one or simply borrow a bike for an extended period of time. There are no late fees or due dates, simply come back when the bike is too small and swap it for a larger size.  On Wednesdays at the Bike Kitchen (1896 East Mall at UBC) people can come by anytime between 10:00am and 6:00pm to swap a bike out and between 4:00pm and 6:00pm we offer free tuneups for kids bikes.

The main goal of the program is to give kids bikes that fit and are safe to promote active, sustainable transportation. All the bikes are donations that have been refurbished by volunteers. Kids bikes are often abandoned when the kids grow out of them and this program allows them to be used a second, third, fourth time for different kids instead of ending up in a landfill. No one wants to invest in a bike that will not fit their kid in a year and this program works to eliminate that problem by giving every kid the chance to use a bike that fits.

The library operates based on height (and bike size) rather than age. There are no bikes with wheels bigger than 20 inches and the chart above gives an estimation of the ages of children based on the size of bike. People are encouraged to bring a bike to swap, but bikes will also be given out by donation. There are a limited number of bikes available at any given time, however there is a waitlist that kids can get on and as soon as a bike that fits is available the family will be contacted.

The Kids Bike Library is completely free once you are a member of the AMS Bike Co-op. Co-op Memberships are 15$ for students and 20$ for UBC staff, faculty & community members. Alternatively, memberships are offered in exchange for 6 hours of volunteering at the Bike Kitchen either at P&Y Night on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm or at Volunteer Day on Wednesdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

KBL relies on bike donations and volunteers, if you are interested in either please contact Aida at bicilibre@bikecoop.ca.

 


 

Bike donations are our lifeblood

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

One of the main things that draws people into The Bike Kitchen is the appeal buying a refurbished used bike. They’re looking for something cheap, but more trustworthy than a Craigslist ad. All the bikes sold at The Bike Kitchen come with a one-month warranty and have been repaired and built up by trained mechanics, usually with a smattering of new and used parts to both keep the cost accessible while ensuring the bike is safe, functional, and great to ride.

But where do all these bikes and parts come from?
The answer is donations from a variety of sources in the community, such as property managers and strata groups clearing out their storage spaces, and the UBC Building Operations, who collect bikes that have been abandoned on campus. Sometimes we get donations from really cool individuals who don’t need their bike anymore and want to give it a good home.

At the AMS Bike Co-op Bike Kitchen, sustainability is a huge part of our mandate.
When a bike is donated to us, we assess it, and quickly discern whether it’s worth fixing up and reselling, if it’s best suited to one of our various programs, or if it’s best to save a few parts from it (like maybe the saddle or the wheels), and recycle the rest as best we can.

When a bike gets stripped, we put a lot of effort into separating the different materials (rubber, metal, plastic,etc.) and recycling them appropriately.
Our metal recycling, composed largely of frames, rims, hubs, and chains) is picked up every two weeks or so, and our rubber recycling (mostly tubes and tires) is driven out by a staff member to a depot on Annacis Island.

Donations of used bikes and parts are the lifeblood of shops like the Bike Kitchen.
They help us keep our costs down, and get more people on bikes while minimizing our impact on the environment. The Bike Kitchen offers free pick-up if you have four bikes or more to donate. Lots of bikes? No problem! We can handle it! Either call the Bike Kitchen at 604-827-7333, or send an email to sustainability@bikecoop.ca.

 

 


 

Job Posting: We’re Hiring a Bike Mechanic

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

May 9, 2017

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, full-service, community bike shop located on the University of British Columbia campus. The Bike Kitchen works to support cycling in the UBC and Vancouver, BC areas. During business hours, we offer bike repair services as well as repair space, tools and instruction to UBC students, bike co-op members, and other community members. In the evenings, we offer a range of educational programming on mechanics skills and riding skills.

The Bike Kitchen is hiring a full time mechanic for a temporary summer position via Canada Summer Jobs. This job is available to applicants who are under 30 years of age who are currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plan to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.

The selected applicant will report to the head mechanic who oversees daily service operations at the Bike Kitchen.

Responsibilities will include assembling and refurbishing used bicycles, completing walk-in bicycle repairs, and supporting staff with mechanical and organizational tasks. The selected applicant will also be responsible for working with the programs manager to deliver outreach to our membership through our educational programming.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accurately and thoroughly assessing bicycles for repairs.
  • Completing service orders in a timely manner with a high level of accuracy.
  • Using Lightspeed P.O.S. to complete sales, work-orders, and inventory. (Training provided)
  • Assist in daily shop maintenance: sweeping, tidying, merchandising, and recycling.

Qualifications

  • A strong understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and practices.
  • 1-3 years experience as a bike mechanic in a professional setting – we will prioritize more experienced candidates.
  • Experienced restoration technician; has experience refurbishing bicycles of varying quality, style, and eras.
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Available on weekends and some evenings.
  • Meets criteria for position funding:
    • under 30 years of age
    • currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plans to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.

Assets

  • Experience with hands-on instruction.
  • Knowledge of community bike shops.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of bike components and tools.
  • Available Tuesday evenings until 9:00 pm for special programming

Job Specifications

  • Compensation: 16.41/hour
  • Hours: 30 hours/week
  • Duration: 12 weeks, to end before August 31st, 2017.

Please email your resume and cover letter to programs@bikecoop.ca with the subject heading Application: Bicycle Mechanic. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled, or until June 8th, whichever is sooner. The selected candidate will start work by June 8th, 2017 and the position will terminate on or before August 31st, 2017.

* UBC is located on unceded Musqueam territory. We encourage Indigenous people, as well as all people who are underrepresented in the cycling industry to apply for this position.