Bici Libre


The Bici Libre initiative recycles bikes and rebuilds them for the use of migrant farm workers across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Farm workers that come from other countries via the Temporary Foreign Workers Program often live at the farms on which they work, far from town centres and with limited access to basic necessities.

Their time off is limited and with mobility restrictions, workers often face difficulties accessing services like banking, medical care and groceries. Our goal is to support workers during their stay and to ensure transportation is not a limitation in their life in Canada.

Want to get involved? This season we’re looking for volunteers to join the Bici Libre outreach team!

This involves traveling with a group of AMS Bike Co-op staff and volunteers to farms and other accessible locations across the Lower Mainland to provide bikes, tune-ups and accessories to migrant farm workers. The clinics are generally on Sundays and tend to be a full day commitment.

Requirements

  • Attending at least two clinics over the course of the summer
  • Understanding of anti-oppressive values and the importance of cultural sensitivity & confidentiality
  • Basic bike maintenance skills and a desire to learn more!
  • Spanish language skills considered an asset

Perks

In addition to the perks available to Bike Co-op drop-in volunteers, the Bici Libre Outreach Team is also eligible for these additional perks:

  • Lunch and snacks provided at clinics
  • Discounted or free registration to our workshops
  • Bike Co-op T-shirt & water bottle
  • A reference letter

Perks will be awarded based on level of involvement in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not interested in joining the Outreach Team but still want to be involved? We're also looking for support in the following areas:

  • Building bikes: on Volunteer Day (Wednesdays from 11am-5pm) we build bikes for folks that wouldn’t otherwise have access, particularly for Bici Libre.
  • Translation: we’re always looking for folks to help us translate from English to Spanish and to attend clinics and provide linguistic support to mechanics.
  • Administrative support: we sometimes need help with administrative tasks related to Bici Libre. This includes data entry, fundraising and blog writing, among other tasks.
  • Donations: we're always looking for donations of bikes, tools, bike lights, helmets, locks and hi-vis vests.

If you would like to volunteer or if you would like more information about this initiative, please e-mail bicilibre[at]bikecoop.ca.

From our archives, check out our interview with Lauren who started the Bici Libre program in 2015.