AMS Bike Co-op and Kickstand Community Bike Shop (FULL)

About the organization

The AMS Bike Co-op provides students and the wider community with an accessible environment where they can learn to fix bicycles, share resources, and work together. Among other cycling education initiatives, outreach, and advocacy, the AMS Bike Co-op runs a program called Bici Libre. Bici Libre provides bikes and mechanical assistance to seasonal agricultural workers in the Fraser Valley who have little or no access to autonomous mobility to get groceries, access medical services, or to get off the farm for any reason. Read more about the AMS Bike Co-op and Bici Libre.

For this placement, the AMS Bike Co-op is partnering with Kickstand, a community bike shop in East Vancouver that is volunteer-run and low-barrier. This allows community members who may not otherwise be able to afford to maintain their means of transportation. Read more about Kickstand.

What you'll do

Bici Libre Volunteer

  • Learn how to safely repair donated bikes that would otherwise go to the landfill
  • Support cyclists in fixing their own bikes through verbal guidance, or hands-on instruction as well as facilitation of the workspace
  • Recycle and build bicycles, organize the shop

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Learn bike mechanics and mechanical intuition, allowing you to solve mechanical problems on your own, with support
  • Engage with programs (such as Bici Libre) that provide means to autonomous mobility for folks who might not otherwise have access
  • Gain facilitation and leadership skills in a volunteer-run non-profit community organization
  • An opportunity for leadership positions in the second term both with bike building workshops or within Kickstand: volunteer instruction, coordination, administrative support depending on strengths and interest

Requirements

  • Criminal record check
  • Attend a Kickstand volunteer orientation on October 19th from 7-9pm. 

Qualifications

  • Desire to learn about bike mechanics and support community learning
  • An interest transportation advocacy and grassroots organizing
  • Some knowledge of, or openness to learning about, anti-oppressive values and how they play a role in community work and bike shops in particular

Scheduling

  • Monday, Wednesday, or Friday: 4:45-7:15pm or 7-9pm
  • Sunday: 12:45-3:15pm or 3-5:30pm

NOTE: For students who identify as women, genderqueer, trans, and/or queer, there is an additional shift at WGTQ night every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:15-8:45pm.