March 29, 2019

Spring help needed!

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It's that time of the year -- spring is here and we need help!!

 

The St. George Bicycle Collective is hiring Mechanics.  If you love bikes and what we do, this could be the job for you!

This position is much more than just an opportunity to wrench on bikes and grow your abilities as a bike mechanic. All of our mechanics work together with our volunteers and have the opportunity to move into leadership positions in education and youth programming, operations, and mechanics. 

We are a growing community organization with a strong passion for promoting bicycling for transportation as a cornerstone for sustainable growth in this region.  

For now, this position will be open for up to 10 hours/week for the months of April and May. For the right candidate, this position can develop into year-round, full-time, multi-faceted employment with increasing pay and responsibility.

 

The Highlights:

  • hourly pay DOE
  • Opportunity to grow the job and the organization
  • Get paid to do makes a significant difference in our community

Click the link below to find out more about the job and learn how to apply.

Do you like working with children and youth? Do you like bikes? Do you want to learn more about bike mechanics? Then this might be a great opportunity for you!

We are looking for people interested in working with children and youth ages 8-17. 

This is a great leadership and learning experience for both the instructors and the kids. 

 

Our Youth Open Shop is a structured program at our Community Bike Shop. We have six workbenches available. Kids bring in their own bikes or learn how to fix bikes that have been donated to the Bicycle Collective. 

  • You'll be working with 2 to 4 kids
  • depending on your skills: you'll be helping kids work on their own bikes (for advanced mechanics), or you'll help instructing them on the tasks of the day (beginner to intermediate mechanics)
  • We'll train you!


Requirements: 

  • Positive teaching and leadership skills
  • Mechanical background preferred
  • High energy positive disposition, able to listen ,follow and give instruction.
  • Be available Mondays from 4:00-7:00pm
  • Must be at least 18
  • This is a weekly program. Be available Mondays from 4:00-7:00pm, at least twice a month.

Background check is required

Volunteer with the SLCBC!

Shop Volunteering

Volunteering with the SLC Bicycle Collective is a great way to gain invaluable experience within the community. We have open volunteering hours on Mondays between 5:30 and 9:00 PM and on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. You may stop in anytime during those hours - no sign-up necessary. We ask folks to serve at least an hour when they come to volunteer - you are welcome to stay longer or for the full block. 

No experience with bikes necessary to volunteer. Our staff will teach you all the things you need to know about bikes to assist us in the cause. However, a skilled mechanic is always appreciated in our shop!

Instructions for volunteering:

Please meet at the SLC shop located at 2312 S. West Temple. The front door is usually locked, so ring the doorbell when you arrive. We will then have you complete an application and give you a walking tour/orientation of the shop that will cover volunteer duties, responsibilities, and expectations. 

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting bike grease on. We provide shop aprons and gloves for all volunteers. 

Volunteers in the shop typically work on fixing kids and adult bikes for our charitable programs, sort through bike parts and do miscellaneous cleaning around the shop. We provide all the educational support and resources for volunteers to successfully complete projects in our shop!

Bike Prom Volunteer

Every year the SLC Bicycle Collective holds an annual fundraiser called "Bike Prom". We need volunteers to help us make it a successful and fun event! Call for 2018 Bike Prom volunteers has ended. We'll put out a call for 2019 Bike Prom Volunteers next year! 

Bike Valet Volunteer

Bike Valet is provided by the Bicycle Collective at many of the events in Salt Lake City throughout the spring, summer, and early fall that demand safe, theft-­free bicycle parking service! Help patrons by securely parking their pedal ­powered steeds at our handy-dandy pop­up rack/based parking systems. Available to anyone 18 and older. Perks of volunteering for Bike Valet is getting into the events for free (if there is a cover charge)! Links to sign-up to volunteer with Bike Valet for 2019 events will be available soon. 

Bike Prom

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

Get Tickets

FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Volunteer Highlight - Abby Mars

How did you get involved with the collective? 

My first experience with the Collective was several years ago when I bought an older bike off Craigslist and wanted to swap out some parts. I had no idea what I was doing with riding or working on that thing and I don't think I ended up riding it much, but the tinkering bit was the fun part anyway. Shortly after that I moved to Colorado for a little while before turning around and coming back to Salt Lake a year and a half later. Last fall, I was on sabbatical from work and looking for volunteer opportunities to help me keep busy and engage with the community now that I'm back for good, so I wandered into the Bicycle Collective during Friday morning volunteer hours. I was pretty much hooked right away because you get to work on so many different types of bikes over the course of one volunteer session, which scratches my urge to tinker without having to dismantle my own bike every week!

What do you enjoy most about the collective?

Working on Goodwill bikes has been a really fun way to become a little less clueless about riding and fixing up my own bikes, for one thing. There's nothing like dismantling an old bike to re-use the parts to help you understand how everything fits together. It's also been a great group of people to hang around with and get to know. (And the snacks during volunteer night certainly don't hurt either.)

Tell us more about how cycling has impacted your life.

I work remotely from my home, so I'm always on the lookout for excuses to get out of the house during the week, and cycling around town is a great one. Often I'll ride down to the coffee shop for a change of scenery while I work, or do a few laps around town when I'm done for the day. I had a bike as a kid that I loved to ride around the neighborhood, but I didn't ride much after I started high school. It wasn't until these last few years that I rediscovered how much I love poking around on a bicycle with no particular destination in mind. It's such a fun way to explore, especially in a city like Salt Lake where not much of town is very pedestrian-friendly. 

What are some of your other hobbies? 

On the same sabbatical when I started coming to the Collective, I also signed up for a piano class up at the U! Playing piano is another thing I did as a kid and lost sight of until recently, so it's been fun to flex those muscles again. Also, my wife and I have two pets (a cat and a rabbit), and taking photos of those two to put on the internet takes up a fair amount of my time!
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Abby is one of our core volunteers. It's people like her who volunteer their time and talents that keep our shop running. Thanks for all that you do, Abby! 

Interested in volunteering with the Bicycle Collective? Learn more here!

Join us for our first ever Parking Lot Sale and Bike Swap!

This is the only time of year where we will sell your bike on consignment. If you have a bike you'd like to sell with us, fill out the Google Form at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/IbVTO394PgJQEDL82

We'll have refurbished bikes, new and used components, accessories, and more! Come by for some great deals and to support a great cause. All proceeds help support our bike giveaway and education programs.

It's that time of the year -- spring is coming and we need help!!

 

The St. George Bicycle Collective is hiring Mechanics.  If you love bikes and what we do, this could be the job for you!

This position is much more than just an opportunity to wrench on bikes and grow your abilities as a bike mechanic. All of our mechanics work together with our volunteers and have the opportunity to move into leadership positions in education and youth programming, operations, and mechanics. 

We are a growing community organization with a strong passion for promoting bicycling for transportation as a cornerstone for sustainable growth in this region.  

For the right candidate, this position can develop into year-round, full-time, multi-faceted employment with increasing pay and responsibility.

 

The Highlights:

  • hourly pay DOE
  • Opportunity to grow the job and the organization
  • Get paid to do makes a significant difference in our community

Click the link below to find out more about the job and learn how to apply.

 

February 25, 2019

OBC 10th Birthday Party

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Come celebrate 10 years of the Ogden Bicycle Collective with us!

We'll start the day with a community poker bike ride at 4:00 PM at the shop. The route is a secret, but we promise it will be an easy to moderate 7 or so miles that you can take your time on.

It's not about who finishes first, but who has the best poker hand at the end of the ride!

We'll meet back at the shop at 6:00 PM for a night of food, music, prizes AND a wacky mechanic's challenge!

Join us for this family friendly party and fundraiser to celebrate our 10th birthday!

We're asking for a $5 donation to enter the ride and party!

Head over to our Facebook Event Page to get updates.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping us make this happen:
Brewvies Ogden
ENVE Composites
Beehive Cheese
KUHL
SaltyCreative
Lavender Kitchen
Lavender Vinyl
Ogdens Own Distillery
GEAR:30
Pepsi
Home Grown Print

Amer Sports

Harmons Grocery Stores

Grounds for Coffee West 400 North

A Utah County native, I began volunteering at the Provo Bicycle Collective in 2012. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in 2015, I moved to Boise and began working with the Boise Bicycle Project where I honed my skills as a mechanic and educator. In 2016 I returned to Provo, committed to growing the operation here. I love bicycles because I see them as a vehicle that challenges riders to push themselves and engage their community in a different way. I see the Collective growing and becoming more effective in fostering community impact and growth, and serving as a space in which community members can grow and develop themselves. In June 2019, I moved to lead the Salt Lake City branch of the Bicycle Collective.