Bike Co-op

The Bike Co-op is a student-run organization located on campus at UBC. Its goal is to provide students and other campus members with an accessible environment where they can learn to fix bicycles, share resources, and build community. It is engaged in cycling advocacy and education to promote biking as a safe and sustainable means of transportation.

Your donation will support operations funding for the Bike Co-op on campus.

History

The AMS Bike Co-op was founded in the spring of 1998 by a group of very dedicated students. The venture was financially backed by the AMS Innovative Projects Fund, Trek, and other supporters. The original purpose of the co-op was to build a shared fleet of purple and yellow bicycles which could be used by students to reduce the number of car trips on campus. This initiative was hugely successful, and continues to be a foundation of the co-op’s programming. After the initial success of this program, the co-op continued to expand its operations, gained a core of dedicated volunteers and became a hub for cycling on campus.

Programs

UBC Bike Co-op programs are open to everyone, including students, staff, faculty and community members.

At the heart of the cycling community at UBC is the Bike Kitchen, a non-profit, full service, retail shop with all the tools and instruction cyclists need to fix their own bike. It runs a variety of programs, including:

  • Volunteer Night – The Bike Co-op’s second biggest program. A great way for everyone to contribute their time while learning basic bike mechanics, getting to know the co-op, and meeting new bike friends.
  • Cycling Resource Centre – Bringing cycling resources to a farmer’s market (or other event) in the community.
  • The UBC bike sharing program – Communal bikes that can be borrowed.
  • Mechanic Instruction/crash courses – A five-hour comprehensive introduction to the basics of bicycle mechanics and repair.
  • Women’s Night – A night aimed to encourage women to learn about bike mechanics.
  • Bikes 101 – An educational workshop designed to introduce new riders to the basics of bike safety, route planning, maintenance and buying a second hand bike.
  • Cargo Bike Share Program – Cargo bikes that can be booked to move personal items around campus.
  • Bike Co-op Resource Library – A collection of literature about cycling movements and co-operatives, located in the Bike Co-op.
  • Advocacy – Making the world a better place for cycling, and through cycling.
  • UTown Youth Bike Club – An opportunity for high school students to attend the Bike Kitchen to learn about and practice bike repair and connect with fellow cyclists.

Please make a donation to support these programs. Your gift helps cyclists and makes cycling accessible to the entire UBC community.