May is National Bike Month, and Bike to Work Day, this year on May 11, 2017, is our biggest event of the year. We can’t make it happen without your help! We have a few open volunteer positions to support Bike to Work Day and other Bike Month Activities.
Volunteer positions available:
- Outreach Captain: With more than 100 Energizer Stations spread throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo County, we are in need of volunteer Outreach Captains to represent SVBC at these locations. Encourage people to join SVBC by buying a BTWD t-shirt, and share information about our work and programs. Mandatory training sessions, held in March and April in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, will give you all the tools you need. This volunteer opportunity requires availability from 6-10am on Bike to Work Day, May 11. Your location will be determined in advance, and based on your preference.
- Bike to Work Day Coordinators: Do you have a few free weekdays in April or May? We are in need of volunteers who can come in during our normal weekday office hours to help with poster shipments, t-shirt inventory and shipments, and other general Bike to Work Day assistance as needed. We will be needing volunteers at least once a week beginning in early April through Mid-May for 2-4 hour shifts.
- Social Ride Leader: SVBC is an active supporter of volunteer-led social rides, which encourages new people to ride a bike, provides the bicycling community with fun and interesting activities, and creates awareness of various issues affecting bicyclists. Recent social rides include an Urban Farm Bike Ride, the Coffee Crawl Ride, and the upcoming Community Mural Bike Tour. Are you interested in leading a social ride in your community during Bike Month? We can provide all the training and tools to make it a success!
- Bike to Shop Day: Are you interested in helping make Bike to Shop Day 2017 a success? This year, we are again planning a one-day event during Bike Month in May, encouraging local shops to provide special discounts and prizes for those who shop by bike. This year, SVBC is again partnering with Westfield Valley Fair for a one-day event. We will be looking for people to help lead group rides from all directions to the mall.
We are in need of volunteers now to help us survey Valley Fair shoppers, February 7 and 9, to learn more about their customers’ and employees’ bicycling habits and/or barriers to riding. Learn more about this opportunity here, and sign up!
- Tabling Volunteers: We have a need for individuals to represent SVBC at the many Earth Day and National Bike Month events throughout April and May in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Hours vary, but would likely be a 3-4 hour time commitment during the weekday. The ability to transport tabling materials and travel to event locations is necessary. Training will be provided, and you would have the ability to pick and choose events.
- Photographers: There are many great events taking place throughout National Bike Month, and with those events, great photo opportunities. We are looking for photographers interested in volunteering their time and skills for events like Bike to School Day (May 4), Bike to Work Day (May 11) or Bike to Shop Day (TBD).
These are great opportunities to have a big impact on the success of this event, and to connect with the organizations, businesses, and people that make up the bike community in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above positions, contact Carlos Velazquez, Outreach Manager, by email or phone at (408) 287-7259 ext. 229.