Programs

Wondering what happened to the AMS Bike Co-op? Don’t worry, we still exist!
We’re the programs office for the Bike Kitchen. Check out what’s cool stuff is happening on this page!

Calendar

Click on individual listings for more details, including the location, time and links to further information! Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming programs and events!

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Access Nights

 
 

LGBTQ2I+ Night

LGBTQ2I+ Night takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the shop, from 6:15pm - 9:00pm. This event provides a positive space for anyone in LGBTQ2I+ community to use our shop resources for free in a relaxed environment facilitated by queer mechanics and volunteers.

Bring your own bike and fix it with our tools, come with questions and ask away, or just come hang out with other community members and eat some free pizza. Beginners are always welcome!

Gender and sexuality will not be policed at this event. We ask those who do not identify as part of the LGBTQ2I+ community to check out our other events.

 

when

4th Wednesday of every month
6:15pm - 9:00pm

where

Bike Kitchen
Room 36, UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC

 

 
 

Women & Queer Night

Women & Queer Night takes place on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:15pm - 9:00pm. This free event offers a positive space for cis women, trans women, femmes, and all queer folks to take up space in the shop and learn about bike maintenance in a relaxed environment facilitated by women and/or queer-identified mechanics and volunteers.

Fix your bike with our tools or just come hang out. Beginners are encouraged to come and ask all of the questions. Oh, and we provide free pizza too!

 

when

2nd Wednesday of every month
6:15pm - 9:00 pm

where

Bike Kitchen
Room 36, UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC

 
 

Community outreach

 
 

Kids Bike Library

The Kids Bike Library (KBL) is similar to a regular library, but with bikes! During the summer on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 6:00pm, kids and youth can come trade a bike they have outgrown for one their size (includes bikes with 20” wheels or smaller). Unlike a regular library, you can keep the bike for as long as you need it without having to worry about renewing.

Don’t have a bike? No problem! We also provide bikes to children and youth by-donation, even if you don’t have one to swap. From 4:00pm - 6:00pm on KBL Wednesdays, we also offer by-donation tune-ups for kids bikes.

Access to the Kids Bike Library is free for Bike Kitchen members. If the membership fee presents a financial barrier, please contact kidsbikes@bikecoop.ca to request that the fee be waived.

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Get Involved

We’re always looking for bike donations and volunteers to help us build bikes and provide tune-ups. If you’re interested in supporting the Kids Bike Library or have questions about the program, please contact kidsbikes@bikecoop.ca.

 

when

May - September 2019

where

Bike Kitchen Lawn
UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC

Contact

kidsbikes@bikecoop.ca
604-822-2453

 
 

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. A dedicated team of volunteers helps us provide free bicycles, locks, lights, helmets and bike repair services. *Call for Volunteers*

Get Involved

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We host the Bike Building Party for Bici Libre regularly at Kickstand in East Vancouver. Subscribe to our Facebook events and our newsletter to get updates about the next Bike Building Party.

Donate directly to the Bici Libre project fund and help us supply bikes, lights, locks and helmets to migrant farm workers.

 
 

When

Check out our
Events page

WHERE

Bike Kitchen
6138 Student Union Blvd.
UBC, Vancouver


Our Community Bikes
2429 Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver


Kickstand
1739 Venables Street
Commercial Drive, Vancouver

 
 

Cycling Resources Centres

Our Cycling Resource Centres (CRCs) are a one stop shop for all things relating to bicycles. We go outdoors to places where cyclists and would-be cyclists already congregate and provide a one-stop-shop to answer any bike related questions they may have.

We provide:

  • Basic tune-ups by donation

  • Tutorials on bike mechanics

  • Cycling route maps

  • Interactive educational resources

  • Resources from local cycling + advocacy organizations

  • Information about upcoming events

Through the support of UTown@UBC, we offer free CRCs on campus from spring until fall every year. Drop by and get a basic bike tune-up and other cycling resources likes maps and guides.
 

Book Us

We can bring our CRCs to you! Book us for a CRC at your event, festival, party, workplace or school.

 

WHen

They are scheduled regularly!
Check out our events calendar

 
 

purple + yellow bike share volunteer night

 
 

The Purple + Yellow Bike Share is a fleet of used bikes available for bike share members to ride within the boundaries of UBC campus. The bikes are maintained by volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of our bike share, investing their time in a resource that benefits the campus community.

Get Involved

Come volunteer at P+Y Night at the Bike Kitchen, which takes place every Tuesday night from 6:15pm - 9:00pm. It doesn't matter if you're a pro bike mechanic or if you've never worked on a bike before — this is a great place to try out mechanics and learn. For those who need guidance, experienced volunteers and a pro mechanic will be there to help. There’s no need to sign up beforehand, just drop in. And we offer free pizza for volunteers!

How to get a Key to the P&Y Bike share fleet

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when

Every Tuesday night
6:15pm - 9:00pm

where

Bike Kitchen
Room 36, UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC

 
 
 

Vancouver Community Bike Network

 

Pedals for the people Volunteer night

The Pedals for the People program was created by Our Community Bikes with the aim of increasing access to bicycles and bike repair for those who experience barriers to affordable forms of transportation. Through the help of volunteers and donors, we refurbish bikes and give them to low-income and marginalized people for free or for a sliding scale donation.

Come to the Bike Kitchen’s Monday night volunteer night to help us build and repair bikes for Pedals for the People. Volunteers also help us build and repair bikes for our Bici Libre program and the Kids Bike Library on Monday nights.

We provide free pizza for all volunteers.

 

when

Every Monday
6:15pm - 9:00pm

where

Bike Kitchen
Room 36, UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC

 
 

workshops

The Bike Kitchen offers three different workshop series. We keep our workshop prices low to make them accessible to as many folks as possible. However, if the fees present a barrier to participation, you can email programs@bikecoop.ca and request to have some or all of the fees waived.

Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates about when registration opens for our various workshops.

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bike basics

Bike Basics is our most beginner level workshop. In this 3 hour long workshop, you will get hands on experience giving your own bike some care and using the Bike Kitchen’s DIY tool share.

Bring your bike to get to know how it works! If you do not have one to work on, let us know and we can provide a bike.

 

WHEN

Check out our
Events page

price

Members $15
Non-members $20

 
 

 
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During four interactive sessions, you’ll learn about bike tools, parts and the inner workings of our two-wheeled friends. Workshops run for four weeks on Thursday nights from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. REGISTER HERE for November 2019!

Knowledgeable mechanics will guide you through the basics of repairing and maintaining each system on the bicycle. Demonstrations are provided in a friendly and supportive environment with small class sizes.

Everyone is welcome! No bike required! If you do own a bike, we recommend that you bring it with you so that you can practice repairs on your own bike under the supervision of our instructor – it’s a great way to get to know your bike!

 

when

Check out our
Events page
or REGISTER HERE!

price

4 Workshops
Members $75
Non-members $100

 
 

 
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Mechanics 201 offers an opportunity for folks with some mechanical experience to completely overhaul their bikes over eight weeks and under the guidance of an experienced mechanic. Workshops take place on Thursday nights from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Each workshop will walk the participants through stripping, cleaning, and refurbishing their bike, system by system. By the end of the workshop, participants will have increased familiarity with their own bike, a completely overhauled and tuned bike, and a basic understanding of part compatibility.

To be eligible for this course you must have completed our Intro to Mechanics Workshop series or have equivalent experience. If you are not sure if you qualify for this workshop, please e-mail programs@bikecoop.ca.

 

when

Check out our
Events page

price

7 Workshops
Members $120
Non-members $140

 
 

 

Book us

You can book the Bike Kitchen to present a customized workshop for your organization, club, staff, or any group that wants to learn more about bikes and cycling!

We offer seven comprehensive modules, from which you can pick and choose so that each workshop is tailored to your group. The topics range from bike touring, to commuting, to basic maintenance.

A description and the approximate run-time of each module is listed in the Module Guide. We ask that you select a minimum of two modules.

To request a workshop, please contact programs@bikecoop.ca.  A staff member will be in touch within three business days to discuss the details of your request.