PEDAL and OCBC are Hiring!

April 29, 2015

Job Title: Summer Camp Coordinator & Camp Instructor 

This summer, OCBC will be running its fifth season of Summer Bike Camps. We are seeking one post-secondary student who is as enthusiastic about cycling as they are about empowering youth. We are looking for folks who have experience as educators, an understanding of their bikes, and basic mechanics.

This job has been made possible through a Canada Summer Jobs grant so certain hiring conditions apply. We need you to have been a full-time student last semester, and planning on returning to school in the fall. We can only offer the job to applicants who are between the ages of 18 and 30.


Summer Camp Coordinator & Camp Instructor 

Who: A current full-time student between the ages of 18 and 30, who is planning on returning to school in the fall

What: 12.00$/hour, 32 hours/week, 14 weeks total (mid-May to mid-August)

You will have the option to work remotely from time to time. Most full time employees work Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, however the schedule is flexible.

Where: Vancouver, BC (our bike shop is on Main St., while most of our Bike Camps operate out of Britannia Community Services Centre on Commercial Drive)

When: As soon as possible — Mid-May to mid-August (exact start and end dates are flexible)


Skills we’re looking for:

Love of cycling and sustainable transit

Experience teaching kids and youth

Basic bicycle repair/maintenance skills

Open-mindedness and flexibility

Self-starter / Self-motivated

Ability to work independently

Highly organized

Communication skills

Ability to plan tasks and meet deadlines

Willingness to use the consensus-based model


Overall Job Description:

The OCBC Summer Camp Coordinator will be expected to work with the OCBC Program Coordinator and OCBC staff to plan, organize, promote and carry out the OCBC Summer Bike Camps. The Summer Camp Coordinator must be able to work autonomously and in an ever-changing work environment. We hope to find a candidate who is a self-starter and who is excited about cycling education and having fun with kids in Vancouver! The Camp Coordinator will be in charge of daily camp activities, activity reports, and communications. They will be the main contact person for parents and community partners, and will promote the camp to schools and the public. The Camp Coordinator may also help with volunteer recruitment and other tasks as needed.

As this is a Canada Summer Jobs posting, we are obligated ot ensure that the minimum number of work hours are completed. If a week of camp is cancelled due to poor weather or low-enrolment, we will find ways to ensure that hours are completed. This means you may be able to help with other program tasks, or with mechanic work at our Bike shop on Main St! This is a flexible position, and excellent for a young person looking to improve their logistics and coordination skills, curriculum development and planning skills and to gain experience with youth, education and community development.

Below is a list of the camps applicants will be expected to coordinate and implement:

The In-city Bike Camps (ages 9-13) are summer camps that develops bike handling and navigational skills.

The Earn-A-Bike Camp (ages 14-18) is a condensed version of our E.A.B. Club but with more room for day-to-day continuity and skill building.

Our camp schedule is as follows:

Camp 1:             Monday July 6th to Friday July 10th

Camp 2 and 3:   Monday July 13th to Friday July 17th

Camp 3 and 4:   Monday July 20th to Friday July 24th

Camp 5:             Monday July 27th to Friday July 31st

Camp 6:             Tuesday August 4th to Saturday August 8th (Earn-A-Bike Camp)


Assets/experiences that are recommended but not required include:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Bike touring experience
  • Can-bike or equivalent bike education training
  • The use your bike as their primary form of transportation
  • First Aid

PEDAL is an equal opportunity employer: men, women, trans, straight, queer, bi, bi- curious, all the shades of black, brown, white, etc… all are welcome! Women, people of colour, those with disabilities and first nations’ people are all strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to submit your CV and Cover Letter, please contact Hannah at by May 6th, 2015. 



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Successful Spring Break Camp!

February 2, 2015

OCBC Spring Break Camps!

Thank you so much to all of the families who registered their kids. We had a great week of camp with 6 awesome kids. Keep your eyes peeled for a full camp report provided by our instructors in the coming weeks. Thank you again to our partner, Britannia Services Centre and our Funders, Translink, Vancity and ICBC, for making Bike Camps possible!

For info or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at

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February Hot Dates

February 1, 2015

Hello everyone, we have made a slight change to our after-hours shop nights which is that we now have 2 volunteer orientations a month rather than 1. Members are now welcome to attend the appreciation nights which happen on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7:30pm-9:30pm which include free shop time for volunteers and members.

Things happening at Our Community Bikes in February:

CLOSED on Saturday, February 14th for the Annual Women’s Memorial March (Learn more at:

Wednesday the 4th: Women’s Night (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

Tuesday the 10th: Volunteer Orientation (6:30pm to 7:30pm) then Volunteer & Member Appreciation Night (7:30pm to 9:30pm)

Wednesday the 18th: Women’s Night (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

Tuesday the 24th: Volunteer Orientation (6:30pm to 7:30pm) then Volunteer & Member Appreciation Night (7:30pm to 9:30pm)

Thursday the 26th: HUB Advanced Maintenance Course (6:30pm to 9:30pm, $55 registration through HUB required beforehand. Visit for more details)

Pedal Depot closing + OCB Holiday closure dates

December 15, 2014

As many of you know, we are re-structuring our operations to better serve our diverse communities. This process includes more streamlined programming, specifically our Pedals For the People program. As part of this re-structuring, we will be vacating our current location at 1830 Ontario Street, lovingly known by many as the PEDAL Depot. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your years of commitment to using our services in this space and contributing to the close knit atmosphere you have helped to foster in this space. We hope to see you up the hill at OCB real soon! Stay tuned for upcoming changes by following our website or our Facebook page (

We are also having a big sale at the Pedal Depot on Saturday December 20th and Sunday the 21st:

Also, Our Community Bikes will be closed for a 2 week holiday: the last day open will be Sunday the 21st of December and our first day back open will Saturday the 3rd of January. Come in this week for any last minute repairs, as our friends at the UBC Bike Kitchen are closed for the holidays as well.