For more information or details on any of these opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like to be the first to hear about new opportunities, join our google group!
Mobile Repair Stand
Common Cycle’s main activity during the non-snowy months is our Mobile Repair Stand. The MRS is a portable bike workshop that we haul around on bike trailers and set up every Sunday at the Kerrytown Artisan Market from 11am-3pm, April to October. The volunteers at the MRS range from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes.
No matter what your skill level, there is a place for you as volunteer at the Mobile Repair Stand! We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere where knowledge is shared and questions are encouraged. The only requirement is that you are willing to get your hands dirty and learn and teach in an empowering manner that shows respects for people of all skill-levels and backgrounds. We also need two people each Sunday to haul the trailers to and from the market.
Youth Bicycle Workshops
Common Cycle is also working to make bicycling more accessible to young Ann Arborites by developing a neighborhood-based network of bike workshops where young folks can learn, teach and share their bike fixing skills. We partner with existing organizations and community hubs to run youth bicycle workshops, and we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their skills and mentor young people in developing their mechanic skills.
Again, no specific skill level is required, only the willingness to get your hands greasy and teach and learn with young people in a respectful manner.
Safe Routes to School
Common Cycle is supporting the bicycle education that is happening at Claugue Middle School through the Safe Routes to School Program. Clague Middle School was one of six schools in Michigan to receive Safe Routes to School funding for the 2012-2013 school year. This funding will be used to make infrastructure improvements around Clague Middle School, as well as fund education and encouragement work around Safe Routes to School.
Volunteers are needed to help teach short lesson plans on the importance of biking and walking to 6th graders at Clague Middle School. These lessons will focus on the environmental and health benefits of biking and walking, as well as how to engage in these activities safely. Advisory classes meet from 11:35-11:50am daily. Our ideal volunteer will be able to commit to teaching two lessons a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, throughout the month of May. Training will be provided. The time is not flexible, but the days/number of times you volunteer is.
Washtenaw Prisoner Re-entry Program
Common Cycle partners with Catholic Community Services to assist with individuals who are reintegrating into the community who are in need of transportation, by giving them a bike, a lock, and a helmet. We need help refurbishing donated bikes to get them ready to ride. Let us know if you are interested in helping us get these bikes ride-ready.
Instructors for Workshops
A few times a year Common Cycle offers bike maintenance classes. Interested in teaching a session? We’d love to have you. If you would like to be paired up with another instructor for more support, we can do that too. Sessions usually include basic maintenance and fixing a flat, derailleurs, brakes, headsets, bottom brackets, and wheels.
Common Cycle regularly participates in a number of community events including Bike to Work Day, Bike Ypsi’s Spring Ride, and more. Sometimes we set up the Mobile Repair Stand and need volunteers to help with teaching people about bicycle repair and maintenance. And sometimes we need people table and do some outreach, telling the world about Common Cycle.
Are you a student at the University of Michigan? Are you interested in promoting cycling on campus? The Bicycle Ambassadors are a student group at UM that advocate for more cycling resources for the UM community. Common Cycle has partnered with the Bicycle Ambassadors to offer maintenance classes and promote bicycle education on campus. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge around bicycle mechanics, there are a number of ways to be involved. We can add you to the Bicycle Ambassador list to keep you in the loop with what’s happening on campus!
Creative Arts and Design Support
Common Cycle often times needs help with projects ranging from web design, illustrations for educational materials, creating flyers, and more. Let us know if you interested in helping out with these kinds of projects, we’ll drop you a line as opportunities come up.
Sometimes, it’s easiest to say “I love what you do!” with a little financial boost. We like that kind of participation, too.