Volunteers, We Love You!

True or false: SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers are the bee’s knees?

True, of course! Last month, we celebrated with over 70 SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers at our biannual Volunteer Appreciation party. All active volunteers from the past six months were invited to attend this event, hosted at the Dolan Law Firm, and featuring beverages donated by New Belgium Brewing and delicious caramels and chocolates donated by Littlejohn’s Candies. To top it off, we raffled off some great prizes and brought back our ever-popular bike-themed trivia.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of our organization, helping out with everything from data entry in the office to outreach on the streets of San Francisco. Since the beginning of 2016, over 500 people have joined us to volunteer at events ranging from Volunteer Night to Bike to Work Day.

If you missed the party, no worries! We host Volunteer Appreciation parties twice a year, and we’ll invite you to our next one after you volunteer. Here are some of the great upcoming projects we’ll be looking to you for support this summer, fall and winter:

Tour de Fat:* This annual New Belgium festival of bikes, beer and bemusement takes place in Golden Gate Park. Join us for a hoot’n and holler’n good time. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are invited to join our team of nearly 200 volunteers who help make this amazing event possible (earning a free admission, a complimentary drink token and eternal gratitude in the process). Sign up to join us.

Bicycle Ambassador outreach:* SF Bicycle Coalition members, come to one of our upcoming trainings to get up to date on what’s going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition and learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations and other events. Sign up for a training.

Valet Bike Parking: Summer and fall are our busiest season for Valet Bike Parking. We’ll be parking bikes at music festivals, street fairs and more. Come help us keep bikes safe!

Freedom from Training Wheels: Teach the next generation the joys of biking at one of our Freedom from Training Wheels workshops! Our experienced staff will give you the skills you need to help kids scoot, balance and glide on their bikes. Join us.

Winterfest:* The SF Bicycle Coalition’s annual member party, art auction and fundraiser is not to be missed! Member-volunteers support all aspects of this event; helping set-up stations, run fun games, pour libations and more. We are rewarding volunteers with a drink token and free event admission (plus infinite warm fuzzies). Sign-ups will open in September.

Light up the Night:* Our annual bike light distribution campaign kicks off after daylight savings. We install 1,000 lights every year on the bikes of those riding without them. Sign-ups will open in October.

And that’s just a preview! To make sure you’re the first to hear about these great upcoming projects, sign up today to receive our twice-monthly volunteer newsletter.

*Please note: you must be a member to volunteer at starred events. Membership costs as little as $35 per year, or you can earn a no-cost Barter Membership by volunteering 10 hours in a three-month period!

Become a member and you'll improve your commute and get discounts at shops across the city.