Cycles of Change Offers Bike Clubs and Bike Mechanics Classes for Youth and Adults!

For the last 19 years, Cycles of Change is a collectively-run organization of bike education and has been a pillar organization in East Oakland. Missioned to keep bicycles accessible to the community, Cycles of Change holds down the community bike shop, The Bikery, and coordinates bike safety and riding programs around the East Bay. In lieu of some funding shortcomings from local transportation commissions for important bicycle education programs for youth and adults, Aetna Foundation has granted Cycles of Change $100,000 over two years.

Bike Clubs are the foundational program that got Cycles rollinʻ in 1998. Cyclesʻ staff are educators and bike mechanics who equip youth and adult participants with bikes and safety equipment to go on bike adventures to natural places near them. Mechanics classes and workshops are held to teach folks how to do minor repairs while on the road, like fixing a flat tire, adjusting your brakes, or reattaching your chain.

“Shifting our energies to moving ourselves around on bicycles instead of depending on fossil fueled modes of transportation does make a difference on our impact on the environment and our own physical, mental and spiritual health,” says Eri Oura, an educator for Cycles.

Most Bike Clubs are based in-school at local middle and high schools, like Bret Harte, Madison and MetWest. Other Bike Clubs form through our community bike shop.

In addition to Bike Clubs, Cycles of Change offers basic to expert mechanics skills classes, in which participants can learn how to fix flat tires or learn to build a bike!

Check out www.cyclesofchange.org for more info or email us at info@cyclesofchange.org.

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Cycles of Change’s Safety Program is Hiring

Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike” Program

Cycles of Change is currently hiring an on-call Educator for our Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Education Program. Cycles of Change is a 19 year old, collectively run, non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of East Bay residents by providing a variety of bicycle education programs for youth and adults.  

About Safe Routes To Schools (SR2S)

SR2S is an international movement to create opportunities for children to walk, bicycle, and take alternative transit to and from schools, with a particular emphasis on low-income schools.  SR2S is intended to reverse the alarming trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity and to reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. Visit http://alamedacountysr2s.org/ to find out more about the existing Alameda County Safe Routes To Schools program.

The Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike” Program at Cycles of Change serves Elementary, Middle, and High Schools throughout the East Bay by teaching a 5 day Bike Safety program to classes of 20-50 students during and after school. The “Drive your Bike” curriculum is hands-on and takes students from the classroom, to learning skills on the blacktop, to riding on the street. The model is tailored to the structure of the school day, the age of the students, and the schedule of a one day special event.

Visit  www.cyclesofchange.org/programs/safe-routes-to-school/ for more information about the program.

About You

Cycles Of Change seeks an energetic, friendly, creative, flexible, and organized individual with good communication and group management skills to help facilitate our Bike Safety Education Program! 

Responsibilities

  • Teach the curriculum in the classroom, on the blacktop, and on the road.
  • Work with school teachers to be a part of facilitating and participating in the curriculum.
  • Maintain students’ physical and emotional safety.
  • Maintain security, organization, and functionality of bicycles and equipment at each site.
  • Haul bicycle fleets and equipment from storage sites to schools sites.
  • Ensure paperwork such as permissions slips and written student tests are distributed and collected.  
  • De-escalate emergencies and administer first aid if necessary.
  • Problem solve ways to integrate the program in each unique school setting.  
  • Work cooperatively with program coordinators, school teachers, and other Bike Safety Educators

Qualifications & Desired Qualities

We are looking for an individual with: 

    • Experience with East Bay youth and schools
    • A solid understanding and practice of bicycle commuting, safety, and mechanics 
    • The ability to speak loudly for prolonged amounts of time indoors and outdoors.
    • Effective communication skills, ability to give and receive constructive criticism, and active listening skills
    • Personal qualities such as a positive attitude, good intuition, self-management, dependability, patience, respect for peers and youth, and a passion for teaching.
    • Experience with managing large groups of young people
    • A history of good working relationships with diverse populations, communities, and a high level of cultural competency 
    • Experience working within a collective setting 
    • Proficient communication in Spanish a plus

 

Work Schedule & Compensation

The work schedule is variable. Most shifts will be scheduled during the school day with occasional evenings and weekends. This is an on-call, part time position that runs on the academic calendar, with the potential for up to 8-20 hours per week. Scheduling will be based on your flexibility and availability. 

Start Date: For Immediate Hire

Compensation: DOE. $19.25 / hour. + Paid travel time from Fruitvale Bart to School Site.

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive.  It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable related duties if requested.  This position description is not a written or an implied contract.  It will be reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. Performance reviews will be conducted annually.

Our staff is focused on making positive change in the world and supports and celebrates diversity. Cycles of Change is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and individuals who identify as queer are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To Apply – Send Cover Letter, Resume & Supplemental Answers to Hiring@cyclesofchange.org by Friday, March 24th. (Applications will be taken on a rolling basis after that date)

 

Supplemental Application Questions:

  1. What experience do you have working with 8-18 year olds from diverse backgrounds, specifically in an outdoor setting?
  2. Describe your familiarity with the diverse communities of Alameda County.
  3. Are you conversational in any languages in addition to English? 
  4. How long have you been riding and what kind of riding do you do (commuting, recreational, touring, etc)?
  5. Please explain your experience as a bike mechanic. Do you feel comfortable assessing bikes for mechanical safety?
  6. What is your experience engaging with collectives and/or collectively run projects?
  7. Do you have any additional organizational skills you would like to share? 
  8. Do you feel comfortable driving a U-Haul truck on freeways and streets throughout the East Bay Area?
  9. What additional skills/assistance will you need in order to be successful in this position?
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