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Friday, January 23, 2015

Here's How You Can Be a Real Bike Advocate in the Bay Area

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:57 PM

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a that unpaid, but very fun gig for underemployed adventure cyclists, this week I’d like to point out that there are actually quite a few real paying jobs, or at least real internships, at local Bay Area bike advocacy groups.

If you’re looking to promote cycling as a transportation option in the Bay Area but you still need to make a living, then you’ll want to talk to the local bike coalitions.

Both the San Francisco Bike Coalition and Bike East Bay are looking for a few staff members. The SFBC is hiring a Communications Director – Kristin Smith used to hold that position but now is the Marketing Communications Manager at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Whoever takes on that role would have to deal with emails from local bike bloggers and other members of the press in order to make the SFBC look good, plus probably manage a lot of member communications and press releases, and probably a lot more important things. 

The SF Bike Coalition is also looking for Valet Bicycle Parking Supervisors, to manage the somewhat confusingly important bike valet corrals that are set up outside of area cycling events. The valet bike parking services might be one of the most visible roles of the SFBC, so don't take these part time jobs lightly — with great power comes great responsibility. 

And if you’re living in the city and you don’t need to make real money, there are plenty of internships over at SFBC. You could be the next Bicycle Advocacy Intern, Membership Intern, Bike to Work Day Logistics Intern, Safe Routes to School Intern, or Bike to Worship Week Intern. If you could finagle college-credit for any one of these cat herding jobs, you’d be getting paid in literally thousands of dollars worth of educations!

On the other side of the bay, Bike East Bay, the nonprofit formerly known as the East Bay Bike Coalition, is looking for some new blood as well. The most legit job on the other side of the Bay is a Local Working Group Advocacy Fellow, who will “work on supporting and strengthening” the organization’s network. It would be helpful if you could speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese, and have a flexible schedule. Other opportunities for East Bay bike advocates at Bike East Bay include a spot as Bike Shop Relations Intern, and a Membership Intern.

While these might not be as much fun as being a Blackburn brand ambassador trekking across the country via bicycle, and you might not get a sweet new bike, but you’ll probably be able to feel good about advocating for bicycling rather than a brand. 
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Leif Haven

Leif Haven

Leif Haven is a writer and cyclist living in the Bay Area. He can be spotted dragging himself up a hill — literally and metaphorically.

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