Volunteer

Improve your ride and your city when you volunteer with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Come be a part of our work!

While some volunteer opportunities are only open to current SF Bicycle Coalition members, many opportunities are open to all. If you’re not a current member and would like to trade your volunteer hours for a year’s membership, check out our Barter Membership program. Want to know more about what it’s like to volunteer with the SF Bicycle Coalition? Read what past volunteers have had to say about their volunteer experiences in our Volunteer Profile archive. Looking for internship opportunities? See our open positions.

Winterfest

Join 1,000 SF Bicycle Coalition members at Winterfest, our biggest member party of the year! It takes over 200 amazing member-volunteers to throw this party, and we want you to be one of them: Whether you join us for set-up, beverage service, DIY station or strike, we’d love to have your help making our 22nd anniversary the best event yet. All volunteers will receive complimentary admission to the event and a free drink token as a thank-you from all of us here at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. (Not particular about your role? Sign up for the Mystery Shift and receive not one but two free drink tokens!)

Please note that Winterfest is a members-only volunteering opportunity. Not a member? Join today!

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Light up the Night

With help from our generous sponsor, Bay Area Bicycle Law, Light Up the Night, our annual bike light distribution campaign, is back! With our amazing volunteers (that’s you!), we install hundreds of white front lights and red back lights on bicycles for people riding in the dark. To make sure that the bicycle lights go to those who need them the most, we keep the distribution locations a secret.

Please note that Light Up the Night is a members-only volunteering opportunity. Not a member? Join today!

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Bicycle Ambassadors

Join the SF Bicycle Coalition in reaching out to folks who bike – out on the streets and at events! Meet fellow bike riders and discuss how they can be a part of our work. Outreach is super fun and one of the most important ways you can help advance the bike projects that matter to you! If you’re an SF Bicycle Coalition member, exercise your advocacy muscle by coming to one of our bi-monthly Bicycle Ambassador trainings at our office.

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Community Bike Builds

Since 2012, the SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with a variety of community-based organizations around San Francisco to organize Community Bike Build events. Each event is an opportunity for the community to come together and learn about biking in the city in a participatory manner from volunteer wrenchers.

Volunteer: Community Bike Builds

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Family & Youth Biking

Help get little feet pedaling at Freedom From Training Wheels and teach the next generation the joys of biking! It’s fun, easy and so rewarding. Our experienced staff will give you the skills you need to help kids scoot, balance and glide on their bikes. If you’re a parent who already rides with your kids, come talk about your experiences and show off awesome gear at one of our Family Biking events.

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Monthly Volunteer Night

This is the SF Bicycle Coalition’s oldest tradition! Stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members and volunteers and help us keep our organization rolling as we collaborate on group office tasks. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend – the more the merrier! Stop by after work; no RSVP necessary. We have ample bike parking in our office, so don’t forget to bring your bike inside.

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Phone Banking

Twice every month, our wonderful team of Phone Bank volunteers picks up the phones and keeps the SF Bicycle Coalition pedaling strong. Join us as we call friendly lapsed members, offering an easy way to renew. New to Phone Banking? Our fantastic Phone Bank Coordinator, Juli, will train you in everything you need to know. Plan to stay for the thank-you dinner afterward and get to know your fellow volunteers. Please note that you must be either a current member or completing a Barter Membership in order to volunteer with Phone Bank.

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Tube Times Distribution

Help get the bike word on the street! Bring the Tube Times to your favorite neighborhood spots. This is a fun, quarterly volunteering opportunity great for those who have some daytime availability and love biking around San Francisco.

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Valet Bicycle Parking

Justifiably famous in SF, the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Valet Bike Parking is like a coat check for bikes. Give the precious gift of a worry-free fun time to a fellow bicyclist, all while in the company of other SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers. Our friendly and experienced staff will train you in everything you need to know.

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Community Service Program (formerly Project 20)

Need to pay parking tickets? Work them off at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition through a special SFMTA Community Service program! First go to the SFMTA Customer Service Center at 11 South Van Ness Avenue to find out your eligibility and sign up for the Community Service Program. More information at the links below. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator with questions.

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