Located in the San Luis Valley of southcentral Colorado, the Alamosa Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is a new non-profit project initiated by former MVS volunteers with a vision for encouraging a strong local bike culture, especially access to bikes for adults and youth who may not otherwise be able to afford to own and repair their own. The role of the coordinator would be to help develop, coordinate and implement program activities, in collaboration with local community volunteers and partner organizations, such as Boys & Girls Club, Generation WILD, La Puente homeless prevention services, Immigrant Resource Center, and Community Corrections. These activities may include: collecting, refurbishing and rebuilding salvaged bikes; running bike repair workshops for both adult and youth participants; promoting public policy and awareness for local bikeways and biking safety; and developing options for fee-based services and/or fundraising events to support free and low-cost bikes and biking activities for lower-income youth and adults. ABC currently rents workshop and storage space, and also has equipped a bike trailer to bring pop-up bike repair to community events and neighborhood locations.
As a still-developing project, this placement will be part-time for at least the first year. Depending on a volunteer’s interests and skills, it would be paired with part-time needs at another complementary community agency (see other posted listings in Alamosa for possibilities). Along with hands-on programming specific to bicycles and bicycling, this placement holds the opportunity for someone interested in project development and grant-writing to get hands-on experience. While much of the work can be done during normal weekday hours, flexibility will be needed for activities that entail some evening and weekend events.