Volunteers strengthen the work of the BTA every day. Volunteers get involved by helping at events, assisting in the office, researching bike legislation, attending meetings, stuffing envelopes, leading community rides, fixing bikes for our youth classes, and more.
Keep up to date on all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities by signing up for our Volunteer Listserv. You’ll receive bi-monthly to weekly email updates with all the latest and greatest ways to get involved.
BTA Monthly Volunteer Day
Have you been searching for the perfect place to get involved? Want to help encourage investments in safe bicycling infrastructure and education, but aren’t sure where to plug in? Join us at the BTA for our Volunteer Day on the last Saturday of March.
This month we are going back to basics and are piloting a Saturday office volunteer day. Our office volunteers are crucial in helping maintain our donor communications. Volunteers help fold letters and stuff envelopes to mail to our donors. Volunteers also help us reach our supporters through phone calling, both to remind donors that their membership will be or has expired, and to give thanks to all those who have renewed.
Volunteer days are a great and easy way to get involved with the BTA, meet fellow volunteers and learn more about our programs, work and other ways to get involved. We will have coffee, tea and breakfast snacks to fuel our volunteers. Join us the last Saturday of the month March 29th between 10am and 2pm and help make an impact for better bicycling in Oregon.
When: The last Saturday each month, 10AM-2PM
Next Opportunity: March 29th
Where: BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan, #401
Let us know you’re coming. Email Nicole Davenport so we can be sure to have enough snacks and jobs set up for everyone.
Ride with Kids
Join us as we teach the next generation of Portland cyclists. Help the students ride safely and navigate intersections and encourage them to enjoy cycling! Together we can create the healthier Portland we would like to live in.
Community rides are generally on Fridays during the school day between the hours of 8am and 3pm. We have 2 seasons, March-June and September-November.
Spring Riding Schedule:
3/14, Whitman Elementary at 10:30-12:15
3/21, Rigler Elementary at 9:00-1:30
3/21, Alameda Elementary at NO TIMES YET
4/4, Beach Elementary at 8:50-10:55
4/4, Cesar Chavez Elementary at 9am-11am 12pm-2pm
4/10, Roseway Heights Elementary at 10am-2pm
4/18, Ockley Green Elementary at 8:55-2:45
4/25, Forest Park Elementary at 8:10-11:10
4/25, Laurelhurst Elementary at 9:00-11am and 12:45-2:45
5/2, Access Academy at 8:35-10:35
5/2, Creston Elementary at 9:50-11:50 and 12:50-2:50
5/9, Buckman Elementary at 9:00-2:50
5/9, Bridger Elementary at 9:30-11:30 and 12:15-2:15
5/16, Rleke Elementary at 9:00-11am and 12:45-2:45
5/16, Shaver Elementary at 10am-1:45
5/16, Peninsula Elementary at 8:30-10:30 and 12:00-2pm
5/23, Maplewood Elementary at 9:00-11am and 12:15-2:15
5/30, Gilbert Heights Elementary at 9:30-12:20 and, 1:00 – 3:00
5/30, Lent Elementary at 10:45-2:50
6/6, Woodmere Elementary at 9:00-11am and 12:45-2:45
6/6, Sunnyside Elementary at 9:00-11am and 12:30-2:30
6/6, Sabin Elementary 8:40-11:40
If you are interested in volunteering at a shift above email LeeAnne Fergason with the shift you’d like to help at, your name and phone number.
Wrench on Bikes
Each year we teach thousands of Portland 4th and 5th graders to bike safely on the street with these bikes. They need routine maintenance every month to keep the parts working smoothly. So if you’ve got mechanic skills, come join us for some greasy fun on the third Saturday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm.
Directions: It’s on the NE corner of NE 21st Ct. and Pacific Avenue. It’s just northeast of the Sunshine Dairy, but still south of I-84. Our shop entrance is on the NW corner of that block, through the chain link fence.
Please sign up by emailing Joel Holly if you can make it and bring your own coffee cup if you like hot coffee! Thanks to Grand Central Bakery for providing snacks for us.
*Maintenance Days are usually scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-2pm at the Parks Building. So mark your calendars and invite a handy friend!
BTA Ambassadors represent the BTA at different community events around Portland. This summer BTA Ambassadors helped with activities at Sunday Parkways, chatted with people at our table at Farmers Markets and a Timbers game, and flagged down and engaged with bike commuters at our Service Stations. We’ve still got more Service Stations through September, and will need help at some fundraising parties this fall.
As an ambassador you can commit to as many events as you like, whether it be one or ten, we just need people like you, who love the BTA and support our mission, to help spread the word about how the BTA has helped make Portland the #1 American city for biking.
If you’re interested in learning more about representing BTA at community events, please contact Nicole Davenport.
Move Bike Fleets
Join BTA staff as we move fleets of bikes from one school to another for our bike safety education program! We normally move bike fleets on Mondays. A typical day involves meeting up with a BTA staffer at our storage facility on NE 21st or at a Portland school, moving bikes on and off a box truck, moving bikes in an out of schools, on and off stages, and in and out of classrooms.
Tired of going to the gym for your arm and back exercise? This job is for you. You are guaranteed to break a sweat!
A staff member will email you the Friday before to confirm the meet location and time.
Monday, March 31st
Monday, April 7th
Monday, April 14th
Friday, April 18th
Monday, April 21st
Monday, April 28th
Monday, May 5th
Monday, May 12th
Monday, May 19th
Monday, May 26th
Monday, June 2nd
Email Joel Holly if you’d like to sign up.