Can you help us transform The Heights for a day?
We have volunteer roles for everyone from mother hens of the street, boisterous, shy, creative, analytical, social media savvy, cat herders, health leaders, artists and more. Please see roles and descriptions (printable PDF) below.
day of the event
planning for the event
Day of the event
- On a bicycle, oversee all volunteers within a segment of the open streets route
- Ensure there are enough volunteers for that segment and that they are fulfilling their responsibilities
- Each Block Captain should have a volunteer map of the route segment they are responsible for.
- Be prepared to address any issues that might arise within their segment of the route
- Circulate through a portion (1-2 miles) of route for duration of an Open Streets day
- Encourage people to move into the roadway and off of the sidewalks when the program begins
- Routinely check on Ambassadors and Intersection Monitors and offer biology breaks.
- As the end of the program nears (in 30, 20, 15, 10, 5 minutes), advise participants and volunteers, and ensure once it is officially over that participants move back onto to the sidewalks.
- Under the direction of a Block Captain, circulate through the portion of the route under their direction.
- Ensure this portion of the route is constantly staffed with the appropriate number of volunteers for the route.
- It is important that Roving Cyclists be familiar with the various responsibilities of the volunteers they offer breaks to.
BARRICADE ATTENDANTS / RECYCLING MONITORS:
- Responsible for looking after a hard closed street, typically hard closed with a barricade
- Prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering the route
- Assist with entrance/exit of authorized vehicles (if permitted)
- Greet participants as they enter/exit Open Streets
- Answer questions as necessary
- Encourage Ambassadors to make the barricade “their own” with music, signs, decorations, costumes, etc.
- Stop participants on the Open Streets route, with signage or bright colored rope, when they come to a red light at a car crossing point.
- Keep participants from entering the intersection while cars move through the intersection on their green light.
- When the participants have a green light, move the sign or rope and allow participants to move through the intersection
- Collect information from Open Streets participants by conducting surveys
- Count participants at the top of each hour
- Gather testimonials from all different types of participants
SET UP AND TAKE DOWN
- Assist with set-up or take-down of barricades, signage, tents, activity hubs, cones, clean up, and other operational logistics before and after the event.
DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ASSISTANTS
- Help the leads set up materials used to construct the protected bikeways, parklets and safe crosswalks
LOST & FOUND STATION
- Man the station, connecting lost children to their parents and lost items to their owners
HEALTH & MUSIC PROGRAMMING ASSISTANTS
- Ensure that bands and health leads follow their schedule and location placement
- Instagram photos and videos on the day of the event
Planning For the Event
- Rally your neighbors on your street around the event. Tell them how they can be involved and what to expect
- If your home is on the route or slightly off, volunteer to host a band or musician on your porch or front/back yards
BANDS / MUSICIANS
- Play for 1 hour on the day of the event on someone’s front porch or yard
YOGA / ZUMBA / PILATES / RUNNING / WALKING
- Lead a health related activity for 1 hour
KIDS BIKE RIDE LEADERS / SHEPHERDS
- Take kids on a bike ride of the route at a predetermined time
DEMONSTRATION PROJECT CHIEFS
- Help plan and orchestrate the construction of the protected bike lanes, parklets and crosswalks