All, last week was predictably slow. I cut back almost entirely on student staff since long stretches of open hours were completely vacant of visitors. Thankfully a few student staffers wanted to work on their own bicycle projects and were able to jump in and help out when it got too busy for me to handle everyone on my own. Those instances were rare and brief, presenting a problem from a staffing prospective: not busy enough to keep someone there the whole day but busy enough that a second person is needed. Something to consider for the future is having something like an on-call staffer for the winter months to pitch in the very few times it gets busy.
Last week we had a TBP/UIUC/CBC meeting that went well. We discussed the forthcoming Bike@illinois website and brainstormed other participants for their research/interviews. Barry and I talked afterwards about potentially implementing some better inventory-tracking ideas to get a better handle on sales/stock.
This week I only work today (Monday) and then the shop will be closed until Tuesday, Nov. 28th. I’ll post on the door and on the Bike Project website (and social media pages).
Bikes (refurb): 1 for $70
Bikes (B-a-B): 2 for $105
Memberships: 1 for $30
Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!
- Jake Benjamin
Campus Bike Center Manager