The ‘Shop Keys’ are the door keys to Free Ride. Keys are for volunteers who want to staff the space and keep it open, or even extend the open-calendar-documented-hours.
Holding shop keys also gives you access into the shop any time for your own projects and tool use.
New staffers can earn keys by shadowing a staffer greeting in a Volunteer-Night or Open-Shop-Session, at least two times in any five-week period or until comfortable staffing alone. Returning staffers can earn keys by shadowing at least one time in any five-week period.
To document the shadowing, two of the shadowing sessions should be posted on the Free Ride Calendar in advance – this can also be a ‘heads-up’ to a staffer that they will have a shadow. The Free Ride Calendar is available here ***.
Also, new staffers need a ‘thumbs-up’ from staffers they have shadowed with to get keys.
( *** Today the calendar is not accessible without a personal password – just a requirement of the website we are using. To get started shadowing, please email Free Ride from the Contact Page and ask to be added to the calendar as a shadow for the day you want. Or ask the shop-volunteer behind the desk at Free Ride to add your name to the calendar.)
Cash Keys for staffing:
The ‘Cash Keys’ are the keys to the cash register. You need theses to run an Open-Shop or Class. When a new volunteer is comfortable taking cash for Free Ride, and has completed the same rules as for the Shop Keys, they may have a copy of these keys as well.
The Cash-Keys are not required to access the shop, or to staff a Volunteer Session – these things do not use the cash-register. Also, the register is optional during Women and Queer Open-Shop – it is at the discretion of the staffer running that session.
In the winter, Free Ride is not open as often. To receive keys, a volunteer only needs to shadow once in five weeks.
Active class instructors receive both Shop and Cash Keys when they meet the Free Ride Requirements for being an instructor.
A volunteer abusing their privileges can lose them. If two or more Free Riders agree that someone with access is abusing their privileges they should notify a free ride officer or council member.
The Free Ride locks may be changed to address access issues any time.