With Beck Roy
What is your unit?
Traffic and Security, Property and Campus Services
What is your job title?
Bicycle Transport Officer
How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?
Since the start of May this year (not very long at all).
How did you come to work at the University?
I have a degree in Sport Management, and I was searching for a position in an area of sport and recreation which I would be passionate about. I saw this position and knew it would be a job I would really enjoy.
Describe your typical day
At the moment, my day consists of anything from meeting bicycle users and scoping out areas for improving bicycle facilities, to generating reports on issues. Much of my time is spent on the new Secure Bicycle Hubs around campus, including promoting them and taking applications for access.
There are always a lot of things going on, but I like it, and it keeps me interested and busy.
What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?
I’m interested in watching the transition of the Melbourne cycling culture, which seems to be changing right now. It is interesting finding out the needs of the different types of cyclists and their perceptions of the cycling infrastructure around Melbourne and the University.
At the University we see all different types of cyclists, which is good, as it changes people’s perceptions of what a cyclist should look like. Traditionally, the fast-lycra cyclist have been considered the norm, but more and more we are seeing people riding vintage bikes in their normal clothes, which is a welcome change. It’s good to see people come to the realisation that there are no special clothes needed to cycle, and you can just jump on your bike and go! I also like being able to ride around the campus on my bike doing work!
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
“Under promise, over deliver”.
Working in different customer service jobs for ten years has taught me that this advice is spot on. Everyone loves being pleasantly surprised at someone going over and above their duty to get things done.
What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?
I play A-Grade netball on Saturday afternoons with the Rythdale-Officer-Cardinia Football Netball Club in the Casey-Cardinia Football Netball League. It’s quite a competitive league, and I often spend Sunday recovering with ice packs!
I really enjoy the camaraderie and sense of community within a football-netball club. It takes me back to my country roots.
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?
I’m not much of a coffee expert, so tend to visit whatever the closest cafe is. I’d prefer a cup of tea most of the time. If someone opened a tea emporium I’d be there every day!
What do you like most about the University?
The location is great, especially as I have just moved to Parkville! It’s so easy to jump on my bike and pop into the city during lunch. I also enjoy the varied architecture; it shows how Melbourne has progressed over the years. It’s quite nice walking around enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the Parkville campus.
For more information about the bike hubs, http://www.pcs.unimelb.edu.au/services/parking/bicycle_parking .