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Cully’s Andando en Bicicletas club welcomes new members with repair workshop

Posted by on February 19th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Veronica Rodriguez notes the location of a tube leak at the ABC bike club meetup Tuesday.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Para leer esta historia en español, traducio por Google, haga clic aquí.

Three years after Portland’s Community Cycling Center teamed up with the low-income Northeast Portland housing development Hacienda CDC to learn about the barriers to bike use in that community, some of those walls are falling down.

We’ve been hearing for months about the Cully neighborhood’s new bike club, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, a mostly Spanish-speaking group from in and around the Hacienda development who ride bikes together and have been organizing to improve biking in their area. On Tuesday, I headed up to check out one of their events.

Though they meet monthly, this was a special party — a celebration to welcome another group, a local leadership club, whose members were becoming part of ABC (as the bike club calls itself for short). They started with a potluck of pasta, rice, tortilla chips and cookies before getting down to business: a simple bike signaling and flat repair workshop, all of it conducted in Spanish.

Pedro Moreno of environmental wealth group Verde fills in the club on upcoming events focused on improving biking and walking in Cully.
Like most bike-related events, this was as much about seeing friends as it was about riding.
Jessica Reyes and Veronica Ramos Juarez, center, take part in a bike signaling drill.
Rodriguez and Moreno listen for the location of a tube leak.
Participants paired off to patch tubes.
Rodriguez took careful notes about each step of the tube repair process.
Reyes, a first-time attendee, gave a thumbs-up that she understood.

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  • 9watts February 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    That looks like a very hands-on event. I bet people of all stripes could benefit from something that practical. Thanks for your report, Michael.

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  • Rita February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

    If you can catch up t o her, please do a ride-along! (and hey, you might want to occasionally line to a Spanish translation post!)

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  • Jake February 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This is great, thanks for featuring this group on the site. I would love to see more cycling in the cully area. Maria is right, people like going faster out east :-(

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