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Bike Clark County looking for new location

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
The swimming pool that has been Bike Clark County’s home for the past two years.
(Photo courtesy Eric Giacchino)

Bike Clark County needs a new home. The non-profit bike advocacy organization has been operating from what it’s president Eric Giacchino calls a “weird but fun” space in downtown Vancouver — a drained swimming pool — for the past two years. Now Eric tells us his landlord (a charitable foundation) is considering other plans for the space so he’s looking to find a new location to keep his successful programs afloat and possibly even open up a retail storefront.
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Vancouver toasts second year sucesses of Bike Clark County

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Policymakers Ride - Gorge Edition-27
Bike Clark County founder
Eric Giacchino.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bike Clark County celebrated its second anniversary with a party Friday night in Vancouver attended by bike activists and enthusiasts from all over the county. And there was also one notable attendee from Portland, author and journalist Jeff Mapes, who journeyed up by bike over the Columbia River via the Interstate Bridge (and had something to say about it later).

The founder of Bike Clark County, Eric Giacchino opened the event. “I had no idea when I hatched this organization,” he shared with the crowd, “that it would grow like this.” Among the accomplishments Giacchino cited for the year were the 600 elementary and middle school kids who attended the group’s bike safety and education programs, the 50 bikes repaired and donated to lower income children and the group’s role in organizing the first Open Streets event in Vancouver and advocating for the addition of bike lanes along a major bicycle corridor. “And we could do a lot more,” he added, “if we had more volunteers.” (more…)

New bike advocacy group for Clark County nears non-profit status

Friday, June 10th, 2011
Clark County Cycling Coalition
founder Eric Giacchino.
(Photo: Marcus Griffith)

The greater Portland metropolitan area is one step closer to having another regional non-profit bike education and advocacy organization.

The necessary paperwork to receive official non-profit status for the Clark County Cycling Coalition (C-4), southwest Washington’s newest bike organization, is complete and ready to be mailed, according to C-4 president Eric Giacchino.

Giacchino, a Vancouver fire fighter and Air Force veteran (profiled in The Oregonian earlier this year), explained that he has “tremendous” respect for the efforts of local volunteer bike projects (there’s a few), but he wants the Clark County area to have its own “umbrella” organization that promotes “polite, safe, cycling.” (more…)

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