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A community on bikes rallies against violence in the streets of north Portland

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Samuel Thompson led calls for peace on the streets of the New Columbia neighborhood on Sunday.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

“Occupy the streets! Until we get peace! Occupy the streets! Until we get peace!”

Reeling from a (yet another) violent summer where gang members have ruled the streets with guns, about 150 people joined the Take Back the Streets Ride in New Columbia on Sunday. Armed with bicycles and a powerful sense of unity, they stood up to their fears. As they pedaled, chanted and smiled, they started a new narrative about the public space outside their doorsteps and showed how bicycles can be an effective tool for grassroots, social change far beyond the central city.
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Voodoo’s new ‘bike doughnut’ honors CCC’s 20th year

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Community Cycling Center’s commemoration if their 20th year just went to a whole new level. The beloved bike advocacy group announced today that Portland’s iconic Voodoo Doughnuts has created a special menu item in their honor: the bike doughnut.

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Community Cycling Center celebrates its 20th anniversary

Friday, June 6th, 2014
CCC founder Brian Lacy in 1994.

In the past 20 years, Portland’s Community Cycling Center has gone from a humble neighborhood bike shop on the corner of NE 24th and Alberta to a national leader in the bike advocacy world. This month they’re taking time to look back and celebrate their achievements.

The CCC was the first non-profit bike shop in Portland when it started in 1994. It was established by Brian Lacy as a place where neighborhood kids could earn a new bike by helping refurbish old ones. Brian still lives in the neighborhood and these days he’s more into bees than bikes. A few days ago the CCC released a video where Brian talks about the history of the organization (and there are some very cool vintage photos of the CCC in action!): (more…)

Bike Mechanic Challenge will put local techs wrench to wrench

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Who’s the best bike mechanic in Portland?
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Cycling Center’s transportation trivia nights graduate to new venue: City Hall

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
It was a packed out for the 2nd annual
Transportation trivia night packed the Radio Room last spring.
(Photo: Mary Nichols)

Two years ago, Portland’s biking-for-everyone advocacy group/bike shop decided to try a new kind of fundraiser: a transportation-themed bar trivia night at the nearby Radio Room pub.

Price: $10 per player, including a pint of Hopworks beer.

It turned out to be a pretty good idea. By the second installment, it seemed as if every transportation wonk in the city (including the mayor and his wife, whose team didn’t win) was turning out for the fun. After three packed events at Radio Room, the Community Cycling Center will expand the event this month to the 700-capacity atrium of City Hall.

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

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Veronica Rodriguez notes the location of a tube leak at the ABC bike club meetup Tuesday.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

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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.

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Alison Graves picked as new executive director of Cycle Oregon

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Alison Graves at the 2011
Oregon Active Transportation Summit.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Alison Graves is the new executive director of Cycle Oregon, the Portland-based non-profit organization known for its week-long bike ride.

Graves’ name is familiar to many in local bike advocacy circles given her seven year stint with the Community Cycling Center. Graves stepped down as the CCC’s executive director last March and she is also on the board of the League of American Bicyclists. In May 2013, Graves won an Alice Award from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for her work in “ushering in a new way of thinking around equity and inclusion for the bicycle movement.” While at the CCC, Graves was best known for her strategic embrace of programs and outreach that sought to break down bicycling’s “color barrier”.

At the CCC, Graves led the organization on a mission to use bicycles as a tool of empowerment for people of color in under-served communities. While the public face of Cycle Oregon is nearly the exact opposite demographic, the lesser-known mission of the organization is actually quite similar. Cycle Oregon, like the CCC, uses bicycling to make a positive impact on people and their communities. In Cycle Oregon’s case, the people impacted are Oregon’s many rural residents who benefit from the ride’s economic boost and from community projects funded through the Cycle Oregon Fund. (more…)

Community Cycling Center names 6 new board members – 5 of them women

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
(Photos courtesy CCC.)

Northeast Portland’s nonprofit bike shop and biking-for-everyone advocacy group is welcoming some respected local bike believers onto its board of directors.

The new aditions represent more than half the organization’s leadership, and it happens to bring the gender split on the Community Cycling Center’s board to seven women and four men — an unusual ratio in a national bike advocacy movement where both the leadership and membership remain overwhelmingly male-dominated.

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18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes cheer for over 375 kids

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
2013 Holiday Bike Drive
A new bike, thanks to the Community Cycling Center.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The event brings together dozens of volunteers who set up low-income families with nearly 400 shiny refurbished bicycles and tricycles. In many ways, the event is a rite of passage for the kids and the volunteers — both of whom aren’t likely to ever forget the experience. (more…)

CCC’s Tetteh says creating new ‘avenues to advocacy’ is top priority

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
CCC CEO Mychal Tetteh
Mychal Tetteh, CEO of the Community Cycling Center.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

After his first 50 days as the CEO of the Community Cycling Center, Mychal Tetteh sees a big problem in the local advocacy ecosystem: Too many people aren’t sure how, where and when to get engaged. And as a result, their voices aren’t being heard.

His solution? A crowd-sourced and curated compendium of all the region’s active transportation events, meetings, comment periods, open houses, and so on. All these things are “avenues to advocacy” that Tetteh would like to make accessible to Portlanders — especially those in underserved communities where many people have trouble meeting their basic needs.

Tetteh outlined his idea for the first time last Thursday at the monthly Bicycle Brown Bag discussion series hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Active Transportation Division. The CCC also published more about it on their website this morning.
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