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New Columbia’s Bike Repair Hub wants your help to double its hours

by on June 16th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Half the residents of north Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood are kids, and 80 percent of households with kids live in poverty.

Bikes are simple, inexpensive machines that can be a big part of those kids’ lives — but bikes often need repairs and tuneups, not to mention friendly folks to talk about how and where to ride. Four years ago, the Community Cycling Center opened a Bike Repair Hub in the middle of the New Columbia mixed-income housing community to try and solve that problem.

It’s a shed with tools and a staffer, next to an awesome skills course. But staffers cost money, and the CCC wants to double the number of hours that the Hub can be staffed this summer — enough to fix 50 bikes per week, they say.

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100 kids from east Portland families now have new bikes to ride

by on May 23rd, 2016 at 12:36 pm

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

Every year the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive gives 300 kids a new bike. But what about the families that can’t make it to inner north Portland to pick one up?
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Community Cycling Center gets $75,000 grant to offer cheaper bike share memberships

by on May 11th, 2016 at 10:37 am

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Coming soon. And cheaper for some.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When Portland made its first attempt at bike share in 2011, concerns about equity gave local leaders pause. So when the City rebooted the idea they made sure it would be accessible to as many Portlanders as possible; rich and poor.

Now the nonprofit Community Cycling Center will add to those efforts thanks to a $75,000 grant they just earned from the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, People for Bikes, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The program, “strives to increase the accessibility and use of bike share in underserved communities.” The CCC’s award is one of nine grants totaling $532,000 that were announced today.

The CCC’s grant funding will be put toward a grassroots outreach and education effort that will start when the BIKETOWN bikes hit the streets in mid-July. The marketing initiative will be aimed at Portlanders living on low incomes. “In addition to offering very low-cost memberships through workshops, they will also use community feedback to improve and guide the system through launch and its first year of implementation,” reads a press release about the grants.
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Islabikes donates 14 bikes to the Community Cycling Center

by on April 26th, 2016 at 11:17 am

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Happy kids on good bikes is a potent combination.
(Photo: Islabikes)

Islabikes might be based in the United Kingdom but they understand how to do business in Portland: The company has donated 14 bikes to the local nonprofit Community Cycling Center.
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Community Cycling Center recognized for work with underserved people and places

by on March 22nd, 2016 at 11:05 am

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The CCC’s Lale Santalices and a member of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully at Sunday Parkways in 2014.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bicycle advocacy that’s inclusive of people from different racial and cultural backgrounds — commonly referred to under the umbrella term of equity — is something every bike group seems to be talking about these days.

But the Portland-based nonprofit Community Cycling Center has been doing this work long before it was common. And now they’ve been recognized with a “Catalyst Award” from the Alliance of Biking and Walking. The award was presented to the CCC at the recent National Bike Summit in Washington D.C.
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The Holiday Bike Drive: Much more than just 300 free bikes

by on December 6th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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Her left hand is blurry because she just did that throttle-twist motion (which was immediately followed by this smile).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you believe (as I do) that children are the true indicator species of a cycling-friendly city, then Portland just put a big down payment on its future. (more…)

A congressman, ice-cream, fruitcake, and 1,000 bikes for kids

by on November 24th, 2015 at 11:57 am

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Rep. Blumenauer at the Community Cycling Center this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looking to make his famous holiday fruitcake last even longer, Portland’s representative in the United States Congress, Earl Blumenauer, has issued a citywide challenge: He wants Portlanders to help provide 1,000 bikes for kids in the month of December.
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The Lumberyard is donating $10,000 in bikes to the Community Cycling Center

by on November 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am

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Lumberyard co-founder Will Heiberg.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s way too early for us to start talking about Christmas, but we’ll make an exception for this story.

Today in east Portland the non-profit Community Cycling Center will pick up $10,000 worth of new bikes from The Lumberyard. The CCC’s Melinda Musser says the donation will include 32 “high quality” BMX bikes.

Musser says the “unprecedented” donation will help kick-start the organization’s annual Holiday Bike Drive and provide a new fleet of bikes to use in their kids programs next year. The CCC runs summer camps and bike safety programs in neighborhoods where some families can’t afford to buy bikes. And in December the CCC will give away about 300 bikes at their 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive.
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Community Cycling Center unveils new logo, website and a very nice video

by on November 2nd, 2015 at 9:15 am

Northeast Portland’s bikes-for-all charity/advocacy organization and nonprofit bike shop has a new look.

For the second time since its founding in 1994, the Community Cycling Center has “refreshed” its branding, offering a new digital-friendly logo and one of those scroll-y mobile-friendly websites.

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Portland’s latest biking surge seems real, local bike shops say

by on September 25th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Commuter-related sales are generally up across the city.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

After a few uneasy years for many local bike shops, the people whose businesses are built around Portland’s core of daily bike commuters say they’re feeling the boom.

One week after a new Census estimate that Portland added 5,000 net new bike commuters in 2014 to reach a total of 23,000 citywide, we called a few of the city’s biggest bike sellers to see if that seemed right.

Yep. And what’s more, they said the boom got bigger in 2015.

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