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Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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See photos below.

Watch out Portland, there are a few hundred new bike riders in town!

The 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place over the weekend and the Community Cycling Center provided 300 bicycles to children from throughout the region. The kids are referred to the event by the CCC’s social service partners. They also got free helmets and lots of advice and training on how to ride safely.

It’s quite an undertaking to make this event happen smoothly every year, but the CCC has it down to a science. Of course it doesn’t heart to have a big crew of dedicated volunteers. Among the folks who showed up to lend their support yesterday were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer. (more…)

This is what happens when you ask Portlanders to build balance bikes

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Balance bikes for bid. See more photos below.
(Photo: CCC)

From the Bike Mechanic Challenge back in June to their successful Transportation Trivia Nights, the northeast Portland based Community Cycling Center has a knack for dreaming up great ways to support their cause.

But this one might take the cake.

In the spirit of the season when little kids dream of their first bike, the CCC challenged five of its staffers to compete in a “Balance Bike Build-Off”. For the uninitiated, a balance bike is a tiny bike for toddlers without pedals or gears and a seat so low it can be powered by running instead of pedaling. They’re simply the best way to learn to how to balance, and ultimately ride, a bike.
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Congressman’s fruitcake ice cream will help buy gift bikes for Portland kids

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

This is definitely our favorite ice cream charity partnership ever.

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BTA calls on members to back income tax for street funding

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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BTA Director Rob Sadowsky, part of a coalition
of local nonprofit leaders offering to
endorse a city revenue proposal.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

For months, almost no local institutions have been willing to voice public support for one of Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick’s signature agenda items: a new revenue stream for city transportation budgets (a.k.a. the Our Streets Transportation Funding Conversation).

On Thursday, a group of nonprofits, many of which focus on transportation, offered to do so — with conditions.

In a separate but related action Wednesday, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which is among the nonprofit coalition, issued a rare action alert calling on its members to contact Portland City Council in support of “a new progressive street fee with strong discounts for low-income members of our community only if it prioritizes safety.”

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With new leadership curriculum, CCC thinks broader about its community work

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
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North Portland organizer Jason Washington and
Outgoing Community Cycling Center Systems Builder Ilaoa
(Photo: Melinda Musser/CCC)

After two years of operating a satellite bike repair shed in North Portland’s public mixed-income New Columbia community, the Community Cycling Center is deepening its community involvement.

The nonprofit bike shop and biking-for-everyone advocacy group is combining bike events and education with a rising educational philosophy known as “Thrive” in an effort to help residents change their city for the better.

“A lot of the time organizations go to a community and they don’t really try to help, but you give them what you think they need,” said Sheena Ilaoa, an educator who just finished a summer designing the new curriculum for the CCC. “What we’re trying to give them is tools.”

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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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