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New Columbia's new skills park opens to the public

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
The New Columbia skills park directly serves
the development's 2500 residents.
(Photo: Community Cycling Center)

The residents of North Portland's public, mixed-income housing development New Columbia now have one of the city's handful of bike skills parks in their backyard.

Enhanced with paths, wood ramps, a berm and a bicycle teeter-totter, the park at the corner of North Wolsey and Trenton got an official opening ceremony Wednesday from its creators at the Community Cycling Center, the nonprofit Northeast Portland bike shop with a mission to make bicycles "a tool for empowerment and a vehicle for change."

Thousands of Portlanders will get a chance to check out the result two weeks from now: It's right on the route for North Portland Sunday Parkways on July 28. The $15,500 park, funded by a mix of private and public sources, is now open to the public during daylight hours.

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Bike skills park takes shape in New Columbia

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Looking good. Construction should be done
by the end of this month.
(Photos: Community Cycling Center)

The Community Cycling Center is currently hard at work building berms, ramps and other details of a Bike Skills Park in the New Columbia neighborhood. The project was funded through a $15,500 grant from the Portland Development Commission.

The CCC's Melinda Musser sent us an update and a few photos of how the lines are shaping up. It looks awesome! Here's more from Melinda:

The Bike Skills Park, opening in July, will offer a safe riding area for neighbors of all ages. Participants will learn about skill development through group instruction from We All Can Ride bike committee members and Community Cycling Center staff and volunteers. Additionally, We All Can Ride members are furthering their ride leader training this year and will host summer bike rides so that residents can safely explore their community together on two wheels.

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Transportation wonks shine in trivia fundraiser

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
It was a packed out for the 2nd annual
Transportation Trivia fundraiser last night.
(Photo: Mary Nichols)

Portland is full of transportation wonks (a.k.a. geeks or nerds) and last night it seemed like nearly every one of them was packed into the Radio Room. The event that brought them all together was Transportation Trivia Night, a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center.

Dozens of local transportation experts, consultants, researchers, engineers, bureaucrats, students, advocates, citizen activists — and even a few members of the local media (including yours truly) — donated $10 to join the fun. Among the many smiling faces in the crowd were: ODOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Manager Sheila Lyons; citizen activist extraordinaire and former City Council candidate Chris Smith; BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky; Portland State University Associate Professor Kelly Clifton; Filmed by Bike Founder Ayleen Crotty; and Portland Mayor (and former City Transportation Commissioner) Charlie Hales. (more...)

Alison Graves to leave Community Cycling Center

Friday, February 1st, 2013
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Alison Graves at the 2010 Oregon Bike Summit.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortand)

Alison Graves announced to staff this morning that she is leaving the non-profit Community Cycling Center. Graves has been with the organization for seven years, serving the last three as executive director. Her last day will be March 14th. Current Deputy Director Anne Lee will be the CCC's interim director and the organization will begin the search for a new leader in March.

Alison is married to Jay Graves, the former owner of Bike Gallery who sold his stake in the company back in November. "The time has come to move on," Alison shared with us yesterday. She said she intends to take advantage of the "opportunity of a lifetime" to join Jay on a long ("a couple months") trip to explore other cities, to visit family, and to, "Find out what our next chapter is."
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412 kids receive free bikes at annual Holiday Bike Drive

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Holiday Bike Drive 2012
Taking the new rig for a spin.
(Photo: Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center's annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday. The event is a cherished tradition here in Portland as it brings together the community in a way that no other event does. Beyond simply giving out free bikes, the CCC carefully chooses recipients based on those in need. All the families that take part are referred to the event by a partnering social service program and the kids are given a full complement of accessories and skills education to go along with their bike.

According to CCC Communications Manager Melinda Musser, 412 children received bikes on Saturday and — underscoring the CCC's success in broadening the reach of bicycling in our community — there were 18 languages represented. (more...)

With the Bike Hub, a new chapter for New Columbia

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
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Community Cycling Center Executive Director Alison Graves speaking at the opening of the Bike Hub in New Columbia yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Bike hub in New Columbia nears completion

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
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The Hub as of Sunday.
(Photos: Community Cycling Center/Flickr)

The Community Cycling Center and their partners are busy in North Portland today putting on the finishing touches to the new "bike hub" coming to the New Columbia neighborhood. The design/build project began just two weeks ago and the big grand opening is slated for tomorrow evening.

Dubbed simply "The Hub," the CCC says the new building will, "provide affordable repairs, free advice, and act as a community resource center for all sorts of bicycle-based activities at New Columbia." (more...)

Community Cycling Center set to build 'Bike Repair Hub' at New Columbia

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Future home of the Bike Repair Hub!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Community Cycling Center has finalized their plans to build a 'Bicycle Repair Hub' in the New Columbia neighborhood of north Portland. According to a statement released this morning, the CCC will build the facility this month with community-led design charrettes beginning August 20th and final construction expected to be completed 11 days later.

The quick construction turnaround is made possible through a partnership with graduate students from a joint MFA program in Applied Craft and Design at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The Bike Repair Hub will be the graduating class's intensive design/build project that turns empty spaces into "dynamic and creative learning centers." (more...)

Community Cycling Center helps fuel new advocacy in northeast Portland

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Community Cycling Center's (CCC) work to bring the power of bicycling into new communities has led to the formation of a new advocacy group, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) – which translates to "Riding Bikes in Cully."

ABC is a group of people who live in Hacienda CDC, an affordable housing non-profit in northeast Portland that the CCC first began working with in 2009 as part of their Understanding Barriers to Bicycling project. (more...)

Bikes make holiday brighter over 400 kids at Holiday Bike Drive

Monday, December 12th, 2011
Waiting for new owners.
(Photos: Britt Appleton/CCC)

The Community Cycling Center held their 16th annual Holiday Bike Drive yesterday. The event connected over 400 kids from low-income families with a newly refurbished bike, a helmet, basic safety education and most importantly, the freedom and sheer joy that comes with having your own two wheels.

We weren't at the event this year, but the CCC shared a few photos of the happy kids (taken by Britt Appleton): (more...)

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