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After 3,700 miles, ‘Bike & Build’ riders work, then celebrate in Portland today

Posted by on July 29th, 2010 at 8:40 am

After pedaling over 3,700 miles in the past two months, a group of 30 young volunteers will trade their bikes for hammers in Portland today. The group is part of Bike & Build, a non-profit group that organizes cross-country bike rides to support affordable housing projects across America.

The group in Portland rode the Central U.S. route, a journey that has taken them from Virgina Beach, Virginia and will end in Cannon Beach in early August. This morning, they’ll be working at Lents Landing (SE 97th and Woodstock) and there’s a reception for the riders tonight in southeast Portland.

Just over a week ago, the Bike & Build community mourned the tragic death of one of their riders, Paige Hicks. Hicks, 21, was struck and killed by a truck while she was stopped on a highway shoulder in South Dakota.

Since it was founded in 2002, Bike & Build has donated over $2.3 million to affordable housing charities.

    Bike & Build/Habitat for Humanity Party
    Thursday, July 29 7:00 p.m.
    Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub (928 SE 9th Ave.)

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Raise a glass to the kids riding with Bike&Build this summer!