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!):
This anniversary is also an opportunity for the CCC to reflect on their success and define their future. They’ve produced an infographic that features a timeline of major milestones (click to enlarge):
As for what the future holds, a short yet powerful sentence in their recent press release gives us a hint: “The Community Cycling Center believes that investing in underserved communities will have the greatest impact on the future of active transportation.”