Community Cycling Center celebrates its 20th anniversary

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!):


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.”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Bill Stites
9 years ago

Thanks Brian, for all you’ve done, and will do.

Walked by the original location of the CCC during Last Thursday, and it reminded me of stopping in and meeting Brian in 1997 when I first moved here. Somehow, the collective wisdom of NYC cycling advocacy made sure the CCC was on my list of must-make contacts coming to Portland.

Some folks just accurately vision well into the future, and Brian is one of these thinkers. Recognizing the importance of bees? Da Vincian.

Peter P.
Peter P.
9 years ago

Let’s all learn the lesson from Brian of what vision and action can accomplish! I’m proud to have a been one tiny cog in this community machine since building those first work benches on 24th Ave. Let’s all go out and make the world a better place, yes?