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

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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.

But this event is really about the kids. Their smiles and their first few pedal strokes on their new (to them) bikes always steal the show. Scroll down for photos from the event and try not to crack a smile yourself…

(Photo by Mario Segura)
(Photo by Mario Segura)
(Photo by Mario Segura)

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(Photo by Mario Segura)
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
(Photo by Greg Lee)
(Photo by Greg Lee)
(Photo by Greg Lee)
(Photo by Greg Lee)
(Photo by Greg Lee)

Special thanks to volunteer photographers Greg Lee, Rohith Gunawardena, and Mario Segura.

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