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100 kids from east Portland families now have new bikes to ride

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016 at 12:36 pm

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

Every year the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive gives 300 kids a new bike. But what about the families that can’t make it to inner north Portland to pick one up?

Enter the Bikes for Kids event that happened Saturday. In an effort to expand the reach of their program, the CCC partnered with the Rosewood Initiative to give 100 children a free bike, helmet and safe riding tips. Families with children from three to eight years old that had been pre-selected by Rosewood and CCC social service partners, were ferried through the event by 61 volunteers.

They set up shop near the city border with Gresham at SE Stark and 162nd — that’s about 10 miles east of their holiday event. For families with limited incomes and limited transportation choices, the event was a dream come true.

Check out these great photos from photographers Charles Edelson and Anthony Georgis:

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

61 volunteers made the magic happen.
(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

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CCC CEO Mychal Tetteh (L) and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.
(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

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11 Comments
  • Lester Burnham May 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    This is great news! Too bad Hales has let the Springwater corridor fall into ruin, it would be a great place for the kids to try their new bikes out.

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  • mh May 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    So nice to see those helmets well positioned on little heads. Thanks for taking this into east Portland.

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) May 23, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Was just going to reply about this. Totally agree.

      Cute kids. This is sweet.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) May 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Yeah the CCC really has these type of events nailed down. The volunteers nicely show the kids not just how to put their helmet on but how to do it properly. No backwards helmets here!

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  • Alison Graves May 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    So excellent! Way to go, Community Cycling Center.

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  • daisy May 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Excuse me, I think I have a little dust in my eye.

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  • rick May 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Way rad.

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  • Brian May 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    No child should go without a bike and a fun, safe place to ride it. I hope to see some of them getting rad at Ventura Park!

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  • Adam H.
    Adam H. May 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This is awesome.

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  • Gresham Rider May 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    This is so awesome. I live near there and my kids and I are the only family in the area that bike to our elementary school, but that’s not for lack of interest. The kids that we pass are totally enthused about it. Thank you so much to the CCC for embracing these kids and giving them an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have!

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  • Granpa May 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    YEA CCC! This is just an awesome program

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