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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)

(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)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

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

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

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

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

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

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

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(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

(Photo: Anthony Georgis)

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Lester Burnham
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Lester Burnham

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.

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

Ted Timmons (Contributor)
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Was just going to reply about this. Totally agree.

Cute kids. This is sweet.

Alison Graves
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Alison Graves

So excellent! Way to go, Community Cycling Center.

daisy
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daisy

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

rick
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rick

Way rad.

Brian
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Brian

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!

Adam
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This is awesome.

Gresham Rider
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Gresham Rider

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!

Granpa
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Granpa

YEA CCC! This is just an awesome program