Half the residents of north Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood are kids, and 80 percent of households with kids live in poverty.
Bikes are simple, inexpensive machines that can be a big part of those kids’ lives — but bikes often need repairs and tuneups, not to mention friendly folks to talk about how and where to ride. Four years ago, the Community Cycling Center opened a Bike Repair Hub in the middle of the New Columbia mixed-income housing community to try and solve that problem.
It’s a shed with tools and a staffer, next to an awesome skills course. But staffers cost money, and the CCC wants to double the number of hours that the Hub can be staffed this summer — enough to fix 50 bikes per week, they say.
Hence the CCC’s current campaign on IndieGogo. It’s looking to raise $7,500 from the community for this purpose. In exchange, they’re offering a bunch of fun gifts, from a map of “our favorite secret bike routes from Bike Camp” ($25) to a detailed portrait of your favorite bicycle ($50) to a personalized haiku ($100).
For people who pledge today (Thursday), every gift is entered to win one of two founding memberships to the Biketown bike-sharing system.
Check out the video above for an explanation, and check out their campaign page for more details.
Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.