Ask BikePortland: Where can I donate a used bike?

Posted on December 9th, 2019 at 12:16 pm.

Make your used bike do more by considering a donation.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our latest Ask BikePortland comes right in time for the season of giving.

Reader Shelley G emailed last week to ask:

We have a vintage trike that needs to be cleaned up with a new tire and a paint job. We would love to donate it. Our desire is for it to be fixed up and then given to a kiddo in need. Do you know the best place for us to donate it to?

It just so happens Portland has several organizations that specialize in this exact thing. I asked a few of them to share how they handle used bike donations.
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The Monday Roundup: Tactical urbanist brooms, climate politics, scooter sabotage, and more

Posted on December 9th, 2019 at 10:16 am.

Welcome to the week.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Cyclone Bicycle Supply: Don’t miss their warehouse closing liquidation sale going on December 13-14.

Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

“June the Broom” is watching: Concerned bike lane users in D.C. have resorted to sticking brooms in flex posts to make them more visible.

New cargo bike era: NYC has gone big with a pilot program that will allow operators of 100 electric freight delivery trikes to park in loading zones citywide.

Scooter polluter: The fact that climate change group Extinction Rebellion has begun sabotaging e-scooters due to their environmental footprint gives me second thoughts about how much I should get behind them.

Car culture run amok: CNN Travel’s hagiographic story about dudes who sped illegally across country “Cannonball Run” style is everything that’s wrong with American transportation culture.


“Trans women are women”: Outspoken transgender athlete, target of Donald Trump ire, and track World Champion Rachel McKinnon published an opinion in the NY Times saying that “We are not taking over” and that being able to compete is a human right.

Smaller streets FTW: Yelp-influenced science finds that Manhattan’s smaller, intimate “streets” have better food that gets higher reviews than larger “avenues”.

More reason to ride Williams Ave: One of the busiest sections of N Williams Avenue (in terms of cycling traffic) will soon be home to a food cart pod.

Coach Balto doing work: Portlander Sam Balto, who we featured a few months ago for his Red Cup Project work, was featured by KATU TV for his work in making streets around Cesar Chavez school safer.

The naughty list: Portland made a list of cities who have “climate mayors” who support freeway widening.


KC’s free transit miracle: “If we want to prioritize public transportation, [the funding] is something that we can find,” said a Kansas City city council member who voted to completely subsidize public transit and make it free for all users.

Climate politics: New Pew polling shows that even among registered Republicans there is growing public support for taking strong actions against climate change. (Link shared by former Portland Mayor (and climate change expert) Sam Adams.)

Screw your free parking: City of Denver staff are the heroes of the week for standing up and telling people that a safer bike lane is more important than 91 on-street parking spaces.

Tweet of the Week: We often hear that “The vast majority of people drive, so we should cater to them.” This chart shared by our friend Richard Masoner shows why it’s important to consider not what people do in a broken system; but what they’d prefer to do in a functioning one:

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Weekend Event Guide: Sprockettes Farewell, Winter Formal Sale, Rose Lane Open House, and more

Posted on December 5th, 2019 at 9:40 am.

Our beloved Sprockettes will go out with a bang Friday night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Flight shaming, phone detection cams, bicycle insurance and more

Posted on December 2nd, 2019 at 9:31 am.

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The Monday Roundup: Montreal’s paradigm shift, Amtrak’s big news, carfree Tempe, and more

Posted on November 25th, 2019 at 12:37 pm.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by BikeCraft, Portland’s cycle-centric holiday gift fair that’s coming up November 30th – December 1st at the Lloyd Doubletree (1000 NE Multnomah).[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Zwift demo, Cranksgiving, Bridge City CX and more

Posted on November 21st, 2019 at 11:40 am.

Enjoying this crisp clear weather?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Time to get your plans in order for the weekend.
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The Monday Roundup: SUV tax, language matters, zombie miles, and more

Posted on November 18th, 2019 at 10:29 am.

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Weekend Event Guide: Crusade at Kruger’s, coffee club, bake sale and more

Posted on November 14th, 2019 at 8:14 am.

Got plans for the weekend?
(Photo of Historical Columbia River Highway State Trail east of Wyeth: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Time to start planning your weekend for optimum bikey-ness. Fortunately for you we’ve got the lowdown on all the best events and rides.

Check out our selections below…

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The Monday Roundup: Breaking Away remake, that helmet story, curb zones, and more

Posted on November 12th, 2019 at 9:47 am.

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Weekend Event Guide: Showers Pass Warehouse Sale, Endless Summer ride, and more

Posted on November 8th, 2019 at 8:44 am.

Plenty of color left to be seen.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Just one more day until the weekend. Should be another nice one too.

Check out our menu of selected events and rides below that will keep your riding fire stoked no matter what comes your way…
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