Volunteer Opportunities


Bike Mechanics (CCC)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 19th, 2007 at 11:50 am

Calling all Bike Mechanics –

The Community Cycling Center is holding the annual Holiday Bike Drive, a great holiday tradition that provides refurbished bikes, helmets and safety education for 500 low-income children. We have so many bikes to complete and we need the help of the entire bike community to help us reach our goal.

The CCC will be hosting many Wrench Parties between now and our event. We have hundreds of bikes to complete, so we are inviting all volunteers to come into our shop and make these bikes safe and functional for these great kids. If you are highly skilled or would like to practice your mechanic work with a shop-full of tools, this is a great opportunity for you.


The Community Cycling Center
1700 NE Alberta St in Portland

When: (Here are the dates through the next week)

Thursday October 18th

Friday October 19th
Monday October 22nd

Thursday October 25th

Friday October 26th

Each Wrench Party will be from 7:00-9:30 PM

You are also welcome to drop by our regular Tuesday Volunteer Nights from 7:00-9:30 PM every week.

Who: If you have the ability to work on hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets, you’ll have all the skills you need!


More Information:

If you can only come for one of the nights, that’s ok!

Please avoid bringing your own tools so they don’t get mixed up with ours

If you have any questions, please contact Neal at Volunteer@CommunityCyclingCenter.org or visit our website, www.communitycyclingcenter.org

Thanks and see you there!

Neal Armstrong
Volunteer and Event Manager
Community Cycling Center


Share the love; ride with kids

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 18th, 2007 at 8:34 am

Buckman Elem. bike safety class

Who ever said bike
safety wasn’t fun?!
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

If you’ve never volunteered to ride with kids as part of the BTA’s Bike Safety Education program, now is the time to step up. Or, if you’ve already done it, why not do it again?

The BTA needs volunteers to ride with students on their graduation bike rides. All you’ve got to do is show up, model proper riding techniques, and be supportive and enthusiastic (an instructor will also be present).

I’ve done this several times and it always reminds me that bikes are fun, kids are silly, and that it’s imperative to teach young folks how to be safe and smart cyclists.
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Kids Bike Safety Education (BTA)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 9th, 2007 at 5:41 pm

We (the BTA) are looking for volunteers who like to have a good time to ride with our instructors and students on their graduation bike rides.

Tasks include pretty much anything that the instructor needs- but usually looks like volunteers riding with the instructors and students, modeling proper riding, and being supportive and enthusiastic for these students. Graduation rides all happen on Thursdays or Fridays, during the school day (schedule below.)

We usually ask for volunteers to commit to at least a 2.5 hour shift. Each class is either one hour or two hours, and this allows for time to
orient volunteers before the class.

Each school has it’s own schedule, so it’s probably best to just choose a school, and an afternoon or morning shift and we can fill you in on the details to see if that fits for you. If you need help with what part of town the schools are in, let me know – they are all over the City of Portland.

Bicycle Safety Education:
Lewis – Oct. 5 Friday (SE) 12:30- 3:00
Chapman – Oct. 5 Friday (NW) 8:00am- 9:45am, 9:45am-11:30am, 12:30pm-2:15pm
Kelly – Oct. 11 Thursday (SE) 8:45-11:00, 12:40-1:55
Faubion – Oct. 11 Thursday (NE) 8:40-12:00, 12:45- 3:00
Lent – Oct. 19 Friday (SE) 8:45-11:00, 12:45- 3:00
Humboldt – Oct 19 Friday (NE) 8:45-11:15
Atkinson – Oct. 19 Friday (SE) TBA
Vestal – Oct. 25 Thursday (NE) 8:45-11:15, 12:00-2:15
Russell Acad. – Nov. 2 Friday (Outer NE) 8:45-12:20, 12:45-3:00
Gilbert Park – Nov. 2 Friday (Outer SE) 9:00-11:15, 12:45-3:00
Clarendon – Nov. 2 Friday (NoPo) TBA
Atkinson – Nov. 2 Friday (SE) TBA

There are also some after-school opportunities with a program called Pedal Power. These are groups of 15 kids for two hours, the rides
are a bit more ambitious. They are usually from 3-5 in the afternoon (or close to that time) so these may work better for you.

Pedal Power:

Chief Joseph (NoPo) – Oct. 3, 8, 10
Chapman (NW) – Oct. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17
Sunnyside (SE) – Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Mechanics for Holiday Bike Drive, CCC

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 9th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Attention, mechanics:

The CCC is the most giving bike group in Portland, they offer hundreds of free bikes to the community. The holiday bike drive is their signature event. They have a lot of bikes that need some wrenching. The bikes are already cleaned and are ready to be adjusted. I went last week, there’s plenty of available bike stands, come on down. Don’t wait till the last minute, there’s plenty of opportunities to help.

What; Wrenching on Kids bikes.
When: Every Thursday this month
Time: 7-9:30

Hope to see you there!

Alpenrose Velodrome winterizing

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 9th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

The velodrome needs to be prepared for the winter. The sign boards need to come down and things need to be stored in the container to protect them from the winter weather and leaks in the buildings. Unfortunately I am currently operating one armed due to injury. I need lots of help to get things put away. So, here is the plan:

Saturday 10/13 10:00
Bring work gloves

Let me know if you will be there.

Mike Murray – mike[dot]murray[at]obra[dot]org

Join the Bicycle Advisory Committee!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

Seeking New Members for the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee

Interested in knowing first-hand about issues affecting bicycling in Portland?
Want to invest some time working to make Portland a better city for bicycling?
Want to be in a position to officially advise City Council and city staff on matters relating to bicycling?

If yes, then consider applying to be a member of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee has been a standing city committee since the early 1970s. Its purpose is to advise the Mayor, City Council and all city departments on all matters relating to bicycling for transportation and recreation.

Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on:

• planning documents affecting bicycling
• funding priorities for bicycle-related projects
• the activities of other jurisdictions that affect bicycling in Portland.

The committee is made of up 13 members with full standing, and up to five alternate members. To qualify, applicants must:

• Be an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area
• Have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation
• Make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee.

Members are appointed to a 3-year term.

If you are interested, you will find the Bicycle Advisory Committee Job Description, Bylaws, and application form on this page – click on the links below. You can also request an application and supporting materials from Caitlin McCollum at the below address, or call her at (503) 823-5490 or email her at caitlin.mccollum@pdxtrans.org

Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 28.

Applications should be mailed to:
Caitlin McCollum
Portland Office of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 800
Portland, OR 97204

Or faxed to Caitlin McCollum at (503) 823-7576


Safer Routes to School (BTA)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 17th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Volunteer for Safer Routes to Schools Programs

We are looking for volunteers who know how to have fun.

Portland’s Safer Routes to School (SR2S) program teaches biking and walking safety to elementary school children in the Portland metro area. These important lessons include community walk and bike rides that need the help of volunteers. The Safer Route program is entering its 3rd year and is building sustainable volunteer partnerships within the communities that we serve.

If your business, organization or institution would be interested in partnering with Safer Routes to help make walking and biking to school in your community the best option, please contact Gregg Lavender at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, gregg@bta4bikes.org or 503-226-0676 x 20 (emails preferred.)

Volunteers needed each Friday from September 21st to November 2nd from 9 am- noon or from 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm (among other times).

Sponsored By Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA)
When: Friday, , 09:00 AM
Event Location: 25 various elementary schools (mostly in Portland/ a few in surrounding communities)
Contact: Gregg Lavender
Contact E-Mail: Gregg@bta4bikes.org
Contact Phone: 503-226-0676 x 20 (emails preferred)
Website: http://www.bta4bikes.org/btablog/category/safe-routes-to-school/

Bike Safety Club Assistant (CCC)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 17th, 2007 at 11:05 am

About the Program

Our Bike Safety Clubs are designed to offer low-income youth at eight elementary schools around the city a safe and fun place to be after school. Bike Safety Club participants earn their own bike, lock, helmet, and tools, all while learning safe riding skills, teamwork, and basic bike maintenance. At the end of the program, they will have learned how to fix a flat tire, read a bike map, negotiate intersections, and ride to and from school.

We’re seeking skilled program assistants to help teach safe bicycling and maintenance to low-income youth in schools in North and Outer Southast Portland. Through this position, you will gain experience in experiential education program facilitation, safe bicycling, bicycle mechanics, and working with diverse and low-income youth.

Required Skills

Must love working with children
Must have own safe bike and helmet
Respect for and commitment to diversity, teamwork, and environmental sustainability
Must pass criminal background check

Assist Bike Safety Club instructor in mentoring and teaching 15 elementary school students in bicycle safety
Assist during all 12 sessions of program
Ensure safety of all participants on group bike rides
Help kids earn their own bike, helmet, and lock!
How To Apply

Email Volunteer@CommunityCyclingCenter.org for a Volunteer Application Form. Women and people of color encouraged to apply.

Reports To

Youth Programs Coordinator

Pay Rate and Benefits

Position: Volunteer
Pay: Unpaid
Location: Multiple
Schedule: Two days per week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Programs last two hours, typically starting between 2:15 and 3:15 PM. Must be able to commit to assisting during all 12 sessions. Most programs will begin the last week of September/first week of October and will end during the first or second week of November.

Neal Armstrong
Volunteer and Event Coordinator
Community Cycling Center

1700 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211
ph: 503-546-8864 fax: 503-288-1812

Harvest Century

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 29th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Volunteer at the 5th Annual Harvest Century, October 7, 2007, a benefit bicycle ride for Community Vision.

We are expecting some 1,000 riders to traverse over three, looped routes on spectacular country roads in Yamhill and Washington Counties. The start and finish are at Historic Champoeg Park. Come volunteer, have fun, support a great ride and get great stuff. cotton short-sleeved t-shirt, lunch from Taco Del Mar and a Rogue Ale at the finish line party. (And for those interested, a voucher to ride free in 2008!)

We need you at registration & the finish line party, both at Champoeg State Park, the following rest-stops (Canby Ferry, Hillside Bible Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Ewing Young Elementary & Magness Tree Farm) and SAG drivers. We could also use a hand before the event and after.

Register to volunteer on-line at our new website.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2007
Event Location: Start: Champoeg Park; Course: Yamhill & Washington Counties
Contact: Sarah Bailen Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Contact E-Mail: sarah@harvestcentury.org
Contact Phone: 503-309-5662
Website: www.harvestcentury.org

Bike blender at the Portland Century

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:36 am

Hey all, join us in the picturesque beauty of Eagle Fern (near Borning) as we whip up succulent smoothie sustenance for riders at the Portland Century this Sunday (8/26)!

We still need a few folks to help operate the two fully off-grid, direct drive bike blenders at the Eagle Fern rest stop this Sunday morning. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate appropriate technology while supporting the fabulous cyclists in this 100 mile ride, and Portland’s wonderful bikey culture generally.

Please contact me if you can help out.

westwind [at] aracnet [dot] com