holiday bike drive

A first bike for 400 kids at 22nd annual Holiday Bike Drive

Avatar by on December 4th, 2017 at 11:33 am

(Photos by Charles Edelson)

“It is a big, beautiful idea, and I can’t stop smiling.”
— Kasandra Griffin, executive director of the Community Cycling Center

On Sunday, December 3rd, the Community Cycling Center celebrated 22 years of the Holiday Bike Drive, a program that has provided over 10,000 bicycles to children from families living on lower incomes since 1995. The 22nd annual Holiday Bike Drive was a heartwarming delight of over 400 children finding and riding their first bicycle. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden joined in to celebrate bikes, kids, volunteerism and community..

“To many, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the day in which over 400 children get a bike,” said Kasandra Griffin, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center. “But for me, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the first day of a lifelong relationship with bicycles for over 400 children. It is a big, beautiful idea, and I can’t stop smiling.”
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Annual ‘Holiday Bike Drive’ makes 411 new bike wishes come true

Avatar by on December 8th, 2016 at 1:36 pm

2016 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photos by Connor Ebbinghouse)

Portland’s cycling’s ecosystem got a big injection of new life on Sunday when 411 kids received their very first bicycle.

It was all part of the Community Cycling Center’s 21st annual Holiday Bike Drive.
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The Holiday Bike Drive: Much more than just 300 free bikes

Avatar by on December 6th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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Her left hand is blurry because she just did that throttle-twist motion (which was immediately followed by this smile).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you believe (as I do) that children are the true indicator species of a cycling-friendly city, then Portland just put a big down payment on its future. [Read more…]

The Lumberyard is donating $10,000 in bikes to the Community Cycling Center

Avatar by on November 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am

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Lumberyard co-founder Will Heiberg.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s way too early for us to start talking about Christmas, but we’ll make an exception for this story.

Today in east Portland the non-profit Community Cycling Center will pick up $10,000 worth of new bikes from The Lumberyard. The CCC’s Melinda Musser says the donation will include 32 “high quality” BMX bikes.

Musser says the “unprecedented” donation will help kick-start the organization’s annual Holiday Bike Drive and provide a new fleet of bikes to use in their kids programs next year. The CCC runs summer camps and bike safety programs in neighborhoods where some families can’t afford to buy bikes. And in December the CCC will give away about 300 bikes at their 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive.
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Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

Avatar by on December 8th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

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Watch out Portland, there are a few hundred new bike riders in town!

The 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place over the weekend and the Community Cycling Center provided 300 bicycles to children from throughout the region. The kids are referred to the event by the CCC’s social service partners. They also got free helmets and lots of advice and training on how to ride safely.

It’s quite an undertaking to make this event happen smoothly every year, but the CCC has it down to a science. Of course it doesn’t heart to have a big crew of dedicated volunteers. Among the folks who showed up to lend their support yesterday were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.[Read more…]

Congressman’s fruitcake ice cream will help buy gift bikes for Portland kids

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 26th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

This is definitely our favorite ice cream charity partnership ever.

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18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes cheer for over 375 kids

Avatar by on December 11th, 2013 at 10:05 am

2013 Holiday Bike Drive

A new bike, thanks to the Community Cycling Center.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The event brings together dozens of volunteers who set up low-income families with nearly 400 shiny refurbished bicycles and tricycles. In many ways, the event is a rite of passage for the kids and the volunteers — both of whom aren’t likely to ever forget the experience.[Read more…]

412 kids receive free bikes at annual Holiday Bike Drive

Avatar by on December 11th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Holiday Bike Drive 2012

Taking the new rig for a spin.
(Photo: Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday. The event is a cherished tradition here in Portland as it brings together the community in a way that no other event does. Beyond simply giving out free bikes, the CCC carefully chooses recipients based on those in need. All the families that take part are referred to the event by a partnering social service program and the kids are given a full complement of accessories and skills education to go along with their bike.

According to CCC Communications Manager Melinda Musser, 412 children received bikes on Saturday and — underscoring the CCC’s success in broadening the reach of bicycling in our community — there were 18 languages represented. [Read more…]

Bikes make holiday brighter over 400 kids at Holiday Bike Drive

Avatar by on December 12th, 2011 at 9:06 am

Waiting for new owners.
(Photos: Britt Appleton/CCC)

The Community Cycling Center held their 16th annual Holiday Bike Drive yesterday. The event connected over 400 kids from low-income families with a newly refurbished bike, a helmet, basic safety education and most importantly, the freedom and sheer joy that comes with having your own two wheels.

We weren’t at the event this year, but the CCC shared a few photos of the happy kids (taken by Britt Appleton):[Read more…]

366 kids will fulfill belated bike dreams this weekend

Avatar by on January 21st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

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366 lucky kids will get to
choose their favorite this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus)

With a press release that exclaims, “The Portland “Snowpocalypse” can’t keep us from getting kids on bikes!”, the Community Cycling Center (CCC) has announced plans to hold a sequel to their annual Holiday Bike Drive this weekend.

The event will hope to bring biking’s goodness to more than 350 kids who couldn’t attend the original Bike Drive on December 14th, which was cut short by a snow storm. The CCC promises it will be “the same great event, just a little over a month later.”[Read more…]