holiday bike drive

350 dreams deferred: CCC needs help for Bike Drive sequel

Avatar by on December 19th, 2008 at 10:12 am

The Community Cycling Center‘s annual Holiday Bike Drive was all set for another successful day of making bike dreams come true for over 500 low-income Portland-area kids…but that was before the big storm hit.

As the weather worsened on the day of the event (last Sunday), staffers decided to cut it short, leaving about 350 kids without new bikes.

Now, the CCC is gearing up for a Holiday Bike Drive sequel for January. An announcement on their website states, “We will spend the next few weeks organizing volunteers and staff, coordinating with social service agencies and families, and fundraising like crazy to pull the whole thing off.”

The sequel event is expected to cost about $3,000 in staff time and supplies to pull off.

To learn more and to send a donation, visit the support page at

Lots of bikes without homes, but still an “incredible” Holiday Bike Drive

Avatar by on December 15th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

There were still plenty of smiles
at the Holiday Bike Drive yesterday.
(Photo by Chad Berkley)

As we reported yesterday, the Community Cycling Center‘s Holiday Bike Drive suffered a bit due to extreme weather conditions that kept many families away.

The event is their largest of the year and volunteers had readied well over 500 bikes to give to low-income kids. CCC communications director Alison Hill-Graves sent us an email with the following recap:

“We had a smaller, yet still incredible event despite that pesky storm. We had kids coming in until 3:30 and we still had staff and volunteers around to help. We ended up loading up about 400 bikes and getting them back up to North Portland where we keep them. We plan some kind of alternative event in January.”

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Update on Holiday Bike Drive: Staffers monitor weather [Updated]

Avatar by on December 14th, 2008 at 10:07 am

[UPDATE, 10:50am: Event organizers say due to harsh weather, the event is being cut short. They will finish helping families that are already there, and anyone on the way, but doors will close shortly.]

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Bikes await kids at last year’s
Holiday Bike Drive.(Photo © J. Maus)

With an Arctic blast of snow and wind hitting Portland this morning, and with images of closed roads and stranded cars streaming on the local TV news, the Community Cycling Center is grappling with what the weather might mean for their Holiday Bike Drive.

Over 500 bikes and hundreds of volunteers are all ready to go at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland this morning. However, Community Cycling Center communications director Alison Hill-Graves says a few families have already called to say they’re staying home.[Read more…]

Holiday Bike Drive will make wishes come true this weekend

Avatar by on December 12th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

CCC's Holiday Bike Drive

From the Holiday Bike Drive
in 2006.
– Slideshow below –
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Northeast Portland-based Community Cycling Center and their army of bike elves are all set to continue their 13-year Holiday Bike Drive tradition this weekend.

The event will provide refurbished bikes, new helmets, and basic safety education (delivered with fun) to well over 500 kids from low-income families in the region.

The bikes — which will be lined up for kids to choose on their own — have been donated throughout the year from more than 15 collection events. How long does it take to get all those bikes ready? The CCC says it took 1,000 volunteers over 3,000 hours to clean and repair them all.
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Press Release: Bike Gallery gets into Spirit of Giving

Avatar by on November 26th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Just got this from the Bike Gallery:

Local Bike Retailer Gets Into the Spirit of Giving

Portland, Oregon – November 28, 2008. This December, one local bike retailer is shifting their holiday focus to help support an important holiday tradition – the 13th annual Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive. November 28, 2008, through January 2, 2009, family-owned Bike Gallery is actively encouraging their customers to make a donation to local non-profit Community Cycling Center. During that time, Bike Gallery is inviting its customers to become a star on their Giving Tree by donating $5 or more to the Community Cycling Center (CCC). Anyone making a donation of $5 or more will receive a star to personalize with their name or a message. That star will go on a Giving Tree that is centrally located in the store. Your donation helps offset the costs of Holiday Bike Drive and other CCC programs. AND…for every star on the tree, Bike Gallery will donate $5 to the CCC!
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Holiday Bike Drive brings smiles (and a new set of wheels) to over 500 kids

Avatar by on December 9th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

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Kids got new bikes, and
the skills to ride them.
(View slideshow below)

Today at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland, 519 kids received a special holiday gift: a new bicycle.

Culminating over 5,000 volunteer hours over the past year, the Community Cycling Center’s (CCC) Holiday Bike Drive was once again a big success.

Speaking at a brunch for supporters before the kids arrived, CCC executive director Susan Remmers said, “We hope today is about possibilities. This event is what we’re all about…it’s at the very heart of our mission.”[Read more…]

Annual Holiday Bike Drive is about much more than free bikes

Avatar by on November 30th, 2007 at 10:09 am

CCC's Holiday Bike Drive

A scenes from last year’s event.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

On Sunday, December 9th, 519 Portland kids will receive a shiny recycled bicycle, lovingly prepped and polished by an army of volunteers.

But despite the heart-warming smiles of anxious kids ready to pedal their new rigs, handing off the bike is just one part of this very special event.

To pull off their annual Holiday Bike Drive event, the Community Cycling Center (CCC) spends nearly all year organizing with over 65 individual caseworkers (all the kids are referred into the program), schools, and community organizations.

And then there are the volunteers. With one week to go before the event, they’ve already donated 1,538 hours of work.[Read more…]

Lake Oswego Holiday Bike Drive

Avatar by on November 29th, 2007 at 10:04 am

Official Event Website

Community Cycling Center & Exchange Cycle Tours Holiday Bike Drive

DATE: Dec. 1st, 2007
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM (12:30 PM – 4PM at Athey Creek)

Lake Grove Albertson’s Grocery Store
16199 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Athey Creek Middle School (at the Girl Scouts’ Trefoil Bazaar Event)
2900 SW Borland Rd, West Linn, OR 97068

Holiday Bike Drive – translators needed

Avatar by on November 26th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

The Community Cycling Center is holding its annual Holiday Bike Drive, a wonderful event that provides helmets, bikes and bike safety education to hundreds and hundreds of deserving children in Portland.

Volunteers are needed to help translate for those families that don’t speak English. We need people who can help translate Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Positions include helping registrations, guiding kids through the process of receiving helmets and bikes, and bike safety education.

If you are interested, please email me at volunteer(at)communitycyclingcenter(dot)org, and I will provide you more information, including dates and shifts.

**** I promise that this will be one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you’ve ever had. For more information about the Holiday Bike Drive, please read an excellent story and see the pictures from Bike Portland.

Neal Armstrong
Volunteer and Event Manager
Community Cycling Center

1700 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211

Bicycles are a tool for personal empowerment and a vehicle for social change.

Mechanics for Holiday Bike Drive, CCC

Avatar 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!