portland summer bike camps

These summer bike camps still have a spot for your kid

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on June 11th, 2019 at 6:01 am

Bike camps teach riding skills, bike maintenance, safety, and friendship.
(Photo: Nat Shreffler for Community Cycling Center)

Portland has a wide variety of summer bike camps: Everything from learn-to-ride camps that ease kids onto two wheels to camps that teach advanced riding and repair skills. You might think it’s late in the game to find a spot in one of them, but most area bike camps still have spaces in some sessions.

My son attended his favorite bike camp back when he was five. He decided he wanted “bike racing camp” instead of “regular bike camp” and I found a new camp offered at a bike coaching facility. They started each morning of the week watching Danny MacAskill bike trick videos before pedaling off via multi-use path to a park where the instructor had stashed an obstacle course in the bushes. In addition to the emphasis on riding and tricks, he came home with more art projects from this camp (we still have a precious old bike cranks and duct tape creation) than from the larger, more traditional bike camps he’s attended.
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Looking for a summer bike camp? Check out these seven local options

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 23rd, 2018 at 10:47 am

Get those kids out of your hands and into the city – on bikes!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Summer in Portland means it’s time to make sure the young people in our lives get as much exposure to bicycling as possible.

It’s also a time when school is out and working adults need a place to plop the little ones while they work. That’s where bike camps come in! Since this is Portland, we have a bunch of great options.

Here are the details on seven local bike camps we’ve heard about…
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Your guide to summer bike camps for kids

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 2nd, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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Summer means bike camp for the little ones.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Whether it’s doing Sunday Parkways or just riding to the store or a friend’s house, biking is a huge part of summer for many Portland families. So are summer camps. Fortunately you can combine the two and enroll the kid in your life in one of several bike-focused camps.
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From Sprockettes to singletrack: A guide to bikey summer camps for kids

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 27th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Sprockettes Kids Camp-6

Has your little girl ever dreamed of hanging out and dancing with the Sprockettes
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’ve got kids in your care, then there’s always a big question come summertime: What the heck will they do all day? For many people, the answer is some type of camp. Camps are a great way to keep the daily schedule in tact while allowing kids to gain new friends and new skills.
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This summer, treat your kid to a bike camp

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 3rd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Kids love bike camp!
(Photos © J. Maus)

With spring almost here, many Portland parents find themselves trying to choose between the myriad choices of local summer camps. Among them are two camps that will introduce your kid to the mix of fun, function and fitness that only a bicycle can bring.

Here’s a bit more information on two great options. One comes from local non-profit stalwart the Community Cycling Center and the other from well-known youth biking instructor Gregg Lavender.
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A summer bike camp on two wheels (Slideshow)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Seeing the neighborhood at biking speed.
More images/Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last Friday I spent the day with the Community Cycling Center’s “Coasters” summer bike camp.

The camp is for kids 6-8 years old and the idea is to teach them how to ride on city streets, do basic bike maintenance (very basic), build confidence, show them around the neighborhood, and of course to just have fun.

My daughter is finally old enough to join so I went along with her on the final day of the week-long camp. After gathering at the CCC on Alberta and 17th, we rolled east via N. Going Ave. The street is slated to be a major bike boulevard and it’s easy to see why. It’s plenty wide, already has low traffic, and its just one block south of Alberta. Even biking with 13 kids, several of whom were fresh from the sidewalk and the watchful eyes of parents, was stress-free. [Read more…]

Summer bike camps get rolling at the CCC

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 21st, 2007 at 10:22 am

visit to Community Cycling Center

Summer camp coordinator
Gabe Graff shows kids how to be safe.
(File photo)

The Community Cycling Center (CCC) is always bustling with bikey goodness. But this time of year, the place is infused with a special energy.

With school out for summer and the sun finally following suit, tons of kids are flocking to their Alberta Street headquarters to join in the fun of their summer camp programs.

The CCC’s Summer Bike Camps started this week and by the end of the season, hundreds of Portland kids will have gained valuable skills. The camps teach kids how to work on their bikes, become more self-reliant, and most importantly they learn valuable lessons about riding safely on our streets.
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