Group looks to improve access to bicycle trailers for low-income families

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ABC Bike Ride 2013

Kids get ready to roll before an Andando en Bicicletas
en Cully ride, organized at Hacienda CDC.
(Photo: Community Cycling Center.)

As bikes become a bigger part of normal life for people at Hacienda CDC in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood, there’s a shortage of something that holiday charity bike drives seldom offer: bike trailers.

It started when a group of residents at the low-income housing community decided to join the Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways event last June. The Community Cycling Center (which works with Hacienda residents on several projects) arranged to loan bike trailers to a couple moms who wanted to bring their children.

“The women just loved it — they didn’t even realize that was an option,” CCC spokeswoman Melinda Musser said Tuesday. “Normally when they go on bike rides, the women who have kids, they have to have another adult to watch them. So that was an obstacle that they maybe didn’t even realize. … Once they started using the trailers they got really excited. They realized that they could ride more often and bring their kids with them.”

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Weekend Open Thread: Riding in the Rain Edition

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Bike Move for Ernie

I’ll be helping a friend with a
rainy bike move today.
(Photo © J. Maus)

What are your plans for this rainy weekend?

I’m planning on some quality time at home, catching up on laundry and other projects.

But this morning I’m going to venture out in the rain with my trailer and panniers for a bike move. Emily Wilson, veteran bike movee (hers was the first official Move By Bike event in Portland, and she’s never looked back). You might think that moving someone’s earthly belongings by bike in the rain wouldn’t be a whole lot of fun — but wow, would you ever be wrong.

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