Bike Camp brings kids in grades 1-8 together for a summer of bike adventures, learning, and friendship. Campers learn how to ride safely and maintain their bikes in a supportive, hands-on environment. At Bike Camp, kids build confidence, skills, and a life-long love of biking.
Bike Camp General Information
Registration Information and Schedule: Registration for summer 2017 is open! Age groups are designated by the grade that the child will start in Fall 2017. Here is a printable version of the 2017 Bike Camp Schedule.
Camps with open spots (updated Monday, 5/22)
Wheelies Grades 2-3: 8/7 – 8/11
Sellwood Coasters Grades 2-3: 8/14 – 8/18
Sellwood Coasters Grades 2-3 (No Camp Friday): 8/21 – 8/24
Girls’ Cruisers Grades 4-5: 6/19-6/23
Girls’ Cruisers Grades 4-5 (No Camp Monday or Tuesday): 7/5 – 7/7
Sellwood Girls Cruisers Grades 4-5: 7/10 – 7/14
Sellwood Cruisers Grades 4-5 (No Camp Friday): 7/17 – 7/20
Girls’ Cruisers Grades 4-5: 8/7 – 8/11
Sellwood Cruisers Grades 4-5 (No Camp Friday): 8/21 – 8/24
Freewheelers Grades 6-8: 6/19 – 6/23
Sellwood Freewheelers Grades 6-8: 7/10 – 7/14
Girls’ Mechanics Grades 6-8: 8/7 – 8/11
Food Cart Freewheelers Grades 6-8: 8/14 – 8/18
Sellwood Food Cart Freewheelers Grades 6-8: 8/14 – 8/18
Mechanics Grades 6-8 (No camp Friday): 8/21 – 8/24
Price: Most camps are $320. Prices vary for specialty camps and short camp weeks.
Locations: We offer Bike Camps in two different locations: in NE Portland at our bike shop at 1700 NE Alberta Street, and at our partner location in SE Portland at Sellwood Cycle Repair, 7953 SE 13th Ave.
Time: All camps begin at 9am and end at 3pm. We offer camps from June 19th (modified due to updated PPS district schedule) through August 24th.
Requirements for participation: All campers must be able to start and stop unassisted and ride in a straight line to be eligible for Bike Camp. Camper bikes must pass a bike safety inspection prior to attending Bike Camp. Please see our FAQ page for more information on getting ready for camp.
Cancellation and Transfers: The Community Cycling Center requires all camp cancellation and transfers to be submitted by email to kelley.goodwin@
Contact Us: Email kelley.goodwin@
Scholarships: To apply for our 2017 Summer Bike Camp scholarship program, please follow the link below to submit your application. Campers who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school are eligible for our limited number of scholarships.
Our Teaching/Learning Philosophy
The Community Cycling Center’s mission is to broaden access to bicycling and all its benefits. That includes access to the outdoors, environmental stewardship, and enhanced livability. We believe hands-on learning allows children to gain skills, knowledge and confidence, and the interpersonal skills of decision-making and problem-solving that prepare them to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens. Our instructor to camper ratio is 1:6 for 1st-3rd grade camps and 1:7 for most 4th-8th grade camps. We emphasize cooperative learning in a team environment. If your child has specific goals, please contact us in order to ensure that s/he is in the best camp.
A typical week of camp
Day 1: We start the week with an introduction to the essentials of riding safely on the road. A short ride to a nearby park will give us a sense of the group’s abilities. Monday tends to be a light riding day, as the group learns new skills, sets expectations, and gets to know each other.
Day 2 – 4: During the middle of the week, we will learn and practice safe riding techniques and rules of the road, play games in parks, check out fun destinations, and learn a little basic maintenance. Activities will vary based on the age group or theme of the camp.
Day 5: After a morning ride, all campers converge to enjoy afternoon treats and games.
Please note that we teach in a team environment. Activities and rides are often chosen by consensus.
OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps
Grab your helmet and get ready to ride! Bike neighborhood parks and learn basic navigation and maintenance skills this summer with OMSI and the Community Cycling Center. Traveling the city by bike has never been so fun as you build on your riding confidence and skills on the road. During the overnight camp, you’ll embark on a 30-mile ride to Stub Stewart State Park to enjoy camping, stories (and s’mores!) by the campfire before returning to OMSI the next day. To learn more about these camps, check out the OMSI Camps & Classes Website.
Bike PDX (6th – 8th grade) June 26th – 30th
Bike PDX (4th – 5th) July 31st – August 4th
Bike PDX: Overnight (6th – 8th grade) August 7th – 11th
Cycle Oregon Weekender Bike Camp
Each summer, we offer Bike Camps for kids whose parents are participating in the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride. It’s a great opportunity for families to explore Oregon’s scenic rural areas on two wheels. At our two-day camp, kids cruise around on bikes and play games with their peers, while their adults are free to ride the full route at their own pace. To learn more about these rides and our weekend Bike Camp, check out the Cycle Oregon Website.
July 7th – 9th (Friday – Sunday)
Special thanks to the City of Portland, Metro, and Kristin Lensen Consulting for supporting our summer bike camps and scholarship program.