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 2018 will open in January. Please watch this space, as well as our Facebook page.
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.
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.
Contact Us: Email kelley.goodwin@
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 all 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.
Notes: We teach in a team environment. Activities and rides are often chosen by consensus. Some camps are three or four daylong camps due to holidays. This will be reflected on posted schedules.
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.
Special thanks to the City of Portland, Metro, and Kristin Lensen Consulting for supporting our summer bike camps and scholarship program.