Registration begins on February 1st
January 28, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – This summer, Community Cycling Center’s Bike Camp program returns with two new Bike Camps: the Food Cart Freewheelers Camp and Mechanics Camp. The Bike Camp curriculum will offer more variety for both returning and new campers. At Bike Camp, kids ages 6 through 17 build confidence, knowledge, and skills in a safe, creative, and supportive environment.
Using feedback from kids and parents, the Center developed two additional Bike Camps for 2013. In Food Cart Freewheelers, middle schoolers broaden their understanding of both cycling and cuisine. Riders explore the popular Portland culture of food carts while mapping routes, practicing basic bicycle maintenance, and challenging themselves as a team.
Mechanics Camp empowers high school students by providing hands-on experience with the Community Cycling Center’s professional shop mechanics while still exploring the love of riding. Campers go behind the scenes at the bike shop to get hands-on mechanic training for half the day, and spend the rest of the day exploring Portland by bike.
“My kids love bike camp. They come home each day with tales of new hills conquered, bridges crossed, or bike tools used,” noted Erin Barone, parent of Bike Campers. “I love bike camp because I know they are outside exercising, having fun, and learning how to be smart urban cyclists.”
This year, campers will meet with members of Portland’s bicycle economy. Camp sessions will host special guests, including Sugar Wheelworks and Icicle Tricycle. In past years, campers learned about bike maintenance from Gracie’s Wrench, bike building from Ahearne Cycles, environmental lessons from Friends of Trees, and how to confidently ride on the MAX with TriMet, to name just a few.
Each week-long camp session costs $290 (exceptions for specialty camps) and scholarships are available. Camps begin and end each day at the Community Cycling Center bike shop on the corner of NE 17th and Alberta Street. Camp hours are 9am until 3pm.
Registration begins February 1st – Bike Camps are sure to fill up fast.
To learn more about Bike Camp, visit www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org.
About the Community Cycling Center
The Community Cycling Center, founded in 1994, broadens access to bicycling and its benefits. Our vision is to build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. As one of the oldest community bike shops in the United States, we build healthy communities by helping thousands of people ride safely. For more information, visit www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org.