Non-Profit on a Mission
We love Portland and bikes. So, we put our two loves together, creating a non-profit organization on a mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits.
Our vision: to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We believe that all Portlanders—regardless of income or background—should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom, and health benefits of bicycling. This is the motivation behind everything that we do.
How the Wheels Were Set in Motion
Over 20 years ago, our founder Brian Lacy noticed kids riding around near Alberta Street on bikes that needed repairs. As a trained mechanic, Lacy had an idea: show these kids how to fix their own bikes and help create a sustainable environment and community. Kids began exploring the neighborhoods of Portland by bike, getting to know their neighbors, and learning the history of their surroundings. Soon, members of the local community began to donate bikes they didn’t need. In this way, the bicycle became a tool for empowerment.
Continuing Our Journey
Over time, many community members offered creative contributions, helping us grow into the robust non-profit that we are today. We operate a full-service bike shop, and we love helping riders build their skills and confidence. Our programs and projects benefit underserved communities, allowing kids to ride to school, adults to ride to work, and many people to ride for health and recreation.
Where We are Headed
We will look at ways to create pathways to employment and engagement within the growing bicycle movement by providing training for new educators, leaders, advocates, and mechanics. Our goal is to help create a healthy, sustainable Portland for all community members. To get on board, stop by our shop, volunteer your time, or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter!
To see how we have delivered on your support, check out our 2015 Annual Report (PDF).