Archive for Author: Melinda

Transportation Justice Alliance (Part 2)

By Katie Steele, Advocacy Intern For many Portland residents, even those who bus and bike to work on daily basis, justice in transportation is likely an abstract concept.  The most obvious example is definitely accessibility to public transportation, but there is also affordable bike travel, safe and accessible pedestrian routes, and environmental safety for all […]


Transportation Justice Alliance (Part 1)

By Katie Steele, Advocacy Intern When jumping into Portland’s transportation advocacy scene, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of faces, acronyms, and agendas.  It’s harder still to tease apart where these organizations lie in relation to one another, from the grassroots to the grasstops and even on to direct legislative involvement.  When you […]


Volunteers needed for Cycle Oregon

By Patrick Loftus, Volunteer & Events Manager The Community Cycling Center, whose mission is to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits, is headed to Cycle Oregon for another year. We need your help! As a volunteer you’d spend the day cleaning bikes and charging electronics through a solar powered trailer. When not cleaning bikes you’ll […]


The Shoe-Ins take home the trophy at Transportation Trivia

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager A rowdy crowd joined us at Radio Room last night to test their knowledge of the world’s bike share systems at our 8th edition of Transportation Trivia. With your help, we set a brand new Transportation Trivia record and raised over $4,800 to support our new bicycle library program for underserved communities. Thank […]


John Slaughter’s Poem for Gentrification is WEIRD! The Ride

For those of you who attended Gentrification is WEIRD! The Ride, you may remember the powerful poem that John Slaughter shared with us. Well, there is a longer piece of poetry that John would like to share with you. In the words of Laquida Landford, “I feel honored to have shared the community platform with these […]


Gentrification is WEIRD! The Ride – Recap and photos

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Over 50 people arrived at the Bike Repair Hub in New Columbia on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Some people stopped by purely because they were curious about the large fleet of bikes glistening in the center of the Bike Skills Park. “I woke up this morning and my […]


40 spots remaining in Bike Camp

By Melinda Musser, Communications Manager Bike Camp season kicked off last week, but it’s not too late to register your favorite child for a summer full of bike adventures. Take a look at our Bike Camp offerings to see if a week of riding in the sun could be the perfect summer plan for your […]


Support the Bike Repair Hub – Give Today

This summer, we celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Bike Repair Hub by doubling its open hours and debuting a Build-A-Bike program. Check out our new stop-motion video about the Bike Repair Hub and support our work through our Indiegogo campaign today. About the Bike Repair Hub In 2010, the Community Cycling Center asked neighbors […]


Excitement in many languages – Bikes for Kids 2016

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Excitement filled the Rosewood Initiative during Bikes for Kids with a formidable din that made any spoken language (and there were many) difficult to hear. Kids were excited. Adults. Volunteers. Staff. Donors. Bikes for Kids is the smaller, riding-season Holiday Bike Drive, this year occurring in May to coincide with […]


Coalition wins $3.5 million for Safe Routes to School!

Yesterday, the For Every Kid Coalition, representing 89 coalition partners including the Community Cycling Center and the BTA, won an unprecedented investment in Safe Routes to School: $3.5 million. The Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) voted in favor of the proposal that increases investments that provide safety for people walking, bicycling, and accessing transit, […]


Shop Tip: Top tools to own for DIY at-home bike maintenance

By Jackie Mautner, Bicycle Mechanic So you’ve got a tool bag you bring with you for roadside repair, but what about when you’re home on a rainy day and itching to replace your badly worn tires, or fix that sticky headset? Here are a few tools that are sure to make working on your bike […]


News Release: Portland’s BIKETOWN Receives Equity Boost from the Community Cycling Center

  Local nonprofit awarded grant to increase accessibility to new bike share system PORTLAND, OR – May 11, 2015 – National bicycle advocacy organization PeopleForBikes announced today the recipients of the Better Bike Share Partnership grants across the country. Local nonprofit organization, Community Cycling Center, will receive a $75,000 grant to help increase access to […]


Download our 2015 Annual Report

Our 2015 Annual Report is available for download. Check out our financials, 2015 programs stats, and our favorite stories from last year. Thank you for your continued support!    


“Don’t be a wimp – come get dirty with bikes!”

By Daniel Shor, Community Collaborations Program Intern/BPS Plant I started working for the Community Cycling Center as part of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS) Climate Action Collaborative Cohort. BPS assigned me to the Cycling Center to help Helensview High School students develop a community outreach project; a project that would connect the […]


Cyclone Bicycle Supply powers more bike builds

By Patrick Loftus, Volunteer and Event Manager For 22 years the Community Cycling Center has helped people of all ages experience the joy of earning their very own bikes. All of the bicycles for our Earn-a-Bike programs are fully cleaned and refurbished by staff and volunteers. It’s a lot of work that requires a lot […]


Islabikes donates 14 bicycles to the Community Cycling Center

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Islabikes—producers of lightweight bikes made specifically for children—gave back to their community by donating 14 bikes to the Community Cycling Center. These bikes will be used for our new bike fleet, allowing us to lead many bike rides in Portsmouth, Cully, and beyond. “We can’t thank Islabikes enough […]


Springwater Corridor Safety Issues

As many have heard, concerns regarding the safety along the Springwater Corridor prompted Joe Kurmaskie to put his Camp Creative based out of Sellwood Community Center on hold for the summer. The Corridor was the main bike path he used for his camp. We are working to gather more information regarding the current state of […]


Over 100 spots remaining in Bike Camp

By Jake Schorr, Bike Camp Manager With the weather warming, we’re eyeing our bikes and making plans for the summer. Take a look at our Bike Camp offerings to see if a week of riding in the sun could be the perfect summer plan for your child. We have spots available for all age groups […]


Rain or Shine, Chavez Bike Club Rides Strong

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager It was a cloudy Tuesday morning on the second day of spring break. While most students were nestled in their beds, the Cesar Chavez Bike Club crew arrived at 9:30am for their 4th week of Bike Club. Prior to Tuesday, the students learned about the importance of helmets, […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Fisher

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Rebecca joined the Community Cycling Center as a Communications Intern in 2015. Rebecca is a multi-talented volunteer. From writing to photography to speaking several languages, she can do it all. She supports multiple departments within our organization and helps us share many powerful stories about our programmatic work. […]


Community Cycling Center Wins National Advocacy Award

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Thank you to the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists for celebrating our work to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits with the “Catalyst Award” at this year’s National Bike Summit in Washington DC. This award honors organizations that “elevate the walking […]


Product Review: Brooks Cambium Saddle

By Tim Weeks , Bike Mechanic  The following is a great first-hand review of the new Brooks Cambium saddle from our senior mechanic Tim Weeks. But before you run out and try one for yourself, remember that butts come in all shapes and sizes and not every bicycle saddle will agree with everyone’s rear end. If you wish […]


Donate your vehicle and support Community Cycling Center

By Melinda Musser, Communciations & Marketing Manager We just launched a brand new vehicle donation program with our partner Charity Connections! If you have a car, truck, RV, boat, or other type of vehicle, you can donate it to us via their online form and receive a tax-deductible donation. They’ll even pick up the vehicle […]


Science on Wheels at Helensview School

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Ever since Jericho was seven years old, he dreamed of one day owning his own bike shop. After his father purchased a Redline bicycle for him, he discovered a newfound freedom and fell in love with riding his bike everywhere. Eventually he embraced the world of BMX after […]


Save $100 on Overhaul Special

$100 off a bike overhaul

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Your bike powered through the typical elements familiar to Portlanders: snow, rain, mud, and the dreaded wintry mix.  Your ride could probably use some love. We want to make it easy for you. This January and February, we’ll take $100 off the cost of a standard overhaul. We’ll put the […]


NIKE announces BIKETOWN sponsorship

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Finally, bikes we can all share. Bikes that we can deploy anywhere and a platform that can create accessibility for residents facing barriers to accessing bicycles. Today, we are excited to help present NIKE’s announcement of their $10 million sponsorship of Portland’s bike share system with Portland Bureau of […]


ABC’s Marlene speaks at Portland City Council Meeting

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Yesterday, Portland Bureau of Transportation invited Marlene, a dedicated, long-time ABC member, to provide testimony in front of Portland’s City Council to encourage the continued support of the collaboration between Sunday Parkways and ABC. You can watch her in this video or read her speech below. Good afternoon, My name is […]


Our technology wish list

By Melinda Musser, Communications and Marketing Manager There is another way you can support the future of the Community Cycling Center on our quest to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. We have various tech and office needs that would allow us to do our jobs more efficiently and effectively. Help bring us back […]


Save 25% with gift packs at Community Cycling Center!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This winter, get bike-friendly gifts for the bicycle lovers in your life at the Community Cycling Center. We’re offering three types of gift packs – Commuter, DIY, and Kids. Each category has dozens of items to choose from. Shop from now through December 31st and save big! How does it work? Pick 5 […]


Photos from the 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager On Sunday, 300 children rode home with new bicycles, helmets, and the newfound knowledge on how to ride safely in their neighborhoods at the 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive. This event has come a long way since its inception in 1995 when our founder, Brian Lacy, used to […]


News Release: Community Cycling Center celebrates 20th year of Holiday Bike Drive

Over 300 children to receive their first bicycles November 25, 2015 – Portland, Ore. – On Sunday, December 6th, the Community Cycling Center will celebrate 20 years of the Holiday Bike Drive, its most impactful program that has provided over 10,000 bicycles to children from families with low incomes since 1995. This December, witness the […]


Sponsor a child’s first bike

This December, the Community Cycling Center will celebrate 20 years of the Holiday Bike Drive, our most impactful program that has provided over 10,000 bicycles to children from families with low incomes since 1995. We believe that every child deserves the life-changing power and healthy benefits that bicycles bring. Every December, Holiday Bike Drive helps […]


Bicycle Ball – We did it!

By Jersey Deutsch, Volunteer & Development Coordinator There’s nothing like having an excuse to swing dance in fancy clothes while sipping a Manhattan on a Wednesday night. Over 100 of you showed up for our second annual Bicycle Ball. Because of your support, we are kicking off our Winter Campaign with over $4,200! That’s enough […]


The story behind the Community Cycling Center’s new look

  By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Today, we are excited to share with you our new logo, website, and video featuring Laquida Landford, a woman who earned a bike and participated in a pilot leadership development training program at the Community Cycling Center. After celebrating our 20th anniversary last year, we decided it was time […]


Now launching Women/Trans Bike Maintenance Class!

By Jake Schorr, Program Manager When folks find out where I work, one of the first things they usually say is, “The Community Cycling Center, that place is the coolest!” And they are correct. One of the next things they usually say is, “One of these days I’d really like to learn how to fix […]


What’s next for ABC and bike parking?

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This September, one of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully’s (ABC) dreams finally came true. Safe bike storage became a reality at Clara Vista Townhomes, an affordable housing building in NE Portland where several members of ABC live. For the first time ever, residents have a safe place to […]


Hopworks Community Tap Program

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manger Today is the beginning of September, which means Hopworks is kicking off their killer Community Tap program! They’re sending  1% of all Bike Bar pint sale proceeds throughout the month to the Community Cycling Center to support our work of broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. Join […]


Pack-a-Pannier Sale – 25% off everything inside the bag!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager During the months of September and October, buy a bag or pannier, fill it with any new parts and accessories, and we will give you 25% off everything inside the bag. Also, pro tip, you can put a bag inside a bag, which means you can buy one […]


Bike Campers Interview TriMet’s Jeff Owen on Tilikum Crossing

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our Bike Camp Middle Schoolers are very interested in all things Tilikum Crossing, Portland’s newest bridge in 40 years. At more than 1,700 feet in length, the Tilikum Crossing is the only bridge of its kind in the U.S. designed to only carry light rail trains, buses, streetcars, bicyclists, and […]


12 new riders at IRCO

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager On Friday, August 7th, twelve people at IRCO rode home on bikes that were generously donated to the Community Cycling Center and lovingly refurbished by our mechanics and volunteers. But it wasn’t just bikes that they earned. The Earn a Bike participants received new helmets, locks, flat fix […]


Volunteer spotlight: Kathryn Sofich

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Kathryn Sofich joined our all-volunteer board in 2010. Before that, she was introduced to our work through the magic of the Holiday Bike Drive. Her tireless commitment to the mission of the Community Cycling Center is evident in her leadership of our board, support of our staff, and […]


Spokeswomen: Celebrating and improving safe bicycling and walking in Cully

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Sunday Parkways, July 27th, in Khunamokwst Park. The place teemed with people from young to old in all shapes and sizes. Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) had the corner on the new park’s southwest corner, featuring their Photovoice Project, which calls for safe streets in Cully. They also offered bike […]


A look back at Cycle Oregon Weekend

By Kelley Goodwin, Assistant Bike Camp Manager When I signed on as assistant camp manager, I was excited to find out that I would be in charge of running Cycle Oregon’s Bike Camp.  Since 2011, I have been involved with the camp at Cycle Oregon first as a volunteer, then as an instructor, and now […]


Community Cycling Center launches pilot High School Program

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Earlier this year, the Community Cycling Center launched a pilot program with students from Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS). RAHS is a community-based alternative high school for students who are not succeeding in the public school setting. RAHS’ efforts are proving successful with a current graduation rate of […]


Shop tip: overview of derailleurs

In our previous ship tip, Gwen wrote about cables, housing and accessories. In this tip, she will provide an overview of front and rear derailleurs. Introduction This shop tip is all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or are preparing to buy a new one, it’s […]


Retail Happy Hour every Wednesday!

Retail Happy Hour on Alberta Street kicks off this Wednesday, June 24th, from 3-6 p.m. at nearly 40 Alberta Street retail businesses. Retail Happy Hour invites shoppers to visit Alberta Street every Wednesday afternoon for great deals and exclusive discounts while supporting local independent retailers. The Community Cycling Center and Gladys Bikes are teaming up […]


Shop tip: cable, housing and accessories

By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor Last month, Gwen wrote about the exciting world of brakes and levers. In this shop tip, she will review cable, housing, and accessories as a complement to her previous post. In the picture below, you can see a number of the different small parts which are used in setting up brakes and shifters. […]


News Release: The Missing Link Wins 2nd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge

Event raises over $9,000 for the non-profit Community Cycling Center June 16, 2015 – Portland, Ore. – The Missing Link bike shop mechanics James Emond and Matt Glynn emerged victorious as the winners of the 2nd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge last Saturday at Velo Cult Bike Shop. They bested their competition—including last year’s returning champions, Bike Gallery—in […]


The Missing Link wins 2nd annual Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Lillian Karabaic, Development Manager Missing Link Bike Shop mechanics James Emond and Matt Glynn emerged victorious as the winners of the 2nd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge last Saturday at Velo Cult Bike Shop. They bested their competition, including last year’s returning champions, Bike Gallery, in four technical challenges to take the grand prize of an […]


News Release: 2nd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge Returns During Pedalpalooza

A benefit for the Community Cycling Center June 5, 2015 – Portland, Ore. – Which bike shop will take home the trophy for having the best bicycle mechanics in the city? Find out at the 2nd annual Bike Mechanic Challenge, a benefit for the Community Cycling Center. Mechanics from around the city will compete in […]


Introducing a new prize at Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Patrick Loftus, Event Coordinator In just two short weeks at the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Mechanic Challenge, Portland’s best bike shops will compete to see who has city’s best mechanics. Beyond bragging rights, they’ll also get great prizes from our friends at Efficient Velo Tools (EVT). While some of you may not be familiar […]


News Release: Community Cycling Center Expands Bike Camp Offerings

The nonprofit offers Bike Camps in NE and SE Portland May 28, 2015 – Portland, Ore. – What better way for kids to spend their summers than with new friends at the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Camps.This summer, the Center will offer more camps in two locations: NE Alberta Street at the Community Cycling Center […]


Shop tip: types of brakes and levers

 By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor Introduction This next series of shop tips over the next several months will be all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or preparing to buy a new one, it’s very helpful to be familiar with all the different types of components.  […]


40 spots left in Bike Camp! Give your child a summer adventure

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Bike Camp is just around the corner. For those of you still looking for fun summer adventures for your kids, we still have 40 spots remaining in our Bike Camps this summer. Bike Camp teaches safety, group riding technique, right of way, and basic, hands-on maintenance skills. Yet the […]


Spend time with friends and family at Cycle Oregon’s Weekend Ride

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Are you looking for bike events to do this summer? There is no better place to celebrate the joy of bicycling and practice your bicycle touring skills than on Cycle Oregon’s Weekend Ride. The event will be held at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, where you can experience […]


Product Review: Park CM 5.2 Cyclone Chain Scrubber

By David Kurishima, Retail Manager A year ago I would have rolled my eyes at the thought of writing a review about a chain cleaner. For years I always thought of these grimy plastic “tools” lying around our shop as nothing but a gimmicky toy akin to a Hot Wheels carwash play set, and I […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Cassidy DeMarco

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Cassidy is one of the most talented people I have had the pleasure to work with. He’s currently our graphic design intern, but has also helped us out with photography, videography, wrenching on bikes, and even scoring music! Cassidy is always willing to step in and volunteer when he can, […]


Highlights from ABC and We All Can Ride’s presentation at OATS

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Translations of ABC Member quotes by Lale Santelices, Collaborations Manager Members of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) and We All Can Ride  spoke about their work in north and northeast Portland at this week’s Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS) in Portland. Here are a few highlights from […]


Shop tip: replacing your chain

By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor There are many reasons that you might need to replace the chain on your bicycle. Chains wear out over time, get damaged in accidents, or may become too rusted to function. Below, you will learn how to install a new chain on your bike. The most important thing to keep in mind […]


ABC identifies barriers to accessing Cully’s newest park

Quotes and translations provided by William Francis and Lale Santelices On Saturday, March 14th, members of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) joined Verde for a bike ride to identify barriers to accessing Wellington and Khunamokwst Park. Khunamokwst is the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood. The Khunamokwst Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Keil Mueller

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager In this month’s volunteer spotlight, we celebrate Keil Mueller, one of our amazing board members. All of our board members generously volunteer their time to stewarding the mission of the Community Cycling Center. In addition to being a member of our board, Keil supports the fiscal health of […]


Transportation Trivia: BIG TRAINS edition a huge success

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our Transportation Trivia Night: BIG TRAINS EDITION fundraiser was incredibly successful. Together, we raised a grand total of $3,546 to support our work of broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity! For those of you who have been to one […]


Our programs will continue, despite loss of grant funding

Dear Friends of the Community Cycling Center, As you may have heard, we were not awarded funding for the Metro RTO 2015-2017 grant season. For those of you who do not regularly attend Transportation Trivia, Metro RTO stands for Regional Travel Options, a program known for awarding grants that increase mobility around the Portland Metro […]


Youth Bike Summit Roundup

  The Youth Bike Summit strengthens the national movement of youth on bikes by developing leaders in a weekend of fun, advocacy, training, and workshops. For the first time ever, the Summit took place in Seattle (previously held in New York City), allowing more opportunities for kids on the West Coast to engage in activities […]


It’s about transferring knowledge to your kids!

By Lale Santelices, Collaborations Manager Members of the Cully community and the new Líderes Verdes (trained volunteer leaders from Verde), who will join ABC this year, received a bike and safety training at our Earn a Bike workshop. After a meeting I was able to check in with three of the participants about the workshop […]


The Waffle, the Challenge, the Worst Day of the Year Ride

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller On Sunday, February 8th, nearly 3,000 riders – from wee to crinkly – celebrated the statistically worst weather day of the year by getting together in costume and pick-your-worst-weather-event bicycling armor. I’m a Community Cycling Center volunteer, curious, bike-lover, game for a challenge. I wanted a chance to say, “Take […]


783 reasons why we love our volunteers

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager The Community Cycling Center had a very successful 2014, but we could not have done it without the support of our volunteers. Last week, we threw a party to celebrate the many accomplishments we made together. A look back at 2014 volunteer highlights: Volunteers helped us expand our […]


Avenues to Advocacy Volunteer Nights

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager We are on the verge of creating an online resource that will amplify and simplify community organizing around active transportation. Our advocacy volunteers do not need tech skills to build the future of Portland’s advocacy network. We are looking for people of all skill levels with a passion […]


In memory of Jim O’Horo

By Randi Orth, Former Volunteer & Outreach Manager at the Community Cycling Center For those who don’t know, Jim O’Horo holds the title of longest running volunteer with Community Cycling Center in its entire history. Having started his stint with us in 1996 on a suggestion from a former Bicycle Transportation Alliance staffer, his presence […]


3 Things you need to know about Cycling for Change

By Kelly Hansen, Program Director Jorge, an 11 year old who frequents the Bike Skills Park at New Columbia, wanted to learn to do a wheelie. He asked me for help. I told him I couldn’t help. One day I showed up and found him covered in dust with skinned elbows riding around on the […]


What’s new at Bike Camp 2015

By Jake Schorr, Bike Camp Manager Can you count to 145 on your tingling, frost-numbed fingers? Because that’s how many days we have until Bike Camp begins! As the season stretches toward spring and summer, we’ll be trading out rain pants for Ray-Bans (or perhaps a more affordable option), winter wear for water bottles, fenders […]


Join us at the Worst Day of the Year Ride

Join us on Sunday, February 8th, for the Worst Day of the Year Ride! If you registered for last year’s ride (during the Snowpocalypse!), you are good to go for 2015. A portion of the proceeds from this ride will go towards supporting our work of broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. The Worst […]


Overhaul Special returns – $100 off this winter

  Over the next month, your bike will see the typical elements familiar to Portlanders: rain, mud, and the dreaded wintry mix.  Your ride could probably use some love. We want to make it easy for you. This January and February, we’ll take $100 off the cost of a standard overhaul. We’ll put the same […]


What we learned at the first annual Jeffersonian Dinner

By Brianna Harris, Campaign Specialist On Wednesday, community members gathered at the Village Ballroom to help build the future of the Community Cycling Center through an evening of idea sharing, priority building, and discussing the challenges facing our community at our first annual Jeffersonian Dinner. Discussions ranged from what strategic direction the Cycling Center should […]


Lessons in leverage – fathers & daughters building community with bikes

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Paul is a Community Cycling Center donor and regular volunteer.  I spoke with him and his daughter, Nora, during a recent Tuesday night volunteer drop-in at the Alberta  shop.  I’m a volunteer, too, and curious why other volunteers contribute time and money to the organization. “I want to be a […]


Here are Portland’s 300 new riders after Holiday Bike Drive (PHOTOS)

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Since the Holiday Bike Drive’s inception in 1995, the Community Cycling Center has provided over 10,000 bicycles to children from underserved communities. On Sunday, 300 children became Portland’s newest riders after going home with bicycles, helmets, and safety education at the 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive held at Legacy […]


5 hand-crafted balance bikes up for bids – Balance Bike Build-off Auction

By Brianna Harris, Campaign Specialist Every year hundreds of faces light up with joy at the Holiday Bike Drive. Kids smile, laugh, and some of them earn their very first bike. At the Community Cycling Center, we can’t help but smile, and be proud of the work we do. We love the bicycle, we love what […]


Eat fruitcake ice cream and support our Holiday Bike Drive

For the past 25 years, Congressman Earl Blumenauer developed a tradition of baking and delivering hundreds of fruitcakes to family, friends, and colleagues. When he dropped off a cake at Salt & Straw, it sparked a big idea. They decided to translate the Congressman’s own personal recipe into a flavorful ice cream concoction. Earl has […]


Photos and recap of The Bicycle Ball

By Lillian Karabaic, Development Coordinator What a night! Community Cycling Center’s 20th Anniversary Bicycle Ball was well-attended with 95 guests. The evening was filled with an air of celebration as dapper duds were donned, photos snapped, and party goers danced the Charleston and the Lindy Hop with drinks in hand. Together, we raised $10,129 during […]


Shop Tip: Selecting and adjusting saddles

By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor PART 1: SELECTION Choosing a saddle that is the correct shape for your body is an important part of making sure that you’ll be comfortable on your bike. It’s also something that a lot of people struggle with. Here are some saddle basics to help you along your way. A […]


Dia de los Muertos Ride: A Tour de Tot

By Abby Kraai, Volunteer Storyteller If there were a Tour de France for tiny tots, last Sunday’s Dia de Los Muertos ride would have been it. Kids of all sizes (but mostly small) gathered at Harvey Scott Elementary School on Sunday to sip hot chocolate–delivered on wheels by Icicle Tricycles–and get their drizzly bike ride […]


News release: Introducing The Bicycle Ball, Celebrating 20 years of the Community Cycling Center

Live music, 1920s-inspired cocktails, and more November 10, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – This November, get ready for the bicycle event of the season. The Bicycle Ball is a fundraiser for the nonprofit, Community Cycling Center. Celebrating 20 years of broadening access to bicycles, the Cycling Center is hosting this fundraiser to support the next […]


Product Review: Cygolite Metro 550

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager There are many things you can learn about the nature and habits of Portland cyclists simply by looking at what they are buying throughout the year. One thing that has stood out to me at our shop in recent years is that, along with fenders (for obvious reasons), higher-end lights […]


Avenues to Advocacy – join our hackathon!

By Allison Giffin, Campaign Specialist We all have ideas about how to improve the safety of our neighborhood streets, our commutes, and our kids’ journeys to school, but how do those ideas turn into results? The local policy system can seem like a monolith when you want something done in your community, and you haven’t […]


Blown away by Cycle Oregon 2014!

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager During the second week of September, five Community Cycling Center staff members, 15 volunteers, and our brightly designed box truck headed east to The Dalles to join the adventure that is Cycle Oregon. For over a decade, the Community Cycling Center has partnered with Cycle Oregon to raise […]


Winter Riding Shop-Tip Medley

By Forrest Scott, Service Supervisor Hello Everyone! The first day of fall is just about a week away! Last Thursday’s blustery weather reminded me that it’s time to adjust my bike commuting practice to suite the changing season. And, given that it’s almost fall, we know that: Below is a collection of relevant shop tips […]


Volunteer Spotlight – Amy Meyer

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Amy Meyer, our fabulous graphic design volunteer, came to us via a recommendation from a PNCA professor. I have had the pleasure of working with Amy on many key design projects this past year, including the launch of our Planned Giving Program brochure, a Portland Mercury advertisement for […]


A look back at Take Back the Streets – and what’s next

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager “I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that showed up to ride and the support we got from the community as we rode through.” – Jason Washington, Take Back the Streets organizer As we reflect back on the Take Back the Streets bike ride and event in […]


Serotta ‘CPI’ track bike frame – Autographed by Ben Serotta

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Sometimes we truly receive some unique gems donated to our bike shop. Right now, we have a super sweet, custom-built Serotta ‘CPI’ track bike frame autographed by Ben Serotta. Here’s the details: 54cm custom-built Serotta ‘CPI’ track bike in amazing condition. Autographed by Ben Serotta on 3/9/98. Actually […]


Oregon Walks all over Rumble Strips

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager A fifth and highly competitive round of Transportation Trivia Night convened at Radio Room this past Wednesday evening. Team Rumble Strips arrived, trophy in hand, determined to defend their title. It was neck and neck, but team Anything But Pedestrian—a group of folks from Oregon Walks—took home the […]


News Release: Take Back the Streets Anti-Violence Movement Rolls Forward

Bike ride and event will address recent shootings August 6, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – In response to the recent shootings in Portland, community activists Jason Washington, of Brothers Gaining Equality Through Excellence, and DeMarcus Preston, a former gang member, decided to gather a group of people for a bike ride to “take back the […]


Bikes for Kids in East County

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager What a weekend! For the first time ever, the Community Cycling Center offered a Bikes for Kids event in East Multnomah County, an area with a significant lack of bicycling resources. Last Saturday, 94 children went home with bicycles, helmets, safety education, and family resources at the new […]


Meet our new COO, Ernest Stephens

Ernest joined the Community Cycling Center team this week as our new Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ernest focuses on continual improvement of the Cycling Center, creating a foundation for growth within its mission while stewarding financial, human resources, administrative, and internal processes.  Driven by helping staff realize their full potential, Ernest encourages the development […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Kaganovich

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Melissa is a mainstay in the alternative transportation scene; she’s connected, to say the least. For Community Cycling Center, Melissa represents creative volunteerism at its best. While you won’t see her in our most frequently visited shop and program opportunities, her role is just as important: advocating for […]


Product review: Jandd Frame Pac

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager Do your summer plans include a day ride on your road bike or shredding some trails on your mountain bike? How about a fully-loaded tour or a casual trip across town with nothing but your lock and keys? Well, consider this humble gem of convenience: the Frame Pac(k) by Jandd […]


Voodoo launches the bike doughnut in honor of the Community Cycling Center!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This July, Voodoo Doughnut is celebrating the Community Cycling Center’s 20th anniversary with the introduction of the bike doughnut! From now until August 2nd, every time you purchase a bike doughnut at the downtown or NE Portland Voodoo locations, a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping […]


A thank you to our supporters from Mychal

Dear Friends, Celebrating the Community Cycling Center’s 20th anniversary is a humbling experience. When we started the campaign at the beginning of June, we never thought it would be as wildly successful as it has become. We set a fundraising goal of $30,000 and our community of supporters rose to the occasion and gave generously.  […]


#TBT: Brian Lacy on the Yellow Bike Program

  Recently, Lost Oregon dug up some fun video archives about the Yellow Bike Program. We sat down with Brian Lacy, our founder, to chat about the Community Cycling Center’s involvement with the program. Although the Cycling Center eventually pulled away from the Yellow Bike Program, Brian spoke of the hope and optimism that providing […]


Ben Duncan (of OPAL) on earning a bike through the Community Cycling Center

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Last week, we sat down to chat with Ben Duncan, founding board member of OPAL and the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer at Multnomah County Health. Ben graduated from our Create a Commuter program over a decade ago, and shared with us his thoughts on the importance of […]


Shop tip: The exciting world of disc brake maintenance

By Forrest Scott, Mechanic This month’s shop tip covers pad replacement and adjustment for mechanical disc brakes. Since the Avid BB7 model is increasingly common as stock equipment for commuting bikes, I chose to focus on this particular model for this month’s tip. Much of the information below is relevant to other mechanical brake models. […]


It’s the first week of Bike Camp! Here’s what the kids have to say…

  It’s the first week of Bike Camp, that time of year where kids of all ages take over the streets of Portland, armed with popsicles, wrenches, new friends, and adventures. We sat down with fellow Bike Campers at New Columbia–many of which are graduates of our Bike Club program–to ask about what they learned […]


Bike Gallery Wins 2014 Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Mike Conway, Development Manager What started out as a mellow evening quickly became a night filled with pandemonium. The Bike Mechanic Challenge was in full force Saturday night at Velo Cult. At the helm was Brett Flemming—owner of Efficient Velo Tools—our fearless emcee who led 10 bike shops and 20 mechanics through a series […]


News Release: Bike Gallery Wins 2014 Bike Mechanic Challenge

Event raises over $11,000 for the Community Cycling Center June 16, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – Two mechanics from Bike Gallery—Brian Link and Sterling Hill—took home the trophy at the 2014 Bike Mechanic Challenge, a benefit for the Community Cycling Center. Mechanics from around the city competed in a series of events in front of […]


News release: Community Cycling Center Celebrates 20 Years

June 5, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center, Portland’s first nonprofit bike shop, is celebrating its 20thanniversary this June. This week, the Center launched its anniversary campaign video, featuring their founder, Brian Lacy. From their humble beginnings on 24th and Alberta Street, to their very first Holiday Bike Drive, Lacy shares his memories of what […]


Community Cycling Center celebrates 20 years!

Twenty years ago, the Community Cycling Center became a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. To celebrate this special anniversary, we want to share this video of our founder, Brian Lacy, with you. Brian speaks about his inspiration for starting the Community Cycling Center. With his vision, he launched core […]


Not too late to sign your kid up for Bike Camp adventures!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager It’s not too late to sign your child up for a summer full of adventures on two wheels. We still have openings in the following Bike Camps: At Community Cycling Center: Advanced Cruisers Grades 4-5: July 7-11 Girls Cruisers Grades 4-5: July 14-18 Cruisers Grades 4-5: August 11-15 […]


Spring Bike Club graduates are out in the world! Meet Alex and Fatuma, new grads!

By Ari Kemis, Volunteer Storyteller School is almost out—and so is Bike Club! Middle school students who joined our after-school, bike safety program in the Portland area are nearly finished with the spring six-week program. They are getting ready to teach their friends and family all about bicycles and ride off with their newly earned […]


News release: Mechanics gear up for Bike Mechanic Challenge

 Mechanics Gear Up for Bike Mechanic Challenge A benefit for the Community Cycling Center May 21, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – Which bike shop has the best bicycle mechanics in the city? Find out at the Bike Mechanic Challenge, a benefit for the Community Cycling Center. Mechanics from around the city will compete in a […]


Shop tip: fun rides in Portland

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager For what will be my final shop tip, we’re going to step outside the bike shop and talk about sweet places to ride in Portland. These are just a few of my favorite under two hour rides I like to squeeze in before or after work. They’re all pretty mellow […]


Introducing…the Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Mike Conway, Development Manager Which bike shop has the best bicycle mechanics in the city? Find out at the Bike Mechanic Challenge, a benefit for the Community Cycling Center. Mechanics from around the city will compete in a series of fun events in front of a live audience. There will be food carts, beer, […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Klement

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Where Laura finds the time to do so much, no one will ever know! She seems to be everywhere at once: helping our Development Team at our administrative office, taking a mid-day break to go help some other awesome Portland non-profit, back at our shop fixin’ a few […]


Anne’s next adventure

Our amazing Chief Operating Officer, Anne Lee, will be transitioning out of her role to pursue a new adventure. After five years at the Community Cycling Center, she made an incredible contribution to our organization. Anne shared with us what her time here has meant to her. I remember driving across the country five years […]


Support local and receive a Community Cycling Center water bottle or bell

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager For the month of May, our bike shop is highlighting locally-owned  companies! Check out our new selection of backpacks and messenger bags from North St., Black Star, and BLAQ. We now carry USB rechargeable lights, The Aether Demon™, from  Portland Design Works. Also, stop by to see our […]


Bike Club > The Price is Right

By Zoe Piliafas, Director of Programming The halls of Cesar Chavez School were not filled with the typical noises coming from the 400+ student body. Today was a teacher work day. All students had the day off! When I was younger, this meant sleeping in until 11am and waking up just in time for The Price […]


Product review: Skadokeys!

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager Here at our shop, some of our most cherished bike parts are the cheap accessories that get salvaged from inexpensive kids’ bikes. Why? Because kids get all the sweet stuff—sparkly brake housing, frame pads that say “Terror of Demon Storm,” miniature handle-bar mounted bikes for your Barbie and, of course, […]


ABC works to remove major barrier to bicycling

By Lale Santelices, Program Coordinator The ABC group has been active in the Hacienda Community for over 3 years. Through a photo voice project and a bike census, they identified barriers to biking in their neighborhood. One of these barriers includes the lack of safe and secure bike storage within their apartment communities. The resident led […]


How a bike saves Maria money and helps her connect with her community

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Maria earned her bike on Valentine’s Day earlier this year during a Create a Commuter workshop. In the opening circle of that February workshop, Maria said, “I look forward to riding my bike to save money. I had a bike, but it was stolen.” This April, Community Cycling Center follows […]


Community service day gives Bike Skills Park fresh look for spring

By Lisa Ratzlaff, Volunteer Storyteller Close to 25 volunteers gathered on March 15th in New Columbia to spruce up the Bike Skills Park.  Volunteers and staff from We All Can Ride, The Community Cycling Center, Village Gardens, Northwest Trail Alliance, and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (who provided the grant to cover the […]


Wine, Fred Meyer, Western Bikeworks, and Amazon

By Mike Conway, Development Manager The Community Cycling Center likes to do things a little differently. We’ve been out and about developing some new partnerships with the hope of offering you (our fabulous friends) new ways to support us and give back to our community. Whether you like wine, shop at Fred Meyer, or are […]


Shop Tip: emergency roadside repairs

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager A while back we covered what tools are good to carry with you on your commute. This month we’ll talk about some tips and tricks for repairs when you don’t have the tools. All of the repair tips mentioned below are temporary, emergency only, and in some cases, barely better […]


Transportation Trivia takes over City Hall!

By Mike Conway, Development Manager The fourth installment of Community Cycling Center’s Transportation Trivia invaded City Hall. This time, we moved our event to the political epicenter of our beautiful city and the folks at City Hall welcomed us with open arms. The who’s who of the transportation geeks and wonks were on hand to […]


Reflections from The National Bike Summit

By Mychal Tetteh, CEO The 2014 National Bike Summit held in Washington DC was a chance to join forces with bike advocates from all over the country. It was a mix of capacity building and good old fashioned lobbying with a little bit of fun sprinkled in. This was my first time at the National […]


Who makes up “car-free” households?

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager New Republic reports what we’ve been hearing for a while now, millennials (those born after 1981) are increasingly abandoning cars for bikes, public transit, and car-share opportunities. When you zoom out and look at the nation’s zero-vehicle households as a whole, the picture is a good reminder that […]


Community Cycling Center Launches Bike Camps at Sellwood Cycle Repair

The nonprofit will now offer day camps in NE and SE Portland March 11, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – This summer, the Community Cycling Center will expand their Bike Camp program by offering more camps in two locations: on NE Alberta Street at the Community Cycling Center headquarters, and at a new location on SE […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Ralph Cohen

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager I first met Ralph at our weekly Tuesday Drop-In Nights. He initially stood out to me for two reasons: Ralph arrived by motorcycle and he had a focus on the process of bike repair that rivals few others. Over five years later, his volunteer shifts have transitioned from […]


News Release: Transportation Trivia Night Goes Big

Fourth installment of trivia event will move to City Hall in March March 4, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center is collecting the wonkiest of trivia questions to put a group of transportation nerds to the test at their fourth installment of Transportation Trivia Night. And this time, they’re going big. On […]


An update on Avenues to Advocacy

By Mychal Tetteh, CEO It’s amazing what happens when we ask: why not? When I shared the challenges that active transportation advocates face, it was surprising how common the obstacles were. When and where to show up, who and how to ask, and what to ask for? Digging deeper, we found disparate information sources and […]


ABC and Verde identify barriers to accessing Cully Park

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Last Tuesday, members of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), a resident-led bike committee at Hacienda CDC, welcomed new members with a party. The event was equal parts potluck, advocacy, and basic bike maintenance.  ABC connected with leaders from the local, environmental wealth group, Verde, who were interested […]


Create a Commuter conversation hearts

  By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller On Valentine’s Day, five women and five men from Central City Concern earned new commuter bikes equipped with everything they need to ride safely and confidently.  This valentine joy also came with lessons on riding safely, taking bikes on transit, and locking the bike securely.  All ten participants spent […]


Retail Product Reviews: WTB Saddles

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager At the Community Cycling Center, we are all about removing barriers to bicycling—whether it be providing access to affordable bikes and cycling education, or working to remove any of the innumerable cultural, economic or physical barriers that impede one’s ability to enjoy this active and healthful mode of transportation. Here […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Beierle

  By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Heidi’s volunteer work at Community Cycling Center is very specific, though her support of our mission runs deep. While you won’t see Heidi working in our bike shop very much, her hours spent capturing the energy and feeling of our events and activities in writing is a […]


The tamales are on us, volunteers. You deserve it!

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager While math is not my strong point, I feel really confident in the following equation: (High fives and smiles) x Tamales + Gold-painted Awards = Volunteer Appreciation Night That’s right, last night was our annual appreciation event for the many volunteers who support our work every day of […]


Refurbishment special returns – $100 OFF!

Over the next month, your bike will see the elements Portland commuters have become accustomed to: rain, mud, and the dreaded wintry mix. It could probably use some love. We want to make it easy for you. This February and March, we’ll take $100 off the cost of all bike refurbishments. We’ll put the same […]


Meet our newest board members

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager We are so excited to add six new board members to an already talented and dedicated team.  Meet our newest members below.   Queta González National Programs Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment Queta is the National Programs Director for the Portland-based Center for Diversity & the […]


We All Can Fix It

By Cheryl Matushak, Volunteer Storyteller The cold weather may have driven many people inside, but the members of We All Can Ride used it as a chance to learn the nuts and bolts of bike repair. Linda, Doug, Michelle, and Yvette spent the better part of an afternoon – first watching and then doing – […]


Shop tip: tire inflation, valve types, and picking the right tube

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager This seems like a simple subject, but it’s one of the more common questions we get in our bike shop and it’s surprisingly complicated.  Today’s shop tip will introduce all things tire related: casing, tread, valve types, decoding all those numbers on the side of the tire, picking the right […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Nick Conti

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager I’m a pretty big fan of Nick. As a Tuesday Drop-In Night regular (and a perennial enthusiast of friendly debate on a wide range of intriguing topics), he’s a stand out. Nick is one of a few people that I’ve met who can wear new clothes while refurbishing […]


3 reasons why Bike Camp 2014 is wheelie special

By Kelly Hansen, Program Manager Our Alberta Street neighbors have heard them cheering, east-siders have seen them exploring their streets, and Portlanders everywhere talk about them: the Community Cycling Centers’ Bike Campers. They are kids at day camp; the city is their campus, and their bikes are their tools for adventure. Every summer, kids flock […]


A thank you letter from Mychal Tetteh

Dear Friends, Thank you for supporting us during our winter campaign. Together we raised $121,057. Everywhere we looked, we found people willing to contribute to our work. You heard from people at our Sneak Peek event about why they support the Cycling Center year after year. You watched as 382 children earned their first bikes […]


Create a Commuter at Hacienda’s Salon Comunal

By Lori Rodriguez, Volunteer A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Create a Commuter workshop held at Hacienda’s Salon Comunal, or Community Center, in Northeast Portland. For those who aren’t familiar with the program (I wasn’t until I volunteered for it!), Create a Commuter identifies low-income adults in need of […]


18th annual Holiday Bike Drive is a success thanks to our volunteers

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Last Sunday, over 375 children and their families convened at Legacy Emanuel’s beautiful and surprisingly sun-filled atrium to earn bicycles, helmets, and safety education. The Holiday Bike Drive is the culmination of a year of work by more than 500 volunteers who dedicate over 5,000 hours to clean […]


Harvey Scott’s Bike Club meets Velo Cult and ABC

By Theo Roffe, Bike Club Instructor Harvey Scott’s Bike Club has come to an end and our graduates have earned their bikes. Before they went home, we asked them what they learned during their six weeks of Bike Club.  Here are some of their answers: “Learned how to check the bike.” (Ben and Josue) “How […]


News Release: Community Cycling Center celebrates 18th Annual Holiday Bike Drive with a Sneak Peek party

Over 375 children to receive bicycles, helmets, and safety education November 25, 2013– Portland, Ore. – In December, over 375 children from underserved communities will convene at Legacy Emanuel Hospital with their families to receive bicycles, helmets, and safety education at the Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive. The Cycling Center invites the […]


13 new riders graduate from Rosa Parks Bike Club

By Theo Roffe, Instructor Rosa Parks Bike Club has come to an end and we’re proud to announce 13 graduates! Each graduate received a certificate, lights (it gets dark early during the school year and our participants want to be as visible as they can be riding home from school in lower light conditions), and […]


The power of pi: Portland Wheelmen Touring Club, readying bikes for the Holiday Bike Drive

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller For 14 years, approximately 30 volunteers each year from Portland Wheelmen Touring Club have devoted three Fridays in November to repair and clean bikes for the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive.  About 860 bikes have passed through the Wheelmen’s hands – fueled by 2016 slices of pizza – to […]


Avenues to Advocacy – lessons learned from my first 50 days

By Mychal Tetteh, CEO In my first 50 days as the CEO of the Community Cycling Center, I’ve met all types of passionate and dedicated people in our active transportation ecosystem. One common theme has emerged: the infrastructure that we have in place to support active transportation advocates isn’t working as well as it should. […]


Don’t miss our big HOLIDAY SALE at the bike shop – Save 25%

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This winter, get bike-friendly gifts for the bike lovers in your life at our bike shop and save big. From November 15th until the end of December, we’re offering three Holiday Gift Packs for you to choose from: kids, commuters, and DIYers. Pick 5 or more items in […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Janelle Bickford

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Janelle has volunteered with the Community Cycling Center for years. Over the course of this past year, she managed to find herself in some of our most nuanced and exciting volunteer roles. And she acts like it’s not a big deal. (Hint: it IS a big deal, and […]


Q&A: Bike Works share their thoughts on broadening access to bikes in Seattle

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager If you are looking for an organization that closely resembles our model, look no further. Bike Works, an organization in Seattle, has an amazing staff and dedicated volunteers that are working everyday to build sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. They came down for a visit earlier […]


Support new riders during our winter campaign! November 1st-December 31st

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator “The bicycle has changed my life in regards to my health. It helps me when I go grocery shopping and when I drop my daughter off at school,” says Yeni Salazar. “It is more fun to ride as a family on our bikes. We are breathing the fresh air, looking […]


Meet Ayzha from Rosa Parks Elementary School’s Bike Club

This month, we’re excited to feature a Bike Club participant from Rosa Parks Elementary School. Rosa Parks is a new partnership for the Community Cycling Center, and we could not be more excited to work with them. The school is located directly across the street from New Columbia’s Bike Repair Hub and Skills Park, allowing […]


How neighbors help sustain bike ridership

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager “I especially enjoyed meeting Neda. She’s from Iraq,” remarked Doug, a We All Can Ride member. “I think it’s marvelous that we can have all of this diversity here. It’s one of the great wonders and joys of living in New Columbia.” Last Friday, four members of We […]


Volunteer spotlight: Patti Thompson

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Do you know Patti? We think you should! She has volunteered with us for over a decade, though this past year and a half she’s really stepped up her commitment. In short, Patti supported every major event in the last year in addition to joining our fundraising committee. […]


Ride along with Linda on her commute

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This September, we are celebrating the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge month by riding along with one of our favorite commuters. Linda Dougherty lives in New Columbia and is a member of the We All Can Ride Bike Committee. I met up with Linda last Friday afternoon to join […]


Was that the best Transportation Trivia Night yet?

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Transportation Trivia Night is becoming a well-loved tradition around here.  It always seems impossible to top the previous event, but last night may take the cake as the most successful Transportation Trivia Night to date! Over 120 contestants, well-versed in the wonkiest of transportation facts, joined us at the Radio […]


News Release: Community Cycling Center Announces Mychal Tetteh as New CEO

August 23, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – Today the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits, announced the selection of Mychal Tetteh as their new CEO. “We are excited to welcome Mychal back to the Community Cycling Center and we are confident he will hit the ground […]


News release: Transportation Trivia Night – Third Time’s a Charm

Radio Room to host benefit for the Community Cycling Center August 19, 2013 – Portland, Ore. –  Have you measured the miles of sidewalks, bike lanes, and streetcar tracks in the Portland Metro area? Start studying now for the third installment of Transportation Trivia Night, a benefit for the nonprofit, Community Cycling Center. Radio Room […]


Shop tip: carrying stuff on your bike

Patrick Loftus; Service Manager Figuring out how to comfortably and safely carry stuff on your bike can greatly improve your riding experience. In this shop tip we’ll look at the pros and cons of various commute-friendly ways to carry stuff while riding your bike.   Backpack or messenger bag: This is the easiest and most […]


News release: Community Cycling Center’s Rummage Sale – Sunday, August 25th

Community Cycling Center’s Rummage Sale – Sunday, August 25th Sale features great deals on over 100 hand tools, repair stands, and more August 5, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center is gearing up for a rummage sale on Sunday, August 25th, from 10am – 2pm. The event will take place at their […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Third time’s a charm

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Are you ready for the third installment of Transportation Trivia Night? Have you measured the miles of sidewalks, bike lanes, and streetcar tracks in the Portland Metro area? I hope you included some international and pop culture research as well. Studied up or not, we hope to see you all […]


Stories from Mechanics Camp – the instructors tell all (Part 2 of 2)

Theo and Andrea, two Bike Camp Instructors, share with us their experience of teaching Mechanics Camp, a brand new camp we are offering for the first time this year. Part 2: Andrea’s story Bike Camp 2013 – Mechanics Camp: Ten teens gather with two instructors to learn about bike mechanics, ride around the city, and […]


Stories from Mechanics Camp – the instructors tell all (Part 1 of 2)

Theo and Andrea, two Bike Camp Instructors, share with us their experience of teaching Mechanics Camp, a brand new camp we are offering for the first time this year. Part 1: Theo’s story As anyone who has been stuck with a flat tire for the first time will know, it is deeply empowering to learn […]


Meet the newest member of our team – Mike Conway

Hello everyone, I am Mike Conway, the new Development Manager for the Community Cycling Center. I am honored to join the passionate team at the Community Cycling Center to further its mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. As an avid bike rider, and from my graduate research on bicycling interventions, I am […]


New Columbia celebrates grand opening of new Bike Skills Park

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Residents of New Columbia and staff from the Community Cycling Center and Home Forward celebrated the grand opening of the new Bike Skills Park with a bike safety fair last week. The new park, located adjacent to the Bike Repair Hub on the corner of N. Trenton Street […]


News Release: New Columbia Celebrates Grand Opening of New Bike Skills Park

New Columbia Celebrates Grand Opening of New Bike Skills Park Project made possible by a $15,500 grant from PDC July 22, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – Residents of New Columbia and staff from the Community Cycling Center and Home Forward celebrated the grand opening of the new Bike Skills Park with a bike safety fair […]


Product Review: Topeak Morph Pumps

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager It’s prime touring season, the perfect time to head out on two wheels for a long trip. Whether you are making a day-trip to the Gorge or riding cross country with the kitchen sink, you are probably going to find yourself far from a bike a shop and in need […]


5 bike safety tips for parents and kids

By Kelly Hansen, Community Cycling Center Program Manager As the sun comes out and more people of all ages hit the road on their bikes, the Community Cycling Center presents 5 tips for keeping adults and kids safe on bikes this summer: Perform a personal safety check. Before you even get on the bicycle, it’s […]


Hacienda and New Columbia residents to lead summer bike rides

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This spring, bike committee members from Hacienda CDC and New Columbia spent six weeks immersed in a comprehensive ride leader training course taught by Community Cycling Center staff members. They learned everything from rules of the road, to bike safety checks, to communicating with children, and more. The […]


Reaching new heights this spring – $22,287 raised in one month!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator On Friday, May 31st, a group of 178 supporters, volunteers, and new friends joined us at our new workshop space, filled with bikes, beer, and BBQ, to celebrate the completion of our most ambitious spring fundraising campaign to date. Our goal was to raise $20,000 during the month of May. […]


Local bag bonanza – buy a bag and receive a stainless coffee mug

  By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist We have stuffed our bike shop to the gills with locally made bags in preparation for your summer bike adventures! During the month of June, buy any North St. or Black Star bag and we’ll give you FREE Community Cycling Center stainless commuter coffee mug. We’re really excited […]


News Release: The Community Cycling Center Celebrates New Workshop Space with a Spring Fundraising Party

Celebration includes Russell Street Bar-B-Que, Hopworks, Metrofiets, a bike museum, and more May 20, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center is celebrating their new workshop space with a spring fundraising party on Friday, May 31st, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. During the event, the Center will offer sandwiches from Russell St. Bar-B-Que, mini […]


Come see what’s inside…at our spring fundraising event!

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator   This May, we’re celebrating  two very important things:  our spring fundraising campaign and our new workshop space. What better way to celebrate both than a workshop-warming party and fundraiser all in one? We’re going all out for this one. Delicious food, tasty beer, a photo booth room, a bike […]


Bike local, shop local, support local

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist For the month of May, our bike shop is highlighting locally owned cycling sundry companies and locally made bicycle products! Check out our new bags from North St. and Black Star and our new line-up of lights by Portland Design Works. Also, stop by to see our regular selections of […]


Our spring fundraising campaign kicks off May 1st!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator This spring, we’re going big. On May 1st, we’re kicking off our spring fundraising campaign – with the goal to raise $20,000 in one ambitious month. Funds raised during this campaign will enable us to continue and expand our work empowering individuals and building capacity in underserved neighborhoods and respond […]


Breesa’s getting a new commute

We are bummed, but mainly very proud, to announce that after five amazing years, our firecracker Development Manager, Breesa, is leaving the Community Cycling Center. Early next month, she’ll return to her alma mater, Reed College, as their new Assistant Director of the Annual Fund. Beginning in 2008, Breesa put her enthusiasm, smarts, and smile […]


The Metro Grant – what this means for our community partnerships

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager On April 10th, great news arrived at the Community Cycling Center – we received a Metro Regional Transportation Options Grant! This funding gives us the opportunity to continue our collaborative work with our partner agencies in Cully and Portsmouth over the next two years. We will be able […]


A conversation about racism

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager “White folks don’t see racism because they don’t have to. They have the luxury of being oblivious to other peoples’ reality,” said Tim Wise to a packed house of about 2,000 at PSU’s Stott Center last Wednesday. “If that indifference to inequality continues, we’re not going to survive […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Round 2

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Our second Transportation Trivia Night fundraiser was tougher, rowdier and more successful than we could have imagined. For those of you who haven’t been to one of our Transportation Trivia Nights, trust us when we say: when you get a bunch of transportation wonks in one room, things get wild. […]


Update on Executive Director position

Our Executive Director, Alison Graves, will be leaving the Community Cycling Center. Her last day is Thursday, March 14th. The Board of Directors is focused on establishing a robust recruitment process that will result in a rich pool of qualified applicants. We expect to have the formal job posting available late March. In the meantime, […]


We’re relocating

By  Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager For those that do not know, the Community Cycling Center actually has two locations – our retail bike shop on Alberta Street, and our programs and administrative office, which is currently located at MLK Boulevard. On the weekend of March 2nd, we are relocating our programs and administrative […]


Get to know Lourdes Montes from ABC

  By Peter Weisberg, Volunteer Storyteller On Friday, January 25th, I interviewed Lourdes Montes, a Community Bike Educator from Hacienda’s Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC). I rode out to Cully for the interview with Omar Casillas, the Community Cycling Center’s Community Collaborations Manager. Omar and I met Lourdes at a taqueria across the street […]


5 reasons to look forward to Bike Camp this summer!

By Kelly Hansen, Program Manager Online Registration for Bike Camp opens February 1st! # 1: New camps In the off season we held several focus groups with both campers and their trusted adults to find out what is working and what we can improve. Based on their feedback, we developed two brand new camps: the […]


Join us at the 12th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager It’s time to gather your friends, brainstorm your costume, and most importantly, register, because the 12th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride is happening on February 10th and it is not to be missed. The ride – a benefit for the Community Cycling Center – has quickly […]


Save $100 with our winter refurbishment special!

Over the past few months, your bike has seen rain, mud, and the dreaded wintry mix. It could probably use some love. We want to make it easy for you. This January and February, we’ll take $100 off the cost of all bike refurbishments. We’ll put the same love and care into your bike that […]


Sneak Peek raises $11,114

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager We are so lucky. More than a hundred of our amazing supporters and neighbors came together on Wednesday night for the Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek – our annual winter fundraiser. The rooms of our bike shop quickly filled with smiling supporters who caught up with old friends and made […]


Tell us about your first bike and enter to win great prizes!

Our 17th annual Holiday Bike Drive is just around the corner. To celebrate the spirit of this event, share a photo of your first bike and enter to win a light set from Portland Design Works, a Double Darn cap, or the latest issue of Taking the Lane (featuring cover art by our very own […]


Alicia’s Holiday Bike Drive story (VIDEO)

This December, over 400 underserved children will choose their very first bicycles at our 17th annual Holiday Bike Drive. Check out the video below featuring Alicia and Diego Sanchez, who share their memories of how bikes have affected their family after Alicia received her first bike in 2010.   To celebrate the spirit of the Holiday […]


You’re invited to the Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek

The 17th annual Holiday Bike Drive is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than a party at the bike shop? Join us on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6:30-9pm at our bike shop for the 3rd annual Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek. – Enjoy beer, wine, snacks, and music. – Take advantage […]


New commuters hit the streets – Create a Commuter at NAYA

By Joseph Rosevear, Instructor Think about the last time you rode a bicycle. For participants in last week’s Create a Commuter workshop at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), it ranged from “one week ago” to “over ten years.” Five of the participants had not ridden in over seven years. The first group […]


Holiday gift packs are back again, beginning November 15th

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This holiday season, find great gifts at our shop for the bike lovers in your life and save big! We’re offering three types of gift packs – Commuter, DIY, and Upgrade. Each category has dozens of items to choose from. Shop from November 15th through December 31st and […]


Creating connections – bike committees from Hacienda and New Columbia come together

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Last Tuesday, October 16th, members of Hacienda CDC’s resident-led bike committee, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), New Columbia’s We All Can Ride, and staff from Verde and the Community Cycling Center, met to share stories and best practices with regards to bike advocacy in their communities. Even though […]


OMSI’s Local Voices, Clever Choices campaign features Community Cycling Center program participants

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager The bilingual exhibit, Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices/Juntos somos ingeniosos: Una decisión a la vez, is OMSI’s latest permanent installment. Clever Together is on display in OMSI’s newly transformed Earth Science Hall for the next roughly eight years. The exhibit encourages visitors to make more sustainable decisions by […]


You’re invited to the Where To Bike Portland book launch party!

Join us! We’re celebrating the launch of the new cycling book, Where to Bike Portland! The book, written by our Deputy Director, Anne Lee, is geared toward recreational cyclists and families. This is the first Pacific Northwest book in the Where to Bike guidebook series published by Bicycling Australia. When:              Monday, October 1, 2012 from […]


A Community Celebrates the New Columbia Bike Repair Hub

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager In just 10 quick days, students from Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art transformed a vacant lot into a beautiful bike repair space at New Columbia. Made possible with support from Bikes Belong, the Coon Family Foundation, the Portland Development Commission, the […]


Meet Ihe

Every Saturday, Ihe gets out his helmet, gets on his bike, and joins up with his neighbors to go on a group ride. The grassroots bicycle group at New Columbia, “We All Can Ride”, has been teaching Ihe bike safety and the joy of riding. Through the Saturday rides, Ihe has taken on a leadership […]


Save the Date: Celebrate the Bike Repair Hub grand opening at New Columbia!

We are so excited to transform a vacant lot into a beautiful Bicycle Repair Hub in the New Columbia neighborhood. Please join us on September 5th to celebrate this inspired project. What: Ribbon-cutting celebration + tour the Bike Repair Hub When: September 5th, 2012, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Tours begin at 5:30, ribbon-cutting, cake, and celebration […]


It takes a community to build a Bike Hub

My family moved to Portland from Togo. Moving to a new environment isn’t easy. But the magic gift of a new bike helped me to get out and explore. I received my first bike through the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive. Rolling through the neighborhood and exploring Portland gave me such joy. In 2010, […]


313 bikes given new lives

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our Bike Donation Campaign ended on July 30th, and thanks to our donors, we collected a grand total of 313 bicycles in one month! This was our very first Bike Donation Campaign at the shop, and we came so close to meeting our goal of collecting 400 bikes. […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin, Nash, and Owen

Something has been happening at the shop on Tuesday Nights over the last few months: raw energy and enthusiasm for anything and everything bikes. What, might you ask, is the source? Kevin and two of our youngest volunteers, Nash and Owen! Since early this year, Kevin has been volunteering with us and bringing with him […]


Press Release: Community Cycling Center to Build a Bicycle Repair Hub in North Portland Neighborhood

Community Cycling Center to Build a Bicycle Repair Hub in North Portland Neighborhood The new facility will be built in August in an effort to eliminate barriers to bicycling often experienced by Portland’s communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. August 1, 2012 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center announced today it is forging […]


Press Release: Radio Room to host Transportation-Themed Trivia Night

Radio Room to host Transportation-Themed Trivia Night Trivia night is a benefit for the Community Cycling Center, with prizes from Showers Pass, North St. Bags, Toro Bravo, and more! July 27, 2012 – Portland, Ore. – Think you know your bike lanes from your bioswales? Join the Community Cycling Center on August 15th at the […]


A record-breaking fun weekend at Cycle Oregon Kids Camp

By Kim Whitney, Youth Programs Manager This past weekend, we broke records on miles and fun at our fourth annual Kids Camp through the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride, a family focused off-shoot of Cycle Oregon. This year’s ride took place on the Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis. At Kids Camp, youth ages 5 – […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Noah Edelson

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator With his one year volunteer anniversary coming up, Noah has easily become a familiar face to Tuesday Drop-In Nights and has met any challenge we’ve thrown his way. He has the capacity to find humor in anything, and we appreciate that! Noah learns quickly, listens, and is excited […]


Ubong and the bike with red flames – one boy’s Bike Camp adventure

By Lale Santelices, Bike Camp Instructor “After camp, I can’t wait to ride my bike in the real world!”— Ubong This summer, Ubong, an 11 year old boy, earned a bicycle through our Bike Camp at Faubion Elementary School. This was not just any bicycle; Ubong earned a means for independence in the shape of […]


Enter to win a FREE copy of Cycling Sojourner

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Ellee Thalheimer has written a guide book – Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Oregon. It’s the first guidebook of its kind to give high-quality, in-depth coverage for riders with all budgets and levels of cycle touring experience. In addition to providing complete cue […]


Give your bike a new life – help us collect 400 bikes in July

When you donate a bike to the Community Cycling Center, we will put it to good use in our community programs for low-income families or in our bike shop. Our goal is to collect 400 bicycles at our bike shop during the month of July. We need bikes of all sizes in good condition. The […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Alicia Crain

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Alicia has had a long and committed history with us as a volunteer. Her work as Policy Intern in 2009 yielded a collaborative advocacy plan that continues to guide our work within affordable housing communities. In our ongoing community programs, Alicia helps facilitate Create a Commuter workshops, lends […]


New Cruisers Bike Camp in Cully!

By Kim Whitney, Youth Programs Manager We have some exciting news! We are partnering with Harvey Scott Elementary to expand our camps to the NE Cully Neighborhood for the week of June 18 – 22nd. The Cruisers Camp for 8-11 year olds at Harvey Scott is the same awesome camp that we offer at our […]


Spring fundraising campaign a success: Thank you, donors!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Our spring campaign ended on May 31st and, thanks to our tremendous donors, we raised a grand total of $12,346 in just over a month. Our campaign kicked off on April 27th with Building Momentum, a party in the shop where we presented our new strategic vision for the next […]


Hacienda’s PhotoVoice project strengthens bicycle advocacy and active living in NE Portland

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager In January of 2010, residents of Hacienda CDC participated in a PhotoVoice project by taking over 150 images that documented barriers to active living for children and families living in their affordable housing community. PhotoVoice is a powerful advocacy tool that brings to life the voices and concerns […]


Bike Camp is filling up fast, but 57 spots still remaining! Register today!

Looking for fun activities for your kids this summer? There are still plenty of spaces left in our Bike Camp program. Register online today to ensure your child’s spot in one of the best active camps in Portland. Ages 6-8 July 16 – CO10 Coasters: Ages 6-8 – 7 spots available July 30 – CO06 Coasters: […]


Community Cycling Center creates 14 new commuters at POIC

By Zan Gibbs, Adult Program Manager On Thursday, May 10th, we offered our second Create a Commuter workshop to the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC).  At POIC, they reconnect alienated, at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability and homelessness; with high school education and career training. We had 14 excited young adults arrive on a […]


Women’s Transportation Seminar honors Community Cycling Center with Diversity Leadership Award

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager The upstairs of the Gerding Theater at the Armory was filled with gussied up transportation professionals on Tuesday night. They were gathered to celebrate women’s work – specifically women’s roles in the fields of transportation planning, advocacy, and engineering. The Women’s Transportation Seminar is an international organization dedicated to providing […]


Help BUILD MOMENTUM during our spring fundraising campaign

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager We are building a more inclusive bicycle economy + culture in Portland. Will you join us? For the past twelve months, we’ve been hard at work creating an updated strategic plan. Working with board members, strategic partners, and every single staff member, we are proud to have created a robust […]


High school student produces inspirational Create a Commuter video

This spring, we worked with Maya Rait, a talented sophomore student at Catlin Gabel, on a Create a Commuter video project. Every year as part of the media curriculum, Catlin Gabel students develop videos for community partners. This year they are creating video pieces for nonprofit organizations where they regularly perform community service to inspire […]


New Columbia takes center stage on PBS

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our partners at New Columbia—a revitalized community situated on 82 acres of land in North Portland—garnered national attention on Earth Day as they were featured in the Earth: The Operators’ Manual special that aired on PBS. In the video, Egbevado Ananouko, leader of We All Can Ride—a group […]


Cycling Sojourner Book Launch

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Cycling Sojourner Book Launch Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 River City Bicycles – 706 SE MLK Blvd. The wonderful Ellee Thalheimer has written a new kind of guide book – Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Oregon. We are honored to be a beneficiary […]


Monday MAYhem – 20% off on Mondays in May with secret word!

We’re offering a secret special during the month of May. When you stop by the shop on a Monday, be sure to say the secret word, NARWHAL, and you’ll get an amazing 20% off all new and used parts and accessories (including bike frames!). Get ready for spring and summer riding with this sweet deal. […]


The Standard: Volunteer group extraordinaire

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator When a group of 15 smiling employees from The Standard rolled up to the Community Cycling Center on a sunny Friday afternoon, I knew we were in for a treat. The Standard participates in a volunteer group every year, while also matching their time with a generous donation to help […]


Down but not out: Bike Club funding cut

By Kim Whitney What Happened In the most recent budget review, the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee members were tasked with cutting $3.7 million from their budget. According to the Children’s Levy staff, “These steep reductions are the result of reduced revenues because of a depressed housing market and compression of city property tax collections […]


Laura Koch’s next adventure

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager, and Laura Koch Our amazing Program Director, Laura Koch, will be transitioning out of her role to pursue her Masters in Public Health full-time. She has made an incredible contribution to the Community Cycling Center, primarily through our partner communities at New Columbia and Hacienda CDC. Below, Laura […]


Timbers kick off Bike Camp scholarships

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager We are excited to announce that the Portland Timbers have awarded us a $5,000 grant to support Bike Camp scholarships this summer! Through the Portland Timbers Community Fund, they award grants to local nonprofits working to foster healthier kids and communities. As grant recipients, we were invited to […]


Stolen bike – Klein Palomino

Someone broke into our shop and stole this refurbished $1,095 Klein Palomino bicycle (serial# WL1771819). Needless to say, we are upset about the loss of the bike and the damage to our shop. In addition, the break-in represents a loss of funding for our community programs, as proceeds from shop sales benefit all the work […]


Product Review: Bike Cozy Tool Roll

By Christopher Hamann, Retail Supervisor As the buyer at the Community Cycling Center, I am always looking for local and fresh new items for our bike shop. I knew when I came across these tool rolls by Bike Cozy, that I’d found just that. They’re the cute and easy way to carry your basic tools […]


Press Release: Bike Census and Repair Training Cultivate Community Bike Educators in Cully

Bike Census and Repair Training Cultivate Community Bike Educators in Cully Residents from Hacienda CDC promote bicycling in partnership with the Community Cycling Center March 19, 2012 – Portland, Ore. – Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) – which translates to “Riding Bikes in Cully” – is a group of residents from Hacienda CDC, an […]


New paths await Create a Commuter riders

By Derek Burns, Volunteer Storyteller Hope and opportunity met on March 1st when a dozen new cyclists were given bikes as part of the Create a Commuter program. Thanks to a combined effort with S.E. Works’ Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative – an agency dedicated to helping people successfully re-enter the Portland community after incarceration –  riders […]


Our response to Monday’s Oregonian article on New Columbia

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager We were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that occurred on Sunday at a New Columbia pocket park on North Woolsey Avenue. Resident Sergey Dronov was quoted in an Oregonian article as saying, “I don’t think there’s enough attention paid to this part of town.” In some […]


What we learned in our Winter Bike Club pilot program

By Kim Whitney, Youth Programs Manager “I fixed and destroyed things, and those don’t go together often” – Alex “I learned how to fix a bike and a flat tire, and more.” – Dillon This year we facilitated our first ever Winter Bike Club. This pilot project, co-taught by Gladys Ruiz and Forrest Scott, along […]


Advanced Cruisers Bike Camp Explores New Terrain

By Lara Sheets, Program Support Specialist Imagine spending your summer riding up hills, exploring new bike lanes and boulevards with a new batch of friends. With Advanced Cruisers, youth from 11-13 years old have the opportunity to tour new terrain while taking on more of a challenge by riding that extra mile in our Advanced […]


Brian Benson’s Next Adventure

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager

It is truly a bittersweet moment for us today as we announce the departure of Brian Benson…


Winter fundraising campaign a success

As a nonprofit, we rely on generous businesses, foundations, and individuals to support our community programs. From Bike Camp scholarships and Hol…


Holiday gift packs at our bike shop

Get bike-friendly gifts for the bike lover in your life at our friendly neighborhood bike shop. From now until the end of December, we’re offerin…


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jim Milne

It’s hard to believe that Jim only began volunteering with us in early February of this year – he has spent so much time with us this year that it …


Volunteer Spotlight: Minott Kerr

Minott joined our volunteer program in early 2010 and quickly became a fixture at our Tuesday Drop-In Nights. He quickly mastered the fine art of r…


Bon Voyage, Nickey

It is a bittersweet moment for us today as we say farewell to our fabulous Social Media Specialist, Nickey Robare. Over the past year, Nickey has n…


Get Lit

On Wednesday, September 28th, we kicked off our Get Lit events for the fall with a light event at NE Weidler and N. Williams, where there are sever…


Returning from Cycle Oregon

After daily moves between towns in southwestern Oregon with more than 2,000 riders, we are back in Portland sleeping in our own beds instead of gra…


Great bikes and accessories at the shop

Our shop is brimming with fantastic bicycles and accessories. Whether you’re in search of your first commuter bike or special retro wheels, we have…


Get ready to roll!

This September, when you buy a refurbished bicycle at our neighborhood bike shop, take 15% off all new accessories!Our shop has one of the best…


Bikes and new products at the shop

Our shop is brimming with fantastic bicycles and accessories. Whether you’re in search of your first commuter bike or special retro wheels, we have…


Cupcake Day!

Cupcake Jones, a locally owned bakery in the Pearl District, will be donating 5% of their proceeds to us for one day, August 16th. Start planni…


Thanks, ODS!

This summer, ODS Health generously sponsored Bikes for Kids events at New Columbia and the Native American Youth and Family Center. At these two ev…


Bikes for Kids at New Columbia

On Sunday, June 5th, a team of 49 volunteers, staff and New Columbia residents teamed up to provide 62 youth with new helmets, safety knowledge a…


Create a Commuter Workshop at POIC

By Zan Gibbs, Adult Program Manager

On Tuesday May 24th, 2011, we held our first Create a Commuter workshop with Portland Opportunities Industri…


Volunteer Spotlight: Virginia Quinn

Virginia joined the Tuesday Drop-In crew in November of 2009, and has barely missed a night since. She patiently gleaned tricks and techniques from…


Create a Commuter Profile: Meet Veah

Each year, our Create a Commuter program helps more than 150 low-income adults earn fully-outfitted commuter bicycles while gaining the skills, kno…