Archive for Author: Steph Routh

How Volunteers Rocked 2017!

This post comes from Hanna Davis, our recent Volunteer & Events Manager. Wow! What a year for volunteers at the Community Cycling Center! Our volunteer appreciation party recently welcomed nearly 70 guests to the Lagunitas Community Room to celebrate our work with food, drinks, and a raffle. What’s more, we got the face time we […]


Recap of the Lake Monsters’ Robotics eBike STEM Class

Lake Monsters team

In honor of National Robotics Week, here is a shareworthy recap from the Fall 2017 eBike STEM high school class, written by student Karthik Sreedhar. The class was a partnership between the Lake Monsters Robotics program and the Community Cycling Center, made possible thanks to Chuck Brabenac and the Intel Encore Fellowship program. My interest […]


Buy a Bike, Get 10% Off New Accessories!

Photo of new accessories on bike

Just in time for springtime riding, we are offering 10% off of all new retail accessories with the purchase of a bicycle at our shop! When you buy a new–or new-to-you–bicycle, you can stock up on a new helmet, lock, lights, and racks, to name a few items. And we all know that a bike […]


Love by Bike: The 2nd Annual St. Velotine’s Day

Carl Larson delivering a velotine

In an increasingly digital world, St. Velotine’s Day is our emerging tradition celebrating all-analog affection. Next Wednesday, February 14th, the Cycling Center will be using our bike shop as a one-day pop-up couriering agency dedicated to appreciation and positive community spirit. Now through February 14th at 12:00pm*, you can stop in at our bike shop and […]


“Ovarian Psycos” Film Screening This Sunday

Ovarian Psycos film

For many, the bicycle is more than just a transportation mode—it is a tool for building community power. This Sunday, Hollywood Theatre will screen a film about an LA-based womxn’s collective who use the bicycle as an organizing tool. The film “Ovarian Psycos” rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, […]


Ride with Us: The Worst Day of the Year Ride!

Minion family at Worst day of the Year Ride

On Sunday, February 11th, regardless of the weather, thousands of fun-loving cyclists will grab their friends, don their costumes, and gather to join the Worst Day of the Year Ride. Riders choose between 4, 15, or 42 mile routes–all with spectacular rest stops featuring yummy treats and warm beverages. After scoffing at the elements, participants […]


A Bike Build with AWS Elemental

In fall of 2017, an AWS Elemental team gathered to build bikes for the Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive, an annual event during which more than 400 children receive their first bicycle. Following is a recount from AWS Elemental Community Ambassador Emily Barrett. Could you describe what happened at Elemental’s most recent bike build? Most […]


It’s the 22nd Annual Holiday Bike Drive Recap!

Young rider on Bike Rodeo

Here’s the word from Executive Director Kasandra Griffin: “To many, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the day in which over 400 children get a bike. But for me, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the first day of a lifelong relationship with bicycles for over 400 children. It is a big, beautiful idea, and […]


Join Us for Blazers Bike Night!

UPDATE: Ticket sales have been extended through October 6th, thanks to our friends at the Trail Blazers! The Trail Blazers and the Community Cycling Center are pairing up for a fun night of basketball at this year’s #BlazersBikeNight on October 28th. Please make the night complete by joining us as they take on the Phoenix […]


Thank You, Cycle Oregon

Cycle Oregon has announced that they have cancelled the 2017 Classic due to wildfires. We can only imagine how difficult the decision was for the Cycle Oregon team and admire that they have prioritized safety. The development of this summer’s fires have had significant impacts on communities throughout Oregon, most particularly in central and southern […]


Why Gateway Green Matters

Bike Camp at Gateway Green

If you have been to our bike shop on 17th and NE Alberta St., you may have seen Cole Lalomia behind the counter. Like many of the Cycling Center’s bike mechanics, Cole is not only adept at fixing bikes, but also volunteers in the community to make it a more welcoming place. Cole is a […]


The Joy of a New Bicycle: Bikes for Kids 2017

It was a love affair on Saturday, July 22nd. One hundred thirty-two lonely bicycles found their match in the form of overjoyed children anxious for their first ride. There were many countries and languages represented, but these bicycles transcended all barriers. No amount of economic or social disparity mattered on this Saturday. In turn, our […]


Meet Kasandra Griffin, Our New Executive Director!

After a thoughtful and deliberative process involving representatives of our board, staff, and partner organizations, we are delighted to welcome our new Executive Director, Kasandra Griffin. In order to get to know her a bit better, we asked her to tell us about herself! Why did you choose to join the Community Cycling Center as […]


Beca de Bici 2017: Event Recap

Registration station at Beca de Bici

On May 20th, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), Community Cycling Center, Bikes for Humanity, and The Street Trust came together for Beca de Bici 2017, a bicycle giveaway for children in the Cully neighborhood. Patty Otero, our Program Coordinator, shared a recap about the event. How did the bike giveaway come about? Bikes for […]


Team Tailwind Profile: Phil Wu

Phil Wu profile photo

Just in time for National Bike Month, we are celebrating Team Tailwind, our growing crew of monthly donors who support the Community Cycling Center’s transformative work. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting a few Team Tailwind members. Thanks, Team! Who are you? What do you do/enjoy? I’m a retired pediatrician, but I […]


Team Tailwind Member Profile: Alison & Jay Graves

Just in time for National Bike Month, we are celebrating Team Tailwind, our growing crew of monthly donors who support the Community Cycling Center’s transformative work. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting a few Team Tailwind members. Thanks, Team! Who are you? What do you do/enjoy? We’re Jay and Alison Graves, and […]


Join Team Tailwind!

Happy National Bike Month, everyone! Nothing begs for a bike ride like a sunny May day. We hope your May is already steeped in two-wheeled celebration, with more adventures in sight. And what better way to kick off National Bike Month (beyond a bike ride) than joining a team of folks supporting more people getting […]


Gabby, Andrea, and our STEM Program

Gabby laughing behind a bike wheel.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum can prove that there are multiple ways to learn and express oneself in academic settings. The Community Cycling Center’s emerging STEM Bike Mechanics program brings together physics concepts, job skills training, mentoring, and apprenticeship to ensure students achieve academic success, and feel prepared and supported after graduation. Through project-based, hands-on […]


Trail Blazers 5050 Raffle: Report from the Field

What a season it has been! Thanks to a partnership with the Portland Trail Blazers and a lot of elbow grease and shoe leather from our volunteers, the Community Cycling Center has proven a go-getting machine for three 5050 Raffles to date. To wit: Our last Trail Blazers game was a huge success. Not only did the […]


Bike Camp Is Coming to East Portland! (And We’re Hiring)

Bike campers with helmets smiling

What was once a hope has become a reality—the Bike Camp program is growing this summer to include East Portland! We will be partnering with SUN schools, such as Sacramento School, Shaver School, Prescott School and others to provide bike safety education for at least 84 kids from families living on low incomes. Kids will learn […]


A Big Tent for Our Communities’ Needs

Encouraging access to opportunities for all our communities in a way that ensures a healthy, equitable future for all is a cornerstone of our work here at the Community Cycling Center. We are daily grateful to our volunteers and community members whose efforts make our programs possible. We are also grateful to our coalition partners with whom we […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Helen McConnell

Helen McConnell at the beach

Volunteers are an integral part of our community. From wrenching on bikes for Holiday Bike Drive to providing photography or graphic design expertise to our events, the Community Cycling Center’s volunteers keep the wheels of this organization moving forward. Some volunteer roles are visible in the community; some are behind the scenes. Today, we would […]


Cully Housing Justice Event Tomorrow

As Mychal Tetteh, former CEO, shared in his testimony for Inclusionary Housing just a few months ago, housing and transportation choice are inextricably linked. In the effort support access to opportunity for its community members, our friends and partners in the Cully area have been organizing around renter solidarity. You can join Living Cully and […]


Meet Hanna, Our Volunteer & Events Manager

We are fortunate to have Hanna Davis join our team this month! In order to get to know her better, we asked her a little about herself. Why did you choose to join the Community Cycling Center? I’ve been in the non-profit world here in Portland for about the last six years — and it […]


Get Ready for St. Velotine’s Day

St. Velotine's day is February 14th

Next Tuesday, February 14th, is St. Velotine’s Day! We at the Community Cycling Center couldn’t imagine a better way of celebrating the bike love than offering our bike shop as a pop-up couriering agency dedicated to appreciation and positive community spirit. From February 7th until February 14th at 4:00pm, you can stop in our bike […]


Volunteers Make a Difference Every Day

Today, the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy as a Day of Service—committing to building and strengthening our local communities. It’s a time to remember that hope, passion, community organizing, and the dream of a just world can create change. Individual actions matter. We at the Community Cycling Center would like to take […]


Save $100 on Your Bike Overhaul

$100 off a bike overhaul

By Steph Routh, Communications & Marketing Manager This January and February, we’ll take $100 off the cost of a standard bike overhaul. It’s a great deal at a good time. Why? You may have noticed that it’s pretty chilly out there this week. I don’t know about you, but my garage has been downright cold. […]


Meet Rebecca, our Interim CEO!

Rebecca and her mom in a pedicab

With the new year comes exciting changes here at the Community Cycling Center. We are lucky to have Rebecca Channer join us as Interim CEO. In order to get to know her a bit better, we asked her to tell us about herself! Why did you choose to join the Community Cycling center as its […]


In Support of Inclusionary Housing

Mychal presenting testimony at City Council

This morning, Portland City Council unanimously approved an inclusionary housing program for the city, in order to provide more affordable housing as market rate housing is developed. Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh testified in favor of inclusionary housing at last week’s City Council hearing. Many thanks to our partners and friends at OPAL Environmental […]


Holiday Bike Drive 2016 Recap

Young cyclist pointing at a bike

It’s been two weeks since the Holiday Bike Drive, and the numbers and photos are in! On Sunday, December 4th, 411 kids picked their first bike, received a perfectly fitted helmet, and rode away with a great introduction as to what a bike can bring to their lives. For those of you who like the […]


Interview with John Guerrero, Bike Mechanics STEM Student

John Guerrera and his cruiser

John Guerrero is a student in Bike Mechanics STEM Class at Helensview High School. Students earn 4 credits in one semester of the class, which is taught by Helensview’s physics teacher, Dammes, and the Community Cycling Center’s Andrea Chiotti. After a Friday morning lesson about friction followed by a lesson in overhauling bike hubs, John […]


Bike Camp Registration Opens December 6th

Bike campers at the Hacienda Bike Hub

By Jake Schorr Bike camp registration is opening early this year so that you can give the gift of camp this holiday season. Winter is here, but all this rain has got the staff of the Community Cycling Center dreaming of bike-riding fun in the sun in Portland! We can’t wait to be out there […]


CEO Mychal Tetteh Announces Transition

What an honor this has been. When I began my work at the Community Cycling Center in 2005, I was hired as a Retail Sales and Outreach Specialist. I earned $7 an hour and was barely qualified to sell innertubes. It was the only job I could get in a bicycle industry that often requires […]


Fruitcake and Bike Love Walk Into an Ice Cream Store…

Photo of the Fruitcake Ice Cream

You can satiate your sweet tooth and support a cause you love at the same time! For the entire month of December, proceeds of Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Fruitcake Ice Cream at Salt & Straw benefit your friendly neighborhood Community Cycling Center. The exchanging of fruitcake is a long-standing tradition, and there’s never been a more infamous […]


You Are Welcome Here

Community Cycling Center's front door

By Mychal Tetteh You are not alone. We’re here, with and for you. At the Community Cycling Center, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom and health benefits of bicycling. This hopeful, open and abundant approach to our mission stands in stark contrast to the divisiveness we have recently […]


The Give!Guide Launches Today!

We are excited to be rolling right along with the 2016 Give!Guide launch today! The Give!Guide works to increase the number of young supporters of local nonprofits and their incredible work by creating a sense of philanthropy across the city. Or, as the guide’s website puts it, they “handpicked 141 of Portland’s most impactful nonprofits and […]


Portland Debuts BIKETOWN for All

BIKETOWN for All workshop

Portland is excited to debut its BIKETOWN for All program! The program will provide an opportunity for Portlanders living on low incomes to become members of BIKETOWN and pay with cash. It will also provide bike safety education and free helmets to BIKETOWN for All members. BIKETOWN for All is a partnership between the Community Cycling Center (CCC), the […]


Donate Your Bike at Any Area REI This Saturday

"Donate your bike" in sidewalk chalk

By Patrick Loftus, Volunteer Manager Are you ready to say goodbye to that old Bridgestone that never quite fit you? Have your kids outgrown the coaster brakes and moved on to bigger and better things? Have you been meaning to donate a bicycle, but haven’t had the chance to get up to our shop on […]


We Are a Trail Blazers Community Partner!

Blazer fans on bike at recent Bike to Blazers event.

How about this for some exciting news, shared just in time for Transportation Night? Yesterday, the Portland Trail Blazers announced the team’s five nonprofit community partners for the next two seasons.  The Community Cycling Center is thrilled to be a community partner, along with four other incredible organizations! Mychal Tetteh, our CEO, shared his thoughts […]


Bike Maintenance Classes are Back, Starting Thursday!

By Jake Schorr Did you ride hard all summer? Is it time to give your bike some love? Give you and your bike a treat by learning to do repairs on it yourself! The rainy season is here, and with it returns our Bike Maintenance classes taught by our team of skilled mechanics. The first […]


Scholarship Summer Camps a Success

By Qingyang Xie Intern “What I like the most is that I get to bike around all the time at camp.” This is the most common answer I heard when I asked our campers at scholarship camps what their favorite part of bike camp is. The scholarship camp is a unique opportunity for children from […]