Bike Camp brings kids in grades 1-10 together for a summer of bike adventures, learning, and friendship. Campers learn how to ride safely and maintain their bikes in a supportive, hands-on environment. At Bike Camp, kids build confidence, skills, and a life-long love of biking. 

Bike Camp Registration
Bike Camp Scholarships
Spring Break Camp
Bike Camp General Information
Refund Policy
Teaching/Learning Philosophy
Discipline Policy
A Typical Week of Camp
OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps

Bike Camp Registration

View 2019 Schedule and Descriptions Register for Bike Camp!

Our 2019 season registration is open!
Please note our updated refund policy.

Bike Camp Scholarships

Bike Camp Scholarship Application: Our application for this year’s Bike Camp is closed. Please fill out the following form to receive information about next year’s scholarship application (late November).

Bike Camp Scholarship Interest

Spring Break Camp

Spring Equinox Cruisers Camp (March 25 – 29)
We will be offering our first bike camp during spring break for current 5th and 6th graders this year! The Spring Equinox Cruisers Camp takes place shortly after the spring equinox and will cruise through the street of Portland during the transition into longer days. Cruisers will learn how to cross more complicated intersections, climb and descend big hills, and shift their derailleurs to achieve greater efficiency. Campers will ride longer distances that they have before and gain experience reading maps and planning routes. During their week at camp, the Spring Equinox Cruisers will also learn more about what happens outdoors during this time of year as they visit community gardens and farms around the city. Depending on the weather, they may also learn how to ride in the rain! Typical mileages ranges from 5 to 18 miles a day.

This camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday during spring break. Registration for this camp will open on January 22nd along with our summer camps.

Bike Camp General Information

Locations: We offer Bike Camps in two different locations:

  • In NE Portland at our bike shop at 1700 NE Alberta St
  • In SE Portland in partnership with Sellwood Cycle Repair at 7953 SE 13th Ave

Requirements for participation: All campers must be able to start and stop unassisted and ride in a straight line to be eligible for Bike Camp. Camper bikes must pass a bike safety inspection prior to attending Bike Camp. Please see our Getting Ready for Camp page for more information.

Contact Us:bikecamp@communitycyclingcenter.org.

New Age Brackets & Updated Camp Descriptions
As we do every year after camp season, we’ve looked back at what worked and what could work better for the following year. One change we decided to make this year was to restructure the age group of our camps to better support each age groups’ physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. We have taken the different developmental stages into account and updated our curriculum and expectations for each camp in order to better support our staff in providing our campers with a fun, safe, and engaging environment during their week at camp. The following are the new age groups including one new age group for 9th and 10th graders.

Coasters – Grades 1 & 2
Wheelies – Grades 3 & 4
Cruisers – Grades 5 & 6
Freewheelers – Grades 7 & 8
NEW! Voyagers – Grades 9 & 10

*grades refer to incoming grade in the fall following the camp season.

Cost of Our Camps All prices reflect a 5 day week. Price of shorter weeks are adjusted accordingly.

Spring Equinox Cruisers Camp – $360
Coasters, Wheelies, Cruisers, Freewheeler, and Voyagers Camps – $360
Food Cart Cruisers – $400
Food Cart Seekers – $425
Mechanics Camps – $400

Our Refund Policy

Please note, due to high rate of cancellations and transfers during our camp season which leaves spots unfilled, we have updated our refund policy.

  • Cancellations before April 30: 80% of tuition is refundable
  • Cancellations on or after May 1: 50% of tuition is refundable
  • Cancellations on or after June 1: No tuition is refundable
  • No transfers within 30 days of the start of camp. Transfers are limited to availability and are not guaranteed.

The Community Cycling Center requires all camp cancellation and transfers to be submitted by email to bikecamp@communitycyclingcenter.org. A $50 registration and administrative fee is non-refundable.

Our summer bike camp program has limited spots in each group to insure a 1:6 instructor to camper ratio. If someone cancels their registration, we still have the expense of them attending due to commitments such as paying our instructors. Once summer vacation has started, it is often too late to find a camper to take their place as wait listed campers have chosen another program. Updating our refund policy will allow more time for our staff to support registered campers and their families prepare for our camps.

Our Teaching/Learning Philosophy

The Community Cycling Center’s mission is to broaden access to bicycling and all its benefits. This includes access to the outdoors, environmental stewardship, and enhanced livability. We believe hands-on learning allows children to gain skills, knowledge and confidence, and the interpersonal skills of decision-making and problem-solving that prepare them to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens. Our instructor to camper ratio is 1:6 for all camps. We emphasize cooperative learning in a team environment. If your child has specific goals, please contact us in order to ensure that they are in the best camp.

Our Discipline Policy

Given that campers ride on the road with other vehicles, we have high expectations regarding safety. If a camper is not choosing to listen to directions and work with the expectations set at the beginning of the week, we will ask them to stay home for one day. This allows instructors to focus on the other campers who are choosing to participate in a safe and positive way. Group safety and quality camp experiences are taken seriously at the Community Cycling Center.

A Typical Week of Camp

First day: We start the week with an introduction to the essentials of riding safely on the road. A short ride to a nearby park will give us a sense of the group’s abilities. The first day tends to be a light riding day, as the group sets expectations, learns new skills, and gets to know each other.

Midweek: During the middle of the week, we will continue to learn and practice safe riding techniques and rules of the road, play games in parks, check out fun destinations, and learn a little basic maintenance. Activities will vary based on the age group and the theme of the camp.

Last day: After a morning ride, all groups converge to enjoy afternoon treats and games.

Notes: We teach in a team environment. Activities and rides are often chosen by consensus. Some camps are three or four daylong camps due to holidays. This will be reflected on posted schedules.

OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps

Grab your helmet and get ready to ride! Bike to neighborhood parks and learn basic navigation and maintenance skills this summer with OMSI and the Community Cycling Center. Traveling the city by bike has never been so fun as you build on your riding confidence and skills on the road. During the overnight camp, you’ll embark on a 30-mile ride to Stub Stewart State Park to enjoy camping, stories (and s’mores!) by the campfire before returning to OMSI the next day. To learn more about these camps, check out the OMSI Camps & Classes website.

Special thanks to the Metro for supporting our summer bike camps and scholarship program.

Connect with Us

Hours: 10am-7pm daily (spring/summer)Bike Shop Address: 1700 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Phone: 503.287.8786Office/Mailing Address: 1805 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212