Andrew, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: New York Favorite bike ride: Big Sauvie Island loops including Skyline Favorite way to spend a weekend: Long bike ride, eating, skateboarding What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Being able to spend time on my bike with people who also love cycling/getting young people excited about bikes.
Brenna, Camp Supervisor
(She/Her) Grew up in: Minneapolis, MN Favorite bike ride: I just love biking across the many bridges over the river Favorite way to spend a weekend: Playing ultimate frisbee or cooking something elaborate What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Questions, reflections and funny comments from kids at camp.
Brigid, Camp Instructor
(She/Her) Grew up in: Portland, OR Favorite snack: PB & J Gone Gourmet Trail Mix Favorite bike ride: Mount Doom, obviously! I also love bringing friends that don’t bike as much with me to the Sunday Parkways every year. What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Spending every summer day outside exploring Portland parks!
Caroline, Camp Instructor
(They/Them) Grew up in: Orange County, CA Favorite bike ride right now: Waterfront Park because it is my commute right now Favorite book from their childhood: Judy B Jones What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Having fun relationships with the kids and laughs.
Cass, Camp Instructor
(She/Her) Grew up in: Virginia Favorite bike ride right now: Trying to find that at camp this year! Favorite book from their childhood: The Giving Tree What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Meeting people that love to have fun with kiddos and love to bike
Graciela, Camp Instructor
(She/Her) Grew up in: Minneapolis, MN Favorite color: Gold Favorite childhood book: Blueberries for Sal Favorite snack: tangerine What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Working outside with kids, teaching bike safety, getting people excited about bikes!
Jake, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: Ridgefield, WA Favorite bike ride right now: From his house to Mt Tabor! Next location on the travel bucket list: New Zealand What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Biking in the sun, spending more time with community members, and teaching proper bike safety protocols to the next wave of young cyclists!
Kelley, Camp Manager
(She/Her) Grew up in: We were a military family so we moved a lot – Japan, California, and finally Oregon Favorite Childhood Book: Momo, Flossie & the Fox Favorite bike ride: to Champoeg State Park via Oregon City and Canby Next Location on the travel bucket list: Alaska! What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: I’m excited to see the instructor team get to know each other and learn from each other.
Kevin, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: Lebanon, OR Favorite Childhood Book: Calvin & Hobbes Favorite bike ride: Up and down Mt. Tabor Next Location on the travel bucket list: Europe What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: I am most excited about creating a week of bike fun for kids and getting to be outside and active all summer.
Maddeline, Assistant Camp Manager
(She/Her) Grew up in: Houston, Texas and Rome, Georgia Favorite Childhood Book: Harold and the Purple Crayon Favorite bike ride: Fruita, Colorado What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Seeing all the kids’ smiling faces.
Mike, Lead Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: State College, PA Favorite Childhood Book: Phantom Tollbooth Favorite bike ride: To many good ones to choose from but probably anywhere with someone in my family. What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Discovering Portland through the eyes of campers!
Nat, Lead Instructor
(She/Her) Grew up in: Sacramento, CA Favorite Childhood Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Favorite PDX Bike Ride: Gateway Green Favorite way to spend a weekend: What’s a weekend? What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Seeing kids have fun on bikes
Nava, Camp Instructor
(She/Her) Grew up in: New York City Favorite childhood book: A Mango-Shaped Space Favorite way to spend a weekend: Backpacking with some good friends…or playing ultimate frisbee. Tough to choose! Favorite bike ride: Biking to the Skidmore Bluffs to watch the sunset. What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Learning and growing as a person and a biker with young folks!
Thomas, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: Oregon Favorite Color: Amethyst Favorite childhood book: The Hobbit Favorite way to spend a weekend: Frisbee tournament
Tighe, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: Portland, OR Favorite Bike Ride in PDX: Up Leif Erikson, Down Germantown Road Favorite way to spend a weekend: Bikepacking in the Cascades or Coast Range What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: I am most excited to get young folks absolutely stoked about riding their bicycles.
Will, Camp Instructor
(He/Him) Grew up in: Portland, OR Favorite Childhood Book: Go Dog Go Favorite way to spend a weekend: With close friends at a diner or watching a movie. What are you most excited about working at camp this summer?: Getting to ride bikes all summer!
We are excited to announce that Bike Camp will be integrating weekly themes into our camps this summer! Start building up your costume collection, so you can sport your interpretation of each week’s theme. Remember dangly items aren’t necessarily the safest while riding bikes, and an excess of clothing, although fun, could be very hot. Feel free to participate in whatever capacity you feel comfortable, whether that’s dressing in full costume every day or not at all. Below are the themes for each week.
June 10 – 14: Superheros
June 17 – 21: 80’s/90’s
June 24 – 28: Circus
July 1 – 3: Stars and Stripes
July 8 – 11: Luau
July 15 – 19: Winter in July
July 22 – 26: Safari
July 29 – August 2: Broadway
August 5 – 9: Lumberjack
August 12 – 16: Space
August 19 – 23: Barnyard
Now introducing a place for our avid high school cyclists! Voyagers, as the name implies, will
travel far distances as they challenge themselves to boldly go where no camp has gone before.
They’ll navigate downtown Portland, gaining confidence riding with traffic and communicating
with other road users. Voyagers will learn about various types of multi-day cycling trips and
how to prepare for them, they will even explore ways to repair their bicycle on the go. Campers
will explore cycling advocacy and participate in a group project to enhance our city’s cycling
infrastructure. As this camp travels long distances and in challenging environments, Voyagers
is for the camper that is confident on a bicycle and willing to give it all they’ve got to stretch
their skill set and cycling experience.
Campers will learn:
Riding in traffic and downtown
Communicating effectively with other road users
Types of multi-day cycling trips and how to prepare for them
As part of our 25th-anniversary celebration, the Community Cycling Center is raffling a Fuji Roubaix 1.1 Disc (MSRP: $1999) in this sleek cyan color! Buy your $25 raffle ticket by 5PM on May 15th for your chance to win this beauty! Your purchase supports the Community Cycling Center’s continued efforts to broaden access to cycling for people of all backgrounds.
Out of state? No problem! The bicycle can be shipped to your door (assembly required). Special thanks to Advanced Sports International for helping make this raffle possible!
Don’t stop there! Commemorate our 25th anniversary with other Cycling Center supporters at our Momentum Gathering gala on Friday, May 10th. Purchase your tickets today!
The Community Cycling Center is an organization that values both summer camp and education, and we recognize that our campers have varying schedules and circumstances. Portland Public School’s recent schedule update in response to making up this years snow days has created a conflict with our first two days of camp, June 10th and 11th. In an effort to best serve our camp families, we have decided to offer a few different options for our first week of camp, that is, the week of June 10-15.
Proceed with a 5-day camp week. Our staff will be at our Alberta and Sellwood locations facilitating bike camp as usual. We’ll see you on Monday!
Attend camp from Wednesday to Friday and get a partial refund at the end of the week. We will refund for Monday and Tuesday if your child is attending school those days. Issuing refunds at the end of the week will allow some flexibility for your family to choose the option that’s best for your child up until June 10th. We will hold an additional first day check-in on Wednesday.
Please Note: We will only prorate tuition for campers that are unable to attend camp on Monday and Tuesday, based on the PPS schedule conflict. We will not refund Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday absences for this week.
We highly recommend that families registering with friends reach out to one another and plan together before making a final decision. We will also send out an additional email to all registrants of the June 10th camp prior to Memorial Day weekend to get a better idea of how many campers we can expect on Monday.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the adventures of summer camp. Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you also for being a part of our greater Community Cycling Center family. We appreciate your continued support in broadening access to bicycling and it’s benefits!
Every now and then we get a really special bike donated… and we have one right now! This Renovo bike was custom-made here in Portland and was barely ridden — it hung as decoration in the showroom at Rejuvenation, a store specializing in beautiful things made out of wood. And it’s definitely beautiful! Now it is ours, but we want it to be yours!
This bike might comfortably fit someone from about 5’5″ to 6′, depending on your body geometry. The bike’s measurements are: Seat tube center to top 46cm, true Measurement 50cm. Top tube 53cm center to center. Come by to check it out to see if it fits YOU!
The hardwood frame has a full Sram Red Group, with negligible wear. It has Easton wheels, and Easton carbon fork with a Chris King headset. Currently there are 31.8 Fsa carbon drop bars and an upright Ritchey stem.
Renovo was a Portland-based business that recently closed its doors, so this could be your last chance to own one of these beautiful and special bikes. This bike probably originally sold for $6,000-8,000; we are offering it for sale for $3,750.
This bike rides like no other. It is light and stiff, yet because of its wooden construction and carbon fork, road vibrations are greatly minimized. If you’ve never given one of these a test ride to feel the difference, you should come check it out! Come to the shop anytime during business hours (10-6, seven days a week) and ask any staffer to bring it out for you to see and touch!
Yashar, left, with his mother Fatemeh and brother Idean in Cleveland.
When my family immigrated to the United States, my parents were forced to navigate virtually every facet of our new life in America in an unfamiliar language and an unfamiliar place. We were not in Iran anymore, and the chaotic sounds of war were replaced with the urban landscape of Cleveland.
This meant, for the first time, my brother and I had free rein to play outside on the grass beside our high rise apartment building, without worrying about sirens signaling the impending air raids.
Many of our new friends were on bicycles. As an eight year old, I was often envious of the kids on bikes, but our family was barely getting by and couldn’t afford such luxuries.
So when I first volunteered at the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive many years later, I was profoundly struck by the immigrant families who are no doubt experiencing the same transition my family endured. And it made me realize something striking. For them, the gift of a bicycle is so much more than just a toy. It’s a warm welcome into our community, at a time when they need to hear and feel that warmth. It’s relief for parents who are cash strapped and frantically searching for affordable gifts. And for the kids, it’s an opportunity to fit in with peers who already have bikes.
Earlier this month, we hosted our 23rd annual Holiday Bike Drive. Hundreds of happy children from low-income households took home bikes that will provide them the freedom and joy to explore their neighborhoods on two wheels. To date, the Community Cycling Center has provided nearly 11,000 bicycles to people who otherwise lacked access, many of them children. It is just part of our work to broaden access to bicycling, but it is a very important part.
“We have been facing a really hard time”, wrote one parent at this year’s drive. “Bikes are not something I could have done. Thank you for doing this great work!”
We appreciate the hundreds of volunteers who work all year to refurbish donated bikes to give away, and the hundreds more who help with the big event. A special thanks to Nossa Familia for keeping our volunteers caffeinated, and to Dave’s Killer Bread for the bagels. We also appreciate our hard-working staff, our host Legacy Emanuel, and all the generous funders who made this event possible. You shared the generous spirit of Portland, and welcomed people of all backgrounds into our community of cyclists.
If you have the opportunity, please thank our generous sponsors!
United Way Columbia-Willamette
Multnomah Athletic Foundation
Our biggest and most magical event of the year is coming up soon, on Sunday, December 2nd. Hundreds of kids from families with low incomes will get to choose a bike to take home, and the smiles will light up the room. We have a few slots still available for volunteers to help with the magic, that day and the day beforehand (transporting bikes and setting up). If you are interested, check out the specific volunteer roles available and sign up here.
Many thanks to the generous sponsors who are making the 2018 Holiday Bike Drive possible: Lam Research, Stalkmarket Compostable Products, the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, Heritage Bank, Salt and Straw, United Way of the Columbia Willamette, and ZGF Architects LLP.
What’s the best part of Fall–that crunch of many piled leaves under your bike tire, the cool crisp bite of wind blowing in your face, or that pumpkin spice latte you’re carrying in your water bottle cage? Whatever it is, don’t neglect one of the greatest seasons for riding your bike. Pull out your scarves and puffy jackets and hit the road for some awe-inspiring reds, oranges, and yellows along the bike routes.
For bike camp, Fall is the transition season where the magic happens. It’s the time of the year where we take all the information we’ve compiled, smiles included, and turn that gold into fuel to drive the next summer. We are happy to say that we all enjoyed yet another amazing summer of Bike Camp. We are impressed to witness, all over town, the post-camp cycling skills of campers; way to go everyone!
Some of the best experiences this summer were campers overcoming fears of speedy downhill descents and discovering the local quirks of our city, such as the famous goat family on Rodney.
Among our 670 camp participants this year, 67 were on scholarships, and 22 of those scholarship campers took bicycles home with them after camp. About 20 of our scholarship campers participate in the camps based out of our shop on Alberta and our partner shop in Sellwood, but other scholarship camps are offered through partner organizations in other neighborhoods. This summer, we offered scholarship camps in partnership with Hacienda Community Development Center, the Sharon 7th Day Adventist Church (which serves many immigrant and refugee families), and Shaver Middle School in the Parkrose school district (East Portland). As in years past, some of our scholarship camps have included nature-based education, thanks to support from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods grant program and thanks now to partnership from Gladys Ruiz Consulting. Other funders include the Nike Community Investment Fund, the Juan Young Trust, and the City of Portland.
There were also several Bike Camp partners who deserve a tip of the hat for making their spaces available to our campers. Sugar Wheel Works, Isla Bikes, and Ride with GPS, thank you for all your interactive activities and devotion to educating our young cyclists. Breadwinner and Vanilla, thank you for giving our campers the behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the wildly cool bicycles you are creating. Shemanski Farmers Market, thank you for connecting our food cart camps with local, fresh ingredients and sending us away with bike souvenirs! Thank you to Whitaker Ponds for teaching us about nature and thank you to Blaze of the Portland Blazers for riding along with us for a day! The Bike Camp experience is greatly enhanced by community participation and we are so delighted to connect our youth with the cycling community. A special thanks is due to the NE and Sellwood Portland communities for your continued patience, waves and smiles as we filled your streets with our child-sized pace lines, as we empower youth with bicycles on the streets of your community!
Keep your eyes out for community events throughout the holidays, and more news and insights on what happens behind the scenes at the Bike Camp Headquarters.
Hosting interns is part of our effort to provide meaningful learning opportunities for youth, and to make the cycling community more diverse and welcoming. This Summer the Community Cycling Center hosted eight wonderful interns from three different programs!
Our largest contingent of five interns came from the SummerWorks program, which aims to place diverse youth between the ages of 16 – 24 in paid summer internships. We also had two K-CHING interns through the New Columbia housing development. For the first time, we were also able to welcome an intern from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz! All of our interns did a tremendous job and were able to gain valuable real-world work experience.
Two of the SummerWorks Interns worked at our bike shop on Alberta. As the ‘Donation Intake Specialist,’ Nathan learned how to process used parts and what it was like to work in a full-service bike shop. As our ‘Mechanic’s Apprentice,’ Cornelius was able to hone the skills he previously learned in our “Bike Mechanics as STEM Education” program at his school, as well as gain new knowledge by working in a full-service bike shop!
Not to be outdone, our office staff also hosted a Development Intern! Alexz assisted our Development Team with donor relations, in-kind donations, and event planning. She played an integral role in our Transportation Trivia event by soliciting in-kind donations. Alexz was able to gain valuable experience working in a non-profit and with Salesforce, our contact management system.
We hosted a total of five interns at our North Portland Repair Hub, where community members can learn and receive free bike repairs two days a week during the summer. Donyell, a returning SummerWorks intern, served as our Lead Intern at the Hub. Coleman, a first-time SummerWorks intern, was able to learn mechanical and customer service skills. Our two K-CHING interns, Seth and Freddy, were middle school students who were able to assist and serve as role models for younger community members frequenting the Hub. We were also able to host our first Intern from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz! Harry was able to spend time at the Hub learning how to repair bikes and customer service. Happily, all of our Hub interns were from the very community that the Hub served!
This year’s interns all made valuable contributions to our organization and the community at large! We look forward to the great work that they all will do with skills they learned this Summer!