412 kids receive free bikes at annual Holiday Bike Drive

412 kids receive free bikes at annual Holiday Bike Drive

Holiday Bike Drive 2012

Taking the new rig for a spin.
(Photo: Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday. The event is a cherished tradition here in Portland as it brings together the community in a way that no other event does. Beyond simply giving out free bikes, the CCC carefully chooses recipients based on those in need. All the families that take part are referred to the event by a partnering social service program and the kids are given a full complement of accessories and skills education to go along with their bike.

According to CCC Communications Manager Melinda Musser, 412 children received bikes on Saturday and — underscoring the CCC’s success in broadening the reach of bicycling in our community — there were 18 languages represented.

This year has been especially meaningful for the CCC’s efforts to bring the joy of bicycling to new communities. They recently celebrated the opening of the Bike Hub at New Columbia and several riding clubs they helped get off the ground — like We All Can Ride at New Columbia and Andando en Bicicletas en Cully — are thriving.

Check out a few more photos below.

Holiday Bike Drive 2012

Volunteers stand at the ready as they listen to CCC Director Alison Graves share some final, pre-Drive thoughts.
(Photo: Britt Appleton)
Holiday Bike Drive 2012

(Photo: Charles Edelson)

Holiday Bike Drive 2012

(Photo: Charles Edelson)
Holiday Bike Drive 2012

(Photo: Britt Appleton)
Holiday Bike Drive 2012

(Photo: Charles Edelson
Holiday Bike Drive 2012

(Photo: Ben Latterell)

Learn more about the Holiday Bike Drive on the CCC’s website.

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