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The Holiday Bike Drive: Much more than just 300 free bikes

The Holiday Bike Drive: Much more than just 300 free bikes

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Her left hand is blurry because she just did that throttle-twist motion (which was immediately followed by this smile).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you believe (as I do) that children are the true indicator species of a cycling-friendly city, then Portland just put a big down payment on its future.

At Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland today the non-profit Community Cycling Center and over 270 volunteers helped give out over 300 bikes at their annual Holiday Bike Drive. It’s a tradition that has now spanned two decades; but the smiling and excited kids that rolled off with bikes could care less about all that. They just wanted to ride their new bikes.

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Event manager Patrick Loftus and volunteer Sheilagh Griffin.
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Steve Soto and his 12-year old son Luke volunteered together.

While this foul weather isn’t ideal for wee little ones to take to the streets, once they do start pedaling around the neighborhood they’ll be very well-prepared. That’s because the Holiday Bike Drive isn’t just about giving away free bikes — it’s about teaching each child how to be a competent rider and a responsible bike owner.

As I roamed the hallways and atrium at Legacy Emanuel today, I was impressed by the comprehensive approach the CCC takes with this event. It’s a much more involved process than you might think.

Each kid is pre-registered. From the moment they enter the doors of the event they are greeted by a volunteer. Once they check in and get their name badge they are escorted in groups (of 5-6 kids at a time) down the “Safety Corridor,” which is a hallway that leads to the main atrium where the bikes are lined up. The Safety Corridor is so named because it’s lined with four separate stations that educate the kids on: helmet use (many eggs were smashed to make the point); personal safety (flip-flops bad, reflective vests good); bike safety (is everything tight and where it should be?); and traffic sign basics.

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Meet your bike buddy.

After the safety lessons it’s time for each kid to meet their “Bike Buddy,” their personal volunteer that will be at their side for the rest of the day. The buddies lead the kids through a helmet-fitting station and then onto the main event: bike selection.

The bikes are lined up in neat rows according to size and the kids can choose any one they want. Some are overwhelmed and too nervous to move without prodding. Others just pick whichever one’s closest. And others still, take their time. I saw one girl walk up and down the aisles several times before she found just the right bike.

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I caught this young lady swiping away her dad’s hand, as if to say, “I got this!”.
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After a bike was chosen it was then fitted and accessorized to each kid’s liking. The bikes were rolled into one of a half-dozen or so service bays where expert mechanics sprung into action. They’d put on training wheels, or take them off. They’d raise seat posts, adjust handlebars, and make sure the bike is a good fit. From the fit and service station it was finally time to ride.

The Bike Rodeo was the penultimate stop of the day. And it’s where everything comes together. Some kids who hadn’t smiled all day (most likely due to nervousness at all the attention they were getting), finally let out their joy once the wheels got turning. The kids who didn’t yet know how to ride were led to a special section of the rodeo where eager (yet patient) volunteers reveled in the thrill of teaching them.

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Learning to ride.
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She did it!
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After making it around the rodeo course a few times, there was just one final thing to do: say thanks. Each family took the time to sit down and make a thank-you card for the Community Cycling Center and volunteers.

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— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org


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The Lumberyard is donating $10,000 in bikes to the Community Cycling Center

The Lumberyard is donating $10,000 in bikes to the Community Cycling Center

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Lumberyard co-founder Will Heiberg.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s way too early for us to start talking about Christmas, but we’ll make an exception for this story.

Today in east Portland the non-profit Community Cycling Center will pick up $10,000 worth of new bikes from The Lumberyard. The CCC’s Melinda Musser says the donation will include 32 “high quality” BMX bikes.

Musser says the “unprecedented” donation will help kick-start the organization’s annual Holiday Bike Drive and provide a new fleet of bikes to use in their kids programs next year. The CCC runs summer camps and bike safety programs in neighborhoods where some families can’t afford to buy bikes. And in December the CCC will give away about 300 bikes at their 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive.

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Scene from one of The Lumberyard’s “Shred Academy” classes.
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The Lumberyard is a bike park that boasts 66,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor tracks, trails, and jumps. Since opening in 2012, The Lumberyard has planted itself firmly in the community. They have kids summer camps of their own and they even have a high school scholarship program.

This is the second bit of exciting news from the CCC this week. On Monday they unveiled a new website and video.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org


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Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

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See photos below.

Watch out Portland, there are a few hundred new bike riders in town!

The 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place over the weekend and the Community Cycling Center provided 300 bicycles to children from throughout the region. The kids are referred to the event by the CCC’s social service partners. They also got free helmets and lots of advice and training on how to ride safely.

It’s quite an undertaking to make this event happen smoothly every year, but the CCC has it down to a science. Of course it doesn’t heart to have a big crew of dedicated volunteers. Among the folks who showed up to lend their support yesterday were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

But this event is really about the kids. Their smiles and their first few pedal strokes on their new (to them) bikes always steal the show. Scroll down for photos from the event and try not to crack a smile yourself…

2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)

2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
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(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
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(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)

Special thanks to volunteer photographers Greg Lee, Rohith Gunawardena, and Mario Segura.

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Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

Holiday Bike Drive turns 300 children into bike riders (Photos)

ccchbdlead

See photos below.

Watch out Portland, there are a few hundred new bike riders in town!

The 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place over the weekend and the Community Cycling Center provided 300 bicycles to children from throughout the region. The kids are referred to the event by the CCC’s social service partners. They also got free helmets and lots of advice and training on how to ride safely.

It’s quite an undertaking to make this event happen smoothly every year, but the CCC has it down to a science. Of course it doesn’t heart to have a big crew of dedicated volunteers. Among the folks who showed up to lend their support yesterday were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

But this event is really about the kids. Their smiles and their first few pedal strokes on their new (to them) bikes always steal the show. Scroll down for photos from the event and try not to crack a smile yourself…

2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)

2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Mario Segura)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2014 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)

Special thanks to volunteer photographers Greg Lee, Rohith Gunawardena, and Mario Segura.

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Congressman’s fruitcake ice cream will help buy gift bikes for Portland kids

Congressman’s fruitcake ice cream will help buy gift bikes for Portland kids

This is definitely our favorite ice cream charity partnership ever.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the former Portland transportation commissioner who now chairs the Congressional Bike Caucus, has teamed up with booming Portland ice cream shop Salt & Straw to translate his personal fruitcake recipe into a seasonal ice cream flavor and donate the profits to the Community Cycling Center’s holiday bike drive.

As you can see in the video above, this started when Blumenauer (who has made holiday fruitcake for friends and acquaintances for years, based on a recipe he found in — this might be my favorite part — the New York Times Magazine) happened to deliver a loaf to Salt & Straw’s owners last holiday season.

One thing led to another.

“Oh, it’s great,” Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh said Wednesday. “You find that there’s some relatively rectangular piece of fruitcake in there, and you’re like, ‘Oh gosh.’ But it’s actually really good because it’s actually preserved fruitcake within this small-batch ice cream. I’ve never had anything like it.”

He said his taste had been affirmed on Tuesday when a four-year-old sampled it at a tasting event and gave her approval.

“You know she’s not gonna lie,” Tetteh said.

The seasonal flavor goes on sale this weekend.

If you, like us, are fans both of Salt & Straw and of the CCC’s work to help everyone enjoy bikes, you can support them directly via Willamette Week’s GiveGuide.

Give at least $10 on Dec. 11, and you’ll even be entered in a drawing to win a Salt & Straw ice cream party (and presumably any flavors you’d like).

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18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes Christmas merry for over 375 kids

18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes Christmas merry for over 375 kids

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A new bike, thanks to the Community Cycling Center.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The event brings together dozens of volunteers who set up low-income families with nearly 400 shiny refurbished bicycles and tricycles. In many ways, the event is a rite of passage for the kids and the volunteers — both of whom aren’t likely to ever forget the experience.

We didn’t make it out to the event this year, but CCC Communications and Marketing Manager Melinda Musser sent over a few thoughts and a link to some excellent photos.

Musser said over 375 children received bikes, new helmets, and safety education. The families that lined up for this early holiday treat spoke 22 different languages. Musser also pointed out how the event ties together the CCC’s programs and approach to advocacy. “It was great to witness the interconnectedness of our programs. For example, members of Hacienda’s bike committee, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, led helmet fitting lessons for participating families. Several graduates of our Create a Commuter program participated in the Holiday Bike Drive with their children and grandchildren. Many families will be riding together after this event.”

See the many excited faces of the kids, smiles from volunteers, and other scenes from the event in the photos below (full gallery here):

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The atrium of Legacy Emanuel gets filled with bikes, laid out according to size, and the kids get to pick out whichever one they like!
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
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(Photo by Cassidy DeMarco)

2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
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(Photo by Charles Edelson)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
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(Photo by Greg Lee)
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Teaching them how to keep it running is important too.
(Photo by Greg Lee)
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(Photo by Charles Edelson)
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Out on the safety education course, which all the kids are required to go through before going home with their new bikes.
(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
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The final step is to make a “thank you” card for all the volunteers and donors that help make the Bike Drive possible.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

Learn more about the CCC and their Holiday Bike Drive at CommunityCyclingCenter.org.

18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes cheer for over 375 kids

18th annual Holiday Bike Drive makes cheer for over 375 kids

2013 Holiday Bike Drive

A new bike, thanks to the Community Cycling Center.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

The Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The event brings together dozens of volunteers who set up low-income families with nearly 400 shiny refurbished bicycles and tricycles. In many ways, the event is a rite of passage for the kids and the volunteers — both of whom aren’t likely to ever forget the experience.

We didn’t make it out to the event this year, but CCC Communications and Marketing Manager Melinda Musser sent over a few thoughts and a link to some excellent photos.

Musser said over 375 children received bikes, new helmets, and safety education. The families that lined up for this early holiday treat spoke 22 different languages. Musser also pointed out how the event ties together the CCC’s programs and approach to advocacy. “It was great to witness the interconnectedness of our programs. For example, members of Hacienda’s bike committee, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, led helmet fitting lessons for participating families. Several graduates of our Create a Commuter program participated in the Holiday Bike Drive with their children and grandchildren. Many families will be riding together after this event.”

See the many excited faces of the kids, smiles from volunteers, and other scenes from the event in the photos below (full gallery here):

2013 Holiday Bike Drive

The atrium of Legacy Emanuel gets filled with bikes, laid out according to size, and the kids get to pick out whichever one they like!
(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Cassidy DeMarco)

2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Rohith Gunawardena)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Charles Edelson)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

Teaching them how to keep it running is important too.
(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Charles Edelson)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

Out on the safety education course, which all the kids are required to go through before going home with their new bikes.
(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photo by Greg Lee)
2013 Holiday Bike Drive

The final step is to make a “thank you” card for all the volunteers and donors that help make the Bike Drive possible.
(Photo by Greg Lee)

Learn more about the CCC and their Holiday Bike Drive at CommunityCyclingCenter.org.

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 Saturday. 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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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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