When my co-worker, Dee Wanger, and I went out to Portland, Oregon to exhibit the Ridekick power trailer at the Pedal Nation PDX Bike Show last April, we had the opportunity to get acquainted with a wonderful organization.
The Community Cycling Center (CCC) is a non-profit association dedicated to helping “…broaden access to bicycling and its benefits through (its) hands-on programs, volunteer projects, and neighborhood bike shop” in Portland, Oregon.
The bicycle truly is a vehicle for change, and the CCC eliminates the barriers people have to riding a bike by offering year round programs to low-income youth and adults, as well as bicycle services that address the needs of the Portland community. Between two and three thousand bikes are donated each year to the Community Cycling Center, 40 to 60% of which are usable. The bikes that are functional are refurbished and either sold in their bike shop (located on NE Alberta Ave), or given to people in the Portland community. The bikes that are not usable are broken down and used for parts.
With 20 employees, 700 to 1,000 volunteers each year, and 8,000 community supporters, the CCC helps support programs for low-income youth and adults as well as bicycle services that address the needs of the community.
One such program is the “I ride” bus bench campaign. 15 intersections in Portland have an “I ride” bus bench display featuring many CCC participants who are champions and role models in helping promote bicycling in their neighborhoods. Pretty neat campaign idea, if you ask me.
Because of the mission, ideals, and programs implemented by this non-profit organization, Ridekick contacted the Community Cycling Center in regards to donating the proceeds from our Dollars for Demos Program being hosted at Pedal Nation. All in all, Ridekick had 103 people take a test-ride on the Ridekick power trailer at Pedal Nation, turning $103 into a check for the Community Cycling Center.
Since then, we have received multiple letters and certificates from the CCC thanking Ridekick and letting us know we are a part of something special, even if we are hundreds of miles away.
The Community Cycling Center and its staff are wonderful people working towards the right cause. Peruse their website, make a donation, or learn how you can help create a similar program in your community at www.communitycyclingcenter.org.