It’s the 22nd Annual Holiday Bike Drive Recap!
Here’s the word from Executive Director Kasandra Griffin: “To many, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the day in which over 400 children get a bike. But for me, the Holiday Bike Drive looks like the first day of a lifelong relationship with bicycles for over 400 children. It is a big, beautiful idea, and I can’t stop smiling.”
It’s true that the 2017 Holiday Bike Drive once again succeeded in giving away hundreds of bicycles, but most people remember the smiles on kids’ faces as they choose their new ride and take a victory lap around the Bike Rodeo. Just look at these grins:
Or this enthusiasm:
To make the 22nd annual Holiday Bike Ride even more special an occasion, Representative Blumenauer and Senator Wyden joined us at Legacy Emanuel!
Congressman Blumenauer likes this event so much that he teamed up with the talented folks at Salt & Straw to create a Fruitcake ice cream, proceeds of which will benefit the Community Cycling Center.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season than coming together as a community to help young people get their first bike,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “I’m excited for another year of fruitcake ice cream and supporting the important work of the Community Cycling Center.”
Sen. Ron Wyden joined Representative Blumenauer as a special guest of the event and celebrated children not just receiving a bicycle, but receiving the right bicycle for them and the skills to use it safely.
“The Community Cycling Center deserves huge praise for its annual bike drive, which recognizes the importance of kids getting an opportunity to exercise for their physical and mental well-being while also providing them a great way of getting to and from school,” said Sen. Ron Wyden. “I am honored to support Congressman Blumenauer and this wonderful labor of love that helps so many children in our community.”
The Holiday Bike Drive is only possible through the hard work of our partners and volunteers and through the generosity of our sponsors.
Thank you to all who made this year’s Holiday Bike Drive one for the books! You can support next year’s Holiday Bike Drive as well as our other programs by giving a gift online today!
We would like to give a special shout to this year’s sponsors—Kristin Lensen Consulting, Lam Research, moovel, and Stalkmarket Compostable Products, and to our partners Legacy Emanuel and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.