Archive for Author: Cole Lalomia

Meet Our New Executive Director

We’re pleased to introduce Ruben Alvarado as Community Cycling Center’s new Executive Director. Before joining the Community Cycling Center, Ruben served as an executive leader, elected official, and in various roles providing direct services to communities. In his most recent role, he led a youth development organization through significant growth and transformation. Ruben found cycling […]

DIY Member Spotlight: Christian Clear

Friends, meet Christian. He’s become a regular in the DIY Workspace these past few months as he’s rotated through a handful of different projects. Frustrated with the limited space and lack of tools in his dusty garage, he signed up for a Premium membership in February and hasn’t looked back! For Christian, each bike is […]

Our New E-Transit Funded by The PGE Drive Change Fund

Meet our new bicycle transport vehicle! It’s big, it’s spacious, AND it’s electric! Purchasing this amazing vehicle was all made possible with support from the PGE Drive Change Fund (DCF). The DCF is made possible through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program. Since its inception in 2019, the Drive Change Fund has […]

Union Contract Ratified!

We have a contract! The unionization of Community Cycling Center(CCC) workers was unanimously approved to be recognized last April. Since then, we’ve been working to create and ratify a contract to formalize the agreement between Community Cycling Center leadership, workers of CCC and ILWU Local 5. This week, that process has come to a successful […]

Quick Fix or Premium Membership?

Trying to decide between a Quick Fix or Premium membership? We’re here to help! There are two main membership options available for folks looking to access the tools and supplies in our new DIY workspace— the Quick Fix membership, and the Premium membership. The Quick Fix membership($15 monthly) gets you access to the workstands and […]

Big Changes Ahead

The Community Cycling Center was founded as an education center almost 30 years ago to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We have seen a lot of change in Portland since our inception but our love of bikes and the people who ride them hasn’t […]

2023 Transportation Trivia Recap

It’s been three years since the Community Cycling Center (CCC) has been able to host our annual Transportation Trivia event in-person due to Covid and we came back stronger than ever! This year’s event was our largest and most successful trivia night to-date, raising $41,000 to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits! This year […]

Community Camp & Outride Fund

Camp season is here and our youth programs team just wrapped-up their second week of Community Camp in Cully! The weeks were full of neighborhood bike rides, snacks, games, parks, more snacks, and more bike rides. Some of the campers had even attended our Learn To Ride event the week before and were riding along […]

Carl’s 20th Anniversary Party

If you’ve been by the bike shop sometime in the past two decades, chances are you’ve seen Carl! He does a lot of different things around the shop but he’s probably best known for holding court every Sunday at the Salvage Sale where he helps people make use of the discarded bits and bobs often […]

Board of Directors and Leadership Unanimously Approve Workers Union

Today we are excited to announce the unionization of the Community Cycling Center(CCC). After a super majority of workers requested voluntary recognition of their chosen union, ILWU Local 5, the Board of Directors and Leadership of the Community Cycling Center took quick and decisive action to recognize the union by a unanimous vote in approval […]

Low Income Commuter Services Proudly Supported by North St. Bags

Ever since our founding in 1994, providing support for people that need it has been an integral part to our mission of making bikes more accessible. As the neighborhood surrounding our bike shop transformed to affluence, the shop’s role in the organization changed too. Before, it was the center. It was the sole place to […]

Have You Seen Our Billboard?

We are so grateful to be rounding out this year with such an incredible staff and community of supporters. Thank you for joining us for the ride! It’s been a while since we’ve taken a staff photo together so we figured the unveiling of our first billboard would be a good occasion for one. Almost […]

Do You Know About Our Low Income Commuter Services?

As we get closer to the perfect fall weather so many Portlanders enjoy riding in, we thought this would be a good time to tell you more about our bike shop’s program that keeps hundreds of Portlanders riding year-round, regardless of income. Here’s a great story from our awesome retail staffer LB about the program […]

2022 Scavenger Hunt Success!

Thank you to everyone who made the 3rd Annual Bike Scavenger Hunt a huge success! Over 100 riders took on the 15-clue-challenge; leading them all over the city and learning some odd bits of Portland history along the way. Everyone we’ve heard from had an absolute blast and we were so pleased that so many […]

PBOT Partnership Spotlight!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation(PBOT) and the Community Cycling Center have been close collaborators, programmatic partners and friends for many years. PBOT’s work to expand access to transportation options and improve the experience of traveling around Portland aligns with our values as a non-profit dedicated to dismantling barriers to cycling. That alignment has created a […]

Call For Volunteers!

Now is a great time to get involved! With events and programs in full swing, we have a handful of new and exciting opportunities for folks who are ready to plug-in and invest in their community by sharing their time and skills. Interested? Let’s get in touch! Scavenger Hunt After Party : We need two […]

2022 Impact Report

We are thrilled to announce the completion of our 2022 Impact Report! We took a deep dive into the past year to tally our accomplishments, acknowledge some of our struggles, and celebrate them all. Through a combination of staff/participant stories and quantitative data, we’re able to summarize where we are at as an organization. This […]

A Day In The Life At Bike Club – As Told By Club Instructor Maddie

Welcome to a day of Bike Club at Menlo Park Elementary School! We first meet in the cafeteria with all the other students participating in after-school programs. This is also time for snack #1 of the day. Stoke levels are at 100%   This is sung to the tune of “Oh My Darling Clementine”   […]

STEM Bike Class Program Update

We’re currently teaching bicycle mechanics in two schools this Spring Term– Helensview and Alliance Highschool at Meek. We just started working with Meek this winter and they’ve been nothing but great to collaborate with! Many students are returning students from Winter Term which means that they’ll get to keep practicing the skills they’ve learned the […]

Camp Fundraising Success!

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve reached our fundraising goal for no-cost Community Camps. Thank you to Castelli , Sportful , and hundreds of individual supporters for contributions that totaled 15K! What makes this even sweeter is a 15K match from Outride! Our Community Camps offer a safe environment to play, take risks, develop […]

Rose CDC Spring Break Mini Camp

Spring Break Mini Camp with Rose CDC was a huge success this year! A total of 10 kids attended the 4-day program filled with lots of games outside, bike riding, and even bowling. Many of these students have joined us for programming before so many of our instructors were excited to have the chance to […]

Bike Shop Apprentice Success!

You might remember Nina from almost a year ago when we posted an interview with her on our blog. Well, we’re back, and pleased to say she completed her 540 hour apprenticeship with us at the bike shop! 540 hours! We are all incredibly proud of her.   Nina lives in the New Columbia community […]

Just Another Day At Bike Club!

Written by Nat Shreffler Bike club at Menlo Elementary was made extra special this past fall thanks to two new learners, Franklin and Adrian. We typically start a club with participants who already know how to ride–this allows us to get rolling and ride and roads to fun destinations. This fall was a reminder that […]

We Have Bike Clubs Too!

Written by Natty Pillias Fun! Neighborhood exploration! The opportunity to earn a bike! The Community Cycling Center’s Bike Club program is just that! We not only have a shop — we also offer an after school Bike Club program developed and run by the programs department of Community Cycling Center(CCC). This past fall, with the […]

A Successful Summer of Community Camps…We Did It!

Written by Natty, Safe Routes To School Coordinator Community Camps are officially done until next summer. Let’s take a look back at some of this year’s highlights! The Community Cycling Center held a 100% free Community Camp for three different communities connected to three different partners: Rose CDC, Cesar Chavez school and Urban Nature Partners […]

Celebrating The Partnerships Of the Food Delivery By Bike Program

Written by William Francis – Safe Routes to School Coordinator We are writing to celebrate over a year of close collaboration with Living Cully! We’ve been working together with volunteers to deliver food out of the NE Emergency Food Program (NEFP) to approximately 180 families in the Cully neighborhood every week. Living Cully specializes in […]

Meet Development Director, Efrain Duarte!

The Community Cycling Center is happy to announce our new Development Director, Efrain Duarte! Efrain is a native Texan who has over six years of fundraising experience in the non-profit world, and has worked with social service, education, and most recently a performing arts organization. Along with his non-profit experience, Efrain has served on boards […]

Meet Our Shop Apprentice, Nina!

Did you know that the shop hosts an apprentice every year? Since 2017, we’ve been able to provide this opportunity to youth from our various partner communities. The intent of this program is to provide experience and industry connections for young people who are seriously considering a career in the cycling industry — a foot […]

Meet Our New Executive Director – Momoko Saunders!

It is our pleasure to introduce Momoko Saunders as Executive Director of Community Cycling Center. Momoko has worked in Portland’s bicycle industry for 13 years. She comes to us most recently as the General Manager for Biketown (Portland’s bike share program) and as a co-founder of the beloved Bike Farm. Her experience running bicycle organizations […]

Organizational COVID-19 Planning

Written by Gwen, Shop General Manager – As you may have noticed, our shop has been closed for a few days here and there over the course of the past few months.  Since we will continue to experience sporadic closures to help keep our staff and community safe, we wanted to be as transparent as […]