Bike Camp brings kids in grades 1-10 together for a summer of bike adventures, learning, and friendship. Campers learn how to ride safely and maintain their bikes in a supportive, hands-on environment. At Bike Camp, kids build confidence, skills, and a life-long love of biking. 

Bike Camp Registration
Bike Camp Prices
Bike Camp General Information
Refund Policy
Camp Hours & Logistics
Learn to Ride Classes
Teaching/Learning Philosophy
Discipline Policy
A Typical Week of Camp
OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps

 

Bike Camp Registration

2020 Schedule! Click Here to Register!

Our 2020 season registration will open on Tuesday, January 21st.
All grades refer to the grade the child will be entering in the fall.
Please note our refund policy before registering.

We are available from 8 am to 5 pm on Tuesday for any registration related questions. In general, we are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

 

 

Bike Camp Prices

Bike Camp Price Adjustment

The Bike Camp prices for the summer of 2020 have been adjusted to reflect the increasing cost of living in Portland. Over the last 3 years, we have worked towards increasing the starting wage of our instructors to meet the minimum wage increase as called for by Senate Bill 1532. More importantly, providing a competitive wage allows us to attract and retain a team of skilled, caring, and responsible instructors. Our Bike Camp is a unique program that takes place on the road where instructors are continually making assessments to maintain the safety of the group. This high level of risk assessment is a skill that we require from all of our instructors in order to provide a safe summer Bike Camp program that many of you have come to expect from the Community Cycling Center.

We understand that these adjusted camp prices can be challenging to some families. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting programming that encourages safe riding, healthy active lifestyles, and youth empowerment.

Price of Camps

Coaster, Wheelies, Cruisers, and Voyagers Camps: $380
Food Cart Cruisers (5th and 6th grade): $420
Registration for this camp includes funds to purchase lunch at a food cart on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Food Cart Seekers (7th and 8th grade): $445
Registration for this camp includes funds to purchase lunch at a food cart every day during camp.
Mechanics Camps (7th and 8th grade): $420

Note: The above prices reflect a 5 day camp week. The registration cost for the week of July 6th has been adjusted for the 4 day week. (No camp on Friday due to in-service training)

 

Bike Camp General Information

Locations: We offer Bike Camps in two different locations:

  • In NE Portland at our bike shop at 1700 NE Alberta St
  • In SE Portland in partnership with Sellwood Cycle Repair at 7953 SE 13th Ave

Requirements for participation: All campers must be able to start and stop unassisted and ride in a straight line to be eligible for Bike Camp. Camper bikes must pass a bike safety inspection prior to attending Bike Camp. Please see our Getting Ready for Camp page for more information.

Contact Us:bikecamp@communitycyclingcenter.org.

 

Our Refund Policy

Please note, due to high rate of cancellations and transfers during our camp season which leaves spots unfilled, we have updated our refund policy.

  • Cancellations before April 30: 80% of tuition is refundable
  • Cancellations on or after May 1: 50% of tuition is refundable
  • Cancellations on or after June 1: No tuition is refundable
  • No transfers within 30 days of the start of camp. Transfers are limited to availability and are not guaranteed.

The Community Cycling Center requires all camp cancellation and transfers to be submitted by email to bikecamp@communitycyclingcenter.org. A $50 registration and administrative fee is non-refundable.

Our summer bike camp program has limited spots in each group to insure a 1:6 instructor to camper ratio. If someone cancels their registration, we still have the expense of them attending due to commitments such as paying our instructors. Once summer vacation has started, it is often too late to find a camper to take their place as wait listed campers have chosen another program.

 

Camp Hours & Logistics

Camp Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Check-In:

First day of camp: 8:45 – 9:00am (Front of the shop on Alberta St.)

Rest of the week: 8:45 – 9:00am (in the back parking lot, off of 17th Ave.)

Check-out: Daily between 3:00-3:15.

Campers must be signed out by an authorized parent or guardian to leave camp. Parent or guardian must bring photo ID for sign out. A fee of $1 per minute will be charged for children in our care outside of camp hours.

Please note, campers are not allowed to be unsupervised at the Community Cycling Center before 8:45 am or after 3:30 pm.

Our check-in and check-out space is an active parking lot used by our neighboring residents. Please do not block the entrance or exit when picking up your child and move your car, bike, or person promptly when asked to do so.

Self-check-out is allowed for campers 11 years old or older after guardian approval on the first day of camp. Please note if they’ll be signing any younger siblings out of their camps.

 

Learn To Ride Classes

Would you like to introduce the joy of riding a bike to a child but unsure of where to start? Sign them up for a Learn to Ride class! During this class, instructors will lead the group through a combination of exercises to practice how to start, stop, balance, and steer their bicycles in a safe and positive learning environment.

A properly fitted bike is required for the child’s comfort and safety.

  • Training wheels should be removed prior to class
  • The child should be able to sit on the seat with both of their feet flat on the ground

We encourage parents and/or guardians to stay and observe the last 30 minutes of class!

Important Note: Due to different learning styles and pace, we are not able to guarantee that a child will be able to ride a bike (without training wheels) by the end of the hour and a half class. Our goal is to give both the child and their guardians bike handling exercises to continue at home. If you feel that your child would benefit from an additional class, we offer a 25% discount when you sign up for a second class. We also offer one on one classes for $120 an hour.

Cost: $80
Class size: 4
Class dates:

  • March 7 (Saturday) 10:30 – 12:00 (ages 5 to 7)
  • March 21 (Saturday) 10:30 – 12:00 (ages 5 to 7)
  • March 23 (Monday) 10:30 – 12:00 (ages 5 to 7)
  • March 25 (Wednesday) 4:30 – 6:00 (ages 8 to 12)

One on one lesson cost: $120/hr
Please contact bikecamp@communitycyclingcenter.org about scheduling a one on one lesson.

 

Our Teaching/Learning Philosophy

The Community Cycling Center’s mission is to broaden access to bicycling and all its benefits. This includes access to the outdoors, environmental stewardship, and enhanced livability. We believe hands-on learning allows children to gain skills, knowledge and confidence, and the interpersonal skills of decision-making and problem-solving that prepare them to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens. Our instructor to camper ratio is 1:6 for all camps. We emphasize cooperative learning in a team environment. If your child has specific goals, please contact us in order to ensure that they are in the best camp.

Our Discipline Policy

Given that campers ride on the road with other vehicles, we have high expectations regarding safety. If a camper is not choosing to listen to directions and work with the expectations set at the beginning of the week, we will ask them to stay home for one day. This allows instructors to focus on the other campers who are choosing to participate in a safe and positive way. Group safety and quality camp experiences are taken seriously at the Community Cycling Center.

 

A Typical Week of Camp

First day: We start the week with an introduction to the essentials of riding safely on the road. A short ride to a nearby park will give us a sense of the group’s abilities. The first day tends to be a light riding day, as the group sets expectations, learns new skills, and gets to know each other.

Midweek: During the middle of the week, we will continue to learn and practice safe riding techniques and rules of the road, play games in parks, check out fun destinations, and learn a little basic maintenance. Activities will vary based on the age group and the theme of the camp.

Last day: After a morning ride, all groups converge to enjoy afternoon treats and games.

Notes: We teach in a team environment. Activities and rides are often chosen by consensus. Some camps are three or four daylong camps due to holidays. This will be reflected on posted schedules.

OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps

Grab your helmet and get ready to ride! Bike to neighborhood parks and learn basic navigation and maintenance skills this summer with OMSI and the Community Cycling Center. Traveling the city by bike has never been so fun as you build on your riding confidence and skills on the road. During the overnight camp, you’ll embark on a 30-mile ride to Stub Stewart State Park to enjoy camping, stories (and s’mores!) by the campfire before returning to OMSI the next day. To learn more about these camps, check out the OMSI Camps & Classes website.

Special thanks to the Metro for supporting our summer bike camps and scholarship program.

Connect with Us

Hours: 10am-6pm daily (fall/winter)Bike Shop Address: 1700 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Phone: 503.287.8786Office/Mailing Address: 1805 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212