New Columbia is a beautiful 82 acre mixed-income community in North Portland’s Portsmouth Neighborhood. It is home to more than 2,500 adults and children speaking 11 languages, representing 22 countries.

In 2010 we began meeting with a group residents to organize bicycle activities. As the interest in bicycling grew at New Columbia, so has the need for basic bike repair. The residents dreamed of having a space where they could store tools, bicycle parts, and equipment, while helping community members repair bikes. At the same time, the community expressed a need for a safe place where young kids could safely ride their bicycles. From these two ideas the concept of a Bike Repair Hub and Skills Park was born. What was once a vacant lot is a now a vibrant space for neighbors to learn, connect, and participate in healthy activities.

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The Bike Repair Hub is a place where residents of New Columbia can get access to affordable bike repair, training, and participate in our Build-a-Bike program. Staffed by Community Cycling Center professional mechanics and hardworking volunteers, the Bike Repair Hub is a great resource for the community. Learn more in the stop-motion video below.

In 2014, responding to violence in the streets of Portland, community activists Jason Washington and DeMarcus Preston decided to gather a group of people for a bike ride to “take back the streets.” They reached out to the Community Cycling Center for support. This collaboration sparked a robust and powerful  grassroots movement. Learn more in the video below.

New Columbia In the News

Healing wounds of gentrificationThe Portland Observer, July 19, 2016

Community Cycling Center: Catalyst Award Winner The League of American Bicyclists, June 24, 2016

Portland Sunday Parkways in North Portland this SundayPBOT, June 23, 2016

New Columbia’s Bike Repair Hub wants your help to double its hoursBikePortland, June 16, 2016

A community on bikes rallies against violence in the streets of north Portland – BikePortland, August 25, 2014

Take Back the Streets ride addresses gang violence – KOIN, August 24, 2014

Take Back the Streets ride protests gang violence – Portland Tribune, August 24, 2014

Take Back the Streets – KBOO, August 22, 2014

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