Community Cycling Center building North Portland repair hub
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Community Cycling Center is building a bike hub in North Portland to encourage cycling and provide training that could provide an entryway to Portland's thriving bike economy.
The Community Cycling Center announced Wednesday plans to build a bicycle repair hub in a vacant lot in the New Columbia neighborhood in North Portland.
The announcement coincides with the release of a report by the center, "Understanding Barriers to Bicycling," which caps two and a half years of research into why, in one of the best bicycling cities in the United States, low-income populations weren't riding bikes.
"We believe all Portlanders deserve access to healthy choices for active living and transportation, regardless of their income, education, ethnic background or street address," said Alison Graves, executive director of Community Cycling Center, in a press release.
The Bike Repair Hub will aim to address the issue by providing affordable bicycle repair and maintenance clincics along with weekly group bike rides.
Community Cycling Center will work with graduate students from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art to design and build the hub with plans to finish the project by the end of August.
The project was funded with $51,000 in support support from the Portland Development Commission, Colorado-based nonprofit Bikes Belong and Portland bike shop Bike Gallery. Project costs are expected to come in at $80,000. The Community Cycling Center is seeking donations of bikes and cash to support the project.
New Columbia, a low-income residential neighborhood that sits on 82 acres, is home to 2,500 residents.
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