Bike volunteer opps

The summer might be waning, but there are still bicycle organizations that need your love, time, and energy. Oh, and cash. Beth of CityBikes and Slug Velo came up with this excellent list.

1. Shift (

SHIFT works to express Portland's creative bike culture and highlight the positive contributions of bicycling to the community. We are a loose-knit and informal bunch of bike-loving folks from all walks of life. There is no membership list, fee, nor dues. We share a passion for the bicycle in all its glory: as toy, as transportation, as tool for social and environmental change! SHIFT is open to everyone sharing in this passion.

They have a great calendar of bike events, and they sponsor the last-Friday-of-the-month Breakfast on the Bridges

2. Community Cycling Center (

The Community Cycling Center was founded in 1994 with a mission of building skills and fostering the personal growth of youth through community-oriented recreational and educational bicycle programs and services. It's the largest non-profit organization that uses the bicycle as a tool for teaching positive life skills to youth. Children in our programs learn bicycle safety and maintenance and earn their own bicycles, locks and helmets. We use the bicycle as a tool for learning because no child can resist the draw of a bicycle.

Donate a kids or adults bike. It makes a big difference, and it's tax-deductable. (503-288-8864 for directions)

3. Portland State Bike Co-op (

dedicated to increasing the number of cyclists at PSU, promoting the bicycle both as recreation and as a superior mode of transportation, and empowering all cyclists with the ability to understand and repair their own bicycle(s). We focus on supplying PSU cyclists affordable, quality, replacement parts and will happily do whatever is in our power to assist you in repairing your own bike!

They reopen September 19, five days a week.

4. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a non-profit organization working to promote bicycle use and to improve bicycling conditions throughout the state of Oregon. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies and elected officials to create healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible.

September is Bike Commute Challenge Month and the BTA can always use donations and volunteers!

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