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Community Cycling Center sacked – why?

February 21, 2007

oldcylgo.gifOne of Portland’s best nonprofit for bikes and all of us who ride them, the Community Cycling Center located on 17th and NE Alberta, was sacked on Monday night.

From the CCC’s press release yesterday:

Portland, OR – Early on the morning of February 20, 2007 the Community Cycling Center’s shop and offices on NE Alberta Street were burglarized. The thieves stole refurbished bicycles, the safe, cash, used parts, new accessories and ransacked the offices. The value of the stolen goods and damage is still being assessed. The shop is closed on February 20 to clean up and repair the damage.

The Community Cycling Center is a non-profit reliant on the income of bike sales and accessories in our retail shop to support our programs. We are trying to figure out the impact on our programs, but a lost day of retail sales during the slow season will be a difficult blow.

I can’t stand thieves, and especially thieves that break into places like the cycling center and Free Geek, which was burglarized in November. I hope these people are caught.

The Community Cycling Center is a great place, and deserves local support. They have a grant program, which awards funds for projects that promote bike safety. They refurbish old bikes and teach people how to do it on their own.

The Community Cycling Center is the largest non-profit organization in the country 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.

The Community Cycling Center provides year-round programs for low-income youth and adults and a professional retail bike shop that is open to the public and sells refurbished bicycles. Our Create a Commuter program is the first of its kind in the nation to provide full-outfitted commuter bicycles to low-income adults.

Support this great place and help them recover from the theft by heading over to their store.  Better yet, make a donation!

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