So you're interested in trying biking to get places, maybe even commuting to work, but you're not sure how to ride, or where to ride. You have questions and don't know where to start.
START HERE AT GO LLOYD
Go Lloyd can provide you with a wealth of resources, from brochures on safe riding techniques, free riding and maintenance workshops or custom bike routes, we have you covered. Come in to our transportation store for bike maps, brochures on how to ride, free bike lights and discounted quality bike locks to keep your bike secure. For things like bike shopping, legal clinics, bike clubs and more, there are so many great groups in Portland doing wonderful things. Our favorite groups and resources are below. Please note, this is just a sample of the many wonderful groups around.
Programs and Workshops
The Street Trust, formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is the oldest bicycle and active transportation advocacy group in Portland. They run various programs and events to help people start biking, as well as advocate for better bicycle policy, funding, and infrastructure in the state.
Check out their calendar of events for workshops and rides such as:
- Women Bike Ride to Kelly Point
Sat, April 28, 10am – 12pm
- Rules of the Road Legal Clinic
Tue, May 8, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation runs various programs to help people bike. They offer a free kit for new movers with biking and walking maps, lights, and more via their "Smart Trips" program. They also host fun and easy bike rides and workshops through the year such as:
- Bridges to the Sky Ride
Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.
Powell Park, SE Powell Blvd and 26th Ave (by the swings)
Kid-friendly ride via several bridges to the Portland Tram and "Celebrate Moms" event. 3 mi. one way
- Cycling Essentials Workshop
Wednesday, April 25, Noon-1pm
700 NE Multnomah St - 6th floor
Want more information on how to develop your cycling awareness, stay comfortable and safe, and find the best bike routes? Come join us for this interactive session and build your cycling confidence.
Bike Clubs & Rides
There a zillion different social groups running various types of group bike rides and clinics. We are listing only a handful that focus on helping new riders, mostly women. Please note this is all from the Bike Portland article from Women Bike Month in September 2017
Social bike rides every Monday. Check their facebook page for meet up details.
Black Girls Do Bike
The Portland chapter of a national movement, this group says, “It’s like a pep rally for black girls on bikes!”
The City of Portland runs introductory rides all over Portland in the spring, summer and fall. Check out the full listings of rides and workshops here.
Friends on Bikes
They exist to, “promote and grow diversity in the cycling scene” and in particular they want to create a supportive environment for women/trans/femme/non-binary people of color (but all women are welcome). Visit their website to get plugged in.
Bike Farm is an all volunteer run non-profit bike repair shop where anyone can learn to work on their own bike and use their tools and buy new and used parts affordably. They also host open repair nights for women and trans people only! They are just outside Lloyd at 1810 NE First Ave.
Check them out-
The Community Cycling Center bike shop is a neighborhood resource and community hub. Their mission is to make bicycles accessible to people of all backgrounds. They have a non-profit bike shop with new and used parts and bikes, great mechanics with affordable service prices, and tons of great programs for kids and adults! Check them out-
This for profit shop is totally mission driven. Located on NE Alberta St, they help anyone, but especially women and trans and non-binary persons find the bike of their dreams (and on a Budget too). They provide bike fits and operate a saddle library to make sure you get the right seat for you bum. They also offer monthly maintenance workshops!
- The next maintenance workshop is May 10th at 7pm.
Check them out- gladysbikes.com
Gracie's Wrench is a place for you to get intimate with your bicycle, learn its ins and outs and give it the caring it deserves. Whether you want to learn how to ride a bike for the first time, confidently commute or are already an avid cyclist that wants to dive into our bicycle repair classes, Gracie's Wrench is here to help.
They provide top notch bike riding skills classes and one on one coaching as well as group classes on maintenance. The next maintanence workshop is :
- May 9th from 6-8pm at Hassalo on 8th Plaza
Tori Bortman who runs Gracie's Wrench, also wrote THE book on getting started biking.