Interested in biking around Portland and connecting with other people who like traveling by bike? Maybe you want to start bike commuting to work, but you're not sure how or where to ride? If you have questions and don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help!
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From brochures on safe riding techniques, free riding and maintenance workshops, or custom bike routes, we have you covered. Stop by our transportation store for bike maps, brochures on how to ride, free bike lights, and discounted high quality bike locks. For bike shopping, bike clubs, and other community resources, take a look at some of our favorite groups, businesses, and organizations 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, and advocate for better transportation policy, funding, and infrastructure. The Women Bike program is open to all women, female-identifying, trans, and gender-nonconforming people who enjoy biking (or think that they might).
Check out their calendar of events for workshops and rides: thestreettrust.org
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 throughout the year.
Check them out: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/44099
Bike Clubs & Rides
There are many different social groups to get involved with in the Portland area. Here are a few groups that welcome new riders, with a focus on supporting women, queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. (These resources are from the September 2017 Women Bike Month resources listed in Bike Portland.)
A safe and supportive cycling community with social bike rides on Monday nights. Meet fellow cyclists, get a workout, learn bike routes around Portland, and become more skilled and confident! The Betties welcome women, genderqueer, non-binary, and trans folks to join. Check their Facebook page for details.
Black Girls Do Bike
The Portland chapter of a national movement, this group is “…like a pep rally for black girls on bikes!” BGDB’s interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. Find them on Facebook.
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
FOB is a community of women of color, and trans and gender non-conforming *BIPOC (black indigenous people of color) who love to ride bikes. They offer a supportive environment for promoting and growing diversity in the cycling scene. Visit their website to learn more.
Bike Farm is an all volunteer-run bike repair collective where anyone can learn to work on their own bike. You can use Bike Farm’s tools, learn a new skill, and buy new or used parts affordably. They also host open repair nights for women and trans people. Bike Farm is accepting and inclusive of all people, and their mission is to provide a space to learn and build community.
Check them out: bikefarm.org
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: communitycyclingcenter.org
This bike shop is totally mission driven. Located on NE Alberta St, they help everyone, but especially women, trans, and non-binary persons find the bike of their dreams. They offer bike fits, semi-custom builds, and operate a Saddle Library to help you get the right seat for your body. They also offer monthly maintenance workshops!
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 care 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. Tori Bortman, owner of Gracie's Wrench, also authored a book on beginner cycling.
Check them out: gracieswrench.com