Bike First!

Bike First! Was recently featured on KPTV 12 News. Click here to read the article and watch the video.


Bike Week is a magical experience for everyone. Kids blossom and beam with pride over their new-found skill, volunteers cheer, and parents tear up to see their child take flight, alone, for the first time. Bike First! is open to children 8 years and up; meaning there is no cap on the end age!

People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics—some of these conditions include Down syndrome, mild to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills, and other developmental delays. 


Bike Week 2014 was a great success! NWDSA's Bike First! is proud to promote inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills needed to ride typical bicycles.


"Bike First! is more than a bike camp for disabled children — it's a family, a support network, a cheer leading squad and a one-stop miracle zone. Every participant takes his or her first solo pedal strokes to the sound of thundering applause, and every participant is honored in front of the group in a closing ceremony. It's a time to shine and grow and triumph." Heidi Swift, The Oregonian

"We strongly support the Bike First! mission and congratulate all participants for their efforts in this worthwhile event... we'll be back with our support!" Craig H Dodge, Director/VP, Ideate, Inc.

"As a cyclist, seeing the look on someone's face as they ride a two wheeler for the first time defies words. We all know what a positive addition biking can be to all of our lives, to watch it happen is magical." Dave Guettler, Owner, River City Bicycles

"Being part of Bike First! was a very fulfilling event in my life. It helped open up a new life long activity for these families. It allowed them be included with their peers, promoted a healthy life style, and shared in the simple pleasure of a bike ride." Clark Mason, Bike First Volunteer Spotter


Watch this video with your child

Bike First! Home

About Bike First! • People • Press

Success Stories

Donate to Bike First!

Donate to Bike First!

Please Help Us Help Others.

Is biking one of your cherished activities? Would you like to help more children with disabilities learn to ride? If so, please consider donating to our program. Your fully tax-deductible donation goes straight toward helping other children realize the dream of becoming bike riders.

Donate by mail
Send your check made out to "NWDSA Bike First!" to:

NWDSA Bike First!
11611 NE Ainsworth Cir. Suite 321 
Portland OR 97220

You will receive an acknowledgment letter recognizing your donation and the pleasure of knowing that, because of you, more children will learn to ride bikes than anyone ever thought possible. Thank you very much!

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” - John F. Kennedy

Biking is more than just exercise and transportation: it’s a social activity of connection, a childhood rite of passage and a first taste of independence. This unique approach has enabled thousands of people, with a myriad of disabilities, to become independent bicycle riders.

Bike First! is proud to extend the opportunity for children to connect with their community through biking and share in the "simple pleasure of a bike ride."

Bike First! Sponsors

Svelt Racers
Concordia University (2007)
R & H Construction (2013)
Safe Routes to Schools (2008)
Original Joes (2006)
Boomers BBQ (2006)

29er
M3 Productions LLC
Hairworks Salon
Larry and Dori Brown Foundation (2006)
Multnomah Athletic Foundation (2007)
Oregon Autism Society (2014)
Duoos Design (2006)

Cruiser
River City Bicycle (2007)
Therapy Solutions for Kids (2006)
Ideate, Inc. (2007)
Ukiah Engineering (2013)
Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant (2013)
Root Whole Body (2009)

Contact Us

Ann Donaca-Sullivan • Clinic Director
Contact Ann for scheduling changes for campers and volunteers, and for hardship scholarship information.
bikefirst@nwdsa.org