Chelsea Chen, a freelance graphic designer, never thought she’d ride a bike for the purpose of transportation. However, this changed after she moved from Orlando, Florida to Chicago in May. Chen started biking after she bought a black Retrospec bike and named it Paula. She found the experience fulfilling, being able to easily get around and explore … read more
Working Bikes has decked the halls with bikes this holiday season. Our store hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12-7 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift for that bike lover in your life, or want to ring in 2017 with a new bike, we’ll be open Christmas … read more
Working Bikes picked up 40 abandoned bikes from Evanston Police Department property manager Susan Morgan on November 22. This is the third pickup from Evanston PD over the last 12 months. We are thrilled to get these bikes to carry out our mission of providing bikes to people as tools of empowerment locally and internationally. Some of … read more
We are members of our school’s Model United Nations, an international debate team, where we recently we won first place at the Naples Council on World Affairs for detailing a plan regarding the Syrian refugee crisis: purchasing and shipping bicycles to a refugee camp in Jordan currently housing over thirty thousand people. The plan would enable them … read more
There have been hundreds of bikes making their way to our warehouse these last few weeks. What do we do with them and where do they go? At least 428 of them are being shipped to CESTA, our global partner in El Salvador. The bikes we ship go towards their youth training program. Learn more about CESTA and … read more
Over the last few months, I’d been coordinating and planning my Eagle Scout leadership project. My proposal was to coordinate an awareness program for recycling used bikes of any kind and have a large-scale bike drive on the Northwest side. I wanted to do a project with Working Bikes and started discussing this with them in early 2016. My … read more
During one of Working Bikes’ volunteer sessions, I witnessed the collaborative work the young people of Englewood’s Ujamaa Community Land Trust completed with our ONE Summer Chicago youth. This gave me pause. The bicycles they worked on were discarded, and here they were being transformed with some lubricant, some education, and a lot of elbow grease. Ujamaa, known … read more
Chipego Bike Shop is getting a shipment of 471 bikes. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Working Bikes, our volunteers, and our partner Abercrombie & Ken Philanthropy, we’re able to get these bikes to Zambia.
Last week, many hardworking volunteers helped us pack in 576 bikes in a container headed towards Lesotho; 432 of those will go to deserving kids. It would take most of them one hour on foot just to get an education. Bikes will give them the ability to get to school safely and efficiently. Learn more about the amazing … read more
With the help of our fantastic volunteers and two volunteer groups from Northwestern University and DePaul University, we were able to ship 421 bikes to our global partner Africycle last week. Learn more about the amazing work they do in Malawi.