Category: News

Welcome Our New Public Ally!

Working Bikes is excited to have Trian from Public Allies – AmeriCorps on board as our Communications apprentice. For ten months he will be an integral part of our communications and community outreach. Trian has worked for the Japanese Cultural Center, Black Youth Project 100, and Affinity Community Services.

Andrew Bermudez on ASM Summer 2017

  Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Bermudez instructed our first After School Matters program during the summer. With the pilot program’s success Working Bikes intends to apply for the fall term. Andrew writes and shares his experience in ASM. Working Bikes received funding by After School Matters to recruit 14 teenagers for a six-week paid apprenticeship. Our program’s objectives … read more »

Umoja Group Helps Out With Cycle of Peace

We were happy to welcome Manley High School students to Brandon’s Bike Shop this morning. The students are a part of a Umoja Corporation program. Umoja fosters youth success through programs aimed at academic achievement and social learning. Working with our youth outreach coordinator, Andrew Bermudez, they learned basic bicycle repair and enthusiastically worked on children’s bikes … read more »

Esperanza Health Centers 2017 Summer Collaboration Series

Working Bikes is constantly looking for more ways to connect with likeminded, neighboring organizations to further the goal of recycling bicycles and giving them to those in need. Esperanza Health Centers, with locations in South Lawndale, Little Village, and Chicago Lawn, is one such organization. On top of our established Prescription To Ride partnership, in which we … read more »

Working Bikes Recognized For Local Donation Efforts

In our effort to redistribute bikes and assist in transportation equity, Working Bikes provides bicycles globally and locally. Our local donation program is aptly named the Cycle of Power along with a kids’ component called Cycle of Peace. In these programs, bicycles are donated to referred individuals as well as large groups through partnering organizations, typically in … read more »

Working Bikes Visits Mexico City for World Bike Forum

Photo credit: Cesar Meza In April, Working Bikes staff members Cesar Meza, Brian Vargas, and veteran volunteer Waymond Smith attended the 6th Annual World Bike Forum in Mexico City, also known as Foro Mundial De La Bicicleta 6. Brian has shared a few words from his experience: First and foremost, a huge thank you to all of … read more »

Evanston Bicycle Club Awards $3,000 Grant to Working Bikes

Photo credit: Evanston Bicycle Club Working Bikes successfully applied for a grant from the Evanston Bicycle Club (EBC). As stated in our grant application to EBC, Working Bikes will use these funds to help enhance our local donation program to get bikes in the hands of children, refugees, veterans, the homeless and others who need bikes in … read more »

May Shipping Container Destined for Zambia

Our 5th shipping container of 2017 is going to the Chipego Bike Shop in Zambia. Join us for the shipping party on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, starting at noon at 2434 S. Western Avenue. We’ll see you there!

Retail store closed on Easter, 2017

Working Bikes’ retail shop will be CLOSED this Easter on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Our regular store hours are: Tuesday/Thursday, 12-7 p.m. Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

First Bikes for Lesotho shipment of 2017

Our volunteers and staff helped ship 639 bikes to the Kingdom of Lesotho, which means more kids will get the chance to get a bike of their own. Learn more about our global partner Bikes for Lesotho and the work they do with kids who were orphaned and with the the country’s local bike community.