Category: News

Bikes for Lesotho is a labor of love

In 2012, I was troubled when learning that the estimated number of orphans in the Kingdom of Lesotho had reached 100,000.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer there from 1989 to 1992 and returned a couple times since then, seeing the growth of HIV/AIDS to the extent that it now afflicts an estimated 30% of the adult population. … read more »

Three reasons to celebrate with Working Bikes

As we approach our year end, everyone at Working Bikes would like to extend a fond thank you to our staff, volunteers, donors, customers, clients, and friends. With a week to go, we’ve already donated more than 9,100 bikes to would-be cyclists from around the globe and in our own backyard. Celebrating 17 years of Working Bikes … read more »

We’ll miss you, David!

Since February 2014, David Nasca has been an integral part of our mechanic team. He has rebuilt countless bikes with an impossibly high standard of both form and function. While we’re sorry to see him go, we’re excited to hear about his new work with Crucial Detail! Thanks, David!

Featured volunteer: Chelsea Chen

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 holiday hours for 2016

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 with local law enforcement to collect bikes

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 »

Making a global impact with Working Bikes

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 »

Another successful shipment to El Salvador

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 »

Collecting 207 bikes for my Eagle Scout project

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 »

What we learn: youth and Ujamaa

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 »