We all know April showers bring May flowers, but did you know July flowers bring August… bikes? Local flower company Flowers for Dreams creates beautiful bouquets, delivers them by bike, and donates a quarter of their profits to a different Chicago charity each month. Since Flowers for Dreams launched in 2012 they have donated nearly $63,000 to local nonprofits. We … read more
We’re having a shipping party! To ring in July we’ll be loading a container of bikes, tools, and parts for our friends at CESTA in El Salvador, and we’d love to have your help! To volunteer, join us on Tuesday, June 30 from 5-9pm and/or Wednesday, July 1st from 12-5pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave., … read more
On Monday, June 29 Working Bikes was featured on WTTW’s popular news show, Chicago Tonight. Here you can view the segment, New Lives for Old Bikes, and read a web story about one of our local donation bike recipients.
The Working Bikes shop will be closed Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. We will be open during our normal hours (12-5pm) on Friday, July 3rd.
Believe it or not, spring will soon be sprung. This year, get a jump on spring cleaning and motivate your friends, family, and neighbors by planning a Working Bikes bike drive! Hosting a bike drive is a great way to engage your community in recycling while making a very real impact on the lives of low income individuals around the world … read more
The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws. It’s a great chance to catch up on Working Bikes happenings and upcoming events. Our schedule for this month’s … read more
If you missed the April 2015 General Meeting don’t fret! You can re-live the meeting in the comfort of your own home. Guest speakers Trevor Clarke and Marie Akerman (Board and staff members, respectively) gave a presentation on their trip to Central America this past February, where they visited several Working Bikes partners and potential partners. To view … read more
The journey of a Working Bikes bike is a circuitous one. It moves from blissful joyrides with its first owner to years of basement cobwebs, from a bike drive on a sunny day to the back of a pick up truck blustering towards our shop, from a cramped container to years of happy riding with its … read more
As we head into our 16th year, take a look back at the facts, figures and highlights of the year gone by in the Working Bikes 2014 Annual Report, viewable here. Learn about how we work, see a summary of incoming and outgoing donations, read about our community programs, and browse though some of the year’s most photogenic moments.
The Working Bikes store will be closed on Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1 in celebration of New Years. We will resume our normal store and volunteer hours on Friday, January 2. As always, please call us at 773-847-5440 with any questions!
On Saturday, December 13, 2014 we decked some bikes with Christmas lights, filled our front counter with bowls of mini candy canes, and put on our Santa hats for the Working Bikes Holiday Kids Bike Sale. This annual event aims to make kids bikes accessible holiday gifts for low income families. Over the course of a couple months our … read more
The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, December 4 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws. Our schedule for this month’s meeting is as follows: 6:30-7:30 pm – Potluck Social – Please bring a dish, … read more
Working Bikes will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in celebration of the holiday. We’ll be open on Friday, November 28 normal hours. Come by for our day after Thanksgiving sale. Buy a bike, get a Working Bikes pint glass and custom socks! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May your day be merry and your bellies full!
If you’ve visited the Working Bikes warehouse during the summer then you’ve probably seen the high rows of bikes that fill our shipping dock at the back of the building. When visitors enter the dock for the first time it’s not unusual to hear laughter and a mumbled “woah” at the sight of hundreds of bikes in towering stacks. But as … read more
We’ll be packing bikes for CESTA in El Salvador on Wednesday, September 3 and could use your help! Swing by the Working Bikes warehouse at 2434 S. Western Ave. in Chicago anytime between 12pm and 5pm to help load bikes into a 40 foot shipping container. You’ll be relaying bikes to the truck, removing pedals, and turning handlebars so we … read more
The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, August 7 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws. Our schedule for this month’s meeting is as follows: 6:30-7:30 pm – Potluck Social – Please bring a dish, … read more
On Friday, June 27, 2014 Pat’s Pedaling Pack gathered in the St. Barnabas parking lot to begin their 100k trek to raise money for Pat Mac’s Pack and families faced with the challenges of pediatric brain cancer. With a Chicago Police Department escort, the group of 46 riders began their inaugural ride in the fog through the East Side of … read more
The Working Bikes shop will be closed on Friday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We will be open during normal business hours the rest of the week: Wednesday 12-7pm, Thursday 12-7pm, and Saturday 12-5pm.
One of Working Bikes’ pedal-powered bike machines is on display at Words We Live By, an art exhibit held at 5 locations across Chicago from June 6 through July 14. For more information about the exhibit or how our bike machine will be used in it, please contact White Box Studio Gallery via the event Facebook page.
This spring Working Bikes volunteers worked steadily to repair 500 kids bicycles in just a few months. Many of the bikes came from a stock pile of children’s bikes–Kiddy Bike Mountain, as it’s called–that usually grows on our dock all year, reaching the ceiling by the time we have our annual Holiday Kids Bike Sale in December. But this … read more
We are pleased to announce that the Working Bikes Board of Directors has named Phil Kaplan as its new President. Phil was selected at the March 13 meeting of the Board, after Working Bikes’ founder and former Board President Lee Ravenscroft stepped down. Phil, formerly the Board’s Vice President, has volunteered at Working Bikes for five years … read more
We had a shipping party last week! Newsletter subscribers, confused because you didn’t get an email? This party was on the road, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Working Bikes founder Lee Ravenscroft and board member Trevor Clarke made the two and a half hour trek from Chicago to Champaign to help The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign load a shipping container on … read more
Working Bikes has joined the ranks of the Active Transportation Alliance, Friends of the Forest Preserve, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the many other Illinois environmental leaders who are members of the Chicagoland Environmental Network. CEN is a resource for anyone interested in nature or conservation-related activities in northeastern Illinois and surrounding areas. CEN organizations are … read more
With 2014 well under way, take a look back at a year gone by in the Working Bikes 2013 Annual Report, which you can view here. Learn about our community programs, see a summary of incoming and outgoing donations, and browse through photos of some of the year’s highlights!
For the first three months of 2014, Chicago’s Whole Foods stores will feature Working Bikes in their One Dime at a Time charitable program. One Dime at a Time is designed to encourage customers to shop with reusable bags while strengthening communities. To participate, bring your own bag when you shop at Whole Foods in January, … read more
We’re excited to announce that on Sunday, December 15 and Monday, December 16, Working Bikes will receive 10% of all sales at Upton’s Breakroom as part of the cafe’s 12 Charity Days of December event. Upton’s Breakroom is a cafe in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood operated by Upton’s Naturals, a Chicago-based producer of cruelty-free vegan food, … read more
Tis the season of sledding, not cycling? We think not! On Saturday, December 14 from 12:00-5:00, parents can purchase bicycles for their kids for just $5-10 each. This sale aims to make kids bikes an accessible holiday gift for low income families. If you know of an organization whose members would benefit from this sale, please feel … read more
It’s the holiday season! Working Bikes will follow special hours around New Years and Christmas 2013-14: Tuesday, December 24 – No evening volunteer hours. Wednesday, December 25 – Store closed. Tuesday, December 31 – No evening volunteer hours. Wednesday, January 1 – Store closed.
On December 4 Working Bikes employee Marie Akerman was quoted in a news story released by Illinois PIRG, detailing the recent decline of driving and rise of alternative transportation use in Illinois. Dev Gowda writes, “A first-of-its-kind report by Illinois PIRG Education Fund shows reduced rates of car commuting in Illinois’ urbanized areas — including Chicago — and … read more
Happy Thanksgiving!! Working Bikes will be closed on Thursday, November 28 in celebration of the holiday. But, we will be open normal hours from 12-5pm on Friday, November 29. Come on in for an unusual Black Friday deal, one that promotes recycling, sustainable transportation, supports giving (bikes) to those in need all year round, and still lands … read more
Update: Visit Oak Park Education Foundation’s website for a rundown of Gadget Day and photos of participants at Working Bikes. Working Bikes will be hosting students enrolled in the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Gadget Day on Monday, January 20. The one-day camp is designed for students in grades K-8th who are out of school in observation of Martin Luther King … read more
On Saturday, August 31 we opened a new volunteer workspace on the first floor of the warehouse. Construction of the space was made possible by a generous donation from the Brandon Bernier memorial fund and the Peter J. McGlaughlin and Jane Kitchel McGlaughlin Family Fund. Brandon’s friends, family, and Working Bikes comrades were on hand to remember the … read more
Stop by Working Bikes on Saturday afternoons from August 24th through September 21st and you won’t just hear the usual clicking of derailleurs and swish of spinning wheels. DJs Itzi Nallah, Sound Culture, Dookieblaster, DJ Family Car, and DJ Limbs will add music to the usual cacophony, performing in our new series, Beats and Bikes. Visit the warehouse … read more
Hammers are knocking, wheels are whizzing, and sweat is dripping as students and teachers build a bike repair workshop at Iron Street Urban Farm this week. Workshop construction is just the beginning of a 6-week youth bike repair and ridership course, part of a collaboration between Working Bikes and another local humanitarian organization: Growing Power. Founded … read more
The Working Bikes shop will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We will be open during normal business hours the rest of the week: Wednesday 12-7pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Saturday 12-5pm.
The first floor and basement of the Working Bikes warehouse are swimming with bikes this week after the arrival of two full truckloads of bicycle donations on Tuesday, June 11 and Monday, June 17. The first truckload, containing 420 bikes, filled the Working Bikes loading dock and parts of the first floor. The second shipment, containing 255 bicycles … read more
Working Bikes manager Paul Fitzgerald and mechanic Aaron Brown had some unusual working conditions today. The pair performed basic repairs and tune ups on air for WBEZ’s show Worldview with Jerome McDonnell. McDonnell, a longtime bicycling advocate and Working Bikes fan, hosted guests from some of the top scoring workplaces in the Active Transportation Alliance’s annual Bike … read more
Working Bikes joined hundreds of “green” organizations this past weekend at Chicago’s annual Green Festival. The festival, held at Navy Pier on May 18th and 19th, featured speakers, performers, DIY workshops, a vegetarian food court, and a Green Marketplace with businesses selling natural and sustainable products. We spent the festival sharing ideas with local organizations, businesses, and … read more
On Saturday April 20, Manager Paul Fitzgerald appeared during the half time show of the Windy City Rollers Derby to receive a check for $500. The Fury, one of the home teams in the league, had selected Working Bikes to be their charity beneficiary for the 2013 season. As Fitzgerald graciously received the check and spoke about … read more
After having hosted many groups of volunteers from Groupon, they invited us to attend their Employee Engagement Expo on April 4. BK and Kumar spent the afternoon talking about the organization to their staff, and demonstrating good riding techniques in close quarters on a circus fixie. In the end, they managed to recruit at least one furry … read more
From: Michael Linke Dear friends of BEN Namibia, From our humble beginnings in 2005, BEN Namibia has grown to become one of Africa’s leading ‘bicycles for development’ organisations, touching tens of thousands of people’s lives with better access to education, healthcare and employment. Your support has been key to our success, and I’m writing to thank you … read more
An article “Vickroy: Bike co-op recycles hope, opportunity” by Donna Vickroy, with an accompanying photo gallery, in the Daily Southtown Star … Kenneth “Gunny” Gunn adjusts the brakes on an upside-down, elevated road bike. “I’ll put the chain guard back on and be done with this one,” Gunny said. As much as the 70-year-old former machinist understands … read more
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Working Bikes Cooperative rescues and restores bikes to give others a better life By Margaret Sheridan, Special to Tribune Newspapers March 24, 2013 In a ceiling-high, greasy tangle of wheels, fenders, handlebars and derailleurs, Amy Little sees hope. She’s the co-founder with her husband, Lee Ravenscroft, of Working Bikes Cooperative (2434 S. Western Ave., workingbikes.org), a … read more
Trevor, Amelia, Sujith and James recruit new volunteers at the Nature Museum