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Working Bikes Bicycles Go the Distance in Fundraiser July 10, 2014

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 »

Working Bikes Closed on July 4 July 4, 2014

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.

Bike Machine Powers Exhibit July 4, 2014

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.

Bronzeville Bike Giveaway a Success! June 11, 2014

    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 »

Phil Kaplan Named Working Bikes Board President May 9, 2014

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 »

Shipping to El Salvador with The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign April 21, 2014

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 Now Members of the Chicagoland Environmental Network April 4, 2014

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 »

2013 Annual Report January 22, 2014

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!  

Whole Foods Gives to Working Bikes, One Dime at a Time January 2, 2014

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 »

Upton’s Breakroom Fundraiser December 16, 2013

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 »

December 14 – Kids Bike Sale December 14, 2013

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 »

Holiday Hours! December 10, 2013

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.

December 4 – Working Bikes in Illinois PIRG Report December 4, 2013

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 »

Working Bikes Closed for Thanksgiving November 26, 2013

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 »

January 20 – OPEF Gadget Day November 22, 2013

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 »

Brandon’s Bike Shop Opening September 10, 2013

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 »

Beats and Bikes September 7, 2013

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 »

July 9 – Summer Program at Growing Power Begins July 9, 2013

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 »

Working Bikes Closed on July 4 July 1, 2013

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.  

June Bike Donations and First Floor Changes June 20, 2013

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 »

June 4 – Working Bikes on the Radio June 4, 2013

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 Goes Green, Appears at the Chicago Green Festival May 22, 2013

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 »

Working Bikes at Windy City Rollers Derby May 3, 2013

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 »

Working Bikes at Groupon Employee Engagement Fair April 12, 2013

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 »

A big thank-you from BEN Namibia April 4, 2013

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 »

Vickroy: Bike co-op recycles hope, opportunity April 4, 2013

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 »

Working Bikes at Earthfest in Sheboygan April 4, 2013

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Chicago Tribune Profiles Amy Little March 28, 2013

  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 »

Working Bikes at Chicago Volunteer Expo February 14, 2013

Trevor, Amelia, Sujith and James recruit new volunteers at the Nature Museum