West Town Bikes: News and Updates

The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.

Check out this great video of us on YouTube Access: West Town Bikes. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks for your interest. If you want to contact us, email info@westtownbikes.org, call 773-772-6523 or stop by. Note that we do not put our youth programs on the calendar but you can find events, donation based classes and workshops there.

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Slow Roll Chicago's Showing Love to Community Bike Shops ride series start here at 6:00PM on Wednesday May 20th. Slow Roll Chicago is a community-based organization utilizing bicycles to connect a diverse group of people, transform lives, and improve the condition of communities by organizing community bicycle rides and other bicycling-related programs throughout the greater Chicago area and we are proud to be their partner.

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Bike Mechanics classes and Open Shops

Bikes that work correctly are more fun to ride. Keep your bike tuned up! Check out our Calendar filled with classes. Open Shop is every Tuesday and Saturday. Every Wednesday from 7PM-10 is Women and Trans Night. Contact Michael Young at 312-656-1953 or michael@westtownbikes.org if you have any questions about our classes.

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WTB youth have been busier than ever supporting local events throughout the community each weekend during April!

At "Move for Life" we hosted a tent and provided bicycle safety tips to visitors and guided bike rides for young people in the park. During the next weekend, they hosted the first WTB Bike Valet service of the season at CHIRP Radio's 13th Annual Record Fair.

Earth Day was filled will beautiful skies and great weather as we set out to help beautify Humboldt Park. WTB program participants spent the day cleaning up litter and sweeping the grounds.

WTB was also proud to be one of many local organizations participating at the recent McCormick Tribune YMCA "Kids Day" event, where we had the opportunity to teach kids how to fix flat tires on their bikes and ride safely.

Last, but not least, WTB apprentices and interns conducted the season's first "Trail Mix Workshop" in collaboration with The Trust for Public Land and The 606. During this workshop they led a series of live demonstrations for bike "newbies", teaching safe riding skills, proper locking technique, helmet fit, "ABC Quick Check" and how to use the bicycle repair stand we have on the sidewalk in front of our shop.