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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The 2015 Chicago Tour de Fat in Palmer Square on July 11th was a great success. Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle. It increases awareness and participation in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation and 100% of the proceeds are donated to a local bicycle based non-profit in the host city. New Belgium Brewing raised $51,000 for West Town Bikes and CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) was the beneficiary of the car for bike trader. Thanks to the Tour de Fat crew and the 275 plus volunteers, including about 30 youth program participants that donated their time.

In addition to individual volunteers, we want to recognize the support of the following community partners that helped make the day a success.
Working Bikes
Chicago Park District
Chicago Police Commander Marc Buslik and the officers from the 14th district
Division Street Business Development Association
Po Campo bags
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack.

With 1500 parade participants and 8000 festival attendees this was the biggest Tour de Fat in Chicago history. West Town Bikes uses the funds raised to support youth programs like Bike Club, Girls Bike Club, apprenticeships at Ciclo Urbano, other youth programs throughout the city and some of the organization's operational cost. Cheers to New Belgium Brewery and the people that make wonderful things like this possible.

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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.