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West Town Bikes
West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning workshop. WTB offers bicycle mechanics workshops, youth programs and special events to members of the community. WTB is also used as a creative workspace for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects and all sorts of constructive creation.
The overreaching 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 West Town neighborhood, WTB has become a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.
Visit the Youth Programs page to learn more about our Youth Programs.
If you are interested in starting a youth bike program in your community please contact us.
Donate to West Town Bikes to help support our youth programs.
In 2005, West Town Bikes introduced adult programming. We now offer classes that are open to the public everyday of the week, serving an estimated 2,000 cyclists a year. We offer a variety of classes for Chicagoans, from basic maintenance to advanced shop and wheel building. Our classes not only introduce students to a professional workshop and techniques but also encourage safe riding, support bicycle commuting, and alternative transportation advocacy for a variety of Chicagoans. Adult classes also allow WTB to grow support, advocates and identify future teachers. Visit our calendar to find out more.
RACING AND TRAIL RIDING
This programs mission is to provide a trail and off-road riding and racing experience to West Town Bikes program participants and community friends. Youth and young adults in under-served communities rarely get the opportunity to ride bikes on the trail systems in our area or to race in the off-road races like cyclocross and mountain bike. Introducing racing and trail riding to our members shows them the physical and social health advantages that cycling brings. Off road cycling gets those of us that spend a lot of time in urban areas away from the traffic and pavement and into a naturally peaceful environment. In 2010 WTB brought program members to 3 of the Chicago area cyclocross races. Members were excited to participate more and some made serious plans and commitments to ride more in 2011. We help participants bring some of the commitment, patience and excitement that comes with cycling to their communities. Contact Michael Young at 312-656-1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
COMMUNITY EVENTS In addition to leading classes in the shop and at our partner schools, WTB is involved in a variety of community events. We offer an assortment of services from ride marshaling and route planning to mobile bike mechanic stations and classes.
➢CPL Green Library Bike Class
West Town Bikes also appreciates donated bicycles for use in the youth programs we provide. Contact Alex Wilson at email@example.com to make arrangements to donate your old bike, parts or other accessories.