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We offer youth programs at our location and across the city, bicycle mechanic classes, workshops, and special events to members of the community. 

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We empower youth of all abilities and circumstances to build stronger, healthier communities. Respecting their diversity in culture, identity, and opinion, we develop creativity, self-sufficiency and economic opportunity through hands-on education and business development. As a youth development organization our programs use bikes as a tool for positive transformation. 

We can also help you fix your bike. Get more enjoyment out of riding while saving money on repairs. Trained instructors walk you through each aspect of bike maintenance in informative, relaxed classes. Our helpful shop supervisors run frequent open shops that provide you with helpful advice, bike stand and tools included.

Alex Wilson

Executive Director and Founder of WTB. In partnership and with the Board of Directors, he develops and implements annual and long-term strategic goals and objectives to advance the mission of the organization. He oversees the management and development of programs, people, and initiatives of West Town Bikes. Since 2004, Alex has developed a majority of programs as well as developed and piloted programs for other organizations including the Active Transportation Alliance, After School Matters, Elev8, Children’s Home and Aid Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and the City of Chicago.

Coralee Montes

Our Business Manager. Born and raised in Humboldt Park, she still works and lives in the community and raised two daughters here. Along with managing the finances at WTB, she helps facilitate Girls Bike Club, which holds a special place in her heart. Her two daughters participated in WTB programs and the oldest, Shacora Hawkins, is one of the co-founders of Girls Bike Club.

Angie Vera

Our Programs Manager began her life at WTB at 15 years old. She participated in a handful of After School Matters programs at WTB and is a founding member of Girls Bike Club. Angie then took on the role of Administrative Assistant along with instructing after school programs at elementary schools along the Bloomingdale Trail. Now you'll find her managing the 606 Trail ambassadors, creating master schedules, and planning WTB fundraisers and events.

Garth Katner

Our Resource Development Manager has over twenty years experience working with youth and young people around the world as well as in Chicago. He’s a utility biker and collector of old English 3speeds who enjoys sharing his passion with everyone who comes to West Town Bikes. Before settling on fundraising Garth was a canoe guide, air force contractor, college professor, humanitarian aid worker, barista, and all around do-gooder.

Joceliz Araud

Our program coordinator, best known for her warm personality, Jojo is a founding member of Girls Bike Club. A Chicago native born and raised in Humboldt Park; she began attending Bike Club at age 16. Through West Town Bikes she was able to utilize her leadership skills by being an ambassador for Girls Bike Club at the National Youth Bike Summits, instructs after school programs at elementary schools, assists with West Town Health Market, and enjoys planning West Town Bikes fundraisers and events. Fun Fact: Jojo studies Bei Shaolin Kung Fu

Benjamin Maroney

One of our valued youth Instructors, also goes by Ben is a musician, curator, and podcaster. With nearly 10 years doing arts and community advocacy work through performance showcases, a weekly podcast spotlighting local creatives, and serving on the board of an intentional living cooperative, recently his focus has been on mentorship and skills building for young adults through West Town Bikes, after-school classes and artistic endeavors.

Shacora Hawkins

Program Instructor for our Park District Bike Camp at Northerly Island, recent graduate of Illinois Sate University, and Humboldt Park native. Cora's journey at WTB has led her many places, including co-founding our all girls cycling club- Girls Bike Club. You'll find her planning annual fundraisers or on an island living her best life.

Aaron Smith

Cyclocross Coach and Program Instructor, Aaron became our friend in 2012 as a regular at Open Shop. Shortly after Smith began teaching youth programs at elementary Schools Along the 606/ Bloomingdale Trail and After School Matters at CPS High Schools. In 2018 Aaron became coach of our Cyclocross team.

Shawnee Day

Youth advocate, community builder, and musician hailing Chicago’s South Side. When off the stage, she activates spaces for creative youth to express unapologetically. Shawnee earned her BFA in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago, concentrating in Urban Studies and Black World Studies. At WTB she utilizes her undergrad learnings, combined with her right brain personality to instruct after-school bike programs. When teaching young children how to ride a bike, Shawnee emphasizes her lifestyle practice of becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Location

2459 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Ciclo Urbano hours

Mon – CLOSED

Tues – Thur 11:00am to 7:00pm

Fri – Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm

Contact us

Office Phone: 1 773 772 6523
Email: info@westtownbikes.org

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