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.
West Town Bikes had its start in 2004 through the flagship youth program BickerBikes. This earn-a-bike summer program teaches bicycle mechanics in conjunction with safe cycling skills. All of our youth program focus on teaching young men and women independence, professional skills, environmental stewardship and the importance of exercise and good nutrition.
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