ESSENTIAL SERVICE UPDATE

The State has determined that bikes are an essential means of transportation. Therefore, bike shops will remain open during the shelter in place order, following certain safety measures. Read on for further details.

SHOP CLOSURE AND SERVICE UPDATE

Starting Wednesday, March 18th, Working Bikes will be closed to the general public while the shelter in place order is in effect. For folks who are still in need of a new bike or parts, we are in the midst of adding more inventory to our online store and storefront Instagram account. Our Service Department will also be open for drop-off repair services and curbside pick-ups. Contact the Service Department with questions, or schedule an appointment to drop off your bike for service. Send questions to: [email protected], (773) 977-7138.

ONLINE STORE

Working Bikes wants to keep you all rolling, and we’re doing it with the help of the world wide web! Our webstore is up and running, and though it used to be focused on the hard to find specialty bikes and parts around our warehouse, we will be adding some of inventory of the affordable refurbished bikes Working Bikes is known for, along with some parts and accessories everyday cyclists need. Folks interested in purchasing items from the webstore can schedule a curbside pick-up at our home base. Contact us with questions or to schedule a pick-up! [email protected].

LOCAL DONATIONS UPDATE

We believe in bikes as tools of empowerment,, and through our local donation program we provide individuals in Chicago the transportation to access community resources. However, to keep people safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 we will be changing up our Cycle of Power program and putting a temporary halt on having recipients into the warehouse for a bike pick-up and helmet fitting. We are working to find the best way to meet the needs of the people in Chicago who need transportation. One avenue we are exploring is donating bikes in service of delivery. Working Bikes is looking to collaborate with community groups and social service organizations who are working to deliver goods and medical supplies to folks who are homebound. If you have any suggestions for how we can best support people here in Chicago email us at [email protected].

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT

Even though volunteer hours have been suspended, we have an option available for folks who would like to keep wrenching during this hiatus. Member volunteers with the tools and space to repair bikes at home have the option to pick-up bikes and spare parts for at-home refurbishment (like Jerry above!). We are still looking into other ways – like remote volunteer sessions – to keep people engaged and part of the Working Bikes family when we can’t physically be in Brandon’s Bike Shop.

EVENTS UPDATE

We love bringing folks together at Working Bikes, but now is not the time for gathering. All in-house events, including the Global Impact Stories gathering on March 29th and the April 1st General Meeting have been cancelled. However, we will still host our General Meeting remotely, with an option for electronic participation. Outside our warehouse, a number of collection events during our peak Spring collection season have already been cancelled, and we’re sure there will be more cancellations to come. We’ll have far fewer donated bikes coming in, but we’ll be doing our best to roll with all the changes and meet the needs of our partners, local and international, as best as we can! Please refer to our calendar for updates regarding upcoming bike drives.

We are so thankful for the amazing community of volunteers, patrons, donors, and staff that make-up Working Bikes. We will continue to keep everyone updated as the weeks progress, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Be sure to follow-us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.This is also a great time to enjoy the early spring by going on a bike ride, just ask former Governor Schwarzenegger.
Stay well, wash your hands, and look out for one another.