Our Mission & Vision
Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. Since its inception in 1999, the amazing community of Working Bikes volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters have enabled new life for 100,000 bicycles across the globe and tens of thousands here in Chicago. Over one hundred thousand people have been empowered to access resources and opportunities that otherwise could have been out of reach – reducing waste, lessening pollution, and improving health in the process. We know that bicycles are the most reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation option available, and we’re working towards a world where everyone has access to bicycle transportation, whether in Africa or Chicago!
Our Model and Programs
Working Bikes is a full service bike shop, providing community members and neighbors with affordable refurbished bicycles, accessories, and repair services. The funds raised by our retail store and service department support our nonprofit programs. These include our local donation programs, international donation program, and volunteer program.
Where Do Our Bikes Come From?
Working Bikes is able to do the work we do because of the generous support of hundreds of donors. We receive bikes from around the Midwest from individuals, recycling events, bike drives, and municipal groups. Donations can be dropped-off at our warehouse, as well as one of our partnering drop-off sites.
Check out our most recent Annual Report for updated year-end totals, community highlights, and a look into some of our accomplishments from the past year!