Working Bikes rescues discard bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.
Countless bicycles are discarded or sit unused in basements or garages in the United States every year. But in a developing country, a bicycle can truly change the life of an individual, their family and their community. In areas plagued by poverty, high levels of unemployment and lack of reliable, accessible transportation, a bicycle can help provide access to jobs, education and medical attention. Bicycles are also used for towing cargo, and even as a source of electricity through the creation of pedal-powered machines!
Global Impact: Working Bikes ships over 5,000 bicycles per year to projects in countries throughout Latin America and Africa including: El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Uganda Ghana, and many others.
Local Impact: Locally, Working Bikes works with youth, homeless transition, and refugee resettlement programs to redistribute an additional 250 bicycles per year.
Working Bikes is a 501(c)3 organization that was started in 1999 by a group of volunteers dedicated to recycling bikes, supporting bike culture, and helping international and local projects. Since its inception, Working Bikes has recovered tens of thousands of discarded and donated bicycles from Chicago and the Midwest, and has redistributed more than 38,000 of them worldwide.