West Town Bikes

Humbolt Park’s West Town Bikes get local teens in gear

By Holly Honderich
Medill Reports

Humbolt Park’s West Town Bikes has grown from a small partnership with an affordable housing network to a city-wide program provider, using the “magic of the bicycle” to foster youth development. In conjunction with its retail store, Ciclo Urbano, West Town bikes provides the chance for local teenagers to play, learn and work.

Photo at top: West Town Bikes provides lessons and apprenticeships to locals, allowing them to work their way up to full-time employment in the bike shop. (Holly Honderich/MEDILL)