Neighborhood Bike Works

Take Advantage of Bicycle Co-ops

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective in Anchorage. Photo Courtesy of Troy Mustache Bicycle co-ops (and collectives) are an invaluable resource while on tour. As not everyone knows what a co-op is, or what they do, I’d like to first lead you on a guided meditation to bring you into their magical world. Close your eyes and have the person next to you read this aloud: You are riding your bicycle th...

Ride of Dreams

Riding through Lancaster to Washington, D.C. during the Ride of Dreams 2010. It’s 7:30 Sunday morning. We’re in the Neighborhood Bike Works West Philly Bike Shop, testing gears, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and packing up tool kits. Teenagers stroll in slowly, bleary-eyed, then take their road bikes off the hooks and fill up water bottles. It’s time to roll out for ...

Ridealong: Erin DeCou of Neighborhood Bike Works

I met Erin DeCou, Executive Director of Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), at their headquarters on UPenn’s campus. We took a few loops around nearby Woodland Cemetery, then talked over coffee at Green Line Cafe. The Mission Neighborhood Bike Works is a youth-serving non-profit that’s been in operation since the late 90s. Our mission is to provide educational, recreational, and career-buil...

Neighborhood Bike Works Major Taylor Ride

Every year, Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) holds a Major Taylor Ride, a day for food and riding and celebrating our young cyclists’ achievements. On November 30, this year’s riders — featuring an energetic gathering of kids bundled in hats and gloves and adult cyclists in slick winter gear — rode in 40-degree weather through the streets of Philadelphia and into Fairmount Park. Marshall ...

Cultivating the Growth of Women and Transgendered Cyclists

As Outreach Coordinator for Neighborhood Bike Works, part of my job is to manage volunteers for the various youth and adult programs run by NBW. It was in recruiting volunteers for the adult repair co-op, Bike Church that I stumbled on a dilemma: it is really hard to get volunteers for Women and Transgender night. With fewer (or sometimes no) volunteers on these Wednesday nights, patronage for W-T...