One dream, born to build even more dreams.
St. Louis Bicycle Works, the charter program of St. Louis BWorks, was founded in 1988 with the idea that everyone deserves the chance to pursue their dreams.
The foundation of St. Louis Bicycle works is our Earn-a-Bike program, which gives kids the chance to earn a free bike while they learn about bicycle safety and maintenance from our volunteers. About 350 kids graduate from the program every year, earning their own bike, helmet, light and lock.
Through our Earn-a-Bike program and other work, we have provided over 10,000 bikes to inner-city kids over the past 24 years.
St. Louis Bicycle Works also features a bike shop where anyone can purchase fully refurbished bikes, with all proceeds benefitting St. Louis BWorks programs directly.
Values we instill
The St. Louis Bicycle Works experience aims to build kids’ self esteem, self motivation and self discipline. In addition, we introduce kids to the concept of “giving back” to the community. The kids graduate with a greater sense of respect and responsibility, and have a strong desire to serve and improve their community.
Those aren’t just words. We see the proof every day, as most students stay involved, volunteering with the program long after they graduate.