Blackstone Bicycle Works is a community bike shop and youth education program of the Experimental Station. The mission of Blackstone is to provide educational and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods. Blackstone is structured as a retail, full-service bike shop that offers "earn and learn," hands-on bicycle mechanics curriculum to its participants. The Blackstone Youth Racing Club participates in the Chicago Cross Cup, and our support empowers young people to race with their hearts each fall.
West Town Bikes is a community bike shop and youth education program in Humboldt Park/West Town. The mission of West Town Bikes is to empower youth of all abilities and circumstances to build stronger, healthier communities. Respecting their diversity in culture, identity, and opinion, West Town Bikes develops creativity, self-sufficiency and economic opportunity through hands-on education and business development. As a youth development organization West Town Bikes' programs use bikes as a tool for positive transformation.