235 N. Madison Street | Allentown, PA 18102 | 610.434.1140
home page photo credit: Sasha Phyars-Burgess
Community Bike Works made our national TV debut in the fall of 2012, when the organization and founder Stefan Goslawski were featured on an episode of Great American Heroes.
The show follows country star Trace Adkins on his nationwide tour as he takes time away from the stage to celebrate folks he visits who "are doing extraordinary things."
provides inner-city children living in at-risk situations with meaningful work-ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets. We use bicycles, peer role models and adult mentors to develop and nurture relationships and to engage youth; and once engaged, influence their behavior and their outlook about school and life.
Community Bike Works offers an innovative series of youth development programs to the students of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley who need us most. We serve approximately 360 students each year in our Earn a Bike and Junior Earn a Bike programs, which are offered at our Allentown bike shop, at schools in the Allentown and Bethlehem school districts, at the Orefield campus of KidsPeace, and now at Mosser Village Family Center.
In Earn a Bike, students learn bike mechanics and safety while practicing reading, writing, teamwork and work ethic skills. And of course, at the end of class, they earn their refurbished bicycle and a new helmet!
Other programs include Earn a Book, Afternoon Drop-in, and Youth Leadership. The capstone of a student's experience is our Youth Apprentice program, in which students who have served as youth volunteers earn their first paycheck as members of the Community Bike Works staff.
Once engaged in Earn a Bike, students may participate in our full range of programs until they turn 18. All of our programs are offered at no cost to families.
In our most recent program year, students made 7,200 visits to Bike Works and spent more than 14,000 hours with mentors.
20 YEARS OF EARN A BIKE. In the spring of 2016, Community Bike Works celebrated 20 years of Earn a Bike. With your help, we raised a net $49,000 to support our youth leadership programming.