Phoenix Bikes’ mission is to educate youth, promote bicycling, and build community. Phoenix Bikes has supported local youth in the DC Metro area since 2007 – providing a safe, nurturing and educational environment that reinforces teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance education programs. Since our launch, we have had the opportunity to engage over 1200 youth, with nearly 500 earning their own bikes so far.
Local youth are invited to participate in bike refurbishment and retail operations as they contribute to the daily operations of the Phoenix Bikes shop in Barcroft Park, located in South Arlington, VA, leaving with tangible mechanic and business management skills as well as scores of other success skills for life.
Organized by a dedicated group of local citizens and cyclists, the non-profit was built around the remnants of Community Spokes – a community bike shop sponsored by the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation – which remains an active sponsor of the organization.
Looking forward, we are planning to extend our community impact through the expansion of our community bike shop and programs for both youth and adults. We are currently increasing our supply of bikes to local human services agencies and supplementing our youth development curriculum with additional training, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.
Want to be a part of our growing non-profit organization? Visit our Get Involved page.
Want to get more of a sense of who we are? Check out some of our recent videos:
“Shifting Futures One Gear at a Time” by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
“Riding the Path to Success” by American University Student A. Aguilar