We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for experienced mechanics to refurbish bikes for our sales floor this summer. Send us your application materials ASAP and we’ll follow up! Please read the full description of the position to learn about responsibilities, compensation, and how to apply.

Bike Works History

 

Neighborhood Bike Works was created in 1996 as Youth Cycle & Recycle, a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Our first youth Earn-A-Bike programs were launched through the Philadelphia Housing Authority, at Westpark Homes at 46th & Market, and at a church owned by University of Pennsylvania at 42nd & Spruce (now Penn Alexander School). In 2000, Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) moved to St. Mary’s Church at 40th & Locust Walk.

In the following years, Earn-A-Bike, Saturday Drop In sessions, and Monthly Group Rides became staples of our program offerings where young people between 8 and 18 years could build bikes, go on group rides, learn mechanics and life skills, and make friends. “Bike Church,” a program for adults to use NBW’s workshop and tools, offered a space for anyone over 18 to learn about bikes, fix bikes, and help put the hundreds of bikes donated each year back into use.

Key moments in our history

  • 1996:  Youth Cycle & Recycle begins, soon to become Neighborhood Bike Works

  • 1999:  “Bike Church” opens to raise money and to train volunteers for youth programs

  • 2002:  Summer Cycling Day Camp launches in West Philly with 64 youth

  • 2002:  NBW expands with satellite shop in West Philly’s Haddington neighborhood

  • 2003:  First Bike Part Art Show occurs, with artists contributing bike-related artwork and sculpture for a fundraising and community building event for NBW

  • 2005:  Mural Arts Program paints indoor mural with NBW in St. Mary’s Church

  • 2009:  NBW expands with satellite retail shop in North Philly Shop and 2011 by South Philly Shop

  • 2010:  First Ride of Dreams takes group of youth and adults on ~250 mile bike ride to Harrisburg and back, followed in subsequent years by trips to Washington, D.C., the Poconos, and Hershey, PA

  • 2011:  NBW youth and staff travel to the first ever Youth Bike Summit in New York City

  • 2013:  NBW launches the Youth Bike Education & Empowerment Program (YBEEP) to engage youth in longer term skill-building and leadership development activities

  • 2015:  NBW moves all operations to Lancaster Avenue to better accommodate the needs of our growing youth and community programs

 
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Staff, Board and
Youth Council

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Staff

 
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Alex Doty, Interim Executive Director

You might already know Alex from the many years he spent at the helm of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, serving as Executive Director from 2004 to 2015. At the Bicycle Coalition Alex grew the organization from a staff of two to more than 20. Following his work at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Alex made a national impact, working as Executive Director for the League of American Bicyclists. After a long history of partnering with NBW, Alex joined the NBW staff in August 2018.

(215) 386-0316 x 118 alexdoty@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

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Lula Defersha, program director

Lula is on a mission to create healthy communities. At NBW Lula provides program oversight to ensure our programs are accessible and impactful, generating positive change and healthy habits for the youth and community we serve. Prior to joining NBW in summer 2018, Lula worked as a Prevention Manager at the Coatsville Youth Initiative. In her role, she worked in drug use prevention, providing positive alternatives for youth ages 12 to 24.

Lula is no stranger to Philly. She has lived in Overbrook for 15 years and is deeply immersed in the Ethiopian community. Lula is excited to learn "bike language" and get to know the youth and community we serve.

(215) 386-0316 x 117 lula@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

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Amy Wilson, operations director

Amy oversees NBW's administrative systems and our shop inventory management. She spends quality time with NBW's beloved database, maintains the NBW website and manages all on-site accounting. Quickbooks is her jam. When not drafting finance reports at NBW, you can find her cooking, running, or biking (duh).

Amy has long believed that bikes deserve a respected place in the US economy, with practical uses that extend far beyond recreational riding, or even commuting. In 2012, Amy used a bike trailer to move all of her worldly possessions into her home.

(215) 386-0316 x 113 amy@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

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meesh ritondo, development manager

Meesh, hailing from Philadelphia, hopes to make a bigger impact in her hometown where she fell in love with cycling. Meesh was introduced to NBW in 2005 as a bike commuter when she attended and eventually volunteered at Wednesday night Bike Church. Over the past 15 years Meesh has worked and volunteered in non-profits all over the country commited to music, education, community building, and animal welfare. Her experience ranges from event production and organization, to outreach and teaching/mentoring at-risk youth. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and is a believer in the ethical treatment animals. When she's not writing grants or planning the next big party at NBW, you can catch Meesh in a kit going fast, hitting a corners apex like nobody's business, or nerding out while training for her next road race with Mathletes Racing.

(215) 386-0316 x 119 meesh@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

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Alex Harris, Youth Apprentice Manager

Alexander "Alex" Harris is a graduate, long time volunteer, and patron of Neighborhood Bike Works. Alex joined the NBW staff in summer 2018, teaching campers how to refurbish their bikes. Alex also teaches NBW's High School Earn-A-Bike class, manages NBW's apprenticeship program, and works in our retail shop as a mechanic. They began their tenure in our Earn-a-Bike program in 1997 at a tender 8 years old. Alex has a passion for building, customizing, repairing, and riding bikes. Aside from their passion for educating youth, they are a music lover, DJ, and Producer.

(215) 386-0316 x 115 alex@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

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Florence Lin, Operations and Bike Donations Coordinator

Florence joined our staff in summer 2015, offering her mechanics skills to the team at NBW's former retail location in North Philly. After a breif hiatus, she rejoining the NBW team in West Philly. Florence coordinates bike drives and keeps Mel's Community Shop and Bike Church well-staffed. Florence has worked in bike collectives and as a professional bike mechanic for several years. She is excited to take on the challenge of recovering every unwanted bike in Philadelphia for NBW programs!

(215) 386-0316 x 121 florence@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

 
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Board of Directors

 

Board Officers

Blake Rubin, President

Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Joanna Darcus, Vice President

Attorney, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Racial Justice Fellow, National Consumer Law Center

Mitchell Arch, Treasurer

Manager; Aqua America

Kareema Dixon, Secretary

Drexel University, Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering; NBW Youth Alum and former Youth Council member

Board of Directors

Caitlin Thompson

Director of Operations and Special Projects, Inquiry Schools, Mentor Leader & Founder of the Philadelphia Chapter of Little Bellas

Kay Kyungsun Yu

Member, Ahmad Zaffarese LLC

Leonard Lodish

Samuel R. Harrell Professor in the Marketing Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Leader of the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP)

Deborah Robinson-Stewart

National Manager of Medicare Services, GENEX Services, Inc.

Kristy Bond

University of Pennsylvania Board Fellow, MBA Candidate at Wharton School of Business

Past President

Gerry Marron

Mechanical Engineer, Lightning Packs; Schuylkill River Trail Ambassador

 
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Youth Council

The Neighborhood Bike Works Youth Council serves to build youth leadership and youth voice in the NBW community. The Council offers their ideas on new NBW programs and events to staff and other leaders in our community.  At times when NBW makes critical organizational decisions, NBW staff and Board consult with the Youth Council to understand a youth perspective and gather additional input. Youth Council members facilitate connection and communication between staff and youth program participants. With help from the Youth Council we hope to become a more youth-led organization, attuned to the interests of youth leaders. 

NBW's Youth Council formed in 2014 after several NBW youth leaders attended the Youth Bike Summit.

All members of the Youth Council can be reached at Youthcouncil@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

 
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Joshua

Youth Council President

In 2013 Joshua joined an Earn-A-Bike class at Neighborhood Bike Works and never looked back. He has since completed every program we offer and now serves at Youth Council president; he facilitates all Youth Council meetings, gathers input from Council members, and appears at all types of NBW events and programs. We can count on Joshua to keep the Council organized and focused on reaching its goals. You might have met Joshua at one of the three Youth Bike Summit conferences he has attended with Neighobrhood Bike Works.

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Marc

Youth Council Vice President

Marc comes from South West Philadelphia and has been with NBW for two years.  Marc loves helping people make stuff happen. He joined the NBW Youth Council in 2017 and has completed NBW's Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course, Winter Bike Build, and served as a Summer Cycling Day Camp Assistant Counselor in 2017.

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James

Youth Council Secretary

James is a fixture at Neighborhood Bike Works. After completing an Earn-A-Bike class in 2012, James has put in hundreds of hours in our shops. All of his hard work led to earning a job at Trophy Bikes in 2016. James maintains meeting notes for all Youth Council sessions and always offers thoughtful ideas. You might see him in West Philly with a bike trailer in tow. 

 
 
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Qaasim

Youth Council Treasurer

Qaasim joined NBW in fall 2016 and has embedded himself in all NBW programs since! When Qaasim joined NBW he was looking for a bike. Through Earn-A-Bike, he got a bike and through NBW ride programs he has become a confident year-round, all-weather cyclist. As Treasurer, Qaasim co-manages the Youth Council budget and develops fundraising ideas. 

 
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Adiva

Outreach Coordinator

Everyone at Neighborhood Bike Works knows Adiva. Her outgoing and friendly character make her pefect for the Outreach Coordinator role. Adiva makes friends everywhere she goes - in all of our programs, events, and far beyond. As Outreach Coordinator, Adiva spearheads recruitment of new Youth Council Members, engages students at NBW graduations, and works with the Treasurer organizing fundraising and service projects. Adiva and her fellow Council members organized a pretty sweet fashion show this past May 2017.

 

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