Why do we provide bikes to refugees? Houston’s most recent arrivals include people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan–people…Read More
Freewheels Houston's goal is freedom for refugees through bikes
For refugees arriving in Houston to start a new life, the hunt for a job begins almost immediately. Transportation is often an immediate challenge because refugees generally don’t own cars and must rely on walking, public transportation or rides from friends.
Since Freewheels Houston was launched in 2015, we have distributed new and used bikes to approximately 300 refugees who need a way to work or school. Bicycles were donated by generous Houstonians and repaired by volunteers. Each refugee receives a helmet, a lock, lights, a pump and a basket.
Refugees are resilient, family-oriented people who want to work and provide for their families. They arrive in Houston after a journey--often spanning many years--to escape violence and civil war in their home countries. Upon arrival in the United States, they start adjusting to a new home, enroll in English-language classes and get their children started in school.
Freewheels Houston was established by members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Our partners include Rice Bikes, BikeHouston, Bike Barn and the people and agencies who welcome refugees to Houston.
We are grateful for bike donors and we welcome volunteers to repair bikes and prepare them for distribution. We enjoy working with youth and faith communities who share our commitment to welcoming our new neighbors.