Our goal is to give people freedom to pursue a new life in Houston by enhancing their mobility
Our business model is simple:
- We ask Houstonians to donate used bicycles.
- We rely on volunteer mechanics to repair bikes.
- We distribute bikes to refugees and others who need a way to work or school.
Freewheels Houston was established in 2015 by members of Christ the King Lutheran Church and volunteers from the bicycling community. Our partners include Rice Bikes, BikeHouston, Bike Barn, PAIR Houston and the people and agencies who welcome refugees, faith communities and social service agencies across Houston. PAIR Houston--the Partnership for Advancement & Immersion of Refugees--is a nonprofit operating after-school programs for refugees at five Houston schools. PAIR was Freewheels' partner in the 2018 Bike Camp for refugee middle school students. Rice Bikes, a student-run business on the Rice University campus, has repaired dozens of bikes for refugees. Bike Barn has provided used bikes, advice and good prices on parts and equipment. Legacy Community Health and the Texas Medical Association have provided helmets for bike recipients through the Hard Hats for Little Heads program.
Refugees are family-oriented, resilient and ready to start a new chapter in their lives. A bike will help them find work and support their families.