About Freewheels Houston
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 volunteers and other mission-driven 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, the people and agencies who welcome refugees, faith communities and social service agencies across Houston.
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. The Texas Medical Association provides helmets for each recipient through its 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.