Bronzeville Bike Box

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Bronzeville Bike Box draws on Bronzeville Bike’s 3-year established history within the community. Bronzeville Bikes has offered free pop-up bike repair shops on Sundays, and led community bike tours to art and historical points of interest.  The Bike Box has continued this mission by providing a hub for biking activity, education and advocacy.

The Bike Box operates out of a 20’ x 8’ (160 S.F.) long repurposed steel shipping container, modified to meet the needs of the facility.  It is located in the East 300 block of 51st Street, on a vacant lot adjacent to the CTA Green Line.  The focus of the Bike Box program is bicycle repair, advocacy, and bicycle mechanic training. There is a small selection of products for sale.  Volunteer mechanics provide bike repairs.  The Bike Box is also a place to learn about bicycle safety.

The interior of the box houses bikes, merchandise and equipment through the use of various hooks and shelving units providing  more than enough space to house what is need to provide basic storage.  The outdoor deck area for open-air bike repair and community interaction.  The box is surrounded by flower boxes intended to define the work area and beautify the surrounding area.  Once the surrounding site is completed with an open-air market plaza, the box will serve as the perfect anchor to a revitalized corner.



Architect of Record

Sharon Samuels
solquest design unlimited
1038 E. 47th Street
Unit 3N
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Phone: 773-330-5210
Fax: 773-337-9879
ssamuels@solquestdesign.con

Associate Architect

Darin Triplett
solquest design unlimited
1038 E. 47th Street
Unit 3N
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Phone: 773-984-9626
Fax: 773-337-9879
dtriplett@solquestdesign.com

Photography

Sharon Samuels
Dennis Rodkin
Darin Triplett
John Greenfield
Cynthyia Bell

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