The WheelWell Project

Learn self-sufficiency and problem solving skills through the process of building, repairing and riding a bike, led by David Nam. Learn mindfulness and stress reduction through meditation and yoga to empower young leaders, led by Ashira Lavine. Each attendee will get to keep the bicycle they build, receive a helmet and a yoga mat with carry case.

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Inspiring the community

"David’s program offers children the experience to work towards a goal, see their progress as they learn how to ride and maintain a bike, as well as the safety involved in riding on and off the road. His small volunteer group is an amazing group of patient, flexible, and energetic people who definitely want to see all kids succeed at this sport and lifelong skill.

I highly recommend that this program be a party of the DCPS Corner Stones program as it gives children and adults a chance to see their learning skills develop outside of their comfort zones and adds joy, exercise and inner personal strength for all ages."

Choose to help

People ask me what’s HJF besides the name?

Happy, Joyous and Freewheeling is about the community helping its youth through unity and outreach. HJF is about opportunity, a chance for our youth to experience the joy that comes from owning a bike and riding, and the opportunity to train for internships and jobs! And HJF is about the freedom you feel moving under your own power!

--David Nam, Founder and Executive Director

Our Vision

Students taking part in our program!

After School Bike Club

Now in its third year, HJF after school bike club for fifth graders at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
  • LEARN TO RIDE
  • EARN A BIKE
  • BIKE MAINTENANCE
Our Story

What can you do?

Your contributions help support our programs
  • Dunbar High School – Youth education and internships
  • Community Connections – Bike mechanics job training and placement
  • Dorothy I. Height Community Academy – After school bike club

You can do a lot, join Team HJF!

Upcoming Events

Thu 22

FREE Weekly Bicycle Maintenance Classes at Papillon Cycles

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arlington VA United States
Thu 29

FREE Weekly Bicycle Maintenance Classes at Papillon Cycles

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arlington VA United States
Thu 06

FREE Weekly Bicycle Maintenance Classes at Papillon Cycles

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arlington VA United States
Thu 13

FREE Weekly Bicycle Maintenance Classes at Papillon Cycles

December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arlington VA United States
Thu 20

FREE Weekly Bicycle Maintenance Classes at Papillon Cycles

December 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arlington VA United States

Workshops

  • Basic Bike Maintenance
  • Learn to Fix-A-Flat
  • Safe Cycling
  • Get ready for Bike to Work Day
Workshops