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Bikes not Bombs

Bikes Not Bombs
Website http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/
Founded 1984
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Language
Services Offered
Mission Statement Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.


Bikes not Bombs is based in Boston, MA

Contact Info

Hub

284 Amory St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • Phone: 617-522-0222

Bike Shop

18 Bartlett Square
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • Phone: 617-522-0226

History

Services Offered

Bikes not bombs offers very limited DIY bicycle repair, and its services should not be compared with the Bike Kitchen brand. Every other thursday, people may use the shop to work on their bikes IF they have put in volunteer hours or paid a minimum $35 yearly membership fee.

We currently receive approximately 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts each year. We ship about 4,800 of these bikes to economic development projects (micro-enterprise bike businesses, sustainable technology projects, and youth training programs) in Ghana, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nevis Island, and Uganda every year. BNB also sends technicians and tools for start-up projects to these same countries. (In the past we have worked in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, South Africa, and Tanzania, and we continue to accept new requests for assistance from projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Read more about our international efforts.) We use the remainder of our collected bikes at our Jamaica Plain Center; some are used in our co-ed youth Earn-A-Bike programs, and others are repaired by teenage mechanics as part of our Vocational Training programs and are for sale in our bike shop. BNB also offers girls-only programs all year round.

We operate a full-service Bike Shop, staffed by local teen graduates of BNB training programs and supervised by professional adult bike mechanics. The shop repairs customer bikes, offers hard-to-find used parts and sells new parts, locks, accessories and refurbished bikes with a warranty. Shop specialties include renovated upright-bar road bikes, single-speed coasting and fixed-gear bikes, and higher-end touring and road bikes. We sell frames alone, and some new bikes. Map and Directions

In addition to training young people to become bicycle mechanics and community leaders, we have many ways in which adults can get involved. Adult volunteers help teach youth in the Earn-A-Bike program, after taking our training course. We also teach adult mechanics classes, organize seasonal rides, and are always in need of volunteer help on Wednesday nights and at other times.

Earn-A-Bike Instructor Training Manual

International Bicycle Aid

Bikes Not Bombs has sent bikes, technicians, and tools to South Africa, Ghana, and Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and El Salvador.