Bikes not Bombs
Lasting peace and social justice require equitable and sustainable use of resources. BNB provides community-based education and assists development projects with recycled bicycles, related technologies and technical assistance, as concrete alternatives to the militarism, over-consumption & inequality that breed war and environmental destruction. Our organization is part of a worldwide movement for peace and responsible stewardship of the earth.
We receive approximately 3,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts each year. We ship about 2,400 of these bikes to economic development projects (micro-enterprise bike businesses, sustainable technology projects, and youth training programs) in South Africa, Ghana, and Guatemala 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, and El Salvador, and we continue to accept new requests for assistance from projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.) We use the remainder of our collected bikes at our Roxbury 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 2 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 12 speeds, single-speed coasting and fixed-gear bikes, reconditioned mountain and hybrid models of all brands, and higher-end touring and road bikes. We sell frames alone, including used Titanium Merlin frames.
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. For more info, call us or send an email!
http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/eab-it-man.htm - DEAD LINK as of 12/20/07
http://www.cyclesofchange.org/file_download/18 - Active link to the Instructor Manual PDF as of 12/20/07