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Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 16

It’s that time of year again!

Event Name:
Bike-A-Thon (https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-a-thon)

Time/Date/Location:
Sunday June 8th (June 22nd Raindate)
Rides leave in AM; Festival goes 12 – 5:30

@ Park across from Stony Brook MBTA Station
100 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Event Details:
On June 8th, hundreds of cyclists will join together on a bike ride for
social justice. We have four BRAND NEW scenic routes through greater Boston
(10, 30, 50, or 80 miles). We make it easy to raise $150 with our online
fundraising system! Celebrate your success with free food and music after
the ride! Fun prizes will be awarded for riders and teams that go above and
beyond! Hang out with your friends and meet other riders! The rider
after-party will be at the Stony Brook Park from noon – 5:30pm.

The event is June 8th (rain date is June 22nd)!  After registering, riders
fundraise at least $150 (less for youth) to support Bikes Not Bombs’
(https://bikesnotbombs.org/about) Youth and International Programs.

Contact:
Erica Rotman ([email protected]), Director of Fundraising and Events,
Bikes Not Bombs


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

2013 Annual Report Release – Big vision, Concrete Strategies, Real Impact

It is with great pride and excitement that we present our 2013 Annual Report! 2013 was a busy year for Bikes Not Bombs; we collected more bikes than ever before, launched a new weekly youth drop-in time, started two off-site bicycle programs that employ alumni youth, developed a new partnership with Bici-Tec in Guatemala, and had a record-breaking successful Bike-A-Thon! We encourage you to read our first-ever digital annual report which spotlights some of the stories and people that made 2013 especially memorable. We owe a big thank you to every volunteer, donor, supporter, participant, and member of BNB that made this year possible!

As you look through the Annual Report, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by our accomplishments and progress. But moving forward we are also keenly aware of how much is left to be done. We hope you’ll to consider gift to support Bikes Not Bombs as we move towards our goals for 2014 and beyond.

Enrolling for Spring Girls In Action

Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for Spring Girls In Action! The program will take place May 12th through June 12th from 4-7pm Monday – Thursday, and is open to girls ages 12-18. Participants will choose a bike from those donated to Bikes Not Bombs, and not only learn the skills to build it up, but to maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is hers to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and explore various environmental and social justice issues. No previous bike knowledge is necessary!

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, the applicant’s availability, and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) or fee waiver must be submitted. Applicants who are not accepted for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary at 617-522-0222 x101 or email[email protected].

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Register to Ride the 2014 Bike-A-Thon on June 8th

Join Bikes Not Bombs for the 27th Annual Bike-A-Thonon Sunday, June 8th, 2014 (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd)! We are excited to release four new routes this year including a family friendly 10 mile route and our longest route ever, 80 miles! All routes start and end in the Southwest Corridor Park, in front of the Stony Brook T. In the afternoon, riders meet back for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food! Our2013 Bike-A-Thon was the most successful yet, mobilizing 559 riders to raise over $170,000, and we’re hoping 2014 will be even more successful! The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! After registering, riders can create a personalized fundraising page and are responsible for meeting fundraising minimums ($150 for adults and $75 for those under 18). All proceeds benefit Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs.

Register online or in-person at the Hub or Bike Shop.

Beyond the thrill of a fun bike ride, all registered riders will receive 15% off labor for a basic or major tune up at the BNB Shop and there are tons of prizes available from now until the ride on our Twitterand Facebook. Make sure you check in every day to see what the latest #BAT2014 prize is!

Help BNB Load Bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala on Sunday April 13th from 10am to 5pm

Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, as well as designs and builds bicycle-powered machines. Bici-Tec also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines, such as pedal-powered water pumps and corn grinders. These machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable alternative to rural families and communities. Bicycle machines are locally produced and use locally repairable technology, and in the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!

TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

You can RSVP online.

Power to the Pedals Film Screening Tuesday May 6th

Bikes Not Bombs will screen the new documentary“Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change” at the Hub, 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, on Tuesday May 6th at 6pm. This 30-minute film features the story of Wenzday Jane, the founder of Metro Pedal Power. Wenzday grew up in a low-income household and was able to harness her mechanical skills to build a successful business — with priorities on social justice and community-building.

We will host a panel of 3-4 speakers after the film focusing on the process of personal and professional development, and the hard and soft skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high-school. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting film and panel! Email [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer of the Month – Sophie Greenspan

Our volunteer of the month is Sophie Greenspan! While you might not recognize Sophie by name, you will definitely recognize her style all over BNB! She has been our go-to graphic designer for the past year. In November, she designed our year-end newsletter, then immediately went “back to the drawing board” and created our Bike-A-Thon posters, flyers, and ads. Her work didn’t end there; Sophie is currently in the throes of designing the 2014 Bike-A-Thon t-shirt. While we’re not asking her to have a completed design until the end of April, Sophie has already presented us with three separate t-shirt options. Sophie’s enthusiasm for BNB and our graphic design projects is tremendous! Thanks Sophie!

Youth Employee of the Month

Abdullahi (Abdul) Hussein is the April 2014 Youth Employee of the Month. He is the ultimate team player and leader amongst his peers. Abdul makes young people feel welcome at BNB and Chain Reaction, and is a really thoughtful and giving co-worker. Born in Kenya to Somalian parents, Abdul came to Bikes Not Bombs in 2010 to take Earn-A-Bike. After displaying motivation and a strong work ethic in Earn-A-Bike, Abdul joined the Pathways program to be an Instructor running Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. Since then, he has become our Chain Reaction Coordinator and has sought out many opportunities to develop new skills – including planning the February trip to the Youth Bike Summit in New York City, where he organized youth to lead a workshop. He takes initiative, works independently and with his peers to achieve goals, is focused and has an energy that is both positive and highly infectious. Always quick with a joke to break the ice, Abdul balances his personal focus on success for himself and Bikes Not Bombs with a lighter side that builds the youth programs team culture and cohesiveness. A veteran leader with a wealth of experience at BNB and with our coalition partners, we are honored to call Abdul a member of the BNB family and our April Youth Employee of the Month. Congratulations to Abdul!

April Free Clinics, Refurbished Bikes Back in Stock, and Spring Shop Happenings

We will be holding our Flat Fixing Clinic on Thursday April 10th from 8-9pm and our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday April 23rd from 8-9pm. Full class schedule is online. As always, no need to sign up ahead of time, just be punctual and show up by 8pm! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be on Monday April 7th from 7-9pm. Tool Time requires both a BNB Membership and advanced sign up.

With the days getting warmer (and hopefully staying that way) the shop is starting to pick up again. Currently, we’re only booked a couple days in advance so it’s still a great time to bring you’re bike by to get tuned-up for Spring.

We have a great selection of refurbished and new bikesto come try out. Also don’t forget that we currently have some refurbished kids bikes starting at $50. This is a great way to get a safe and fun 16″ or 20″ wheeled bike for your child.

We’re happy to welcome Ernesto Botello to our shop staff. Ernesto recently completed our Vocational Training Program and has been a great addition to the bike shop staff. We’re also sad to announce that longtime employee Alex Twombly is leaving the BNB shop, but we wish him the best as he embarks on his through-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail!

Bike-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

photo by: Allie Hunter

Want to participate in the fun of Bike-A-Thon without riding? We’re looking for about 50 volunteers to help out on the day of the event, June 8th (rain date: June 22nd). We also have some volunteer roles in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon. Volunteers receive a free Bike-A-Thon t-shirt, food at the After-Party, and get to be part of the action!

Available positions include helping with the BNB info table, route marking, rest stop support, sign painting and more. Sign up online!




News outside of BNB:

 


 

 

Hubway is Hiring

Hubway Bicycle Share is hiring a variety of positions for the spring and summer. There are a number of part-time and full-time positions available including Field Bicycle Technician and Corporate Sales Associate. Hubway operates a 3 year old bike share in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

Bike-A-Thon Registration is Open

Join over 400 riders at our Bike-A-Thon and check out our new routes! Photo by Wayne Chinnock

Register now for Bikes Not Bombs’ biggest and most exciting event of the year! Our 27th annual Bike-A-Thon will be heldSunday, June 8th, 2014. (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd.) Join hundreds of riders for an amazing day of cycling and fun while raising critical funds to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and right here in Boston. The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! This year, we’re releasing fourBRAND NEW routes: 80 miles, 50 miles, 30 miles, and 10-miles (very family friendly!) In the afternoon, riders meet back in the Stony Brook Park for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food!

Sign up today to take advantage of our early registration special! We’re offering half price registration during the month of March, it’s only $10 for adults and $5 for youth!

Be sure to stop by our event website, Hub, or Bike Shop to register to ride and find out more about Bike-A-Thon 2014!

Also, you can RSVP to the Bike-A-Thon Facebook event, share it on your wall, and invite your friends to join in the fun!

Register to ride! Or read more online.

Help BNB Load Bikes to Guatemala

Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, designs, builds and distributes bicycle-powered machines such as water pumps and corn grinders, and also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines. These bicycle machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable energy alternative to rural families and communities, as well as being a locally produced and locally repairable technology. In the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “bicycle machines offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!
TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

You can RSVP to the event on our website.

Uganda Shipment Arrived: Thank You Pedros!

Photo by Mark Odoch

This January, BNB’s shipment to the Village Health Workers in Amuru, Northern Uganda, arrived without a scratch. In addition to the 400 adult mountain bikes, BNB loaded tons of parts and tools, including an AMAZING donation of tools from PEDRO’S, filling multiple tool boxes. These super high-quality PEDRO’S tools will be used to repair the 550 Village Health Workers’ bicycles for many years to come, equipping them with the transportation to provide rural health care to the 40,000 residents of post-conflict Amuru Sub-County. THANK YOU PEDRO’S for contributing toward these life-saving impacts of bicycles in Northern Uganda!

Youth Bike Summit and World Bicycle Forum Report Back

BNB’s youth bike summit team in NYC

On Thursday, March 13th from 5-7pm Bikes Not Bombs’ youth will join together with International Programs Coordinator, Charlotte Fagan, to give a report back and presentation from their respective travels. BNB youth will share the skills and lessons gained from the Youth Bike Summit in New York City and Charlotte will present the highlights from the World Bicycle Forum she attended in Brazil in February. This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn community organizing strategies from around the world. We’ll hold a Q&A session following the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Feel free to drop in for a couple of minutes, or stay the entire time! Email[email protected] with any questions.

Host a Lunch Brake at Your Workplace

Want to take a fun “Lunch Brake” with Bikes Not Bombs and your coworkers? We are traveling to workplaces for brown-bag lunches – or “Lunch Brakes” – to talk about our work and impact. Lunch Brakes are a great way to introduce your colleagues to Bikes Not Bombs and connect them with ways to get involved. We will share stories from inspirational leaders, videos about our work, information about upcoming events, and open up the space for Q&A. If you are interested in spreading the word about BNB and hosting us at your office, please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected].

Sweatshirts Back In Stock, Winter Glove Blowout, Tool Time, and New Hours!

BNB hoodies are back in stock and still totally awesome.

The popular BNB hoodie is back in stock. We now have a full size run of Small to XXL as well as Youth Large. Hoodies are $40 and can be shipped worldwide ($7 domestic/more for international). Just stop by to pick one up or call the shop if you’d like to order one.

The BNB Shop is having a Winter Glove Blowout! Select styles marked down up to 50% off. This includes many of our warmest gloves and some less bulky Springtime gloves as well.

The BNB Shop is now open 7 days a week. Our hours are Monday 11am-7pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 12 noon-5pm.

Youth Programs Update

Mykala Jordan

We are still accepting applications to Spring Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action.

Visit our website for program descriptions and dates.

The February Youth Employee of the Month is: Mykala Jordan!

Mykala Jordan is a first time Youth Instructor, but you wouldn’t know it from watching her. She steps up to take leadership opportunities whenever she can. From fundraising to send youth to New York for the Youth Bike Summit or waking up on a Saturday morning to recruit youth for programs. She takes charge in fundraising, outreach, and learning new skills. Mykala gets along well with everyone, is up for doing any task, and brings a positive and happy perspective to BNB’s Youth Programs. Without a doubt Mykala deserves the spotlight for her work. Congrats, Mykala.

Welcome Natalie Brady

Natalie Brady, BNB Communications Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Natalie Brady has joined our team as the new Communications Manager! Natalie originally hails from Kansas City, KS but has come to love Boston while attending Northeastern University. Natalie brings experience working at a local non-profits, and has served as a manager at Urban AdvenTours. At Bikes Not Bombs, Natalie is responsible for media connections and outreach, and is a critical part of the Bike-A-Thon and Development & Communications teams. When she’s not Instagraming her new favorite pictures, she can be found reading/watching Game of Thrones, trying new vegetarian dishes and hanging out with her roommate’s dog. Please join us in giving Natalie a warm welcome! She can be reached at 617-522-0222 x 104 or[email protected].

Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Forbes

Lauren Forbes

With the tremendous community support that BNB has, we’re forced to keep up with a rushing volume of incoming donations, especially during year-end. The paperwork is no simple task, but luckily we have Lauren Forbes, whose diligence and commitment to BNB has helped us plow through the mountains of data entry and donation receipts. She has been volunteering every week in the office since last summer and now has become our most experienced active office volunteer. She’s also been to several container loadings! And as a cyclist, she enjoys utilizing our volunteer credit system to earn used parts for her bike. Thanks for all your help, Lauren!

Seeking Small Business and Corporate Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th annual Bike-A-Thon is on June 8th and we’re looking for local companies and businesses to support the event by signing on as sponsors. Becoming an event sponsor is a great way for companies to advertise their support of Bikes Not Bombs. We can feature company logos on event signage, our website, and depending on the level of sponsorship, there are opportunities to be included in our Jamaica Plain Gazette ads as well as on our t-shirt. And, this year we’re offering free Bike-A-Thon registration to a limited number of sponsors’ employees as a way to encourage staff to get involved with the event.

While we are seeking in-kind gifts for our raffle, we’re most interested in fiscal sponsorship because unrestricted funds provide us with the greatest flexibility and have the deepest impact on our work. Check out the 2013 Bike-A-Thon results which lists all sponsors at the bottom of the page.

Download the sponsorship details and contact Eric Mearns, Sponsorship Coordinator at[email protected] to become a sponsor.




News outside of BNB:

 


Boston Bike Update

Monday, March 31, Fanueil Hall, Great Room. Doors Open at 5:45, presentations begin at 6:15. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has confirmed his attendance! Biking has doubled in Boston in the last 6 years. Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network? Join us for this sixth annual event with Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman. Register for this event to hear Nicole discuss the future of biking in Boston, including end of year surveys, Connect Historic Boston, the Network Plan, and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.


NOBPIFA Bill

The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014 (NOBPIFA) will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for all users through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions specifically for low-income communities. The NOBPIFA bill would create a new low-interest, long-term loan program for communities to build out their bicycling and walking networks – and would require 25% of the funding be spent in low income neighborhoods. Please tell your representative to support the bill


EcoLogic hiring

EcoLogic Development Fund is now hiring a Communications Officer! EcoLogic collaborates with the rural poor in Central America and Mexico and helps local communities identify, evaluate, and prioritize their conservation and natural resource needs. They then work with these communities to get them what they need to restore and conserve the tropical ecosystems where they live and on which they rely for basic necessities and well-being. This can include skills, financing, materials, access to decision makers and experts, hands-on experience, and other forms of support.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 24

From BNB:

Help BNB Youth Get to the 2014 Youth Bike Summit

Bikes Not Bombs is looking to send a group of 10 young leaders and two adults to New York City for the 4th Annual Youth Bike Summit, February 14-16th. This three day conference is a time for young people around the country to gather and discuss issues related to bicycles, affordable transportation, cycling education, and activism. We’re excited about the growth and development of our youth organizing work and this conference is critical to expanding and sharing our strategies and tactics.

BNB youth are using their personal networks to fundraise to attend the Summit and they could use your support. We must cover transportation, food, and lodging for all 12 participants over the 3 days. Please consider donating specifically to their campaign. If you have any questions, contact Abdul Hussein, Chain Reaction Coordinator at[email protected] or Jeremy Hanson, Co-Director of Youth Programs at[email protected].

Seeking Small Business and Corporate Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

Sponsors get great visibility and publicity at the Bike-A-Thon. Become one today! photo by: Diane Simpson

Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th annual Bike-A-Thon is on June 8th and we’re looking for local companies and businesses to support the event by signing on as sponsors. Becoming an event sponsor is a great way for companies to advertise their support of Bikes Not Bombs. We can feature company logos on event signage, our website, and depending on the level of sponsorship, there are opportunities to be included in our Jamaica Plain Gazette ads as well as on our t-shirt. And, this year we’re offering free Bike-A-Thon registration to a limited number of sponsors’ employees as a way to encourage staff to get involved with Bikes Not Bombs.

While we are seeking in-kind gifts for our raffle, we’re most interested in fiscal sponsorship because unrestricted funds provide us with the greatest flexibility and have the deepest impact on our work. Check out the results from last year’s Bike-A-Thon that also lists participating sponsors.

Download the sponsorship details and contact Eric Mearns, Sponsorship Coordinator at[email protected] to become a sponsor.

Building Momentum Breakfast Table Captain Info Session

photo by: Mona Miri

Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast will be held in October and we’re looking for a handful of Table Captains to help make the event a success! The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. Read more about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.

We’re holding a casual information session for those interested in acting as Table Captains on Tuesday February 18th from 6-7pm at the Hub. Table Captains invite 9 people to the Breakfast – friends, family neighbors – anyone who would connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. The information session will guide you through the process and provide you with all the materials you’ll need. There will be a Q&A session with former Table Captains too. Light snacks will be provided. Please email Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising and Events, at [email protected], if you would like to attend or if you cannot attend but are still interested in being a Table Captain.

Ability Bikes Film Release Party

photo by: Derek McIntire

Bikes Not Bombs will be releasing a documentary about our international partner, Ability Bikes, at the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington on Thursday, March 6th from 6-8pm. Derek McIntire, a shop employee, traveled to Ghana last November to teach advanced mechanics lessons to the worker-owners at Ability Bikes. In the process, he filmed local residents and other folks involved with Ability Bikes to capture the project’s strengths and impacts. Please join us to watch the 10-minute film, followed by discussion and Q&A with Derek and our Intentional Programs team. Social hour is from 6-7pm, and the film screening begins at 7pm sharp. Beer and snacks will be served. Ride Studio Cafe is located at 1720 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420. Contact[email protected] for more information.

Youth Bike Summit and World Bike Forum Report Back

On Thursday, March 13th from 5-7pm Bikes Not Bombs’ youth will join together with International Programs Coordinator, Charlotte Fagan, to give a report back and presentation from their respective travels. BNB youth will share the skills and lessons gained from the Youth Bike Summit in New York City and Charlotte will present the highlights from the World Bicycle Forum she’s attending in Brazil this February. We’ll hold a Q&A session following the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Looking for Office Volunteers

Free on a weekday during the day? Come to BNB for a relaxing morning or afternoon of helpful office volunteering! This work is mostly data entry, and some envelope stuffing. It’s easy, somewhat boring, but super important! Your help with these simple tasks will support our Youth Programs and International Programs, and you’ll get a glimpse into the inner-workings of our efficient administrative systems! We’re especially looking for volunteers who can commit to a weekly pattern, but one-off times are also helpful. And we can work around your schedule, any weekday between 10 am and 5 pm. Contact Sean Madsen at [email protected] to set up a time.

Shop News: Refurbished Bikes, Winter Overhaul Special Ending, and BNB Cycling Caps

You could look as cool as shop mechanic, Eric, in a new BNB cap!

Although not always the best weather for a test ride, winter is a great time to shop at the BNB Shop. Our supply of refurbished bikes turns over every couple of weeks and we specifically have many of the sizes and price points which are hard to keep in stock “in season”.

Our Winter Overhaul special ends February 28th. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your bike ready for Spring–or if you’ve been commuting all winter to undo all the damage that the salt and snow has done–and save 20% off the normal $150 labor charge (parts are extra). Our overhaul includes completely rebuilding your bike and the labor to replace any parts that may be needed. Stop by for an estimate and we can go over your bike, and your options with you.

The BNB Shop once again has cycling caps! These are made in the USA by Walz Cycling Caps and feature a 4 panel cotton design with the BNB Parabike Logo on the left side. Come try one on!

We are also excited to announce that we have hoodies back in stock again! Hoodies are a popular item; last time they sold out within two weeks of being on the floor. We have a variety of sizes, head to the shop ASAP to grab one.

Spring 2014 Youth Programs Enrollment is Open

Youth are all smiles when they take our awesome Earn-A-Bike programs!

Spring 2014 Adult Instructor Training: March 3 – 19 (M-W,6:00 - 9:00p)
Spring 2014 Earn-A-Bike: March 24 – May 1, 2013 (M-Th,3:30 - 6:30p)
Spring 2014 Girls In Action: May 12 – June 12, 2013 (M-Th, 3:30 - 6:30p)

Bikes Not Bombs is currently enrolling applicants for the Spring 2014 sessions of the Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action programs. Earn-A-Bike is a co-ed program and Girls In Action is for girls only.

Both programs take place Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. In the program, you’ll choose a bike and learn the skills to not only build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is yours to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and look into various environmental and social justice issues.

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) need to be submitted. Applicants not accepted to the program for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned. Fee waivers are available.

We are also accepting applications for our Spring Adult Instructor Training Program. Participants are taught basic mechanics and mentorship skills by Youth Instructors. In exchange for this free program participants MUST VOLUNTEER AT LEAST ONE DAY PER WEEK IN ONE OF THE ABOVE SPRING YOUTH PROGRAM SESSIONS.

If you have any questions please contact our Co-Directors of Youth Programs Ashley Leary, 617-522-0222 x101[email protected] and Jeremy Hanson, 617-522-0222 x109,[email protected].

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Volunteer of the Month: Farid Quraishi

(We will be profiling a volunteer each month who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to Bikes Not Bombs. We rely on so many volunteers who are crucial to making this work happen, and we appreciate all of you!)

Our volunteer of the month is Farid Quraishi! Farid has been helping out regularly in multiple areas of BNB’s work, and those came together recently in one marathon week: on a Sunday Farid helped load a shipment of over 500 bikes going to our partner in Ghana … Monday night after work Farid came out to help call supporters and raise money at our Phone-A-Thon …Tuesday night he came back for more calling … Wednesday he came to Mechanics Night to help build bikes … and Thursday night he came back help at our weekly Volunteer Night, getting bikes and parts ready to ship overseas! Of course with his full-time job he can’t do that every week, but Farid is consistently plugging in to BNB’s mission. Farid got started at BNB because he had friends who had volunteered here, and his first BNB activity was to ride 40 miles in the 2012 Bike-A-Thon. We asked Farid why he likes volunteering at BNB and he says, “Everyone should volunteer somewhere, and find purpose in working on something that you don’t feel you need to be compensated for. I like that BNB is a community of very intentional and like-minded people working towards a common goal, and that goal is very clear in BNB’s programs, making a difference through nonviolence at a grassroots level. I learn alot too when I’m here, from mechanics skills to people skills, and it is empowering to me to be part of this work!” Thanks and Congratulations to Farid!

Looking for a Place to Park the BNB Truck

With only one spot in the Brewery parking lot for a BNB truck, we are looking for a place to park our second, smaller truck. This vehicle is a crucial part of our bike collection work, so we need a regular place to park it! It is a former UHaul that is about 23 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 9 feet high. The spot would need to be available to us 24/7 (so being blocked in by other vehicles won’t work) and we generally use the truck a few times a week. The parking spot needs to be within roughly a quarter mile from either the Shop or the Hub. Free is best, and the lower the cost the better for us. If you have extra space at your home or business, or have any ideas for places we should check, please email Arik at[email protected].




News outside of BNB:

 


Broadway Bicycle School is Hiring

Broadway Bicycle is looking for some mechanically inclined people who are enthusiastic about bicycles to work at their shop as full-time bike mechanics/sales-people from Mid-March through October 2014. Previous bike shop experience is not necessary. Starting pay is $11.50/hour commensurate with experience. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. Please visittheir website or stop by the shop, 351 Broadway in Cambridge, for an application. Seize the wrench!


Boston Youth Fund Hopeline is Open

The Boston Youth Fund Hopeline is now accepting registration for 2014 Summer Employment. Bikes Not Bombs’ will be accepting applications from BYF enrolled youth. Registration closes March 2nd.


New Data on Women & Girls Riding

The League of American Bicyclists released some interesting data on Girls and Women Riding. Check out their findings.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 09

Photo: BNB youth provide free tune-ups at events throughout the year, all over Boston.

A customer of Ability Bikes in Koforidua Ghana. Check out more photos from Ability Bikes including recent shots that feature BNB’s Bike Shop employee Derek McIntire on his trip to Ability Bikes this past November to provide advanced mechanics training!
Spring 2014 Youth Programs Enrollment is Open

photo by: Pamela Haran

Spring 2014 Earn-A-Bike: March 24 – May 1
Spring 2014 Girls In Action: May 12 – June 12

Bikes Not Bombs is currently enrolling applicants for the Spring 2014 sessions of the Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action programs. Earn-A-Bike is a co-ed program and Girls In Action is for girls only.

Both programs take place Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. In the program, you’ll choose a bike and learn the skills to not only build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is yours to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and look into various environmental and social justice issues.

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) need to be submitted. Applicants not accepted to the program for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned. Fee waivers are available.

We are also accepting applications for our Spring Adult Instructor Training Program. Participants are taught basic mechanics and mentorship skills by Youth Instructors. In exchange for this free program participants MUST VOLUNTEER AT LEAST ONE DAY PER WEEK IN ONE OF THE ABOVE SPRING YOUTH PROGRAM SESSIONS.

Spring 2014 Adult Instructor Training: March 3 – 19 (M-W, 6:00 - 9:00p)

If you have any questions please contact our Co-Directors of Youth Programs Ashley Leary, 617-522-0222 x101[email protected] and Jeremy Hanson, 617-522-0222 x109,[email protected].

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

BNB will be Loading Bikes to Ability Bikes in Ghana on Sunday, February 2nd at 10am.

photo by: Derek McIntire

Ability Bikes Cooperative is a worker-owned cooperative bike shop where all of the worker-owners are physically challenged. Ability Bikes Cooperative sells retail bikes, wholesales bikes, and provides mobility devices for other physically challenged people in the Koforidua region of Eastern Ghana. Bikes Not Bombs helped establish the shop in 2008, and the cooperative has continued to grow and succeed and now has two shop locations.

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Ability Bikes in Ghana!
TIME: Sunday, February 2nd from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

This will be our first container loading of 2014. And even though it’s Ground Hog’s Day, we promise that you’ll only have to load the container once! You can RSVP to the event on our website.

If there is bad weather, stay tuned to our website and our Facebook and Twitter accounts, as we may decide to push this loading to the following weekend.

Thank you for making the 2013 Phone-A-Thon a Success!

We are humbled and amazed to announce that our Phone-A-Thon raised $30,000 in pledges from nearly 350 donors! The Phone-A-Thon is our annual fundraising campaign where we call our past supporters to update them on our work, share our 2013 highlights, and ask them to consider making a year-end gift. Thank you to everyone who showed your support by making a Phone-A-Thon pledge. If you have not yet fulfilled your pledge,you can still donate online now

We want to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all our volunteer callers as well. Bikes Not Bombs’ work simply would not be possible without our amazing grassroots base of volunteers and supporters. Thanks again, Irina Rasputinus, Alex Sugerman-Brozan, David Wilcox, Lee Archung, Trinity Peacock-Broyles, Libby Collins, Neil Leifer, Luis Martinez, SJ Brooks, Allie Hunter, Brian Fong-Murdock, Cristin Martineau, Becca Brees, Sam Keezell, Marta Perrupato, Farid Quraishi, Elijah Evans, Scott Minkin, Jamie Weller, Will Gifford, and Kalani Butler.

Mac Donations Wanted

Give your old computer a new home at Bikes Not Bombs! We’re looking for Mac laptops and desktops newer than 5 years old. Please contact Sean Madsen at[email protected] to arrange the donation.

Farewell from Sarah Braker and Hiring Communications Manager

Dear friends, supporters, and community members,

I am writing to announce that I will be leaving my position as Communications Manager at Bikes Not Bombs at the end of February. My partner and I will be moving to Boulder, Colorado. I am excited about the opportunity to live and bike in a new city, and for the personal and professional growth that will hopefully come with this adventure.

For more than three years BNB has been my second home and it is because of the staff, volunteers and especially the youth, that I will miss it so much. BNB has taught me that it is possible to have a job that makes you happy every day, and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of the story of this organization. I truly can’t wait to see where BNB goes from here and I hope to stay involved as much as I possibly can, even from afar.

I will remain on the BNB staff until the end of February and you can contact me at[email protected] and 617-522-0222 x104 until that time. Afterwards, please contact Erica Rotman, our Director of Fundraising and Events, at [email protected] or 617-522-0222 x106with any questions related to communications and outreach events.

Again, thank you to each and every person I have worked with in my time here and every person who supports this amazing organization. You have made my time in Boston better than I ever imagined it could be.

With gratitude,
Sarah Braker

The Bikes Not Bombs community thanks Sarah for her dedication to and passion for our work and our mission over the last three and a half years. As a Youth Programs Coordinator, she supported BNB youth leaders in their launch of Chain Reaction, Boston’s first-ever after-school, youth-run bike shop. As Communications Manager, she significantly increased BNB’s presence on social media, allowing us to keep our supporters and partners more connected to our programs.  She has been a trainer, mentor and friend to our youth leaders and will be missed by the whole BNB community.  I am sure you all join us in wishing Sarah the best of luck in her new endeavors.

We will be hiring a Communications Manager in early 2014. If you have experience in marketing and communications, grant-writing, graphic design and social media and are interested in the position, email [email protected] to receive the job description when it is ready.

News From The Shop

Though our holiday break is over at the shop, our winter deals are still available to customers. Many bikes marked down from our Fall Sale are still on the floor. Specifically many single speeds (which make great winter bikes), a few of our nicer road bikes as well as a couple of new Surly and Bianchi bikes. We also have many used kid’s bikes in stock. These are tuned up, ready to ride and priced between $50 and $150. Please stop by if you have any questions about winter riding. We also have a winter overhaul special and lots of cold weather apparel to keep you moving on two wheels through Boston’s coldest months.

The first Tool Time of 2014 took place this past Monday at the Bike Shop. Tool Time is held at the BNB Shop at 18 Bartlett Square, at 7pm, on the first Monday of every month, giving access to bike stands and basic tools so that you can work on your own bike. This is a great opportunity to do regular maintenance or parts replacements that may require specialty tools. Although there will be a shop mechanic there to help you, we ask that you only attempt repairs that you know how to do and are able to complete in less than two hours. Many parts will be available for sale but we encourage you to pick them up ahead of time to ensure that they’re in stock and accessible. Anyone with a current BNB membership can participate! For questions about your membership, contact Erica Rotman at[email protected].

Ability Bikes Wins Award

BNB partner Ability Bikes Cooperative recently received a Daanaa Excellence Award, a new award in Ghana that “celebrate[s] and acknowledge[s] the achievements and contributions of persons with disability … who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and commitment to improving opportunities for persons with disability.” Ability Bikes won the award in the area of Entrepreneurship.

Ability Bikes Cooperative is a worker-owned bike shop where all of the worker-owners are physically challenged. Before working at Ability Bikes, most of the worker-owners experienced difficulty and discrimination finding employment. Now all of workers are also owners of the place they work, but they also have employment that provides them with a sense of dignity and pride.

Bikes Not Bombs is very proud that Ability Bikes is being recognized and awarded for their hard work as entrepreneurs and leaders within the physically challenged community in Ghana!

Youth Employee of the Month and Youth Programs News

JC Lasantia was initially hired by Bikes Not Bombs in the summer of 2012 through the ABCD program. Having never taken Earn-A-Bike JC had an uphill climb, but he took to BNB like a fish to water. He asked questions, looked to his peers for leadership, and in a few weeks became a familiar face at the Hub. When the application for Fall youth employment came out, JC was one of the first to apply, and in that short time has emerged as a leader himself. JC was the BNB representative to ask a question at the Mayoral Forum on Transportation and Livable Communities and he is active in the newly formed Youth Justice and Power Union. Now, JC is the one that new Youth Employees turn to for advice, leadership, and help, and it’s hard to imagine our Youth Programs without him. Congrats to JC on this well-deserved recognition.

In other Youth Programs News, Chain Reaction, BNB’s mobile repair and outreach program is also relaunching in March and looking for host sites at community events, community centers, and other locations where we can connect with youth. Have a potential partnership? Contact Abdul at[email protected].

Over the winter months between the last Earn-A-Bike graduation of the fall and the beginning of Adult Instructor Training in the spring, BNB’s youth community is launching a number of committees to tackle projects and planning for 2014! If you are a young person, program graduate, parent, or just want to know more information about what’s up and how to get involved contact Jeremy at[email protected] or just come to an upcoming Youth Bike-In held every Thursday starting January 9th; 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

Some of the committees that are forming include Youth Bike Summit Planning, Organizing Strategy, After School and Summer Program Curriculum Planning, and Safety Video Writing and Filming. Maybe more to come!




News outside of BNB:

Celebrate The Dream

Annual benefit for the Young People’s Project, Sunday January 19th. Tickets available online.


BE SAFE

Interactive Training to help Youth Workers answer tough questions. February 6th & 13th, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Register online


Youth Bike Summit

Annual Gathering of Youth Cycling Advocates and mentors, February 15 – 17, 2014, The New School, NY, NY. More information online.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 10

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Help Send Bikes to Amuru, Northern Uganda

Village Health Workers riding BNB bikes to visit their patients.

Bikes Not Bombs is partnering with 550 volunteer Village Health Workers in Amuru, Northern Uganda to establish a bicycle transportation system for rural health care delivery to 40,000 people in post-conflict Amuru. BNB has already supplied 360 Village Health Workers with bikes, and this shipment will supply the remaining 190 Village Health Workers, while providing the initial set of bikes to expand the project into the neighboring area of Pabbo, to work with another group of 500 Village Health Workers serving another 50,000 people. In addition to the bicycles, BNB has supported this project to establish an extensive network of bicycle repair workshops with tools and spare parts, and has trained over 25 bicycle mechanics. These bicycles have already helped the Amuru Village Health Team increase their level of health activity to provide improved primary care support to rural households while also becoming a more organized and effective Village Health Worker Association.

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to these Village Health Workers in Northern Uganda!
TIME: Sunday November 10th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

Please let us know if you will be attending this container loading! RSVP here!

Also, to see more information about this Village Health Worker project, check out this new film created by BNB’s Director of International Programs, David Branigan.

Vocational Education – New Program Design and Application

Apply to become a bike mechanic through BNB’s Vocational Education program.

Bikes Not Bombs’ Vocational Education Program (Voc Ed) is an 80-hour course for adults and youth (age 15 and older) offered at our Bike Shop in Jamaica Plain. Voc Ed provides a unique job training opportunity for those who are motivated to learn bicycle repair and mechanics. In the past, this training was taught in a classroom format. However, to improve the quality of the training and offer participants the opportunity to gain real experience in a full-service bike shop, we’ve shifted the structure of Voc Ed so that participants will now work one-on-one with skilled mechanics. The new model will allow participants to receive detailed explanations coupled with hands-on learning. Each participant will be expected to attend three, three-hour classes per week for the duration of the program which is December 9, 2013 – March 8, 2014. The actual hours of the class are flexible to accommodate the participant’s schedule, but must be scheduled during regular Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop business hours (at least Monday-Friday, 11am – 7 pm).

Because of the intensive nature of this training program, we can only accommodate two participants who are not already participants in BNB programs. Priority will be given to applicants who are serious about becoming professional bike mechanics and who do not have access to other training programs. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply, as are alumni of Bikes Not Bombs youth programs. While the Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop largely hires graduates of Voc Ed, graduation from the class does not guarantee a position. However, graduates have gone on to work in Boston and Cambridge-based bike shops such as Broadway Bicycle School, Ferris Wheels, Community Bike Shop, Cambridge Bikes, Hubway and other bike-related businesses.

The 3-month training program costs $250. However, scholarships are available and the fee should not be a barrier to applying. Applications, along with resume and cover letter, are due November 18th and participants will be notified by November 28th at the latest. Contact [email protected] with any questions or download and complete the application

Phone-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

Do you love talking about Bikes Not Bombs and want to help raise money to support BNB’s work in Boston and overseas? Then we want YOU to volunteer for our annual Phone-A-Thon!

We need about 30 amazing volunteers to call BNB supporters to inform them of the great things going on at BNB and ask them to make a year-end donation. Our goal is to raise $35,000 before December 31st and we need your help to get there! Every caller makes a difference – the more people we reach at this critical point in fundraising, the stronger and more financially stable we’ll be entering 2014.

We have 10 calling sessions scheduled between November 26th and December 19th. Volunteers can sign up for one or more sessions. We will make sure you are trained and feel confident talking about BNB programs before getting on the phone. All sessions will be held at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. Snacks will be provided and you’ll earn volunteer credits for your time. Here’s a little secret: the Phone-A-Thon is actually a Fun-A-Thon!

Dates for the call sessions are:
Tuesday 11/26 6-9pm
Tuesday 12/3 6-9pm
Thursday 12/5 6-9pm
Saturday 12/7 12-3pm
Monday 12/9 6-9pm
Tuesday 12/10 6-9pm
Thursday 12/12 6-9pm
Saturday 12/14 12-3pm
Tuesday 12/17 6-9pm
Thursday 12/19 6-9pm

Fill out a brief online form to sign up to volunteer! If you have any questions, please contact Erica Rotman at[email protected] or 617-522-0222 x106.

BNB’s Third Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 8am
At: Space with a Soul
281 Summer Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02210

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ third annualBuilding Momentum Breakfast will take placeWednesday, October 23rd at 8am at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. The event will feature breakfast from our friends at Ula Café, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give! If you would like more information about how to attend the Building Momentum Breakfast, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected].

Save the Date for Bike-A-Thon 2014!

First time riders, long-term supporters, volunteers, and curious community members alike are welcomed to take part in the fun rides, fanfare, celebration and community-building of Bikes Not Bombs’ biggest event and fundraiser of the year, the Bike-A-Thon! In 2014 we look to have our greatest rides yet, so don’t miss out. PutSunday, June 8th in your calendar today! Also, don’t forget to holdJune 22nd as a rain date just in case. We’ll be coming out with more details as we get closer to the event, but you can be sure that we’ll have:
Fully-supported rides for all skill levels!
Delicious food and a post-ride celebration for riders!
Brand new BNB t-shirts for all participants!
Great prizes for top fundraisers!

In the meantime, check out photos and the amazing results from the 2013 Bike-A-Thon!

Donate Your Old Computers to BNB

We’re looking for donations of any Apple computers from 2008 or later. Must be working. Laptops and desktops! Please contact Sean Madsen at [email protected] to arrange the donation.

News From the Bike Shop

Check out a large selection of refurbished bikes, starting at $340.

This October our Flat Fixing Clinic will be Tuesday October 15th from 8-9pm and our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic will be on Thursday the 24th from 8-9pm. More details online. As always, no need to sign up just be punctual and show up by 8pm!

With summer over and the days getting shorter the bike shop is starting to assemble refurbished bikes for resale which means that we finally have some of our more basic $340 City Bikes in stock (call ahead they often sell as soon as they’re on the floor). Currently we’re only scheduled 1 day out for repairs and have a wider range of sizes of refurbished bikes than we have had in recent months.

Finally, we’re excited to share that shop employee Derek McIntire is preparing to travel to Ghana in early November to lead mechanics trainings at Ability Bikes. It’s part of the Bike Shop’s mission to support our youth and international programs, and we look forward to sharing a report from Derek about his experiences in Ghana once he’s back.

Welcome Charlotte Fagan!

Please join all of us at Bikes Not Bombs in welcoming our newest staff member, Charlotte Fagan, International Programs Coordinator. Charlotte comes to BNB with a great deal of international bicycle organizing experience. She helped found Carishina en Bici, a feminist bike collective in Ecuador and has volunteered with BNB projects in Sierra Leone and Guatemala. Charlotte will work closely with the Director of International Programs, David Branigan, and will be primarily responsible for coordinating technical assistance and support to Bikes Not Bombs’ international partners. We’re thrilled to have her on board and can’t wait to see the amazing progress our International Programs make with her on the BNB team.

Ugandan Health Workers Need Your Mountain Bike Parts

Do you have parts leftover from upgrading your bikes? Instead of sitting around unused, that derailleur could be keeping a rural health worker’s bike on the road in Northern Uganda so they can reach more people, connect them to health care, and save lives! And if you ride with friends or in a club, please put out the word, collect parts together, and then bring them in to Bikes Not Bombs!

We need these parts by mid-October. Bikes Not Bombs is preparing to send a second shipment of bikes and parts to our newly developed partner project that so far has outfitted 360 community health workers with bikes. As Northern Uganda recovers from 20 years of civil war, this work is helping to create more healthy communities.

Items we can especially use:

  • Front Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise to fit a triple chain ring, road and hybrid derailleurs may work also.
  • Rear Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise a long cage derailleur
  • Shifters – rapid-fire, grip shift, or thumb shifters
  • Chains – any type, though 7-8 speed chains are especially valuable
  • Brakes – cantilever brakes, V-brakes
  • Tubes and Tires – 26″ (for mountain bikes) and any smaller sizes

Donations are tax deductible. Donors will be asked to assign the fair market value of your donation and please include the name and address where we should send the receipt. Contact Arik Grier,[email protected]617-522-0222 x100.

Thank You Steve Murphy!

BNB youth and staff greet Steve Murphy after his cross-country bike ride in support of BNB.

A hearty congratulations and thank you to Steve Murphy, a BNB Adult Instructor and steadfast volunteer who recently completed a cross-county bike ride in support of BNB. Steve rode from Seattle to Boston, and raised over $10,000 along the way. You can read about his journey, or donate in honor of his accomplishment.
If you are interested in planning a personal fundraising ride to support Bikes Not Bombs, please contact Erica Rotman at [email protected].


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 02

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News from Bici-Tec, BNB’s partner in Guatemala

Carlos Marroquin, the founder of Bici-Tec, our newest international partner.

For almost a year, Bikes Not Bombs has been working with bicycle machine inventor Carlos Marroquin to launch a new enterprise in Guatemala, called Bici-Tec. After months of planning, and an initial shipment of bikes, parts, and tools, we are excited about the progress made, and what the future holds. Bikes Not Bombs’ most recent Letter from the Director, provides an update about this project. You can read more about the project, andfollow Bikes Not Bombs on Facebook, for the latest news.

Enrolling for Earn-A-Bike

Youth become bike mechanics in Earn-A-Bike, which starts again on October 21st.

Applications are now available for Fall Earn-A-Bike.

Earn-A-Bike is a learning and earning program open to youth ages 12-18. Over the course of the six-week program, participants will completely overhaul a bicycle while learning how to safely ride and navigate the city of Boston. During mechanics lessons, participants will be taught how to repair a part of the bicycle; then they’ll roll up their sleeves and do it themselves, earning enough credits to take home the bike after graduation. Earn-A-Bike will run from October 21st – November 21st.

There are a limited number of spots available and applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit to the schedule, Monday – Thursday, 3:30 – 6:30PM. For more information please call Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs at 617-522-0222 x101, or email her at [email protected].

Building Momentum Breakfast – Seeking Table Captains & Save the Date

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 8am
at: Space with a Soul
281 Summer Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02210

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ third annualBuilding Momentum Breakfast will take placeWednesday, October 23rd at 8am at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. The event will feature breakfast generously donated by our friends at Ula Cafe, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give!

Call for Table Captains! Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs and ensure that the third annual Building Momentum Breakfast is a success! As a Table Captain you will be responsible for bringing nine people to the Building Momentum Breakfast – friends, family, and colleagues – who you think will connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. We will host a kick-off event for Table Captains on September 26th to guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. Again, while this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.

If you would like to receive a formal invitation to the Building Momentum Breakfast or get more information about becoming a Table Captain, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected].

Help BNB load bikes on Sunday October 6th to Ability Bikes Cooperative in Ghana!

Ability Bikes Cooperative is a worker-owned bike shop run by physically challenged people in Ghana. All of the members of Ability Bikes Cooperative are physically challenged and “mobility challenged,” yet on a daily basis they run a business that provides increased mobility to able-bodied people. Through these daily interactions with customers, Ability Bikes members actively transform social perceptions of physically challenged people in society, while importing and distributing over 2,000 bikes per year.

TIME: Sunday October 6th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

RSVP to this event!

Ugandan Health Workers Need Your Mountain Bike Parts

Do you have parts leftover from upgrading your bikes? Instead of sitting around unused, that derailleur could be keeping a rural health worker’s bike on the road in Northern Uganda so they can reach more people, connect them to health care, and save lives! And if you ride with friends or in a club, please put out the word, collect parts together, and then bring them in to Bikes Not Bombs!

We need these parts by mid-September in order to prepare our second shipment of bikes and parts. The Village Health Team in Amuru has already been equipped with 360 bikes, and as Northern Uganda recovers from 20 years of civil war, this work is helping to create more healthy communities.

Items we can especially use

  • Front Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise to fit a triple chain ring, road and hybrid derailleurs may work also.
  • Rear Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise a long cage derailleur
  • Shifters – rapid-fire, grip shift, or thumb shifters
  • Chains – any type, though 7-8 speed chains are especially valuable
  • Brakes – cantilever brakes, V-brakes
  • Tubes and Tires – 26” (for mountain bikes) and any smaller sizes

Donations are tax-deductible. Donors will be asked to assign the fair market value of your donation. Please include the name and address where we should send the receipt. Contact Arik Grier,[email protected]617-522-0222 x100.

Office Volunteers Needed

Free on a weekday during the day? Come to BNB for a relaxing morning or afternoon of helpful office volunteering! This work is mostly data entry and some envelope stuffing. It’s easy, somewhat boring, but super important! Your help with these simple tasks will support our Youth Programs and International Programs, and you’ll get a glimpse into the inner-workings of our efficient administrative systems! We’re especially looking for volunteers who can commit to a weekly pattern, but one-off times are also helpful. And we can work around your schedule, any weekday between 10 am and 5 pm. Contact Sean Madsen at [email protected] to set up a time.

Host a “Lunch Brake” at Your Workplace

Bikes Not Bombs is launching a new outreach effort! We’re traveling to workplaces for brown-bag lunches – or “Lunch Brakes” – to talk about our work and impact. Lunch Brakes are a great way to introduce your colleagues to Bikes Not Bombs and connect them with ways to get involved. We will share stories from inspirational leaders, videos about our work, information about upcoming events, and open up the space for Q&A. If you are interested in spreading the word about BNB and hosting us at your office, please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at[email protected].

Check Out Bikes Not Bombs’ Strategic Plan

Thanks to the incredible dedication of BNB staff, board, and volunteers, we have completed our five-year strategic plan. If you’re curious about our goals and vision for the next five years, we invite you to check it out online. We’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you might have about it.

News outside of BNB:

 

 


BAGLY hiring

The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY) is hiring a full-time Development & Marketing Manager – Review the job description, and share with anyone who might be a fit for this awesome organization.


The BEST Initiative is currently enrolling for Fall and Winter Trainings

Youth Worker Certification, Supervisor Training, and BE SAFE Training sessions are now enrolling.More info online.


Jamaica Plain’s Eliot School raising money for woodshop classes

The Eliot School has partnered with a master woodworker to bring one-day workshops to Boston Public School rooms in October. Check it out online.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 26

from Bikes Not Bombs:

 

Enrolling for Adult Instructor Training, Girls In Action, and Earn-A-Bike

Girls In Action participants getting ready for a ride.

Applications are now available for summer Adult Instructor Training, and fall Girls In Action and Earn-A-Bike.

Adult Instructor Training is a free 30-hour course taught by BNB Youth Employees that provides the foundation in basic bike mechanics, teaching methods, role modeling and leadership, and age and gender sensitivity that you need to successfully volunteer in BNB Youth Programs. In exchange for this free program, Adult Instructors are REQUIRED to volunteer a minimum of one program day per week from 3pm-7pm in at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. The training runs August 19th – August 30th, Monday – Wednesday & Friday, 6-9PM.

Girls In Action (girls only) and Earn-A-Bike (co-ed) are open to youth ages 12-18. Over the course of these six-week programs youth will completely refurbish a donated bike that they can take home upon graduation. Girls In Action will run from September 9th – October 10th, and Earn-A-Bike will run fromOctober 21st – November 21st. There are a limited number of spots available and applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit to the schedule, Monday – Thursday, 3:30 – 6:30PM.

For more information please call Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs at 617-522-0222 x101, or email her at [email protected].

Save the Date and Seeking Table Captains for the Building Momentum Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 8am
Space with a Soul
281 Summer Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02210

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ third annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take placeWednesday, October 23rd at 8am at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. The event will feature breakfast from our friends at Ula Cafe, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give!

Call for Table Captains! Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs and ensure that the third annual Building Momentum Breakfast is a success! As a Table Captain you will be responsible for bringing nine people to the Building Momentum Breakfast – friends, family, and colleagues – anyone who you think will connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. We will host a kick-off event for Table Captains on August 19th to guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. Again, while this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.

If you would like to receive a formal invitation to the Building Momentum Breakfast or get more information about becoming a Table Captain, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected]Click here to read about the second annual Building Momentum Breakfast.

Ugandan Health Workers Need Your Mountain Bike Parts

A trained mechanic repairs a bicycle in Uganda, where mountain bike parts are a significant need

Do you have parts leftover from upgrading your bikes? Instead of sitting around unused, that derailleur could be keeping a rural health worker’s bike on the road in Northern Uganda so they can reach more people, connect them to health care, and save lives! And if you ride with friends or in a club, please put out the word, collect parts together, and then bring them in to Bikes Not Bombs!

We need these parts by mid-September, when we will send a second shipment of bikes and parts to our newly developed partner project that so far has outfitted more than 300 community health workers with bikes.

Items we can especially use:

    • Front Derailleurs made for mountain bikes, or that fit a triple chain ring. Road and hybrid derailleurs may work as well.

 

    • Rear Derailleurs made for mountain bikes, or otherwise a long cage derailleur

 

    • Rapid-fire, grip, or thumb shifters

 

    • Chains of any type though 7-8 speed chains are especially valuable

 

    • Cantilever brakes or V-brakes

 

    • Tubes and Tires for mountain bikes

Donations are tax deductible. Donors will be asked to assign the fair market value of your donation, please include the name and address where we should send the receipt. Contact Arik Grier,[email protected]617-522-0222 x100.

Free Clinics and News at the BNB Bike Shop

This August our Basic Maintenance Clinic will be Wednesday August 14th from 8-9pm and our Flat Fixing Clinic will be Tuesday August 20th from 8-9pm. Check our website for details. As always no need to sign up just be punctual and show up by 8pm!

The Surly Big Dummy is a long tail bike designed around the Xtracycle platform. This means it’s a longer cargo bike with lots of room for bags and carrying stuff—up to 200lbs of cargo. In addition to hauling heavy loads you wouldn’t usually be able to move by bike, with its surprisingly normal ride and handling, the Dummy shines as an everyday grocery getter or kid carrier. Stop by to check it out. It comes in four sizes and we have a medium ready to test ride!

Feature Your Art at Bikes Not Bombs During JP Open Studios

Bikes Not Bombs is looking for artists to feature in our group show at the BNB Hub in the Brewery Complex. We’re looking for bicycle-themed art, or art that highlights an aspect of Bikes Not Bombs’ mission, history, or programs. We are hoping to showcase several types of media (painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography, video, spoke-card art, etc) and we’re especially looking for art made with recycled bike parts and photographs of our programs. We’re happy to coordinate opportunities for photographers to take photos of our programs or to provide access to old parts bins at BNB.

This is a great opportunity for artists, cyclists, and BNB fans to get creative, have some fun, and support our bicycle-based programs! Even if you do not already have bicycle-themed artwork, we encourage you to create a piece (or more than one piece) to include in this group show. In addition to the exposure of being featured at the event, artists will be listed on the BNB website and JP Open Studios website.

During the event, we’ll hold a silent auction to support Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs and all artists will be asked to donate one or more pieces for the auction.

If you are interested in showcasing your bicycle-themed artwork, please fill out our brief [artwork submission form https://bikesnotbombs.org/jpos-sign-up] by August 23rd. Spaces are limited and preference will be given to artists that apply early. If you have any questions, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected].

Visit JP Open Studio’s website for more information on this exciting event!

Host a “Lunch Brake” at Your Workplace

BNB staff can wow you with stories while you eat lunch at work.

Bikes Not Bombs is launching a new outreach effort! We’re traveling to workplaces for brown-bag lunches – or “Lunch Brakes” – to talk about our work and impact. Lunch Brakes are a great way to introduce your colleagues to Bikes Not Bombs and connect them with ways to get involved. We will share stories from inspirational leaders, videos about our work, information about upcoming events, and open up the space for Q&A. If you are interested in spreading the word about BNB and hosting us at your office, please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at[email protected].

Can You Help Transport Bike Parts?

We need help picking up donations of bikes and parts from locations around the city and suburbs. Bike shops, apartment buildings, and collectors will call and tell us they have a few bikes or a truckload they are willing to donate, and we need more volunteers who are occasionally able to respond and do the pick-up, either with a truck, a van, or a large bike trailer.

We don’t need a big or long-term commitment from you, but if you think you might be able to swing a pickup in your area once a month or every few months, let us know! With multiple volunteers involved, we can put out the word of a pickup that needs done, and you only need respond if it is convenient for you.

Contact Arik Grier, [email protected]617-522-0222 x100.

2012 Annual Report Released Online

Bikes Not Bombs is excited to announce that our Annual Report is now available online (just scroll to the bottom of the Publications page of our website). Read through it to learn about advancements in our programs, and to get updated on people from BNB’s past.

Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially our volunteer graphic designer, Natalie Zammito.

Farewell to Kenny Simms and Congratulations to Abdul Hussein

Kenny Simms is moving on to City Year this month

In the summer of 2011, Kenny Simms came to Bikes Not Bombs as an employee of the STRIVE Earn-A-Bike program. Since that time he completed Vocational Education, and took over as Alumni Services Coordinator. Among Kenny’s many innovations is Youth Bike-In, a weekly drop-in program for youth who aren’t enrolled in a BNB program but still want to refresh their mechanics skills and see the Hub as a safe space. Kenny is moving on to participate in City Year, where we know he will be amazingly successful. We congratulate him on his accomplishments so far and can’t wait to see what he takes on next.

Abdul Hussein is our new Chain Reaction Coordinator

Another change to Youth Programs staff is the promotion of Abdul Hussein to the position of Chain Reaction Coordinator. A veteran youth employee and founding member of Chain Reaction, Abdul’s leadership role allows him to plan the schedule for BNB’s youth-run mobile bike shop. We know that Chain Reaction is in good hands with Abdul and congratulate him on this new role.




News Outside of BNB:

Hemenway Contraflow Lane Meeting

Public Meeting regarding Hemenway Contraflow Lane – The City of Boston is hosting a public meeting to get input from the public for bike lanes on Hemenway Street. The proposal includes adding a combination of bike lanes, shared lane markings and contraflow bike lanes on Hemenway to permit two way traffic for cyclists on streets that only allow one direction for vehicles. The meeting will be Wednesday August 14th, from 6PM – 7PM, at the Boston Conservancy, 31 Hemenway Street, T401.


Sign Up for the Ride for Food

The Food Pantry at the First Church in Monument Square is participating in this year’s Ride for Food on September 15th in Dedham. They work hard throughout the year providing food for family tables throughout our community, and are looking for people to ride or help them the day of the event. Please contact Greg at [email protected] to learn more and to help out in any way you can.


Job Opportunity at EcoLogic Development Fund

EcoLogic Development Fund’s mission is to empower rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. EcoLogic partners directly with local organizations including indigenous councils, fisherfolk associations, volunteer water stewardship committees, and community development organizations. The Director of Development and Communications is a senior staff position ensuring the achievement of fundraising and communications goals. The individual in this role is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of fundraising and communications initiatives and activities. This individual will represent the organization at philanthropic-related events and meetings, is responsible for liaising with the Development Committee of the board of directors, and is responsible for raising gifts from existing and new major donors. As a member of EcoLogic’s Leadership Team, the Director of Development and Communications will also help shape the direction and culture of the organization, while contributing to the overall success in implementing the organization’s Strategic Plan.


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