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Bikes Not Bombs Winter Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 11

From BNB:

The Bike-A-Thon will be Sunday June 4th!
Save the Date for Bike-A-Thon!

We’ll be hosting our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’ve been working on a new route this year check out our Instagram for some sneak peeks!

We're looking for a partner in Rwanda!
Call for Partnerships

We’re looking for a new International Partner in Rwanda! Specifically we are looking for a locally run organization, ideally working on Gender Empowerment.

There is a full Call for Partnership on our website, please check it out and spread the word!

Can you volunteer in our office?
Office Volunteers Needed!

We could really use some help in the office with data entry and mailings. Are you free during regular office hours (M-F 9-5pm)? This is not the most glamorous job but does require attention to detail, basic computer skills and is super important!

Email [email protected] for more information or to sign up.

Visit the Bike Shop!
Winter at the Bike Shop

Things are on sale at the Shop! We’re having a 50% off sale many of our used parts including wheels and accessories. Many of our bikes have been discounted and winter helmets and other cold weather gear is in stock!

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 2/6 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Mon 2/13 7-9pm Femmechanics

Thank you Rob!
Volunteer of the Month – Rob Townsend

Rob Townsend started volunteering with BNB in the summer of 2015 after he found out about BNB at the Redbones Bike Party. As he expresses, BNB’s mission, community of other volunteers and staff had him “hooked’ and he has been volunteering ever since. His favorite part of volunteering is the different ways he can volunteer while also meeting new people and having fun.

News Outside of BNB

With the goal of inspiring people to take creative political action, Together We Rise will bring together over 1,000 attendees from across Boston to raise their voices for a more peaceful, just, and creative world. Join the event at The Strand Theatre on January 19th from 7-11pm.

Join Femmechanics for a Pot Luck Game Night on Tuesday January 24th in Arlington! This event is open to Femme/Trans*/Women, more info on the Facebook event page.

Our friends at Broadway Bicycle School are hiring! Check out the listing for full-time seasonal mechanic.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

From the email:


Bikes Not Bombs
September 2016
Youth graduating from Earn-A-Bike this summer
Volunteer or Join with Youth Programs this Fall!

Adult Instructor Training starts on Monday! Are you interested in volunteering to help with bike repair and ride marshaling within Earn-A-Bike? Learn more and apply on our website.

Twelve to eighteen year olds, join us in Earn-A-Bike! Our Fall session begins October 3rd and runs untilNovember 3rd meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. In Earn-A-Bike youth learn about mechanics and safe riding practices, and fix up a bike that they earn through the program. Applications available onlineand at our Hub.

Kithinji, Program Coordinator for the Women's Bicycle Program
Cycloville launches Women’s Bike Program

Welcome to Kithinji Doreen, Cycloville’s new program coordinator for the Women’s Bike Program (WBP)! Kithinji is a bike enthusiast and a women’s rights activist. She believes that women and men should have equal access to bikes and in the benefits that bikes can offer to them. By launching the WBP, Cycloville is taking one more step towards institutionalizing biking culture in Nairobi for all people regardless of their gender. Learn more about Kithinji and the program!

Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA!
Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA!

Join BNB to load a container to our partner CESTA in El Salvador on September 11th. We will be loading from 9am – 6pm. Drop by for an hour or stay all day!

Please RSVP so that we have an idea of how many people are coming.

Ride with BOCA!
Ride with BOCA!

Starting September 17th, BOCA will be hosting bi-monthly Unity Rides! These rides will be to fun places with stops and information provided by youth employees. All riders must have a working bike and helmet, we can provide helmet loaners and may be able to loan bikes with advance notice.

Meet at the BNB Hub at 11am on Saturday Sept. 17th,Oct. 1st, 15th and 29th and Nov. 12th. Rides will return to the Hub around 3pm. Waivers required for all participants, youth under 18 need parent/guardian signature.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast on October 26th!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs’ 6th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Wednesday, October 26th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. We will give Table Captains all the information and training they need to be successful. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Visit the Bike Shop!
Happenings at the Bike Shop

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 9/12 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 9/15 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Thurs 9/22 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 10/3 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night

We’re excited to begin building up 2017 bikes including the Raleigh Redux 1! With a lightweight aluminum frame and mechanical disc brakes, the Redux 1 will make commuting a blast. Come in to try one out!

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Volunteer of the Month – Gus Harrington

Gus is invaluable to our bike collections program. Not only does he attend our bike drives and container loadings to assist with processing bikes for shipment, he also lets BNB use the shed at his property in Salisbury, MA as a drop-off spot for people who want to donate bikes, but can’t bring them all the way to Boston. Gus says he likes supporting BNB because our programs educate youth about mechanics and help spread bikes as a viable form of transportation. Thank you Gus!

News Outside of BNB

Hub on Wheels – Join the 12th Annual Boston Bikes Hub on Wheels on Sunday September 18th for a 10 or 40 mile ride on car-free Storrow Drive! Registration is open, and look for BNB at the Finish Line Festival!

Femmechanics Bikepacking – Join Femmechanics crew for a bike camping trip on Saturday Sept. 24th – 25th! This event is for all femme, and/or trans*, and/or women regardless of how much experience or gear you have, or how many rides you’ve done.


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Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon Moved To June 19th

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 09

from BnB.


The Bike-A-Thon is now June 19th!
Bike-A-Thon, now on June 19th!

With the rainy weather on June 5th, our 29th Annual Bike-A-Thon is now on Sunday June 19th! We’re planning on making the best of the next week and a half so please join us!

If you are now able to make the ride, you’re in luck!We’re offering half-priced registration untilmidnight tonight!

Already registered? Take these extra days to raise your fundraising goal, recruit a few more people to join your team or go out on a practice ride.

Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors, volunteers and donors who have stood behind us as we hold out for a sunnier day, we will see you on June 19th!

Welcome Manizha Baraki!
Welcome Manizha Baraki!

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Manizha Baraki who joins us as our new International Programs Coordinator! Manizha recently received her Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and previously has worked with UN Women in Afghanistan and New York.

At BNB, she will be communicating with international partners on a regular basis, traveling to provide technical assistance to partner organizations, monitoring progress and evaluating impact. Manizha brings a wealth of experience to BNB and is passionate about empowerment of women and youth in underserved communities.

Say hi to Manizha at our next container loading, or email her at [email protected]! .

Check out our new sticker!
New Sticker!

Remember back in February when we hosted a contest to redesign our sticker? The new stickers have arrived! We had a fierce competition between a number of skilled designers, but at the end chose a design that both recollects previous stickers and brings in a fresh twist. Huge thank you to everyone who submitted art, and especially to the winning designer, David Alderman.

You can purchase one of our new, reflective stickers at the Bike Shop, Hub, or at the many events we attend.

An Earn-A-Bike Graduate
Summer Earn-A-Bike

Know a 12-18 year old who has an interest in learning bike mechanics and safe urban riding skills? Encourage them to apply for Earn-A-Bike! We’ve got two sessions this summer, from July 5th – July 22ndand from July 25th to August 12th. Both sessions will meet MondayFriday 2-6pm.

More information and applications on our website, or available at our Hub and Shop.

Come visit our Shop!
Happenings at the Bike Shop

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/6 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Mon 6/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 6/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 6/20 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Tues 6/21 8-9pm Flat Fixing

Please be on time for the clinics. RSVP by 5pm theSunday ahead of time for Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night.

Thank you David Read!
Volunteer of the Month – David Read

This month we want to extend our thanks to David Read. We first met David at a Lunch Brake last May and knew right away he was going to be a super volunteer. He organized a table for our 2015 Building Momentum Breakfast even though he could not attend and has been a regular at Container Loadings ever since. Last month he organized a Bike Drive that brought in over a hundred bikes! When he’s not volunteering at BNB, he is helping to organize the Longwood Medical Area Bike Network, an effort to improve cycling experiences and keep cyclists safe in that area. David’s commitment and enthusiasm for our work, and for cyclists in Boston generally, makes him our volunteer of the month!

News Outside of BNB

Femmechanics The femme/trans*/women (FTW) group Femmechanics, who we partner with monthly, has a number of upcoming events this summer from camping to alley cats to social events! Learn more at their website.

Lives at Stake Join the Jamaica Plain Progressives for A Community Conversation On Mass Incarceration. National leaders acknowledge the mistake of “tough on crime” legislation, why is Massachusetts slow to respond? At the First Baptist Church in JP on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Inter-Neighborhood Ride Series: DorchesterJoin DotBike to explore Dorchester! Meet at Ashmont Cycles at 11am on Saturday July 9th. More details on Facebook!


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

from BNB:

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Bike-A-Thon Registration is OPEN and Half-Price!

Register today for our 29th annual Bike-A-Thon! During March, registration fees are half-price, only $15 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under). The Bike-A-Thon will take place on Sunday, June 5th, (raindate of Sunday, June 19th). With 10, 30. 50, and 80-mile route options, there’s something for every rider. Invite your friends to ride with you on a team! Check out 2015 Bike-A-Thon photos and the amazing results and email [email protected] with any questions.

Riders at the 2015 Bike-A-Thon! Photo by Diana Parad
Shifting Power Bike Mechanics Training Videos!

We’re excited to release Shifting Power, a bike mechanics training video series! Shifting Power will serve as a comprehensive training manual for anyone worldwide interested in learning and/or teaching about bicycle mechanics. The 14 video series features a diverse group of instructors, unlike many of the video resources currently available. The collaborative project, created by staff at the BNB Bike Shop, International, and Youth Programs, is now available in both English and Spanish on the Bikes Not Bombs website.

Volunteer on March 20th
Help Load the First Container of 2016!

Our first Container Loading of 2016 is on March 20th and will be going to Ability Bikes in Ghana! RSVP to volunteer! We will be loading starting at 9am and ending around 5pm, stop by for an hour or stay all day!

BNB Shop Updates
Spring Shop Hours, Clinics and Staff!

The Shop is now on Summer hours, which meansclinics are back, Adult Earn-A-Bike is restarting and we’re open 7 days a week! Stop by Mon. 11-7pm, Tues. – Thurs. 8-8pm, Fri. 11-7pm, Sat. 10-6pm or Sun. 12-5pm. We’re also thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the 2016 Bike Shop team! Chelsea DeSantis and Gabriel Ytterberg are joining us as full-time mechanics and Chayanne Almieda is our newest Apprentice! Upcoming Clinics:  Mon 3/147-9pm FemmechanicsWed 3/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance Please be on time for the clinics. Tool Time will be on April 4th, RSVP byApril 3rd at 5pm.

The current BNB Sticker in Nairobi, Kenya
Submit Your Idea for Our New Sticker!

After 32 years, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp our sticker design, and we could use YOUR help! Do you have an idea of the perfect sticker you want to put on your bike, helmet or give to your favorite person?Submit it today! Designs are due before March 30th,guidelines and resources available.

Can you help with Bike Drives?
It’s Almost Bike Drive Season!

Our Spring Bike Drives will resume in April! Are you able to help us collect 5000+ bikes each year by organizing a drive in your community? Can you volunteer to flatten bikes at a bike drive? Email[email protected] for more information. Have a bike to donate? Check out our upcoming Bike Drives throughout New England.

John 'Rosy' Rosenwinkel
Volunteer of the Month – John Rosenwinkel

This month we would like to extend a huge thank you to John Rosenwinkel as volunteer of the month. John has served as an adult instructor, helped with final safety checks before Earn-A-Bike graduations and most recently improved the operations of the Hub mechanics space. As a member of a youth programs committee John helped build a wall to mount bicycle forks and crank sets, teaching senior youth staff about basic power tools during the construction. John’s consistent dedication is invaluable to the impact of our programs.

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International Programs Field Reports

Our International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, has been traveling for most of 2016! In January, Charlotte visited Cycloville in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 weeks, and in February, Charlotte went to Koforidua, Ghana to work with Ability Bikes. Read our Field Reports to see what Charlotte learned!

News Outside of BNB

BBMA Spring Sprints Support the Boston Bicycle Messenger Association at a tournament-style roller race on Sunday March 27th!!

World Bike Forum Sign up to attend the 5th World Bike Forum in Santiago, Chile from March 31st – April 5th.

Broadway Bicycle School is looking for someone to join their staff April-October as an entry level bicycle mechanic!


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Bikes Not Bombs Is Having A Holiday Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 10

Come celebrate with us!
You’re Invited, Let’s Celebrate!

Join us at our end of year party to celebrate an amazing 2015!

We’ll be unveiling our new series of bike mechanics training videos and celebrating the contributions of staff members David Branigan and Derek McIntire as they transition out of their roles at BNB, and Stephen Bosco who has stepped back to a lead volunteer role. All ages welcome, we’ll provide light appetizers, cake served at 7:30pm, cash bar available.

Other Upcoming Events:

Shop Clinics, Hours and Updates:
Thurs 12/10 8-9pm Winter Commuting Clinic
Mon 12/14 7-9pm Femmechanics

The shop will be closing at 6:30pm on 12/9 and at 6pm on 12/16. We will also be closed 12/24 to 1/3, reopening for normal hours on Monday January 4th. Please check the website as these dates are subject to change.

This year, consider Bikes Not Bombs when purchasing your holiday gifts! We have many BNB branded T-shirts, hoodies, water bottles and cycling caps, and we’re selling limited sizes (XS, S and M) BNB Cycling Jerseys for only $25!

For the young cyclist we have both refurbished (most priced around $100-$150) and new Raleigh (starting at $190) kids’ bikes.

BNB-Specific Discount from Fortified Bikes! Our friends at Fortified Bicycle (the makers of guaranteed anti-theft bike lights) are hooking you up with a one-week 30% discount on all of their gear. Better yet, they’re donating 20% of all proceeds back to BNB! To activate your discount, just shop online at Fortifiedbike.com and use the code BNBLOVE at checkout. Act fast, this offer ends 12/16!

Help BNB Load a Container! Please join us to load bikes to Cycloville! Sunday, December 13th, 9am-6pm.

Volunteer Night: There will be no Volunteer Night on Thursday December 24th and December 31st.


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