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Bikes Not Bombs 30th Anniversary Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

30 Years of Bikes Not Bombs
30th Anniversary Party

Come celebrate Bikes Not Bombs’ 30th Anniversary! Join us at Doyle’s Cafe on Thursday December 11th, 6-10pm. There will be free pizza, BNB trivia, games and more. Too excited to wait until December? Check out our brand new online Timeline to see what we’ve been up to over the last 30 years.

Please wear your favorite BNB shirt – we will have a prize for the oldest one!

Membership Gifts
Bikes Not Bombs Membership Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for loved ones this holiday season? Consider a membership to Bikes Not Bombs! For a donation of $35, you can give a close friend an individual BNB membership, and not only support our Youth and International programs, but also give them a 10% discount at the shop!

Phone-A-Thon
Phone-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

We need 30 amazing volunteers to call BNB supporters to update them on our recent accomplishments and ask them to consider a year-end donation. Every volunteer makes a difference; the more people we reach at this critical point in fundraising, the more financially stable we’ll be entering 2015. We train volunteers before each session and provide yummy snacks!

Sign up to volunteer!

Photo by Bob Dizon
Help BNB at Fall Container Loadings!

Please join us to load bikes to CESTA! Sunday, November 9th, 9am – 5pm.

Please note, this loading will start at 9am, an hour earlier than usual. Drop in for an hour or stay all day! Loadings are located at the BNB Warehouse in Dorchester, and breakfast and lunch are provided.

Bike Shop
Free Clinics at the BNB Shop

Our Winter Commuting Clinic will be on Thursday November 13th from 8-9pm. RSVPs are not required, but please be punctual! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be onMonday November 7th from 7-9pm and requires both a BNB Membership and signing up ahead of time.

The second Femmechanics, a workshop/open shop time for Femme/Trans/Women cyclists, will be at the shop on Monday November 10th from 7-9pm.

Photo by Jude Griffin
Volunteer Nights: Cancelations & Help Needed!

There will be no Volunteer Night on Thursday November 27th (Thanksgiving), December 11th (30th Anniversary Party) and December 25th (Christmas).

We’ve scheduled additional Volunteer Nights forSunday November 30th, 6pm – 9pm, and Wednesday December 10th, 7pm -10pm. RSVP not required, but useful to email [email protected]

We really need more help, both on 11/30 and 12/10, and at weekly Thursday Volunteer Nights! Mechanics skills not necessary, come try it out!

Photo by Will Daniels
Volunteer of the Month – Dave Boudreau

This month we celebrate volunteer enthusiast Dave Boudreau! Dave can be found lifting heavy bikes over his head at container loadings, riding sweep (and being a top fundraiser) at the Bike-A-Thon, or being there whenever you need him! Dave says “BNB isn’t just a non-profit. It’s a strong community dedicated to taking direct action to achieve peace and social justice through the use of bicycles. I’m honored to be part of the community.”

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2015 Bici-Tec School Dates Announced

BNB Partner Bici-Tec recently announced the dates of their winter and summer 2015 sessions of the School of Appropriate Bici-Technology. The program offers training in the design, fabrication and installation of bicycle machines, which are an affordable and environmentally sustainable technology that increases rural productivity and furthers rural development. Applications for the winter session are open untilDecember 1st!

Photo by Will Daniels
4th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast was a huge success, raising $177,000 over the next 5 years for our youth and international programs. These multi-year gifts are especially important because they provide us with a source of reliable funding that allow us to expand our programs.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and our sponsors – Ula Cafe, Boston Brewin’ Coffee, andVerTerra. Learn more, see photos and watch the video.

News Outside of BNB

Cranksgiving: Join the First Annual Cranksgiving Boston Bike Ride on Saturday November 22nd at 1pm! Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, and part bike ride, the ride will support the Boston Food Bank and Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Green Pedal Film Festival & Work Bike Showcase: Come to an evening of short films on rad environmental innovations and a showcase of the leading local pedal powered adaptations! Visit Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville on Sunday November 9th 6-10pm.

Boston Bike Winter Social: Hang out with the Boston Cyclists Union at Ibex – Boston to chat about winter biking! Learn how to conquer your first winter, share tips you’ve learned or improve your commute on Wednesday November 19th, 6-9pm.


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Bikes Not Bombs Turns 30!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 10

From Bikes Not Bombs:

 

Bikes Not Bombs turns 30!

Bikes Not Bombs celebrated 30 years of using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change on July 4th! In the three decades since our founder Carl Kurz first brought two bikes to Nicaragua we are thrilled to have shipped56,981 bikes to partners in 14 countries. And, since our first Earn-A-Bike session in 1990 we have reached more than 3,500 youth through five sessions per year – including our girls-only version, Girls in Action. And all of our programs are taught and led by youth alumni who we offer meaningful, year-round employment through ourYouth Employment Pathways program and our youth organizing initiative, BOCA.

Our 30th anniversary not only provides us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, but also to look forward and plan for the future. This summer we are welcoming our largest number of youth instructors ever – together with our Earn-A-Bike participants we’ll have over 80 young people people filtering through the Hub each day! And Bikes Not Bombs not only strives to provide access to bikes and trainings, but also to transform communities — locally and globally. BNB youth are participating in an equity evaluation of the Boston Bike Plan in conjunction with the On The Move Coalition and our International Team are exploring new partnerships as our current partners grow and become more self-sufficient.

All of this work would be impossible without the caring community of volunteers and donors who have supported Bikes Not Bombs since 1984. Thank You! Stay tuned for details about our 30th anniversary party in early December!

Youth Programs: Enrollment open for Adult Instructor Training

Adult Instructors like Tom help out at 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. Adult Instructor Trainings are held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, and upcoming training dates are September 8th – 24thMonday – Wednesday, 6-9PM.

Applications are available online and for more information, contact Ashley Leary at [email protected] or617-522-0222 x 101.

Help BNB Load Bikes to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Sunday, August 10th!

Village Bicycle Project brings bicycles to the most rural areas of Ghana and Sierra Leone and organizes village-based workshops at which people can purchase bicycles at subsidized costs and receive training in basic bicycle maintenance. VBP also provides opportunities for local mechanics to purchase subsidized bicycle tools and receive training in advanced bicycle mechanics – building the repair infrastructure to sustain the bikes long-term. By partnering with rural communities, Village Bicycle Project creates opportunities for increased mobility, leading toward social and economic development.

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Village Bicycle Project, Ghana!
Time: Sunday, August 10th from 10am – 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
Place: The BNB Warehouse on 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
Details: Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Volunteers of the Month – Jon Allen & Mel Quigley

Volunteers of the Month (and the last 28 years!) Jon and Mel finally get a break at the Bike-A-Thon, after working hard on all the setup.

Since we’ve just reached our 30th anniversary, it is fitting to recognize a pair of volunteers who have a long history helping out at BNB, Jon Allen and Melanie Quigley! Jon writes: “I was pedaling a brand new Columbia 3-speed along Commonwealth Avenue in the summer of 1986 when a Ford Probe sped into me. The bike was totaled, but I felt that some parts might be worth donating to this non-profit I’d just heard about that recycled bikes and parts. We went to the address on Amory Street and we were told of a container loading that weekend where our help would be appreciated. (At the old space the bikes came out of the basement and had to be walked half way around the block to get to the truck so there was a lot more walking and less lifting then), so Mel and I went, and have been returning quite regularly ever since.”

Jon and Mel have been to almost EVERY loading for overseas shipments since, so they’ve now attended more container loadings than anyone else in BNB’s history! When BNB had to move in 2006, Jon and Mel constructed and painted a lot of walls and structures, first at the Hub, then the shop, then the warehouse. And they’ve become key volunteers for Bike-A-Thon logistics each year as well. This year, for example, they were here repeatedly in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon to check all the parts for our big tents, measure and cut ropes, sort food for the different rest stops, and prepare the bike parking tags. They traveled to Newton to help chef Brian Sway prepare food. And on the day of the Bike-A-Thon they joined the setup crew doing tents, ropes, banners, and slides. Thank you Jon and Mel for 28 years of steadfast volunteering!

Building Momentum Breakfast Table Captain Information Session on July 21st

The 2013 Building Momentum Breakfast was attended by over 75 guests.

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Wednesday, October 22nd at 8am at Space with a Soul, near Downtown Crossing. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise 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. Table Captains are critical to the success of this event.

Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs. 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. 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. We’ll guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. While this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.

BNB will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a Table Captain onMonday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the BNB Hub. Please RSVP to Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected], or contact her if you would like more information about becoming a Table Captain.

Read about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.

Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport and Society

Wednesday July 16 6:00pm
Museum of African American History – 46 Joy Street Beacon Hill Boston
Interview | Audience Q&A | Reception | Booksigning
ADMISSION: General: $5; youth (13 – 17) and seniors (62+): $3

Don’t miss the Boston Globe’s Derrick Jackson, an avid cyclist, history buff, photographer, and award-winning Op-Ed columnist, as he interviews author Lorenz “Larry” Finison about his new book, “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport and Society.”

The author and the journalist will share how athletes and individuals of all backgrounds made Boston a hub of 19th-century bicycling. The story includes a woman of color, Kittie Knox, who challenged conformity due to self-styled outfits and insistence on riding a man’s bike; Mary Sargent Hopkins, a self-proclaimed expert on women’s cycling and publisher of The Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, long affiliated with the League of American Wheelman and as a cycling advocate.

Finison’s book shows how these and other recreational and competitive bikers interacted on the road and in their cycling clubhouses, often constrained by issues of race, class, religion, and gender. Meet descendants of some of the early cyclists who will be in the audience. Bikes Not Bombs will co-host the program along with Discover Roxbury, Roxbury Bicycle Brigade, and UMass Press.

July Free Clinics at the Shop

This July our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic will be on Wednesday the 16th from 8-9pm . Our Flat Fixing Clinic will be on Thursday July 24th from 8-9pm. As always there is no need to sign up, but please be punctual and show up by 8pm!



 




News Outside of BNB:

 


Women’s Bike Social

Join Boston Bikes on July 10th, 5:30 pm for a Boston Tasting Tour! The group will ride and eat their way through the South End and Back Bay before grabbing dessert in the North End.
 


Bike Friday

Join the best Boston commuters at a commuting celebration! Free breakfast and coffee from Boloco at City Hall Plaza. Stop by the Bikes Not Bombs tent to say hi! Hosted by Boston Bikes July 18th 7-9am.
 


Boston Remembers Hiroshima: Moving from Violence to Unity

Boston Remembers Hiroshima: Join Mass Peace Action, Dorchester People for Peace and others including Bikes Not Bombs, in this event connecting neighborhoods of Boston to City Hall. First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, August 6, 3pm, procession through Common to City Hall Plaza. Taiko drumming, Japanese “Soran Bushi” dancers, singing, speakers, action.


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Bikes Not Bombs: A Night At Flatbread, July 1st

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 24

Bikes not bombs is awesome, and Flatbread pizza isn’t half bad, put the two together and wham lovely fundraiser for a lovely cause:

See below:

 

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Join Bikes Not Bombs for a night of pizza, a raffle & bowling at Flatbread Somerville!  Flatbread has generously offered to donate a portion of each flatbread sold (dine-in & take-out) to BNB.

The event will be from 5-10pm at Flatbread Somerville at 45 Day St. Somerville, MA 02144.  The Bikes Not Bombs staff will be riding over from the BNB Hub (284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) at 4pm if you would like to join!

See you there!

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/499995370102150
Bikes Not Bombs: https://bikesnotbombs.org
Flatbread Somerville:
http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/FlatbreadSacco2010.html


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Power To The Pedals Screening

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 29

From the email:

 

Bikes Not Bombs (https://bikesnotbombs.org/) will host a free screening of “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change”(http://powertothepedals.org/) at the Hub on Tuesday May 6th at 6pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/274292362749592/).


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.  A post-screening discussion with Wenzday Jane, founder of Metro Pedal Power, and other entrepreneurs will focus on skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high-school. We encourage young people, local businesses, and community members alike to attend!

The BNB Hub is located at 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA in the Brewery Complex, next to Ula Cafe. Film begins at 6pm sharp, Q&A at 6:30pm.


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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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