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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

From The Email:

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our openings.

Development Manager – Works to increase the organization’s visibility and cultivates, stewards and expands the relationships between Bikes Not Bombs and its donors at all levels.
Youth Programs Director – Oversees the development and implementation of all BNB programs for youth (ages 12-24) and deepens our impact in local communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
Repair Mechanic – Will have a strong base of mechanic skills and repair experience, as well as great customer service skills, ability to share knowledge with others and provide a welcoming retail experience.

Join us at Flatbread on Aug. 15th!
Flatbread Benefit!

Join BNB at Flatbread Somerville on August 15thfrom 5-9pm! A portion of every pizza you purchase will support our youth, international and bike shop programs. We’ll also have a raffle with some amazing prizes!

RSVP on the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Visit the Bike Shop!
BNB Shop Updates

We’ve got new hours! We will be closed on Mondays for the rest of the summer. Our new hours are: Sunday 12-5pm, Monday Closed, Tuesday 11-7pm, Wednesday 8-8pm, Thursday 11-7pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pm.

We’ve got lots of new products in the Shop, and of course our huge selection of used parts and refurbished bikes. Come by to take a look!

Upcoming Clinics:
Thurs 7/13 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 7/18 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 7/25 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance

Chelsea, Jeremy and Natalie
Thank you Jeremy, Chelsea and Natalie!

Three of our staff members are onto new and exciting things!

After 9 years in a variety of roles, Jeremy Hanson-Gutierrez is leaving his position as Co-Director of Youth Programs. Jeremy shared, “It has truly been an honor to work alongside you as colleagues, community members, comrades and friends. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished. While I am not yet sure of my next steps, I know I will take some time to honor the memory of my mother and be more present with family than I have been able to be so far. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for everything we’ve worked together on.”

Chelsea DeSantis is moving to her hometown in Rhode Island to be closer to family. Chelsea first joined Bikes Not Bombs as a member of the Bike-A-Thon team and shortly after joined full-time as a Shop Mechanic where she has run the Adult Earn-A-Bike program for the last year.

After 3 years as our Communications Manager Natalie Brady is moving to Washington state for a new adventure. Most recently she led the Bike-A-Thon team for our 30th event and has also worked to improve our E-Newsletter, create new features on our website and increase the reach of BNB.

We wish Natalie, Chelsea and Jeremy the best and thank them for their years of hard work. We are currently hiring for a Development ManagerRepair Mechanic and Youth Programs Director.

Janei at the Hub
Volunteer of the Month – Janie Boyer

Janei first started volunteering a month ago but has quickly become a regular face at BNB. She first heard about BNB through her cousin who participated in Youth Programs. Janei is always willing to help with whatever BNB needs, anything from shredding paper to lifting boxes to data entry. Thank you, and GO_JANEI!

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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

On Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century route and we were very impressed by our youngest rider to complete 10 miles on her own bike, 6 year old Nina.

Check out the full results and photos on our website and Facebook. Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors and volunteers for helping out!

We need feedback from those of you who attended! We’ve got surveys up for riders and volunteers, please fill them out by June 26th and you could win a gift card to Amsterdam Falafelshop!


Youth learning in Earn-A-Bike
Apply for Summer Earn-A-Bike!

We’ve got two sessions of Summer Earn-A-Bike rapidly approaching! Fill out an application today for either session.

Summer 1 will be July 10th to July 27th and Summer 2 will be July 31st to August 17th, both run Monday – Friday 2pm – 6pm.

Help with a container loading!
Help BNB Load a Container to Sierra Leone!

Come help load a container to Village Bicycle Project in Sierra Leone on Sunday, July 9th from 9am to 6pm. Feel free to come by for an hour or stay all day. We appreciate RSVPs in advance!

This is the first container we’ve loaded to Sierra Leone since 2013!

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring for the Shop!

We’re looking for bike mechanics to help out on a full-time seasonal basis, check out our job posting.

We’re looking for previous experience in a bike shop setting but all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Please help spread the word!

Visit the Bike Shop!
Summer is Finally at the BNB Shop!

Come get your bike tuned up and ready to go for the season, or check out our selection of bikes for sale if you need a new ride. We’ve got a variety of new bikes from Bianchi and Raleigh in addition to our selection of tuned-up used and refurbished bikes.

Did you ride our Bike-A-Thon and wonder how you could get one of our stylish cycling jerseys? We’re doing a new limited run of this classic yellow and black jersey. If you’d like to pre-order to guarantee you get one, please call the Shop at 617-522-0226.

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/19 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 6/20 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 6/27 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/10 7-9pm Femmechanics

Come work with us!
Support BNB With Your Purchases This Summer!

 On June 21st attend the Laugh While You Can Comedy Benefit Show at the Midway Cafe! The show runs from 6-8pm and tickets are $10, buy online.

Tuesday July 11th 5:30pm to close, eat at Tres Gatos in JP and a 10% of all sales will benefit Bikes Not Bombs! Make a reservation today.

Mark your calendar, on Tuesday August 15th we’ll be at Flatbread Somerville in Davis Sq. for a benefit night!

Volunteer of the Month – Bernardo Cruceta

Bernardo is an avid cyclist who encourages other young people to cycle and use their bike as a source of transportation, and has been such a help to Youth Programs that we can’t imagine last Spring without him. On top of his amazing cycling and wheelie skills, Bernardo is a trustworthy mechanic. He helped lead safety checks on all of the Girls In Action participants’ bikes before graduation and is frequently requested at our weekly Bike-In. Most importantly Bernardo is a kind spirit that strives to bring peace to the world. Thank you Bernie!

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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Join the Bike-A-Thon on June 4th!
Ride for social change on June 4th!

Less than 2 months remain before our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! We are working hard to make this event better than ever, and hope that YOU will be there with us.

The Bike-A-Thon is our largest event and fundraiser of the year, and helps support all of our programs to operate year-round.

Register online, at our Hub or Shop or try and find us at upcoming events around the city!

GIA participants learn mechanics
Apply for Girls In Action

Our 2017 session of Girls In Action is coming up! Girls 12-18 can apply to learn about mechanics, riding, fitness, safety and environmental activities. The next session will be May 1st – June 1st, Mon – Thurs 4-7pm, culminating in riding the Bike-A-Thon!

Applications are available online, or at our Hub. Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email [email protected].

Visit the Bike Shop!
Spring Hours at the BNB Shop

We’re open 7 days a week! We just started our new hours last week, stop by Mon, Tues and Fri 11-7pm, Wed or Thurs 8-8pm, Sat 10-6pm or Sun 12-5pm.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Mechanic to join the team. Please help us spread the word about this position, or apply yourself!

Upcoming Clinics:
Wed 4/11 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 5/8 7-9pm Femmechanics
Mon 5/1 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

Jerseys $5-$20!
May 6th Apparel Sale

The clothing sale is back! We’re clearing out our warehouse and have jerseys, bibs. jackets & more, all priced to sell.

The sale will be Saturday May 6th from 3-5PM at the BNB Hub, bring cash. All clothing priced $5 – $20.

In addition to some brand new and one of a kind clothing items we will have a few parts and accessories, come early!

Erica Rotman
Thank you Erica!

After almost 5 years our Director of Fundraising, Erica Rotman, is moving on to new adventures. Erica supported BNB through our 4 most successful Bike-A-Thons ever, expanded our major donor program and brought BNB into a new level of financial sustainability.

Erica is off for a West Coast bike tour before returning to Boston. Thank you Erica for your enthusiasm and hard work!

We’re looking for someone to take over Erica’s role, please spread the word about our Senior Director of Fundraising and Operations job listing!

Use your Globe coupon for BNB!
Attention Boston Globe Subscribers:

We have a favor to ask. Help us earn a free ad in the Globe just by showing your support. Simply go to and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2017. It only takes a minute, and helps us reach more people!

Thank you Gary!
Volunteer of the Month – Gary Shapiro

Gary first found out about Bikes Not Bombs after donating bikes he rescued from the side of the road! Since then, Gary has become a regular Thursday Night Volunteer. He most enjoys flattening bikes as it gives him a chance to see some of the really interesting and unique bikes we receive. When asked why he continues to volunteer Gary said, “I like to picture someone taking that bike and using it, instead of it going into the trash. It makes a difference.” Thank you Gary!

Midnight Marathon Bike Ride – It’s back! Ride the Boston Marathon route car free starting Sunday April 16th. More details for this 9th Annual Event on Facebook.

People’s Climate March – Marches across the country are showing the wold that we will stand up for our communities and climate. We’ll be heading to the DC march, but there will also be one in Boston on Saturday April 29th.

Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum – Join with Boston residents on Saturday April 29th to connect, share, learn and envision what biking could be in our neighborhoods.

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Bikes Not Bombs Gets New Executive Director

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

Elijah, our new Executive Director!
Meet Elijah Evans, Our New Executive Director!

Bikes Not Bombs is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans will be joining us as our new Executive Director. Elijah has a lifelong commitment to social justice and has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.

Please join Bikes Not Bombs in warmly welcoming Elijah as the new Executive Director at a public welcome celebration hosted by BNB Board Member Amy Wilson and her husband David August on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8pm at their home located at 5 Alveston Street, Jamaica Plain.

RSVP and read the full announcement on our website.

Register for the Bike-A-Thon, half-priced in March!
Register for the Bike-A-Thon!

Registration is now open for our 30th Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’re proud to offer our first ever Century Ride (100 miles) along with 10, 30 and 50 mile routes this year. Registration is half-priced throughout the month of March, so sign up today!

Check out the new route, learn more and register!

Check out our Annual Report!
Annual Report Release

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Check out the online version, or download the PDF. We also have limited paper copies available at our Hub, or via mail by request.

Thank you to everyone who helped us throughout 2016, we had a great year full of growth and improvement in our many programs.

Job openings at BNB
We’re Hiring!

Please share our job openings to qualified candidates!

Senior Director of Development & Operations – Responsible for the fundraising, communications, operations and events at Bikes Not Bombs
Repair Mechanic – Diagnose and repair bicycles, interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service

TONIGHT is our One Brick Boston Social – Starting at 6:00pm we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain with our friends from One Brick Boston. Please RSVP to confirm your space.

Apply for EAB and GIA – Applications for Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA) are available on our website or at the Hub or Bike Shop. EAB will be from March 27th – April 27thrunning MondayThursday 4-7pm and Girls In Action will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm..

Laptops, chairs, tables and more needed – We need some supplies for our space! Please check out our website for donation requests.

Boston Globe Subscribers – Help us earn a free Globe ad just by showing your support. Simply go to and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2017. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

BNB Visits East Africa – International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, is currently in East Africa visiting Cycloville and meeting with potential partner organizations. While visiting Cycloville, Charlotte is conducting evaluation interviews, leading strategic planning conversations, and participating in the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Forum. After visiting Cycloville she will travel to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania to meet with organizations to explore partnership opportunities. Check out the BNB website and social media for updates!

Upcoming Clinics at the Bike Shop – Clinics are back for the season! Join us!
Thurs 3/9 7-9pm Flat Fixing Clinic
Mon 3/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 3/23 7-9pm Basic Maintenance & Repair
Mon 4/3 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 09

From the email:

Register for the Bike-A-Thon starting March 1st!
Bike-A-Thon Registration Opens March 1st!

We’ve got exciting news about this year’s Bike-A-Thon!! We are thrilled to announce that we will have a Century (100 mile) route!

This year we are going to switch things around a bit and offer 10, 30, 50 and 100 mile routes, in order to ensure we have a route for all of our amazing riders! Registration will open on Wednesday March 1st and will be half-priced through the month of March, start getting your team together!

We need skilled 'packing' volunteers!
Container Packing Volunteer Training!

Ever wonder how our containers get packed? Been to a container loading before and eager to be on the inside of the container packing bikes? Come to a short training session February 25th to learn BNB’s distinct packing method from our expert packer volunteers! We’re in need of skilled volunteers who can help us pack 500-600 bikes in our containers 8 times a year. Come to this training to learn how!

An Earn-A-Bike student works on his bike
Apply for Youth Programs

Spring is around the corner! We’re accepting applications for Adult Instructor Training (AIT), Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA). AIT will be from March 6th to the 22nd running Monday – Wednesday from 6-9pm, and EAB will be from March 27th – April 27th running MondayThursday4-7pm. Girls In Action, which is an all girls version of Earn-A-Bike, will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm.

Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email [email protected].

Visit the Bike Shop!
Winter at the Bike Shop

This month get a special Winter Overhaul, a discounted rate on labor from the usual $200 to $150. Bring your bike by Mon – Sat for a free estimate to see if a winter overhaul is right for your bike. And, remember our large selection of used parts are now 50% off.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Mechanic to join the team. Please help us spread the word about this position, or apply yourself! Things are on sale at the Shop!

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 2/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Mon 3/6 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

Can you volunteer in our office?
Help Pack a Container to Village Bicycle Project!

On Sunday February 26th join us at our warehouse in Dorchester to pack 500+ bikes for Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. We’ll be packing from 9am-6pmrain or shine (or snow!).

Breakfast and lunch are served, drop in for an hour or stay all day! Please RSVP online.

Are you interested in being a corporate sponsor for the Bike-A-Thon?
Seeking Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

We’re looking for sponsors for our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! Do you have or know a business that is interested in providing either fiscal or in-kind donations in exchange for getting the word out to over 800 riders and volunteers?

The Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday June 4th, check out more details about in-kind and fiscal sponsorships and email any questions to Annie Hamilton at [email protected]

Join us for a social with One Brick Boston!
One Brick Boston Social

Join Bikes Not Bombs for a joint social with our partner One Brick Boston, a nonprofit which provides volunteers to support a variety of nonprofits and causes throughout the Boston area. Starting at 6:00pmon Wednesday, March 8, we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. We’re looking forward to getting to know more about one another and having a great time! Please RSVP to confirm your space.

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