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Announcement :: Education : Environment : Gender : International : Radical Culture
May Events at Bikes Not Bombs
02 May 2014
Modified: 11:45:11 AM
Bike-A-Thon 2014

The 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon is quickly approaching! Join Bikes Not Bombs on Sunday June 8th (rain date of Sunday, June 22nd) for our largest and most exciting event of the year. This year we have four brand new routes (80, 50, 30 & 10 miles) to make sure there's a ride for everyone.

See us at the Wake Up the Earth Festival this weekend to register in person for half-off the registration fee!

Don't feel like riding? It takes a large group of wonderful volunteers to help us pull off the Bike-A-Thon. We're looking for folks available in the days and weeks ahead of Bike-A-Thon, in the morning and afternoon of June 8th and those willing to commit to our rain date of June 22nd! Positions range from route marker, food server, medical assistance, videographer and more!

Register to ride or volunteer.

Spring Girls In Action

Participants from the 2013 Girls In Action program take their new bikes for a spin Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for our Spring session of 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 (also available at the Hub or Bike Shop) 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.

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

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary at 617-522-0222 x 101 or email ashley (at)

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 Bikes Not Bombs Hub 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 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. Panelists include: Wenzday Jane, founder of Metro Pedal Power; Danny Cordon, co-owner of Boston Brewin Coffee Co.; and Glynn Lloyd, founder and CEO of City Fresh Foods. The event is free, open to the public, and pastries will be served. We hope you'll be able to join us for this exciting film and panel!

Check our our Facebook Invite or email erica (at) for more information

It's Bike Drive Time!

Our 2014 Bike Drives have already brought in 411 bikes from all over Eastern Mass! Spring is here and with it comes BNB Bike Drives! We have many on our calendar but are looking for more volunteers to host in the Spring and Fall. Interested volunteers should review the keys to a successful bike drive. We have found the best bike drives are located in towns within an hour's drive of Boston and can be hosted at a local High School, Church or Community Center near the center of town.

May Bike Drives:

* Billerica [8] - Saturday May 3rd 9-1pm

* Andover [9] - Saturday May 3rd 9-1pm

* Westwood [10] - Saturday May 10th 8-12pm

* Arlington [11] - Saturday May 10th 9-1pm

* Wrentham [12] - Saturday May 10th 9-1pm

* Concord [13] - Saturday May 10th 9:30-3pm

* Medfield [14] - Saturday May 24th 9-1pm

Help BNB Load Bikes to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Sunday May 11th

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. Village Bicycle Project 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. Village Bicycle Project partners with rural communities to create opportunities for increased mobility, leading toward social and economic development.

TIME: Sunday, May 11th 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.

Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA in El Salvador on Sunday May 25th

CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, is leading the struggle for environmental conservation, sustainable transportation and community-led resource management in El Salvador. CESTA's programs include a bicycle mechanics training program for young people, a bicycle wholesale distribution network supporting small bike shops throughout San Salvador, coastal mangrove conservation focusing on community-led management, disability rights advocacy, traditional medicine research and education, and environmental conflict mediation between communities and the multi-national corporations that exploit, displace and pollute.

TIME: Sunday, May 25th 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.

Host a Lunch Brake at Your Workplace

Host a Lunch Brake and you too could be bici-blending! 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 erica (at)

May Free Clinics, Surly Straggler Now in Stock and Shop Updates

The 2014 Surly Straggler in Glitter Dreams is in stock! This May our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic will be on Wednesday May 7th from 8-9pm and our Flat Fixing Clinic will be Monday May 19th 7-8pm. As always no need to sign up just be punctual and show up by 8pm!

Tool Time (which is an open shop where you can work on your own projects) will be on Monday May 5th from 7-9pm and does require both a BNB Membership (or volunteer credits) and signing up ahead of time.

This is the busy time of year as far as repairs but we're keeping our wait to about 1 week for larger repairs. Smaller jobs can sometimes be done sooner and we can usually do flats while you wait. Don't forget that we can schedule appointments where you can drop off your bike in the morning and pick it up that night -- a good option for commuters and those who rely on their bikes for transportation.

We now have the Surly Straggler in stock (54cm)! This is a disc brake STI version of the popular Surly Cross Check. It's also in Glitter Dreams purple. So if you've been looking for a gravel road bike, rugged commuter, disc brake randonneur, or sparkly purple bike come down to check it out.

We're pleased to welcome back Isabella Keon to the bike shop staff.

Donate Fabric for Rags

Both the BNB Hub and Bike Shop are in need of rags! Used clothing and other fabric that is partly or primarily cotton is great (please avoid 100% synthetic fabrics). If you have the time to cut or tear your fabric into roughly 1 foot squares, or any similar size and shape, that is great. Or just drop them off and we'll find volunteers to cut them. We can take in donations during daytime hours at the Hub or the Shop, or on weekends at the Shop only. And Thursdays we're at the Hub until 10pm with our weekly Volunteer Night. Thanks!

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