Organize a Bike Drive for BNB
Bikes that BNB accepts
Past bike drives
Ruby Bakal's Bat Mitzvah Bike DriveNewton, MANov 20th, 2016
South Church Day of Service Bike DriveAndover, MANov 5th, 2016
Northampton Re-Use Committee Bike DriveNorthampton, MANov 5th, 2016
Acton Boxborough Regional HS Honor Society Bike DriveActon, MAOct 22nd, 2016
Sustainable Braintree Bike DriveBraintree, MAOct 22nd, 2016
Belmont Town Recycling Day (Belmont residents only)Belmont, MAOct 22nd, 2016
Dover's Shredder and Bulky Recycling EventDover, MAOct 22nd, 2016
Westwood Household Recycling DayWestwood, MAOct 22nd, 2016
All Saints Episcopal Church Bike DriveStoneham, MAOct 15th, 2016
Doing a bike collection drive in your community is a great way to support the work of Bikes Not Bombs, and give people outside of Boston a chance to easily donate their old bike. You just help bring the bike donors, we'll come to your town with a big truck and a trained BNB volunteer to collect the bikes.
You can organize a drive yourself, or involve your local youth group, faith community, civic association, school, or business to get a bit of publicity.
Basic steps to organizing a drive
- Secure a venue, ideally one that is well known to residents of your town, and is easily accessible by car. Some examples would be the High School parking lot, the town green, or the parking lot of a well known church. On the day of the collection, we will need space for our 18' step van, plus a few hundred more square feet to sort and process the incoming bikes, as well as access to drinking water and restrooms.
- Round up 4 to 6 volunteers for the day of the event, to help us break down the bikes and prepare them for storage and shipment. The volunteers do not need to have any special skills- we bring tools, and show your crew what needs to be done
- Publicize your event far and wide. Good publicity is critical for a successful bike drive. In our experience, the two best publicity methods are a) Getting your local paper to do a story on your event, and b) Placing large signs in high visibility areas around town. Both of these methods take some work, but they pay off in turnout. Other ideas include asking your paper to put an item in the calendar section, sending messages out to town email lists, making announcements at school or church, printing up fliers and handing them out around town, (and posting on bulletin boards around town).
- Let donors know about our suggested donation. We request a $10 donation with each bike, and this should be included as part of any publicity that you do. The donation is voluntary, but we don't like donors to hear about it for the first time at the collection site.
- Contact Collection Manager Eric Mearns (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-522-0222 x 113) to let us know if you are interested in planning an event, and to secure a date on our calendar.
Bike drive organizing FAQ
Are donations to Bikes Not Bombs tax deductible?
Yes! We are a 501 (c) 3 charity under the IRS code; donated bikes are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
How will the donated bikes be used?
What support does BNB offer to drive organizers like me?
A Bikes Not Bombs volunteer will attend your drive from start to finish with tools, literature, donation receipts and a van to transport the bikes to our warehouse at the end of the day. We coordinate your volunteers in greeting bike donors and processing the incoming donations.
What are some additional ways to boost turnout at my bike drive?
- See if your town will let you put an item on the "trash and recycling" page of their website
- Ask your local DPW or police if you can use their digital light up sign to publicize your event
- If your town has a transfer station, post a notice there well in advance of your event
- Visit your local bike shop owner- see if they have abandoned bikes or parts they are willing to donate.
- Use this template flyer to advertise your drive throughout your neighborhood, at the library, City Hall, etc. Just write in the time and place of your Bike Drive!
Read the musings of a local mom who organized a successful bike drive along with her son in 2005.