Organize a Bike Drive for BNB

Lynch Family bike drive in 2010

Bikes that BNB accepts

Past bike drives

  • St. Agnes Catholic Church Bike Drive
    Reading, MA
    Oct 12th, 2019
  • Arlington Town Recycling Center
    Arlington, MA
    Oct 5th, 2019
  • The City of Waltham's Recycling/Reduce Event
    Waltham, MA
    Oct 5th, 2019
  • Plymouth Rotary Club Bike Drive
    Plymouth, MA
    Sep 21st, 2019
  • Dover Special Recycling Event
    Dover, MA
    Jun 22nd, 2019
  • Littleton Zero Waste Day / Littleton`s Sustainability Committee
    Littleton, MA
    Jun 15th, 2019
  • Samantha Kaplan's Bat Mitzvah project
    Newton, MA
    Jun 1st, 2019
  • Topsfield Bike Drive
    Topsfield, MA
    May 19th, 2019
  • Dedham Sustainability Advisory Committee Spring Recycling Event
    Dedham, MA
    May 18th, 2019

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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).
  4. Let donors know about our suggested donation. We request a $20 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.
  5. Contact Collection Manager Eric Mearns via email only 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?

Read more about our programs!  Want to share more information about Bikes Not Bombs to your bike donors?  Print out a few of these double-sided flyers to hand out!

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!

Anything else?

Read the musings of a local mom who organized a successful bike drive along with her son in 2005.