Bike Match

Philip J receiving a bicycle through Bike Match

Philip is a former "Lost Boy" who resettled in Boston nearly 18 years ago during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Walking nearly 30 minutes to his job in Medford as a grocery worker, Philip received a bike via Bike Match to help with his commute.

Bike Match is currently on pause for new requests as we address the backlog of requests we have received. We thank you for your patience as we work through the requests and try to meet the needs of those who have requested our help.

Applicants must live in Greater Boston, and priority will be given to people who are experiencing financial hardship, or who have been displaced from their homes either in Boston or internationally. Additionally, priority will be given to marginalized people who need a bicycle in order to attend school, get a job or go to work, assist with familial/household responsibilities, or other.

How It Works

After requesting a bicycle, Bikes Not Bombs will use the information to “match” a bike to you. After the bike has been completed, recipients must come to our bike shop at 284 Amory Street to pick up the bicycle.

Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) is a social justice organization specializing in the collection and repurposing of bicycles to create job opportunities and to grow a culture of sustainable transportation.

Having a physical bike shop at 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, BNB is uniquely positioned to respond to those who are most affected by the crisis. Executive Director, Elijah Evans said, “Access to transportation, equity, and environmental stewardship are at the core of Bikes Not Bombs’ mission. With ridership on the MBTA dramatically decreasing, people are looking for safe and affordable ways to get around the city. At this time, it is also important that we all step up to support essential workers like those in our hospitals and grocery stores.”

“By implementing a new Bike Match program here in Boston, BNB aims to play a critical role in equipping essential workers with a bicycle, helping them to perform work and access critical resources in their community, such as healthcare, food, prescription drugs, house supplies, etc. during the COVID-19 crisis,” adds Evans.