Bike-A-Thon registration is now open!
Girls In Action participants put their downhill riding skills to work at the Sugerbowl near Jamaica Pond

April 2013 Newsletter Contents

Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for Spring Girls In Action and Summer Earn-A-Bike.
  • Spring Girls In Action May 13 - June 13 (M-Th, 3:30 - 6:30pm)
  • Summer Earn-A-Bike Session I - July 10 - July 26 (M-F, 2-6pm)
  • Summer Earn-A-Bike Session II - July 31 - August 16 (M-F, 2-6pm)
In these programs, participants ages 12 -18 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 theirs 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.

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, the applicant’s availability, and willingness to commit (Note: Girls In Action is open only to girls). To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) must be submitted. If you (student) are not accepted for whatever reason, you will be notified and your program fee will be returned. Fee waivers are available.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary at 617-522-0222 x101 or email

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Sign Up to Volunteer for the Bike-A-Thon!
Check-in is just one of many volunteer opportunities at the Bike-A Thon. Photo by: Jasmine Laitemark
Come help out at our annual Bike-A-Thon on June 2nd (rain date: June 23rd). We need over one hundred volunteers to make this huge event happen! Sign up to volunteer and you could end up doing all sorts of fun stuff like: biking along the route to help riders, setting up tents and banners, supervising bike parking or lunch, and more! Note: you can sign up for June 2nd, or June 23rd, or both -- and we even have some tasks that you can help out with before the event too! Volunteers get special access to free food at the Rider After Party as well as a new 2013 Bikes Not Bombs shirt! Get your friends to sign up too and we'll do our best to give you tasks that you can do together. Join the team!
BNB Bike Shop is Hiring a Full Time Mechanic
Job Description: Full-time repair mechanic and sales person
  • perform all types of repairs for customers
  • interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service
  • assembling new and refurbished bicycles for resale.
  • Must have at least one year of experience working as a repair mechanic at a bike shop, with preference given to more experienced mechanics.
  • Experience repairing all types of bikes.
  • Positive and welcoming attitude in all customer service interactions
  • Knowledge of bicycles (accessories, fit, and riding)
  • Ability to learn and adapt to BNB's standards for bicycle mechanics. Compensation commensurate with experience.
Bikes Not Bombs' full-time employees receive subsidized health care, as well as paid vacation, holidays, and sick time.

Bikes Not Bombs is an equal opportunity employer and women and people of color are particularly encouraged to apply. Please send a resume and brief cover letter to
Help BNB schlep some serious bikes!
Get your hands dirty at a BNB Bike Drive
Did you know that half of the 6,000 bikes BNB takes in arrive by way of bike donation drives, and that these events are 100% volunteer led? BNB volunteers travel all over Greater Boston to collect bikes at more than forty events each year, greeting donors, sharing their inspiration, and of course, flattening hundreds of bikes. Our spring bike drive season has started and the bike drive crew is looking for a few new members!

Driving or coordinating requires a commitment of around eight hours on a Saturday morning/ early afternoon. Unloading requires around three hours on a Saturday afternoon. A few of the drives are on Sundays, and you can see a full schedule of the Spring bike drives online. Interested? Email Stephen Bosco at for more details.
Load Bikes to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Sunday, May 5th!
A family and their bike in Ghana. Photo by: Village Bicycle Project
Help BNB load bikes to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana!

TIME: Sunday May 5th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day!
LOCATION: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee is generously donated by City Feed & Supply!

RSVP for this event here!

Village Bicycle Project (VBP) is Bikes Not Bombs’ longest running partner on the African continent. We are excited to see VBP expanding to Sierra Leone and continuing to provide high quality bicycle programs in rural areas in Ghana.

VBP organizes “village workshops” where participants receive training in bicycle maintenance and the opportunity to purchase a bicycle at half the market rate – making the bikes accessible to lower-income people who will rely on them as a primary means of transport. VBP also provides local mechanics with tools and advanced mechanics training.
Help Create a Logo for Ability Bikes
BNB's partner in Koforidua, Ghana, Ability Bikes, is searching for a graphic designer to help them design a new logo. For more information, please contact Kwame at
Thank You Pedro's!
Our mechanics space got a makeover in black and yellow, as a thank you to Pedro's for their donation
Bikes Not Bombs would like to take this opportunity to thank local bike tool company, Pedro's, for their incredibly generous donation to our Youth Programs. Pedro's donated six Bench In A Box tool sets and two Master Tool Kits, allowing us to completely re-stock our youth mechanics space. The old tools will be sent to our International Partners, extending the impact of this donation. We are very excited about this partnership, and so thankful to this amazing company for their generosity.
Mail us your mountain bike parts!
In Amuru, Uganda, health worker mechanics will need mountain bike parts to keep these bikes in service. Photo by: Mark Odoch
We are collecting donated mountain bike replacement parts so that our international partners will be better equipped to service all the mountain bikes we send. If you live far from BNB, you can't effectively send us bikes, but spare parts provide lots of value in a package small enough to fit in the mail. And if you ride with friends or in a club, consider putting out the word and doing a parts collection!

Items we can especially use:
  • Front Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise to fit a triple chain ring
  • Rear Derailleurs – anything made for a mountain bike, or otherwise a long cage derailleur
  • Shifters – rapid-fire, grip shift, or thumb shifters
  • Chains – any type, though 7-8 speed chains are especially valuable
  • Brakes – cantilever brakes, V-brakes
  • Tubes and Tires – 26” (for mountain bikes) and any smaller sizes
Donations are tax deductible. Donors will be asked to assign the fair market value of your donation and please include the name and address where we should send the receipt. Contact Arik Grier,, 617-522-0222 x100.
BNB Mechanic Miguel is fundraising to build us a cargo bike
Miguel Gothers-Reyes, a BNB employee since 2006, is leaving us this summer. He's moving to Eugene, Oregon to begin an apprenticeship in cargo bike building. He's trying to raise $1,900 to cover the cost of the Long Haul bike he will build. And if he does, he'll send the bike to BNB, for use in our Youth Programs and to run errands. Sponsor his project online!
BNB Receives Award from the Anna B. Stearns Foundation
The Anna B. Stearns Foundation has recognized BNB's important work with teen girls
In late 2008, the trustees of the Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation created an annual award to honor the exemplary history of service by its former board president, Dr. Sylvia Q. Simmons. A long-time educator, volunteer, and nonprofit consultant, she joined the foundation’s board in 1996, and became its president in 2000. During her tenure as president, the Stearns Foundation refined its funding interests to focus on gender-specific and gender-sensitive programs that promote the education, independence and self-sufficiency of girls, women and their families. The Sylvia Simmons Best Practice Award is given to nonprofit organizations exhibiting innovation and excellence in serving the needs of women and girls in the Greater Boston area, a direct outgrowth of the mission of the Stearns Foundation. The Stearns Foundation selected Bikes Not Bombs as the 2013 recipient of the Sylvia Simmons award in acknowledgement of our work to encourage girls’ leadership in an environment in which girls are frequently underrepresented. We are honored to have been chosen for this recognition.
April Free Clinics, Tool Time Starting in May, Brooks Saddles and some Clearance Items
The shop has lots of Brooks Saddles in stock. Come check them out!
Starting in April we’ll once again be offering our free clinics.

Wednesday 4/17, 8-9PM: Basic Maintenance
Wednesday 4/24, 8-9PM: Flat Fixing

The clinics are usually hands on and there’s no need to sign up ahead of time, just show up (we do ask that you arrive promptly both out of consideration for other students and because the clinics will be cancelled if no-one shows up), and no need to bring your own bike. Check our website for more info.

The first Tool Time of 2013 will be held at the shop May 6th from 7-9pm. Tool Time is an opportunity for Bikes Not Bombs’ members to work on their own bikes at the BNB Shop. Members are welcome to do regular maintenance or replace parts that may require specialty tools. Although there will be a shop mechanic there to help you, we ask that you only attempt repairs that you know how to do and are able to complete in less than two hours. Many parts will be available for sale, but it‘s a good idea to pick them up ahead of time just to be sure that they’re in stock and accessible. We’re requiring members to sign up ahead of time, as space will be limited. Please contact the shop with any questions and to sign up. Please note: Tool Time is now at the BNB Shop at 18 Bartlett Square.

We’ve expanded our line of fenders and Brooks Saddles. The Brooks B17 is our most popular model and we’ve stocked it in Black and Honey, Men’s and Women’s, as well as the Flyer (same shape as the B17 but with springs). We now additionally stock the Brooks B17 Imperial that features a central cut-out, first designed by Brooks over a hundred years ago. We are also marking down all of our Ortlieb Back Roller Plus panniers from $220 to $175 making it our cheapest Back Roller pannier.
Youth Employee of the Month - Tazz
Tazz started at BNB in the Summer of 2010 as an instructor in On The Bike. When that program changed names (to On My Way, On My Bike) and locations (Body By Brandy in 2011, Camp Harborview in 2012), Tazz followed it. Her experience at Camp Harborview was her favorite, particularly getting to teach kids how to ride for the first time and gain confidence. It was a bonus that being off site with another community allowed her to bring BNB to new people. Tazz stayed on as a Youth Employee last fall, and graduated from BNB's Vocational Training in bike mechanics in February. Born and raised in Rozzie, Tazz is a Metco honor roll student at Belmont High School and will be attending Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences next year where she plans to study pre-veterinary science.


News outside of BNB:

Wake Up The Earth

Spontaneous Celebrations' Annual Wake Up The Earth Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday May 4th (rain date, Sunday May 5th). The Festival starts at 12:30 at Stonybrook Park. Any groups interested in marching in the parade, contact Hope at Groups interested in tabling at the Festival, email Mark at

United for a Fair Economy Institute

UFE's Training of Trainers Institute is coming to Boston, June 6-9. They will explore the causes and consequences of economic inequality, connect the dots among our struggles, and provide participants with tools for informing their communities, inspiring political action, and building a powerful social movement for economic justice. Register online.

Complete Streets Meeting

Somerville by Design: Complete Streets (Public Meeting) Monday, April 22nd - 6:00pm at Argenziano/Lincoln Park Community School, Cafetorium, 290 Washington St, Somerville. Review input and preliminary concepts for complete streets.

Mass. Trails Conference

2013 Massachusetts Trails Conference: Saturday, May 4th - 8:00a-4:00p@ Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA. This year’s conference explores how trail connections help build community. Trails connect places physically on the landscape, but trails, trail use, trail building and trail promotion can also connect diverse groups of people to each other; connect us to our built, natural and cultural environment; can contribute to local economic opportunities; and contribute to creating healthier communities. Workshops at the 2013 Massachusetts Trail Conference explore these themes and hopefully will also connect and strengthen the Massachusetts Trails Community. More information

Volunteer with the Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy is looking for volunteers to photograph Earth Day on April 20th from 9am-12pm. Please let Danielle know at

Circle The City Open Streets Social

Tuesday, April 30th, 6-8pm. Come celebrate spring, learn about CTC 2013 plans and get to know Open Streets advocates across the city! Location TBD - will be central and accessible by T, biking, walking. RSVP Online.

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284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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18 Bartlett Square
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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