Give your old bike a new home

1.

What we accept

Yes

No

  • All types of bikes (road, hybrid, mountain, BMX, tandem, etc.)
  • All sizes (adult, child, etc.)
  • Parts of any kind
  • Tools of any kind
  • Even some broken stuff! (e.g. cracked frame with usable components, worn tires, tubes with holes)
  • Accessories (helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, etc.)
  • Cycling clothing
  • Anything that has spent significant time out in the weather (and has rust)
  • Kick scooters
  • Anything
    motorized
  • Exercise
    Equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Trail-A-Bikes

We also need money and office supplies!

Family with bike
A family in rural Ghana receiving a bike from The Village Bicycle Project, one of the many places where your bike may end up!
Photo by VBP.
 
2.

When & where to drop it off*

 
Option 1 
Bring it to
Option 2
Find
Option 3
Find

The Hub & Bike Shop

Please see below for times to donate your bike(s). On most Thursday evenings during volunteer night, you can drop off your donation until 10:00pm.

A bike drive

A drop off point

284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Map

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday 10 am - 10 pm*
Friday 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Please check bikesnotbombs.org for any Thursday Volunteer Night cancelations or other closures due to weather, etc. 

Here are the bike drives coming up:

See more info below about volunteer drop off points.


*When you donate your bike to BNB, you will be asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $10-$20 per bike (which is roughly how much it will cost us to ship your bike overseas). This donation is what allows us to continue our important work!

Frequently asked questions about bike donations

Do you pick up bikes?

Coming to us is easier than you think. In addition to our location in Jamaica Plain, we offer year-round regional drop-off points and seasonal Bike Drive events in your area.  Unfortunately, we don't have the resources necessary to pick up bikes in small quantities, but if you feel that you have something remarkable to donate or if you have a large quantity of bikes to donate, send a message to eric@bikesnotbombs.org. If you attach a clear photo to your email of the bike(s) you want to donate, it will expedite the process.  Your email should include the quantity of bikes (or items) you'd like to donate, and the current physical address of the items. It's also very helpful if you can tell us the manufacturer and wheel size of any bikes you wish to donate.  As long as the bike(s) has been stored indoors and you've provided the information above, we don't really need to know about the condition of the bike, or any repairs it might need. If you don't have a car or if your donation isn't rideable, you probably have a friend, neighbor, or relative who would be willing to bring your donation to one of our drop-off points.

Do you buy bikes?

No. We never have, and we likely never will.

How do I bring my bike to a volunteer drop off point?

Some of our supporters have volunteered to receive bikes at their homes or businesses. These drop off spots are in the following towns:

  • West Medford, MA (close to Arlington, MA)
  • Somerville, MA
  • Newton Highlands, MA
  • Lexington, MA (Lexington residents only)
  • Weston, MA (Weston residents only)
  • Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA (North Shore)
  • Canton, MA
  • Pioneer Valley, MA (Amherst, Northampton, Hadley)
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Watertown, MA
  • Weymouth, MA (South Shore)

Further information about these drop-off locations is available via email from Eric Mearns at eric@bikesnotbombs.org.  If you attach a clear photograph of the bike(s) you wish to donate, if will help both of us tremendously. 

How can I set up a new bike drive?

Super! See our bike drive page for more info!

How can I become a volunteer drop off point?

Email Eric Mearns at eric@bikesnotbombs.org

Do I need to call before donating my bike?

If your donation consists of more than 10 bicycles, please set up an appointment with Eric Mearns. If you are donating fewer than 10 bikes that meet the conditions above, you can deliver them without arranging a time in advance.  Make sure to take note of the hours of operation for the BNB facility at which you plan to drop off your donation.

What other bike related products do you really need?

We are always in need of lights, locks and helmets to give to our graduates of Earn-A-Bike, Girls In Action and Adult Earn-A-Bike. If you have access to, or know someone working in a company who could donate 100+ lights, locks or helmets, please reach out to Jennifer Licht at jennifer@bikesnotbombs.org or 617-522-0222x104

What if I don't live anywhere close to Boston, MA?

It's possible there may be another bike organization near you that takes bike donations! Check out our links page to see a list of other similar organizations around the globe.

Can I donate a bike to be given specifically to one of your programs?

Due to the volume of bike donations we process and the infrequency of these types of requests we do not have the capacity to track and manage specific requests for allocation of donated bikes. We already have a system and procedure for determining allocation of bikes to programs, taking into account many different factors -- so unfortunately we are not able to guarantee where your bike will end up at the time of donation. While we encourage everyone to learn about (and get involved in!) our programs, we ask donors to understand that the bike (or item) they wish to donate may or may not be useful in the program area of their choice, and to trust our judgment when it comes to determining the most responsible use of items that have been donated to us. There are many factors that determine the best re-use of a given bicycle, and the program area where a given bike is of most value can change frequently. Additionally, the mechanical and material criteria that determine where a bike will be most useful is extremely nuanced. We collect, process, transport, and store bicycles in HUGE quantities, such that making an exception for a single bicycle has the potential to slow down our system and cause significant hiccups along the way. We have been doing this for over 35 years so you can be assured that we will re-home your bicycle in an equitable and environmentally responsible manner.  If you're curious to find out how your particular donation is likely to be used, feel free to send a description of the bike (or item) to eric@bikesnotbombs.org.