Most Important

Major changes & events that change the course of BNB.  Ex. New International Partnerships, Youth Program Development, Location Changes.

After months of project development, fundraising, flyering and bike repairing, Boston's first youth-run, mobile, after-school bike shop opens!  Chain Reaction offers low cost repairs and free repairs to those who want to learn and do the work.

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After an intensive collaborative process involving Hub staff, Shop staff, Youth Employees, Board members, and key volunteers, BNB approves a new Strategic Plan which includes an updated mission statement, new guiding principles, and concrete goals and strategies for the coming five years. 

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High custom taxes force a halt to bike shipments to Nicaragua.

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20 year old BNB Teen Vocational Training graduate Antonio Gonzalez organizes a youth training program in Boca De Mao, Dominican Republic. BNB ships 513 bikes and parts to the project.

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The Girls in Action Program begins under the guidance of Maria Ortiz, the Youth and Girls Coordinator. The program got girls ages 9-13 excited about bikes and being physically active together (and produced BNB’s 1st ever original Bike Safety Video, made by and for urban youth!).

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Mira Brown becomes BNB’s first Executive Director after 12 years of involvement.  Mira has 4 years of experience living in Nicaragua working on appropriate technology projects with both the Nicaraguan Government and Bikes Not Bombs, and is an experienced community organizer.  With BNB Mira previously served as a volunteer mechanic in Nicaragua and paid Technical Supervisor/Vocational Trainer.

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BNB hosts the first two-month Vocational Educational Program which trains two students in advanced bicycle mechanics with the aim of securing employment in a bike shop after the program.

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Carl Kurz and Mira Brown became BNB's first paid staff as Technical Supervisors/Vocational Trainers.  Carl and Mira have both spent time in Nicaragua assembling bikes, training mechanics and coordinating Bikes Not Bombs shipments.

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BNB’s efforts in starting a new project succeed when the El Rama shop, CORABIC, becomes first worker-owned bicycle repair cooperative shop in Nicaragua.The staff were all disabled war veterans.  In order to become sole owners of the shop, CORABIC members were levied a start-up cost at $7000 USD, including tools, bikes, and training. After two years of hard work they were able to pay off the debt to the Nicaraguan project coordinating organization, Solidez, which used the money for operating funds and to start other projects with the disabled.

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The US government bans all trade and shipments to Nicaragua. BNB defies the embargo, labeling its bikes "aid to relieve human suffering."

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