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

In late April BNB officially inaugurated its new bicycle assembly and mechanic training center in Managua, Nicaragua.  The shop was staffed by an international work force of Nicaraguans, Americans, Canadians and occasional European volunteers.  The workshop is responsible for assembling the hundreds of bicycles that are being sent by North Americans to Nicaraguan development workers.

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About eight years into the organization, it became clear that BNB and ITDP had different organizational interests. ITDP was expanding its scope and started working with multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, trying to convince them that bikes were a good alternative to motorized transportation methods. To do that, ITDP started collecting huge amount of data, as opposed to developing hands-on projects.

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The 1st Youth Earn-A-Bike program started while BNB was working in the basement of Ferris Wheels Bike Shop.  BNB wanted to provide meaningful employment for the youths in the area and started working with a group of 12 youths selected by a Latino organization in Dudley Square, Roxbury, with a small grant from the City's Transportation Department. The students would come 2-3 times a week to the basement and BNB would bring a trailer of bikes and tools to work with.

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The Bike-A-Thon idea came to Carl when he was working at Broadway Bicycle School, a worker-owned and collectively run bicycle shop. A group of women approached Broadway to find a woman mechanic for their Bike-A-Thon to raise money for a women's organization in El Salvador, but because there was no female mechanic, Carl ended up helping this group of 21 women to bike.

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Bikes Not Bombs ships 18 reconditioned bicycles to Nicaragua.  The boxed bikes are driven from Boston to Philadelphia, PA in a VW bus by Carl Kurz, and then shipped from American Friends Service Committee aid warehouse in Philly.

In February 1985 Carl Kurz meets up with activist and friend, Mira Brown in Managua, Nicaragua to re-assemble the bikes before they are distributed by the trade unions.

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Boston bike mechanic Carl Kurz and Maryland transportation planner Michael Replogle start BNB as a response to United States military backing of the Contra attacks on Nicaragua.

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