International Programs

About our work

Bikes Not Bombs partners with organizations using the bicycle to drive social change in their communities.

We work in solidarity with our international partners, supporting them to lead the change process in their communities to address their core social justice and environmental issues. Our partners provide life saving health services, turn bicycles into pedal-powered machines, organize communities rallying to stop climate change, run bike libraries lending bikes to high school students, and distribute thousands of refurbished bikes that provide affordable and sustainable mobility. Although our partnerships are diverse, they are united through the concrete use of bicycles to further social change.

Since 1984, Bikes Not Bombs has shipped over 55,000 bicycles to partners in 14 countries in the Global South. Bicycles are comprehensive development tools that further the self-determined development of people by providing access to the goods and services needed to pursue their own development and the development of their families and communities. Bicycles increase a community’s access to economic opportunity, education, health care, and civic engagement. Bicycles not only support sustainable livelihoods, they build local economies, reduce carbon emissions and support broader movements for social justice and environmental sustainability.

Each of our international partners are unique, and have developed out of a very specific need in their communities for bicycle-based development, yet all reflect and resonate the greater mission of Bikes Not Bombs through their community-based and locally-owned programming, forming an international network of organizations using bicycles for social change in their communities.

Our Model

We believe our model of partnership is unique in a number of ways. We partner with independent organizations run by members of the communities they benefit. Our partners have first hand knowledge about the needs of their communities and we help them to harness local power to provide solutions.

At Bikes Not Bombs we not only ships bikes, we collaborate with partners, share strategies, facilitate capacity building, build our network and connect partners with resources. By investing in the skills and capacity of our international partners, increasing their overall autonomy and independence, Bikes Not Bombs grows the impact made by each donated bicycle, while growing the movement of bicycle organizations changing the world.

Through our partnerships we are building an international network of social justice oriented bicycle organizations. We are able to leverage our connections in this network to help increase the capacity and impact of our partners, while sharing resources and strategies amongst a diverse group of constituents.

The bicycle is simply a vehicle for social change, its our partners who decide where it will take them.

Current partner projects

Koforidua, Ghana
Partner since: 2008
A micro-enterprise bike shop based in Koforidua, Ghana, that is cooperatively owned and operated by physically challenged people. More...
Amuru, Northern Uganda
Partner since: 2011
A group of about 500 volunteer Village Health Workers who utilize bicycles to increase mobility as they travel to patients in rural areas. More...
Nevis Island, St. Kitts & Nevis
Partner since: 2007
A grassroots youth bicycle program that provides mechanics training, leadership development and bicycles to young people throughout the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean More...
San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala
Partner since: 2013
Bicycle-powered machines, bicimáquinas, are an emissions-free technology that improves the productivity and efficiency of rural livelihoods. More...
El Salvador
Partner since: 2000
CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, is leading the struggle for environmental conservation, sustainable transportation and community land management in El Salvador. CESTA combines an array of environmental and social programs with environmental and social justice activism, positioning CESTA at the forefront of social change in El Salvador. More...
Ghana and Sierra Leone
Partner since: 2002
Village Bicycle Project brings bicycles to the most rural areas of Ghana and Sierra Leone and organizes village-based workshops at which people can purchase bicycles at subsidized costs and receive training in basic bicycle maintenance. More...