About our work
Bikes Not Bombs helps people to drive the development of their communities, with bicycles.
We partner with organizations in the Global South that use bicycles to leverage larger scale social change, in the forms of economic empowerment, leadership development, appropriate technology innovation, affordable transportation and movements for social justice and human rights. We aim to engage the world with life-affirming bicycle programming to help build sustainable communities, while actively opposing all forms of over-militarization, injustice and oppression.
Since 1984, Bikes Not Bombs has shipped over 55,000 bicycles to partners in over 13 nations of the Global South and has provided technical assistance to these partners developing their capacity to maximize their impacts and 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.
Bikes Not Bombs not only ships bikes, but we provide extensive technical assistance and support to our international partners, helping them to maximize the impacts of their work. By investing in the skills and capacity of our international partners, as well as in their overall autonomy and independence, Bikes Not Bombs is helping to grow the impact made by each donated bicycle, while growing the movement of bicycle organizations changing the world.
There is a huge transportation gap in developing countries between walking and using motorized vehicles. Many people walk long distances because they cannot afford motorized transportation, thus reducing their access to critical resources such as education, healthcare, markets, jobs, etc. And with the rising economic and environmental costs of oil, many are preferring a shift toward affordable and sustainable intermediate transportation such as bicycles.
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 are thus tools that both liberate and empower – providing the vehicle for social change.