Our COVID-19 Action Plan

News released on: 
Mar 17th, 2020

March 17, 2020

Dear BNB community,

Your health and safety are our number one priority! Bikes Not Bombs has been monitoring the guidance from the public health community designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and taking measures to ensure the well-being of our youth, international partners, staff, volunteers and the broader community. Over the next month (and perhaps longer), we will be taking critical steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and will continue meeting the needs of our constituents in Boston and the Global South, without undermining our collective health and safety. To that end, BNB will be canceling or postponing events or programs scheduled between today and April 20th. Please see updated schedule below:

Program or Event


Upcoming Dates

Warehouse Sale

No change

April 19th

Tool Time


Resumes April 21st

Bike Shop Clinics


Resumes April 22nd

Volunteer Night


Resumes April 23rd

Container Loading to Rwanda


April 25th & 26th

Bike Institute


April 27th - June 1st

Sisters in Action


September 14th - October 14th

At this time, we are not postponing our 33rd Annual Bike-A-Thon, which is scheduled for June 14, 2020. We are continuing our planning and hope for the best. We will make a determination about whether we need to postpone this year’s Bike-A-Thon between May 1-15, 2020.

We are working very hard to incorporate recommendations from the CDC and state and local government agencies. Here is an overview of what actions we are taking to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19:

  • We are providing regular updates to our staff and volunteers so they can keep themselves and their families safe;

  • Our staff will help us ensure a safe and healthy environment by following CDC recommendations re: hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding handshakes and person-to-person contact. Friendly waves and smiles are still okay!  

  • Any person in our organization (volunteer or staff) who is mildly sick or interacts regularly with someone who is, will be sent home and/or asked to stay home;

  • We will be regularly sanitizing tools and commonly used surfaces at the store (door handles, registers and POS screens, retail and service work areas, etc.;

  • We will be sanitizing products throughout the store including new and used bikes, parts and accessories.

For Shop customers, please visit our website and use this form to set up an appointment with our trained staff. While our store will remain open, this form will help us manage the flow of customers, in accordance with state law. If you are unable to or don’t feel comfortable coming into the Bike Shop, know that we are available by email or phone, (617) 522-0222, to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We encourage you to visit us online, shop via eBay and our webstore for BNB-branded Merch:

Finally, we would love to invite your feedback as part of our strategic planning process with the Capacity Institute at the Black Ministerial Alliance. Please fill out the following survey: https://forms.gle/we51zzX2UfG1338J7

We understand how liberating and powerful cycling can be in times of stress. If you’re able, we encourage you to take a break from the uncertainty and get outside, breathe some fresh air, enjoy the sun and relax your mind and body. If there’s any way we can help you do that, we are here. 

Thank you so much for your continued support. We look forward to engaging you throughout the season. We are committed to helping us all get through this difficult time, however long it may last. Stay safe!

Sincerely yours,

Elijah Evans, Executive Director


(617) 522-0222 x 105

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