The youth team (photo by Allie Hunter)
Bikes Not Bombs' biggest event of the year, The Bike-A-Thon
, is now open for registration! This year's Bike-a-Thon will take place on June 2, 2013. The event is for bicyclists of all ages and experience to ride at their own pace while supporting Bikes Not Bombs. Their goal is to have at least 500 participants this year (last year there were 435, and the event raised over $116,000!!!). So come help make the Bike-A-Thon a success by signing up now.
Road assistance during the event (photo by Wayne Chinnock)
Bikes Not Bombs
is a wonderful non profit based in Jamaica Plain that aims to prevent youth violence through bicycles by building co-ops that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. The organization was founded in 1984 when the first co-op was built in Nicaragua. Now, Bikes Not Bombs is running 6 international programs. The co-op in Boston also holds a Earn-A-Bike program where at-risk youth come to learn safe cycling skills, and how to build/repair bikes. The participants then get to keep one of the bikes at the completion of the program. It is a great organization and I hope to see you all in June!