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Friday, December 24, 2010

Abandoned Bicycles Get A Second Chance

If you live in a city, you’re probably used to seeing rusty, abandoned bicycles, often chained to parking meters or bike racks, sometimes missing wheels. In Boston, many universities and police departments are now donating the removed bikes to a nonprofit organization, Bikes Not Bombs.

The group processes nearly 6,000 used bicycles a year, shipping some to South America and Africa; they also teach bicycle mechanics to inner city kids.

We speak with Bikes Not Bombs donations coordinator Stephen Bosco,  who has been salvaging abandoned bicycles for nearly 20 years.


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  • Jon Allen

    Over 20 years ago, I had my bicycle crumpled underneath me while cycling on Commonwealth Avenue. Since the components on it were still in good condition, I desided to donate it to this new operation I’d just heard about- Bikes Not Bombs. I have been wowed by the teamwork, comradery, and accomplishments ever since (and done my best to help out at every bicycle container loading since). Just last Saturday, we sent our 24th container to Ghana, where the impact on the indigenous population is fantastic.

  • http://www.bikesfortheworld.org Keith Oberg

    Bikes Not Bombs is the respected grandaddy of bicycle re-use programs in North America, dating to a citizen’s campaign established in 1984, and the inspiration of half a dozen other bicycle re-use groups around the country, including Seattle Bike Works, Bicycles for Humanity, Working Bikes Cooperative (mid-west), Pedals for Progress (NY metro), and my own Bikes for the World (lower mid-Atlantic region centered on Washington DC).

    So if you have an old bike taking space, go on-line and find a place to put it to good use!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D2ANUNNXVCYBGTCO2IRA6ZAXWA Pro Cyclist

    This organizations are really of great help. People who owns a bicycle that they think would never give them benefits then they should donate it to those places that would accept these kind of things. I believe they would make a new bike out of it. Though it might not be as good looking as a brand new vehicle but it surely can function well during training for cycling.

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