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Thanks for covering the Car-Free Day activities in Boston [“For a Day, Cyclists Rule the Streets,” Sep. 22]. I would just add that Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) is located in Roxbury, not Cambridge. This location is important, as one of the goals of the Bikes Not Bombs Bicycle Recycling and Youth Training Center is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged teens. BNB offers leadership programs, employment and training (now coordinated with a local high school as an elective course), bicycle safety classes, and an Earn-A-Bike program. And, due to the low turnout of girls in some programs, BNB now also runs programs exclusively for younger girls.

As the name says, Bikes Not Bombs also speaks out against the social and environmental costs of militarism and increasing global motorization. BNB has sent over 18,500 bikes to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. They have also worked to bring training and equipment, enacted programs which have created new jobs, and worked generally to improve social and economic conditions in these countries.

Jacob B. Schwartz G