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What We Do

Bike & Build engages young adults in service-oriented cycling trips to raise awareness for the affordable housing cause. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that fosters a sustained connection to community. We advocate for the need for affordable housing in thousands of communities across the country.

Our Mission

Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

Our Vision

We envision future generations who are committed to a lifetime of civic engagement and who inspire individuals and communities to create fair, decent housing for all.

Since our founding in 2003
million miles biked

This is the same as pedaling round trip to the moon and back 24 times.

riders engaged

We would need 233 stretch limos if we were all going to the same prom.

build hours volunteered

That’s equivalent to 21,491 views of all three Lord of the Rings extended versions

million dollars donated

With that money you could buy, you know, 6.6 million McDonald’s cheeseburgers.

Our History

Pedaling for Affordable Housing Since 2003

Bike & Build was founded in New York City by Marc Bush who, after leading a cross-country trip with the (now discontinued) Yale Habitat Bicycle Challenge in 2001, was inspired to expand and improve their model.  Bike & Build’s inaugural routes – Central United States and Northern United States – dipped their wheels in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 2003. After that, Bike & Build added a new cross-country trip every year for the next six summers.

After growing for five years in the Big Apple, Bike & Build relocated to Philadelphia to enjoy a more central East Coast location, less expensive operating costs, and more accessible van and trailer storage. Always valuing function over form, the first office in the City of Brotherly Love was a concrete box behind a 7-11 (you can’t make this stuff up). After around a decade at our office in Roxborough, Bike & Build relocated again to the Bok Building in South Philly. When Covid-19 began, our staff went remote and we’ haven’t looked back since, operating out of NY, OR and sometimes everywhere in between.

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