Bike & Build's

Coastal Drift

New England, the B&B Way

Catch the Drift

This summer, B&B’s mid-summer East Coast ride will run from Maine’s Acadia national park to New York City. Over the course of 3 weeks and 830 miles, riders will weave in and out of some of the Northeast’s VIPs. With build days in island towns like Nantucket in addition to major metropolises Portland and NYC, riders will traverse both urban and rural landscapes and experience the mutable affordable housing issue that parallels the varied terrain.

Bike & Build is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization. We work with young adults to produce cross-country and regional fundraising cycling trips, open to participants ages 18-26. The proceeds from our events are disbursed to affordable housing organizations to underwrite projects chiefly planned and executed by young adults in this age group. Check out our main website @ for more info.

Let's take a look

At the numbers

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Bike & Build left such an impact on my life, who I am, and who I want to become and touch in my life. It was such a beautiful experience that I will always cherish.

-- Claire Sparks, CD2014 --


Want to get in on this action?

This is a wicked easy 3 step process.

  1. Download the 2016 Rider Applicaton [pdf, 145kb]. Fill out the forms, print and sign.
  2. Create your online account in our system (starting 11/1/14 @ 12:24:24EDT).
    • Have you ever applied with us before or done a trip? Even if you did nothing besides the online form we already have your info! Login to your account here, and look for the "Apply for a Summer Trip" link. If you forgot the password for your previous account you can reset it here.

  3. Login to our website with your handy new B&B account and upload the forms to the appropriate sections. Don't forget to write a short 400ish word bio and upload a picture for your future rider profile page!
  4. This step doesn't exist. It was a 3 step process, remember?

Too busy this year for Bike & Build? Give us your info, and we'll contact you when next summer's registration opens.

Who are we anyway?

Meet the team that will live the dream.

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The Scholarship

In 2016, Bike & Build will again offer scholarships to riders from at-risk backgrounds in Philadelphia to support their participation in Coastal Drift.

Learn more about the scholarship program

Support the Scholarship

Thank you for supporting our riders! The Bike & Build Scholarship increases access to volunteer service opportunities for young adults from underserved backgrounds in Philadelphia. Recipients will be enrolled in Coastal Drift, Bike & Build's summer regional ride in New England in 2016. For three weeks, riders will pedal as part of a team of 30 young adults. They will travel between multiple affordable housing organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, raising money and awareness to support these nonprofits. The scholarship is a life-changing opportunity for community engagement for those who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in such an event. Riders will develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. This accomplishment will further engage scholarship recipients in service for many years beyond the completion of the trip. Bike & Build opens new doors to these young adults!

Donations will support riders’ required fundraising, the purchase of a bike, necessary cycling gear, and other expenses incurred during the program. After recipients are selected, riders will complete training miles, sweat equity build hours, and other preparations with the support of the Bike & Build Board, staff, sponsors, and community volunteers.

Please see our sponsorship packet (pdf, 1.5mb) to learn more about the success of last year’s scholarship program, the benefits of partnering with Bike & Build, and how to contribute. We appreciate your support!

If you would like to donate now, click below:

You can also donate by check payable to “Bike & Build.” Write “Scholarship” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to Bike & Build – 6153 Ridge Ave – Philadelphia, PA 19128.

Alumni Scholarship Support

Each year, Bike & Build solicits feedback from alumni. One of the most common suggestions is that we expand our outreach to young adults who might not have the resources or network to participate in B&B. Alums, the Bike & Build Scholarship was a direct result of your feedback. You played in a huge role in 2014, fundraising enough to provide one of our scholarship recipients with a bike to complete The Coastal Drift. This year, we are aiming for the Bike & Build network to fund a full scholarship!

We invite you to read more (pdf, 450kb) about the success of last year’s scholarship program the benefits of partnering with Bike & Build, and how to contribute. We appreciate your support!

If you would like to donate now, click below:

You can also donate by check payable to “Bike & Build.” Write “Scholarship” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to Bike & Build – 6153 Ridge Ave – Philadelphia, PA 19128.

Apply for a Scholarship

This summer, Bike & Build will grant a limited number of scholarships to Coastal Drift riders on the basis of need who demonstrate Bike & Build’s values: young adults with a passion for adventure and a commitment to making their community a better place. The scholarships will engage Philadelphia young adults from underserved backgrounds who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in B&B. Learn more here (pdf, 1.2mb).

Fill out the application (.docx, 740kb) and return to

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Past recipients say...

  • Bike & Build gave me a personal perspective of how the affordable housing cause affects communities outside of my own in Mt. Airy. It also made me realize that I can do something about it. It’s inspiring to serve others and be a part of the solution.

    Da’Quan Tucker, 2013 Recipient
  • The most important thing about Bike & Build is that you aren’t just sitting back and talking about helping others. You are actually doing it. I want to keep volunteering with affordable housing nonprofits, and I really want to do another Bike & Build trip. I mean, biking 50 miles is nothing now!

    Daniel Farmer, 2013 Recipient

Thanks to our 2013 Sponsors

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