Youth Bike Summit


WHEN: Friday February 14 - Sunday February 16, 2014      WHERE: The New School 66 W 12th St New York, NY

For registration and additional information, visit the Youth Bike Summit website:




WHEN: Friday February 15 - Sunday February 17, 2013 WHERE: The New School 66 W 12th St New York, NY KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia and Devlynn Chen, Local Spokes Youth Ambassador

THREE-DAY EVENT: $20/Youth; $35/Adult
ONE-DAY PASS Youth = $10;
ONE-DAY PASS Adult = $25 *Youth rates apply to people 22 yrs old and younger


Friday February 15
9:30am-5:00pm - The New School’s Symposium, featuring a conversation w/ Enrique Penalosa; 5th Avenue Bike Station Town Hall Event; showcase of URBAN Bike projects by students of The New School; and a NYC Department of Transportation Helmet Fitting
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Youth Bike Summit - Welcome / Registration / Activity / Dinner
Saturday February 16
8:30am - 10:00am - Breakfast & Keynote Introduction Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia Devlynn Chen, Local Spokes Youth Ambassador
10:15am - Youth Bike Summit Procession w/ Rude Mechanical Orchestra
11:00am - 12:15pm - Workshop Session I
Got Teen Cycling? - Bike New York, I Challenge Myself, Midwood High School
Theories of Social Change: How to Do More - Bikes Not Bombs
Unusual Suspects - Biking Public Project, Milwaukee Bike Works, WE Bike, Planet Bike
Getting Around: How Transportation Shapes the City - NYC Department of Transportation, Museum of the City of NY Make Money - Recycle-A-Bicycle
Cycle Craft - Recycle-A-Bicycle
12:15pm - 1:45pm - Lunch / Presentation / Tabling
2:00pm - 3:15pm - Workshop Session II
Improving Your Neighborhood Through Biking - Local Spokes
Safe Routes to School 101 - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Creating Safe Space - Girls Bike Club, West Town Bikes, Ali Forney Center
Get a Job! - Bicycle Habitat, League of American Bicyclists, Eleanor's, Recycle-A-Bicycle
Open Space: How to Implement Vision - BikeWorks Engaging Not-Yet Cyclists: DIY Tool Roll - WE Bike
3:30pm - 4:15pm - Workshop Session III
Youth Ambassadors - International High School at LaGuardia Community College
Youth In Governance - BikeWorks
The Great Outdoors - Spoke'n Revolutions
Starting a Business: Let's Make a Plan! - West Town Bikes
4:30pm - 6:00pm - Bike Shorts
6:30pm - 8:00pm - Pizza Party!
Sunday February 17
10:00am - 2:00pm - Brunch + Visioning
OVERVIEW: Recycle-A-Bicycle's Youth Bike Summit is a three day gathering geared toward youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. This national conference aims to bring people from different disciplines to explore, network, and learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today's youth. Learn more about the Youth Bike Summit in this video by Streetfilms.
HISTORY: In March 2010, Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) attended the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit with two high school interns who had completed a comprehensive job training program and Earn-A-Bike program at RAB.  Both participants learned they loved bicycles and expressed an interest in learning more about how bicycling fits into policy, the environment, social entrepreneurship, and community-building. Traveling to Washington DC for the first time, the 17 year old participants explored the nation's capital by bike, attended the conference, and lobbied elected officials. As we debriefed on the bus ride home, we discussed the importance of engaging youth in the national dialogue of cycling education and advocacy. As a result, the idea of the Youth Bike Summit came into being. Both young advocates were active participants in the planning of the conference in 2011.
2013 SPONSORS: Planet Bike, Bike New York, Specialized, SRAM, League of American Bicyclists, Transportation Alternatives, New York Cycle Club, Cycling Sports Group, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bicycle Habitat, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Rolling Orange, Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, Bicycle Times, Momentum Magazine, Hostelling International, and The New School.
2012 STEERING COMMITTEE: Bike Works in Seattle, Bikes Not Bombs in Boston, Neighborhood Bike Works in Philadelphia, Cycles for Change in St. Paul, West Town Bikes in Chicago, and Recycle-A-Bicycle in New York City.

LODGING: Hostelling International NY is offering a discounted rate of $38/night to all Youth Bike Summit attendees. Promotion code is YBS2013. More information can be found here:

********************************************* YOUTH BIKE SUMMIT PROGRAM 2012

Friday January 13 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Welcome / Registration / Dinner (Wollman Hall)

Saturday January 14 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast & Keynote Address (Auditorium in Johnson/Kaplan Hall)
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
& Youth Leader Alpha Barry

Workshop Session I - 10:15am - 11:45am (Johnson)
Paint Your City Safe
NYC DOT & Groundswell Mural
Progressive Leadership Models                             
Bike Works
Design a Better Block : An Active Transportation and Design Workshop
Velo City / Neighborhood Explorers / NYC DOHMH
Learn to Ride, Ride to Learn!
Bike New York, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
STAFF: Strategic Planning for Youth Bike Education Organizations by Bike Works & Waterside Workshops
STAFF: First Aid Training for Cyclists
Woodhull Hospital
Workshop Session II - 12pm - 1:30pm (Johnson Hall)
Does It Fit? Designing a Bike Network from Scratch
NYC DOT & Local Spokes
How to Create a Youth Bike Program, Business Plan, and Traveling Bike Shop by Bikes Not Bombs
Women in the Cycling Advocacy Movement
Alliance for Biking & Walking and West Town Bikes
Lower East Side Ecology Center
How to Start a Kids Ride Club
Woodhull Hospital
STAFF: What You Need to Know:  Program Evaluation & Learning Assessment by Bike Works & Waterside Workshops
Lunch / Tabling - 1:30pm - 2:45pm (Wollman Hall)
Workshop Session III - 3pm - 4:30pm (Johnson Hall)
More than a Bike Lane: A Role-Playing Exercise in Community Planning by NYC DOT & Local Spokes
Partnerships for Green Jobs
Bike and Roll & Recycle-A-Bicycle
Teens Rule the World: An 1800-mile Bicycle Journey Along the Underground Railroad by Spoke'n Revolutions
Need Money? Strategies in Fundraising by ioby
STAFF: How to Launch a Winning Campaign
Alliance for Biking & Walking
Closing Remarks - 4:45pm - 6:00pm (Auditorium in Johnson/Kaplan Hall)
Presentations by Robin Smith of Streetfilms, Sterling Quinn of Bike Works, and Jeff Miller of the Alliance for Biking & Walking
6:30pm - 9:00pm - YBS Pizza Party
*Located at Recycle-A-Bicycle in Dumbo, Brooklyn
Sunday January 16 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Food for Thought (+ Action!) (Wollman)
  • Youth Visioning Session
  • STAFF Visioning Session
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pasqualina Azzarello at
ACCOMMODATIONS IN NYC: If you and your group are traveling from out of town, the following are some affordable options: Hostelling International is offering a generous rate to all attendees of the Youth Bike Summit of $35/guest per night anytime between January 10-17. The promotion code is YBS2012 and registration information can be found HERE. Hosteling International is located at 891 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY. Here is a MAP and DIRECTIONS to The New School.
*Please note that guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and cannot share a dorm with our other travelers. All guests under 18 can only room with members of their own group and or their guardian. If you have any additional questions, please speak to Iman Dean at Hosteling International. She can be reached at (212) 932.2300 ext. 101 or

Thanks to our friends at Bike Works, the YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY has also offered a generous discounted rate to YBS attendees: $80/single, $92/bunk, $155/double.

*Please note that reseervations must be made in advance by calling the central reservation line at 917.441.8800 and mention the code BW. A credit card will be required in order to guarentee the reservation. The reservation office is open M-F from 9am-6pm and Sat 9am-1pm.
FUNDRAISING TIPS: Want to come to the Youth Bike Summit but need help fundraising for a trip to New York City? Click here for some helpful tips!
More than 200 people traveled from 14 states and Canada to attend the first annual Youth Bike Summit in January 2011. The conference took place at The New School in New York, NY and featured a Keynote address by NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Youth Environmental Justice Advocate Kimberly White.
Workshop Session I
Youth Empowerment Through Planning & Policy
Velo City / Transportation Alternatives
How To Start a Kids Ride Club
Woodhull Hospital / Ride Club Participants
Youth Ambassadors for Cycling & the Environment
Bikes Not Bombs - Boston, MA
Basic Bike Maintenance 
Workshop Session II
Green Maps, Cycling & Cities Around the World
Green Map System
Our Changing Streets & You
NYC Department of Transportation
Bike to School Day in Brooklyn
Bike New York
Mentoring Best Practices
Community Bicycle Center - Biddeford, ME
Tales from Tucson: Youth Participation in a Bike Cooperative & Cycling Team
BICAS - Tucson, AZ
Workshop Session III
Take Action on Climate Change
Alliance for Climate Education
The Bike As a Tool: How Mountain Biking Helps Kids with Simple Life Lessons
Trips for Kids Metro New York
How To Increase Biking In Your Town
Times Up!
Executive Directors Roundtable