Youth Bike Summit 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 5:00pm - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 2:00pm
The New School
WHEN: Friday January 13 - Sunday January 15, 2012
WHERE: The New School 66 W 12th St New York, NY
ADMISSION: $10/youth; $25/adult
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
*Registration will continue in person at the event
*Admission includes meals at the YBS
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. Planned with a Steering Committee of officers and educators from youth bike education programs throughout the country, the Youth Bike Summit will offer a dynamic inter-generational exchange through educational workshops and panel discussions that are both interactive and practical. The Youth Bike Summit will also provide tools and information on fundraising and best practices for schools that wish to incorporate bikes into the physical fabric of the learning environment. Learn more about the Youth Bike Summit in this video by Streetfilms. This year's conference will feature a "staff track" of workshops led by officers, administrators, managers, and instructors from organizations dedicated to working with youth and bikes. These sessions will highlight practical issues such as fundraising, challenges, and best practices.
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pasqualina Azzarello at
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
Youth Leadership & Governance                                  
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 Master Plan 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
Imagination Bicycle
Lower East Side Ecology Center & Recycle-A-Bicycle
How to Start a Kids Ride Club
Woodhull Hospital
STAFF: What You Need to Know: Risk Assessment & Program Evaluation 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
7:30pm - 9:00pm - YBS Pizza Party & Film Screening
*Located at Hostelling International
Sunday January 16 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Food for Thought (+ Action!) (Wollman)
  • Youth Visioning Session
  • STAFF Visioning Session
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bicycle Habitat, Bike New York, Children's Aid Society, Eastern Mountain Sports, Henry Street Settlement, Hostelling International, New York City Department of Health, New York Cycle Club, North Star Fund, Planet Bike, REI, Specialized, Streetfilms, The New School, and Velojoy.
THANK YOU TO OUR STEERING COMMITTEE: Bike Works in Seattle, Bikes Not Bombs in Boston, Neighborhood Bike Works in Philadelphia, Sibley Bike Depot in St. Paul, and West Town Bikes in Chicago.
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!
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.