Youth Bike Summit in NYC

Bike Community Joins Forces to Empower Youth

WHEN: Friday, January 14th to Sunday, January 16th

WHERE: The New School, Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York

KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION: NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn

DESCRIPTION: The 1st annual Youth Bike Summit is a 3-day gathering geared towards students, educators, and advocates. The conference aims to inspire people from different educational disciplines to explore, network, and learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today’s youth. With this mission in mind, the Youth Bike Summit will offer educational workshops and panel discussions on subjects ranging from how to advocate for bike lanes to basic bike maintenance. It 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.

ADMISSION: $10.00 per person for the 3-day event. Registration continues in-person at the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit: or contact Pasqualina Azzarello at 718.858.2972 or

ACCOMMODATIONS: For groups traveling from out of town, we recommend Hosteling International New York for accommodations. Guests of the Youth Bike Summit can reserve rooms at a reduced rate through their website with the promotion code YBS2011. Promotion is effective January 13-19.

HISTORY: In March 2010, Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) attended the National Bike Summit with two high school interns who had completed a comprehensive job training 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 interns explore the nation’s capital by bicycle, on an 8 mile tour led by a representative of WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association). As we debriefed on the bus ride home, we discussed the importance of engaging youth in the national dialogue of cycling and cycling education. As a result, the idea of the Youth Bike Summit emerged. Both young advocates have been active participants in the planning of the conference thus far.

The Youth Bike Summit was made possible by generous support from The New School, Bike New York, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, REI, Bicycle Habitat & The Government of the Netherlands.


Friday January 14

* 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome & Registration

Saturday January 15

* 8:30am – 10:00am – Breakfast & Keynote Introduction

by NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn

* 10:15am – 11:30am – Workshop Session I

Youth Empowerment Through Planning & Policy
Velo City / Transportation Alternatives
How To Start a Kids Ride Club
Woodhull Hospital / NYC Department of Health / Ride Club Participants
Youth Ambassadors for Cycling & the Environment
Bikes Not Bombs – Boston, NY
Basic Bike Maintenance
* 11:45am – 1:00pm – 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 (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) – Tucson, AZ
* 1:00pm – 2:15pm – Lunch & Presentation by Alliance for Climate Education
* 2:30pm – 4:00pm – Tabling / 3:00 – 3:30pm – Bike Snippets

* 4:00pm – 5:15pm – 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!
Recycled Bicycle Jewelry
Executive Directors Roundtable
Sunday January 16

* 10:00am – 1:00pm – Breakfast & Food for Thought (+ Action!)

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