Youth Bike Summit-January 13th-15th

Just got the word from Recycle-A-Bicycle’s executive director, Pasqualina Azzarello, about the upcoming Youth Bike Summit in NYC.

Here is a lengthy press release with information and a complete schedule.

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
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.


•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

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, 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.

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 youthin the national dialogue of cycling education and advocacy. As a result, the idea of theYouth Bike Summit came into being. Both young advocates were active participants in the planning of the conference in 2011.

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