Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the Youth Bike Summit! Inspired by the National
Bike Summit that takes place each year in Washington DC, the Youth Bike
Summit will address youth, cycling, education, and advocacy. We are
currently seeking speakers, workshop leaders, and moderators for the three
day conference. Please see the outline and forms below and feel free to
share and distribute as you see fit. And don't forget to save the date!
*WHEN: *Friday January 14 - Sunday January 16, 2011
*WHERE:* The New School in New York, NY
*DESCRIPTION:* The Youth Bike Summit is a three day gathering geared toward
students, educators, and advocates in New York City and in the Northeast
United States. The conference aims to bring people from different
educational disciplines together 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
*PROGRAM SCHEDULE: **
- *Friday (6pm-9pm):* Welcome + Registration
- *Saturday (9am-6pm):** *The full-day program will consist of Breakfast,
Workshop Sessions, a Keynote Lunch, a "Speed Learning" Session, and a
Tabling Area for Schools, Organizations, Community Groups, Bike Shops,
*Workshop Categories:* Environment, Education, Policy, Management, and DIY
Workshop Topics May Include:* How to plan a bike-friendly neighborhood, How
to get rid of traffic congestion, Cycling infrastructure, Bicycles as a form
of sustainable transportation, Pedal Power and Carbon Footprint/Impact, How
is foreign oil and wars related to youth and bicycling?, How to start an
Earn-A-Bike program, How to start a Ride Club, How to conduct a Learn to
Ride program, Bike Drivers Education, Bike Maintenance 101, Safe Routes to
School, Map making as an organizing tool, Social Media, Fundraising, Directors
Panel/Best Practices, Youth Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship,
Student Organizing, etc.
- *Sunday (10am-1pm): *Interactive brunch with moderated breakout
sessions that explore a) cycling issues that youth feel are most important
and b) specific ways to be proactive in addressing these issues.
*ADMISSION: *$10.00 per person for the three-day event
*HISTORY: *In March 2010, Recycle-A-Bicycle 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 participants explored the nation's capital on an 8 mile bike tour
led by a representative of WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) and
met with elected officials. Needless to say, we learned a lot. 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 came into being. Both young
advocates have been active participants in the planning of the conference
thus far. Photos of our trip to DC can be seen here:
in this video by Streetfilms:
*FOR MORE INFORMATION:* More information can be found on
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for all the wonderful
work you do! I look forward to hearing your ideas!
Would you please share your thoughts concerning your choice in lubes you
1) Chain lube. We use Prolink - expensive but good performance. Would like
a more "green" solution.
2) General oil-like lube, we use Triflow. It's cheap.
For both, we buy bulk and refill the smaller bottles.
Could you please share your experiences and strategies? Perhaps some sort
of automotive lube instead of triflow? Anybody currently supported directly
by a lube company?
SLO Bike Kitchen Co-founder
San Luis Obispo, CA
St. louis Bicycle Works is moving.
For 25 years now we have been located on the same intersection in south St.louis but next spring we will be moving.
If you have been to the shop on a busy night you understand this move
was long overdue. We are open five nights a week in order to
accommodate the volume of people coming to volunteer. The Earn-A-Bike
program now occurs on Saturdays and Wednesdays to allow even more kids
to learn. The computer shop has continued to increase the accessibility
of its Earn-A-Computer programs and has added a one-on-one mentoring
program. A new program called BookWORKS was started this year to help
kids improve their writing and reading skills. This growth has taxed
our core group of volunteers and the building we currently occupy. The
same room serves as a classroom, a boardroom, and a storage area all in
the same week. More and better space was need for us to continue to
grow and pursue our mission.
Over a year ago we started touring
buildings in the neighborhood and surrounding areas to see what was
possible. This spring we found a perfect building to meet our needs and
a generous patron to help make it a reality. The space is large enough
to allow for growth, it is located in a residential area, and our new
neighbors are enthusiastic about our moving in. This new location will
have dedicated classroom spaces, more than double the shop space, new
bathrooms, a reception and retail area, and plenty of storage, all
built to our specific needs. We are extremely excited and thankful for
This good news, however, is tempered by the sadness we feel for leaving
one of the most amazing and supportive communities in all of Saint
Louis, the Shaw Neighborhood. Shaw has been our home for over twenty
years, BWORKS was conceived and flourished here and we are deeply
grateful for all the support and encouragement Shaw has given us.
We look forward to what the future holds.
About a month ago, someone asked if anyone had some volunteer "training"
material kicking around. I'm finalizing a really sexy, or at least
nicely-designed, volunteer handbook at the moment, including anti-oppression
and hands off! sections. When it's all done, I'll distribute the .pdf as
well as a file with just the text, so that if you just want to work with
that you won't have to retype the whole thing.
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> We've also slowed down for the winter here at Bend's Community BikeShed.
> I'm in the process of revamping our volunteer manuals, and I'd love to
> with you by phone, let me know when is a good time, mornings are best for
> Sami Fournier
> Sustainability Coordinator
> Bend's Community BikeShed
> Whole Bikes = Whole Communities
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM, Jonathan Morrison <
> jonathan(a)slcbikecollective.org> wrote:
> > It is that time of year when it gets cold and a little slower, so we
> > are assessing what we did this year that worked as well as what
> > didn't, while not forgetting the things that we didn't get a chance to
> > try. Luckily there is always next year. So...
> > Have you quantified your volunteer incubation process in the form of
> > documents or some coordinator position that wouldn't mind spending
> > some time on the phone with me? It turns out the heat lamps we
> > tried were unsuccessful, so we aren't doing that again. In Utah we
> > want to solidify the way(s) in which we turn a first timer into a core
> > volunteer, and hopefully do it more often.
> > One thing we DID do, that was great, was steal and modify the Yellow
> > Bike Project's volunteer tracking software
> > (volunteer.slcbikecollective.org) which has resulted in automatic
> > contact lists, community service letters with truly valid hours, the
> > ability to keep track of Department of Workforce Services employee
> > hours, increase enrollment in our email list, a slightly more formal
> > way to keep track of people trading in volunteer hours, and the thing
> > we always wanted -- valid statistics. So we will certainly be
> > continuing that practice.
> > Now that we are collecting info more efficiently, we need to work on
> > how we use that info effectively as a way to engage volunteers at
> > higher levels.
> > Sincerely,
> > Jonathan Morrison
> > Executive Director
> > Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
> > 2312 S. West Temple
> > Salt Lake City, UT 84115
> > w: 801-328-2453
> > c: 801-688-0183
> > f: 801-466-3856
> > www.slcbikecollective.org
> > The mission of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is to promote
> > cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as
> > a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Bicycle
> > Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to
> > the community, focusing on children and lower income households.
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I was wondering if shops could share their bench designs and/or shop
layouts - we're moving in January and trying to set ourselves up as
best as possible. Specifically, it'd be great if anyone has a copy
of your bench design & material list, and in terms of layout we're
most interested in bench spacing - see below for an example. What
works about your current layout and what doesn't?
Our current layout uses a bench that is ~18" deep (from the wall),
~50" from edge of the bench to bike-stand pole, and the length of the
clamp (from pole to clamp-edge) is ~18." Our spacing between benches
is erratic given our current shop space, but our new space is nice
Volunteer Coordinator, Ohio City Bike Co-op
1823 Columbus Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
I just finished helping Bike Recycle Vermont host their fifth silent
auction/bluegrass concert fundraiser. It's something our organization has
been doing for five years, and all of the people who worked on it this year
agreed that the event was really tired and that we'd prefer to do something
that's more accesible to the people we serve and our volunteers and that's
more in line with our mission. Anyone out there have some ideas or examples
of successful fundraisers that incorporate your volunteers, that involve
bikes, yada yada? Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks!
Bike Recycle Vermont
*Christine Hill, Americorps*State
Bike Recycle Vermont/Local Motion
w: 802.264.9687 c: 339.223.0722*
Bike Recycle Vermont:
Burlington Bicycle Coalition: www.facebook.com/BurlingtonBicycleCoalition
*"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the
human race." - H.G. Wells*
Loving the thinktank, but would like to unsubscribe from this email and pick
it back up at mary(a)recycleabike.org
Does anyone know how to do that?
Ok, so somehow Free Ride has gotten by 8 years and thousands of EABs without
a good bike intake form.
Crazy huh. Does anyone have any really detail, well organized ones that can
be easily attached and displayed on the bike?
Has a date been set for next year's conference? If so , we would like to
include it on our Babes of Bike Saviours 2011 calendar which is going to
print in the next week or so. Tantalizing promotional photos coming soon...