Tools for Life:
A Start-Up Guide for Youth Recycling & Bicycling Programs
As a fledgling bicycle recycler, you may sometimes feel that you're
the only one carrying the banner. Not so! A network of projects across
the country already exists and most of them are ready to share
experiences and offer advice. Most of the groups on this list are
affiliated with the Youth Bicycle Education Network, which is also
listed below. Much of this information has been distilled from YBEN's
directory and we thank them for the use of it.
P.O. Box 1811
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Contact: Kim Young
Youths earn bikes they repair in workshops at multiple community center
sites. BICAS has partnerships with bicycle cooperatives in Mexico. They
also have a "yellow bike" program.
Bicycle Action Project
2256 North College
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Contact: Nancy Hart, Tina Harnett
Earn-A-Bike, mechanics and safety training, a BMX racing team, overnight
cycling trips, and a retail shop that employs student-trainees.
Bicycle Education and Enrichment Program
13b Indian NeckAve
Branford CT 06405
Adventure/discovery rides, repair workshops
The Bicycle Experience
3074 Portsmouth Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 54208
Contact: Mike Self
Earn-a-Bike for 11 to 15 year olds.
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Contact: Roy Bohn
"Earn-A-Bike, maintenance and safety training, bike repair
apprenticeship, bicycle touring, Scholar Bike (incentives for progress
in school) and a retail shop."
Bikes Not Bombs
Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
Contact: Mira Brown, Carl Kurz
BNB is best known for its work in Nicaragua, but has operated its
Boston-based Bicycle Recycling and Youth Center since March, 1994. Eam-A-Bike,
repair classes, teen vocational training, summer programs, and more.
1418 Turk Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Contact: Melvin Watson
An inner-city youth bicycle mechanic's training program. They also have
a summer youth employment project that maps cycling conditions in The
Blackstone Bicycle Co-op
6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Contact: Andrew Gregg
Cooperative workshop, youth education program, and mobile bike shop.
"The Bike Co-op provides space for the imagination."
Center for Appropriate Transport
455 W. First Ave.,
Eugene, OR 97401
(503) 343-5568 or 683-3397
Fax: (503) 686-1015
Contact: Jan Vander Tuin
Repair classes, weekly field trips, and a unique, kid-run small business
called Eugene Rack Works that designs and sells welded steel bike racks
to the community.
The Community Bicycle Network
340 Harvard St.
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1 H4
Contact: Gillian Kranas
The CBN was formed in 1993 to help develop a network of bicycle repair
and recycling clubs. Their mem ber projects include four established
workshops (there's one just for women), two mobile "Workshops on
Wheels," (one is a van, the other a bicycle trailer) and "Songcycles,"
a choir on bikes. Their oldest member project, formed in 1990, is the
Cabbagetown Bike Club (416)363-4234.
The Community Cycling Center
2407 NE Alberta
Portland, Oregon 97211
Fax: (503) 288-1812 (Call first)
Contact: Brian Lacy
"A Bicycle Riding and Repair School for Kids" that actively
promotes riding with group events and a Bike-to-School-and-Back program.
CCC also runs Leam-a-Bike (equivalent to our Eam-A-Bike), adult repair
classes, community repair services, and a teen vocational training
program. They have also created an English/Spanish repair manual.
7340 Scottsdale Mall, Pepper-wood Bldg.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Contact: Terry Erickson
Volunteers and youth apprentices repair and tag bikes with an "hour
price." Adults and kids alike can earn bikes through community
695 Center St.
Costa Mesa, California 92627
Contact: John Levere
Adventure ride program; outdoor education
Major Taylor Cycling Club
P.O. Box 9357
Palo Alto, California 94309-9357
Contact: Ann O'Neill
Mobile repair workshops, rides.
Minnesota Pedal Power Camp
340 Coffey Hall
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Cynthia Macarthur
A camp for cycling skills and advocacy. Camp graduates make
presentations in local communities.
3075 Twenty-first St.
San Francisco, California 94110
Contact: John H. Scheffer
Pedal Revolution offers a bike repair apprenticeship, for homeless
youth. They also receive housing and job place-
Northern Illinois University Dept. of Leadership Education and Policy
DeKalb, Illinois 60155-2866
Contact: Richard Tapia
"Trains people to lead a challenge-based experiential education
program using the bicycle as a 'metaphor for understanding
self-potential." PW also offers a "five-week course for
at-risk youth" and "certification and academic credit in
alternative teaching methodology"
General Services Complex
University of Waterloo
Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles
309 Corn St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-5355, (607) 277-5675
Contact: Andy Ruina
Recycled bikes earned through community service hours,
bikes shipped to Central America.
115 West 30th Street #1207
New York, N.Y. 10001
A 4,000 member NYC-area citizens' group that works for better bicycling,
walking, public transit, fewer cars, and, of course, runs
2335 Wallen Rd.
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Fax: (208) 882-8029
Contact: David Peckham
Bike recycling and Earn-a-Bike workshops.
Trips for Kids/Recyclery
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Contact: Marylin Price
Organizes mountain bike trips and environmental education classes. Also,
bicycle maintenance education programs, a retail shop, and a drop-in
center. TfK is said to have a "very successful bike swap
Union City Teen Workshop
34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
Union City, CA 94587
Contact: Larry Orozco
A project of the Leisure Services Department of the City of Union City.
"Teen mechanics operate a bicycle service shop for the community.
Bicycle rodeos and Build-A-Bicycle workshops are also sponsored."
The program has been in operation since 1972.
Urban Youth Bike Program
300 Cathedral Parkway
New York, NY 10026
(212) 939-4005, (212) 866-4689
Contact: Landon Wickham
At-risk youth earn school credit in bike repair, community service, and
ride programs. A "Service Learning" model.
Wheels for Winners
4547 W. Beltline Highway
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
(608) 273-4787, (608) 266-6225
Contact: Arthur Ross
Earn-A-Bike and mechanics training. "Strong connections with local
government and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program." Mr. Ross is
Madison's Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator
Youth Bicycle Education Network
4579 Laclede Ave. #248
St. Louis, M063108
Contact: Vicki Winters
"An international organization which supports teaching youth skills
and values through bicycles. RE:Cycle (YBEN's quarterly publication)
reaches out to involve kids, volunteers, educators and bike dealers by
keeping them up-to-date on YBEN projects."
Other useful addresses:
National Safe Kids Campaign
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-2970
Bicycle Institute of America/ Bicycle Federation of America
1818R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
A coalition of bicycle-related industries formed to pro-
mote bicycle education.
Bicycle Institute of America. Bicycling Reference Book. Washington
D.C.: BIA. A bi-annual booklet produced by a coalition of bike-related
businesses. Full of good information.
Bicycling Magazine. Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair.
Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press. A good all-around guide with clear
illustrations and text.
Brandt, Jobst. The Bicycle Wheel. Menio Park, CA: Av- ocet, 1981.
Want to learn how to build wheels? Get this book.
Coles, Clarence W., and Harold T. Glenn. Glenn's New Complete
Bicycling Manual. New York: Crown, 1987. Despite the word
"New" being tacked onto this reprint's title, much of the
material in this old classic is quite dated. However, it includes
detailed instructions on the overhauling of3-speed and coaster hubs.
Coello, Dennis. The Mountain Bike Repair Handbook. New York: Lyons
and Burford, 1990. All-Terrain bicycles are evolving so fast that this
book is out of date already. But so is everything else.
Cuthbertson, Tom. Anybody's Bike Book. Revised, Ber- keley: Ten Speed
Press, 1990. A "folksy" guide to bike repair. Plain english,
Forester, John. Effective Cycling. Palo Alto, CA: Custom Cycle
Fitments, 1975. Revised, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Revised 6th Edition,
1993. All about riding safely.
Outdoor Empire Publishing. Bicyclists Guide, Team Helmet, and The
Best Bicyclist on Earth. Instructional booklets for children.
Perry, David B. Bike Cult: The Ultimate Guide to Human Powered
Vehicles. New York/London: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995. An
encyclopedic history of the bicycle in all its forms. Includes a
bibliography that puts this one to shame.
Sutherland, Howard. Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics.
Berkeley, CA: Sutherland Publications, 1974. Fifth edition 1990. A big,
expensive book found in every serious bike shop. Believe it or not, it
isn't that essential. It's most useful for determining spoke lengths and
Talbot, Richard P. Designing and Building Your Own Frameset. Babson
Park, MA.: The Manet Guild, 1984. If nothing else, this book will give
you a healthy respect for the difficult craft of frame building.
Transportation Alternatives. Bicycle Blueprint New York: TA, 1993. A
vision of how cycling could transform a big city. Specific to NYC, but
of interest to urban planners everywhere.
Bicycling Rodale Press, Emmaus. The oldest, biggest mainstream
BMX Action Torrance, CA. Good for keeping up with current trends in
kid's bikes...which are not just rid- den by kids, we've found.
Dirt Rag Verona PA. East Coast coverage of the off-road scene. Most
original covers, most irreverent writers.
Mountain Bike Rodale Press, Emmaus. From the folks who bring you
Mountain Bike Action Mission Hills CA. Mag most likely to use the
word "gnarly." Decent tech articles.
RE:Cycle YBEN. The newsletter of the Youth Bicycle Education Network.
A must for bike-recyclers.
Spoke and Word Bikes not Bombs, Jamaica Plains, MA. Newsletter from
BNB, a bike-recycling group.
Transportation Alternatives The bi-monthly magazine from the
organization of the same name. NYC-focused bicycle activism covered in
Films and Videos
Bicycle 1991, UK, York Films. This 2-hour documentary produced by the
BBC and PBS is the best history of the bicycle on film.
Bicycle Safety Camp 1990, Injury Prevention Program. An instructional
video on safety with songs you can't get out of your mind
Breaking Away 1979, Peter Yates. The best fictional film about a
racing cyclist ever made.
Environmental Grantmaking Foundations This has been called the
"best, most comprehensive source" for fundraisers in our
field. It can be ordered from Environmental Data Resources, 1655 Elmwood
#225, Rochester, NY 14620. Phone: (216) 473-3090.
National Databook of Foundations For all the other foundations. The
Foundation Center is located at 79 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003.
Phone: (212) 620-4230.