Table of Contents


Introduction & Recycle-A-Bicycle: The New York Model

Laying the foundation

Project Definition

Organizational Structure


Nuts and Bolts

The Bicycle Collection Network

Curriculum Content

Public Relations

Finding the Funds

Safety, Quality Control, and Liability

Last Words

Resource Directory & Bibliography

Appendix I - Financial and administrative information

Appendix II - Forms and Materials used by RAB [1 MB]

The Authors

Thank yous

Tools for Life: 
A Start-Up Guide for Youth Recycling & Bicycling Programs

Resource Directory

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
(520) 628-7950
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
(317) 931-9893
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
(203) 488-8463
ContactPaul Hammer
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.

4102 Shenandoah
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 664-0828
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.

Bike Traffic
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 Presidio.

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
(416) 536-7999
Fax:(416) 960-0026
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
(503) 288-8864
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.

Handlebar Helpers
7340 Scottsdale Mall, Pepper-wood Bldg.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(602) 994-2337
Contact: Terry Erickson
Volunteers and youth apprentices repair and tag bikes with an "hour price." Adults and kids alike can earn bikes through community service.

La Cueva
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
(415) 475-3525
Fax:(415) 329-9462
Contact: Ann O'Neill
Mobile repair workshops, rides.

Minnesota Pedal Power Camp
340 Coffey Hall
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 625-9719
Contact: Cynthia Macarthur
A camp for cycling skills and advocacy. Camp graduates make presentations in local communities.

Pedal Revolution
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-
ment assistance.

Project Wheel
Northern Illinois University Dept. of Leadership Education and Policy Studies
DeKalb, Illinois 60155-2866
(815) 753-9341
Fax:(815) 753-1513
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"

Room 125
General Services Complex
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Contact: Jennifer

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.

Transportation Alternatives
115 West 30th Street #1207
New York, N.Y. 10001
(212) 629-8080
Fax:(212) 629-8334
A 4,000 member NYC-area citizens' group that works for better bicycling, walking, public transit, fewer cars, and, of course, runs Recycle-A-Bicycle.

Transportation Options
2335 Wallen Rd.
Moscow, Idaho 83843
(208) 882-9698
Fax: (208) 882-8029
Contact: David Peckham
Bike recycling and Earn-a-Bike workshops.

Trips for Kids/Recyclery
138 Sunnyside
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-2941
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 meet."

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
(202) 884-4993

Bicycle Institute of America/ Bicycle Federation of America
1818R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-6986
(202) 332-6989
A coalition of bicycle-related industries formed to pro-
mote bicycle education.

Bicycle Books

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, cute drawings.

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 thread sizes.

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 cycling magazine.

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 Bicycling.

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 detail.

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 (unfortunately).

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.

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