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

The Authors

Karen Overton was born in Arlington, Massachusetts but spent her childhood in the Syracuse area of New York State. Karen has a life-long interest in the Third World that began when she was a high school exchange student in Brazil. She has an undergraduate degree in Latin American and Carib- bean studies and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Both degrees were realized at The State University of New York at Albany. Karen lived in Mozambique for one year as the director of Bikes for Africa, a program of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. After returning to the U.S. she settled in New York City and became a staff member of Transportation Alternatives. Since moving away from home, Karen's primary mode of transportation has been the bicycle.

George Roman Babiak is a former actor, comedy improviser, and screenwriter. To pay for those careers, he has also been a plumber/carpenter/electrician, a sneaker salesman, a movie theater manager, a desktop publisher, a teacher, and a bicycle mechanic. Each and every one of the above skills has been utilized in his position as the first Instructor/Head Mechanic ofRecycle-A- Bicycle. He is also a native Manhattanite and a graduate of Hunter College. Since his parents moved away from home, George's primary mode of transportation has been the bicycle.

Transportation Alternatives - Founded in 1973, Transportation Alternatives is a 4,000 member citizens' group working for better bicycle transportation, pedestrians' rights and auto-reduction strategies in New York City and the metropolitan area. Their aim is to create a more just and livable city that sets an example for other communities in America and around the world. Transportation Alternatives has always been bicycling-oriented and their agenda has broadened - helping people and communities become less dependent on cars, maintaining a grassroots connection to environmental issues and enhancing neighborhoods and civic life.

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