Youth Bike Summit 2016


Cycles for Change is pleased to be host of the 2016 Youth Bike Summit at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN the weekend of May 27-29, 2016! Join us!


The Youth Bike Summit (YBS) is an annual three-day national conference bringing together educators, advocates, students, teenagers, policy makers, and community leaders to engage around youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. Through hands-on workshops, presentations (many led by youth), keynote speakers, discussion, and visioning, YBS transforms dialogue about the benefits of safe and equitable access to transportation and mobility through the bicycle into practical, actionable outcomes, while supporting the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of youth.

Keynote Speakers:

Gil Penalosa
Founder and Chair of the Board, 8-80 Cities
Chair of the Board, World Urban Park

Maribel Mateo & Tony Gatica
KidWorks, Bike It! Santa Ana

Nekima Levy-Pounds
President, NAACP Minneapolis
Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Jaquelin Palestino & Robert Skipper
Youth Apprentices, Cycles for Change


All workshop will take place on Saturday, May 28th. Join us in conversation and interaction around bike touring, social justice, community building, fundraising, urban planning, and more. With titles like “How Would You Redesign Your Least Favorite Street?” and “Heels on Wheels: Girls Bike Club Events for Youth By Youth” and “Youth Cyclists Against Mass Incarceration” there will be workshops to intrigue and inspire everyone!

Volunteers Needed:

We are in need of volunteers to help make this weekend awesome! If you are interested in volunteering, whether it be for a 2-hour shift before attending a workshop, or helping us out for a whole day, please fill out this volunteer interest form so we can get in touch!


Make sure you register for the event! It’s only $35 for youth and $75 for adults for the whole weekend of activities. (And it includes a goodie bag, t-shirt, and food!)

Slow Roll Twin Cities Kickoff:

We will be kicking off the Slow Roll Twin Cities season with a Youth Bike Summit Slow Roll ride from 5:30-6:30pm on Saturday, May 28. This no-drop, all ages, all abilities, all inclusive ride will begin and end at Macalester College and tour the Mississippi River. This ride is open to anyone interested–not just YBS participants! We will conclude with a BBQ at Macalester. Watch for a sign up form coming soon!

Get Inspired!

YBS Promo Video
Michelle Obama Invite

Help us spread the word on social media by sharing and using the hashtags #MomentumForMN and #YBS16!