Thanks to a lot of hard work by the folks from Bike Works, Seattle hosted the Youth Bike Summit this month. An annual gathering of youth-focused bike organizers, the fifth summit was the first one outside of New York.
I had planned to have lots of live coverage, but I woke up the summit morning terribly sick. Huge bummer. It sounded like an amazing and inspiring time.
But lucky for all of us, Bike Works recorded the excellent lineup of keynotes, including both not-youths (no offense) like Mayor Ed Murray (19:38) and jump-out-of-your-seat awesome young leaders like Brook Negussie of Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project (1:29:19) and Kahlil Brewer of Bike Works (lead-in video about Bike Works starts at 1:35:26). Or you can watch the whole thing here:
One big takeway I’ve heard from just about everyone who was at the summit is that we need to invite more youth to all the bike leadership tables. This year’s summit drew more young people than adults (a first for the summit), and young people lead many of the workshops and sessions.
Bicycling isn’t just about bicycles. It can be a powerful tool for building community, as youth bike programs across the nation show. If you spend a lot of time in the adult bicycle advocacy world, listening to young people in these programs is refreshing and inspiring.
Josh Cohen wrote a story about the summit for New City if you want to read more. Were you at the Youth Bike Summit? What was your biggest takeaway?