How to Find, Start, or Improve a Bike Program

Some advice for people wanting to find, start, or improve a bike program...

  • Check out the program directory at to look for a program near you. New programs may not yet be on the list, and you could ask local bike shops if they know of programs in your area. You may also find information on programs, especially internationally at the International Bicycle Fund website.

  • Join the Think Tank email list to see what other active programs are talking about, and you can email them asking for advice.

  • Tools for Life is a manual covering many of the issues (getting a space, structuring programs, funding, community relations, etc.) involved in starting a youth bike program. The manual was written by Recycle-A-Bicycle in New York City, and is available for download at: Transportation Alternatives

  • See the website for Recycle-A-Bicycle in NYC. Also, One Revolution at at Time: A Guide to Starting and Running Youth Bike Ride Clubs is a 48 page illustrated manual, filled with Recycle-A-Bicycle's valuable lessons gleaned from many years of organizing bike trips for young people. It will help readers set up a club, staff and prepare for rides, raise money in support of these activities, deal with safety and liability issues, as well as provide useful supporting forms and checklists. Pick up a free copy at Recycle-A-Bicycle in NYC, or mail a $5 check to Recycle-A-Bicycle, 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

  • Bikes Not Bombs publishes the Earn-A-Bike Instructor Manual, used to train adults and prepare them to teach young people in our Earn-A-Bike programs. These mechanics training and lesson plans are available for free download from the Bikes Not Bombs website.

  • Bikes Not Bombs uses a video to teach safe-riding skills to groups of youth bikers. This was created at Bikes Not Bombs by youth, for youth and can be viewed on YouTube.

  • More specific questions about shipping bikes to development projects in other countries can be directed to Charlotte Fagan. Email

  • More specific questions about Bikes Not Bombs’ youth bike programs can be directed to Elijah Evans. Email