CDG at the 2016 National Youth Bike Summit

Young people at the Summit discuss their ideas for redesigning a street.

CDG participated at the 2016 Youth Bike Summit, a national conference held in Saint Paul this year. The conference, active since 2010, was originally conceived as means of engaging young people in the ongoing national dialogue about cycling education and advocacy.

CDG Planners Aika Mengi and Andrew Tran facilitated a workshop on creating places for pedestrians and bicyclists and highlighting the importance of community voice. With twenty participants from all over the nation, we engaged in a robust discussion about participants’ experience with various modes of transportation and their role in shaping street design. The session included an interactive exercise where participants redesigned a street. Using a kit of pedestrian and bicycle-friendly street elements, participants reenvisioned the street to make it more inviting for all people including those who walk and bike.

The Youth Bike Summit is an annual three-day national conference connecting people from different disciplines and backgrounds to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle can be a catalyst for positive social change. Through hands-on workshops, presentations, keynote speakers, discussion, and visioning, the Youth Bike Summit transforms dialogue about the benefits of safe and equitable access to transportation and mobility into practical, action-oriented outcomes, while supporting the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of youth.