Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling, formerly known as Cadence Youth Cycling, was founded on paper in 2007 by Ryan Oelkers and Jay Snider. The duo first envisioned the program as a junior cycling team organized out of Jay’s Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center, in Manayunk, as a means to introduce more youth to the sport of cycling. Around this time, Ryan became exposed to the particular needs of urban students through his wife Erin’s job as a public school teacher in North Philadelphia. He also read Bill Strickland’s book, “Ten Points,” a story about how cycling saved the author from a life of abuse and neglect.
In 2013, the program became one of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s educational programs; BCYC is no longer directly affiliated with the shop in Manayunk (although we’re all good friends!).