Building healthy habits, leadership, and independence, one ride at a time.

The Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) program works with youth ages 12-18 across Philadelphia in building healthy habits, leadership, and independence through the sport of cycling.

Part of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s education department, BCYC builds entry level to advanced competitive cycling skills with its teams through the progressive program tiers, but it does not stop there.

BCYC embraces pillars of positive youth development through sport to inspire and nurture the growth of the whole athlete – emotional wellbeing, academic success, civic participation, career planning, and beyond.

The leadership ladder is key to this holistic youth development. Beginning by entering a core team at one of our eight partner sites, youths graduate through a series of programs and achieve increasing levels of accomplishment and responsibility, the highest of which is the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The YAC is a group of four youth leaders who drive the direction of the program and participate in local and national organizing towards their vision of safe streets and equitable access to the sport they love: cycling.

History

The Program was founded in 2007 as Cadence Cycling Foundation out of Jay’s Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center, in Manayunk, as a means to introduce more youth to the sport of cycling. The program began as a partnership model with a number of high schools, many of whom are still active partner sites to this day include champion school Shoemaker Mastery Charter. The founders of Cadence brought a strong legacy of professional cycling and racing and standards for academic and personal success that built a solid foundation for the programs growth.

In 2013, Cadence Cycling Foundation merged with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and became one of our Education Programs. Since the merger, we renamed the program Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling, and has grown the number of program participants, and expanded the program’s disciplines to include off road and advanced leadership programming.

Impact

Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling

To learn more about Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling’s impact on the program’s youth throughout the years, check out our annual wrap up reports below.

Leadout Fund

Youth Cycling in Philadelphia scholars
Leadout: A race tactic in which a rider accelerates to their maximum speed for the benefit of a teammate in tow. The sprinter then leaves the draft and darts past at even greater speed to the finish line.

In 2017, Jerry Jacobs and the Coalition launched a scholarship fund for Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) program graduates. This post-high school financial aid further incentivizes our student athlete’s academic success and strengthens their path forward.

This year, we’re inaugurating the BCYC Leadout Fund. Donations to the fund are balanced between our core program and the scholarship fund. Leadout gifts give our young student athletes a smooth draft and a wheel to follow and a boost just as they are ready to sprint into college. You can become part of our Leadout Train by making a donation to the Leadout Fund today. Gifts of $200, $300, $500 or any amount are an investment in our youth development program and the futures of these committed individuals.

Sign up for programs here!

Philadelphia Youth ages 12-18 may join the team by starting in one of our Core programs. Click here to sign up on the interest list, and a staff member will follow up with you for team placement!

Locations

  • W.B. Saul High School
  • Kipp DuBois
  • Pickett Mastery
  • Girard College
  • Shoemaker Mastery
  • Roxborough High School
  • Neighborhood Bike Works
  • Science Leadership Academy Beeber
  • Multicultural Academy Charter
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls

All Star Program

    • CycleSquad – Advocacy
    • Youth Advisory Committee – Youth Governance
    • Academic Advising and College Scholarships – Academic Support
    • Boss Up Series – Life Skill Development
    • Internships, Team Captains, and Junior Coaching – Professional Readiness

College Scholarships – Click here to donate to the Scholarship Fund!

In the News

BCYC’s getting some press! From profiles of the team to athlete quotes about races around the region, check out the news coverage below for some fresh perspectives on why there’s no program quite like ours.

2019 

Our once and future sport – profile of our Saul Mountain Bike Team focused on All Star Athlete Gael Campos in Dirt Rag Magazine, July 2019

2018

Equality on wheels – profile of BCYC Program Manager Taylor Kuyk-White and the team in Grid Magazine, November 1st

Your city needs a youth cycling program like this one – the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Program empowers kids to aim higher and reach further – Bicycling Magazine, September 24th

Cyclocross in Trexlertown: run, jump, ride – BCYC athlete Qaasim Hayes pictured on the front page of Allentown’s Morning Call racing at the 13th Annual Nittany Lion Cross in Trexlertown, September 17th

2017

City youth advance education through bicycle program’s scholarship – BCYC seniors and scholarship program covered by the Philadelphia Tribune, October 24th

Main Line Bike Race created by teen takes off – BCYC athlete Devante Bivens quoted in local coverage of the first Main Line Bike Race and credited as one of the youngest racers at the event, August 20th

Jeremy Powers hosting Q&A and cross clinic in Philadelphia area this weekend – Bicycle Coalition and the youth cycling program showcased in Cyclocross Magazine‘s writeup of Jeremy Powers’ clinic, July 7th

Thank you to our Current Sponsors!

Youth cycling sponsors

Equipment Donations

Our athletes are outfitted from head to toe from community and sponsor donations! 

Drop off or mail to our headquarters to make an equipment/kit donation.

3250 Sedgley Drive, Philadelphia PA 19130

  • Email kieran@bicyclecoalition.org to make alternate arrangements
  • If you wish to receive a tax deductible acknowledgment letter, please contact kieran@bicyclecoalition.org with:
  1. Your full name and mailing, and email address
  2. Description and value of the item(s) you donated
  3. Date and location/description of how the donation was received (e.g. Mailed to Bicycle Coalition 12.22.18)
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