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My NYC Biking Story: Kimberly White

Brooklyn resident Kimberly White is just finishing her freshman year of college, and she took some time away from studying for exams and writing papers to be the second cyclist in our MY NYC Biking Story series. Kimberly not only loves riding her red folding bike in Prospect Park, but she's also got the skills to fix it. She helped start an internship program at bike shop, Recycle-A-Bicycle, and has used that experience to encourage others to get in the saddle.  She was the key note speaker at the first annual Youth Bike Summit, which she helped organize after being inspired by the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.  She is pursuing a career in environmental justice.

Streetfilms would like to thank Recycle-A-Bicycle for sponsoring this chapter in our My NYC Biking Story.


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Kimberly White:  [00.12] I learned how to ride a bike about a year ago, so I still feel like I’m a baby cyclist.  I usually bike here in Prospect Park because I love to feel the wind whipping across my skin, it’s a really great feeling.  I’m a freshman at Baruch College and I’m focusing on environmental justice and I feel that being a biker fits into my mission of becoming a more sustainable person, a more sustainable student.  I initiated an internship programme at Recycle-A-Bicycle.  We decided that we would have to do something to get more youth involved in cycling, enabling them to see how empowering becoming a cyclist could be, so we decided to do the youth bike summit.  And it was a really exciting experience being able to talk about being a young biker.  Don’t be afraid of learning how to ride a bike, no matter how old you are, because at first I was really embarrassed because I was 16 or 17 and my little sister knew how to ride a bike since she was three, so I think that the most important thing to do is to realise that anyone can become apt at riding a bike.  I’m really excited about the installation of over 250 new miles of bike lanes in New York City.  That makes me feel very confident.  It’s financially sustainable, it’s environmentally sustainable, it’s just great.   

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Robin Urban Smith is a multimedia storyteller who prefers to go by bike.

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  • The Megabiker!

    Kimberly you are awesome!!

  • Christabulous

    Thanks for the inspiration Kimberly!

  • http://inspiredcyclist.wordpress.com/ maureen

    @Kimberly - you are very well spoken, and a great role model to others! Great film!

  • vaughn

     always say greatness in you since high school. Keep on inspiring and motivating.

  • Eli

     She is so cute! ;-)

  • Amy

     What a remarkable young woman!

  • Anonymous

    Hey I just saw her in the park the other day, and that bike is awesome. Viva Los Folders!

  • Eric McClure

    I bought my wife that exact same bike for Christmas, but I'm afraid that Kimberly OWNS that model now.

  • Helen

     Kimberly White rides her bike well!

  • Anonymous

    Will she be making a celebrity appearance at the sure-to-be-awesome folding bike event Tomorrow (Saturday 5/14)?

    http://bikemonthnyc.org/event/3231

    Location:
    Stuyvesant Cove Park
    East 23rd Street at the East River
    New York, NY
    4pm

  • Joe R.

    Very well done! I love that wind whipping on my body feeling also. And she can really fly along on that folding bike! 

  • Anonymous

    Also, ride beforehand starting at 2pm at 23rd & West Side

  • Anne Pope

    Go Kimberly!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.putterman Jeff Putterman

    This video makes my heart soar!  I am in love with Kimberly, and hope to "bump" into her in Prospect Park one day.

  • Martin Burkinshaw1

     Great video.
    On a serious note, which could be a good avenue for someone with design knowledge?  Do not know if any manufacturers have thought of it already. Maybe someone could design a helmet, which could incorporate the hair in a bun/still offer the wearer protection. This would work for Kimberly, because that is obviously a hairstyle which you don't do on the cuff of the moment, but I guess not many helmets would be able to cater to her style. Also people with long hair, who don't want it blowing about, in bad weather etc.

  • Mrs Franco

    So so proud of you!!! Keep strong in your ideas... go for it!!!!!

  • Steve O

    Hey, StreetFilms!  I love these "My NYC Biking Story"s.  Make a million of 'em.

  • Hatsu

    I'm so late with this, but I'm in love with Kimberly too! I'm her sister! 

  • Johnwhite

    Great film clip with a message. Congratulations, Wendy White! from Mr. White @ Midwood High

  • MarthaRockwood

    Congrats Kimberly, way to make us proud! 

    Ms. Rockwood