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Bucksport High School Student Returns from Youth Bicycle Summit with pledge to "Get Teens Biking in Down East Maine"


Abby King
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Cary Huggins
Pedalin’ HOME Center

Bucksport High School Student Returns from Youth Bicycle Summit with pledge to “Get Teens Biking in Down East Maine”

Orland, ME, March 11, 2014 – Local Bucksport teen Daline St. Telise recently returned home from the 4th Annual Youth Bike Summit with a new passion to get more kids on bikes in the Orland area.

Daline, a student at Bucksport High School, attended the three-day Youth Bike Summit in New York City with the help of a scholarship from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. In the past year,Daline has become a very active advocate for biking in Bucksport, and has developed as a leader in her bicycle mentorship program.

The Youth Bike Summit is an annual convention dedicated to inspiring and equipping young people with the skills to promote biking among to their peers and community. In addition to bringing together students, educators and advocates for a full compliment of workshops, the Summit also offers hands-on opportunities that empower youth to make a difference in their local areas.

She was inspired by meeting other teens who shared her interest and experience in bicycling. “I loved when we paraded down 5th Avenue in New York City with signs about why we love bicycles,” said Daline. “The enthusiasm of the group got me excited about how I can get more kids to ride bikes with me at home in Bucksport. It was so cool to be with kids who had ideas that worked in their towns, and helpful that they shared them with me.”

Daline first became interested in bicycle advocacy through the Pedalin’ HOME Center, located in Orland. The Center is operated by Cary and Joe Huggins, who teach local young people about bike maintenance and safety. Cary Huggins also accompanied Daline to the Summit.

After the Summit, Cary shared, “The way the kids were uplifted, encouraged to run with their passions, and embraced by others at the Summit was electric,” says Cary. “I am so excited about helping Daline maintain these new relationships and partner with more teens from Maine to promote biking.”

Cary is herself a committed bicycle advocate in the Bucksport area.  She is an active member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Community Spokes Program, a statewide network of local champions of biking and walking.