About Us

Cyclopedia is a bicycling program that combines physical activity with collaborative online documentation for the purpose of empowering urban adolescents to become engaged and healthy members of their communities.

The lack of habitual outdoor activity that is often referred to as “nature-deficit disorder” manifests as increasing rates of obesity, behavioral problems, teen pregnancy and other adverse health outcomes; Cyclopedia’s objective is to prevent these problems from happening.

Each ride has an explicitly local theme pertaining to the neighborhoods our riders live in.

All the videos from the NYC East Harlem 2015 season.
Click here for the individual rides.

This website is the collaborative documentation of all the rides: we post photographs and writing, we map our routes and we combine the information into interactive “ride maps.”

Cyclopedia was started by pediatric residents in the Pediatric Link to the Community (PLC) program at the University of Rochester in 2009. We partnered with the Rochester Boys and Girls Club to launch our inaugural season in 2010. Our first season saw 19 riders accumulating nearly 800 miles and over 70 hours of program time on 14 rides. Our East Harlem program launched in 2012.  Hundreds of riders, and thousands of miles, photographs and words later…here we are!  Enjoy the ride.


2104 Rochester Video Playlist. See more about these trips here.

We have been honored with recognition and awards, including:
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Resident Community Service Award
November 2010
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award
Cyclopedia: Empowering Urban Adolescents Through Bicycling, October 2010
Community Pediatrics Advisory Council (CPAC) Grant
Cyclopedia: Empowering Urban Adolescents Through Bicycling, July 2010
AAP Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Resident Funds Grant
Cyclopedia: Empowering Urban Adolescents Through Bicycling, June 2010

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NYC East Harlem Trips

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Rochester Trips

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Our leadership consists of:
Rochester
Shawn Brown; Teen Coordinator, Rochester Boys and Girls Club
Marcus Cooper; Rochester Boys and Girls Club
Marc Lavender, MD; physician, University of Rochester
East Harlem
Cappy Collins, MD; pediatric environmental health fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Esther Grant-Walker, Director of School Age Programs, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Onyx Salvador, Assistant Program Coordinator, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Manhattan East After School Program

Research Advisor:
C. Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH; pediatrician, University of Rochester
Technical Director:
John Culhane

Intern Alumni:
2012: Kara Metcalf
2013: Emma Bick, Jenne Ingrassia, Danny Piening
2014: Emily Bai, Danielle Niderman, Juleon Robinson
2015: Jude Appiah, Georgia Bancheri, Claire Castellano, Stella Chong, Katie Litman, Katelynn Pan