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P.S. 288 students build bikes, confidence through CYCLE Kids program

Students at P.S. 288, The Shirley Tanyhill School in Coney Island are taking the wheel and building their own bikes through the CYCLE Kids program.

News 12 Staff

Apr 4, 2022, 9:54 PM

Updated 808 days ago

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Students at P.S. 288, The Shirley Tanyhill School in Coney Island are taking the wheel and building their own bikes through the CYCLE Kids program.
The program, which has been active since 2004, is now being offered in its sixth Brooklyn school, and the students are excited about the opportunity.
"I’m really proud of myself because, to be honest, I really didn't think I could do it,” fourth grader Fatma Almahtar says.
Julianne Idle, founder and CEO of Cycle Kids, tells News 12 that students will learn about bike safety and nutrition, but there is a bigger factor she hopes the kids really find value in.
“The real takeaway is the emotional development and emotional support the program gives them," Idle says.
Principal Qadir Dixon is just as excited as his students, as he has hoped for a program like this.
"It's always been a dream of mine to have a biking program at the school,” he says.  "I saw the grant, I emailed them, and they responded. I responded back 'is this real?' Dixon says. 
Dixon hopes to expand the bike program so they can do family rides on the weekends and to help the kids discover new places across the city.
"We're thinking about going to Prospect Park and Central Park," says Dixon. "We'll start local, but then we want to grow it so not only are you riding in Coney Island, but you're using the bikes to see other parts of New York City.”


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