Bike New York after-school program teaches children how to ride through NYC

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CROTONA PARK -

Hundreds of children are learning to ride their bikes, for free in after-school programs across the city.

The program is all thanks to the group Bike New York.

Logan Gonzalez learned how to ride a bike when he was 5 years old, but has since forgot over the years. With the help of the program, Gonzalez says he is getting back on the bike.

“So now I’m learning to pedal and take control of my bike,” says Gonzlez.

Thanks to Bike New York, the group of children with the Children's Aid Society after school program nearby is able to learn the basics, rules of the road and group riding safety.

For five weeks, with one two-hour session per week, two instructors work with the children who are on all different levels.

Program participant Whitasha Afranie says she is comfortable on a bike, but enjoys learning the ins and out of the actual bike.

“I enjoy riding through the city, seeing what’s going on, so I was excited, genuinely I was excited, I couldn't wait for it to start,” says Afranie.

For students like Gonzalez, he's already feeling better on week two.

“I feel excited for me to go next time, I can like fully ride a bike with the other kids,” says Gonzalez.

Pedaling away, staying active and getting better each week is what the program is all about.

Signups for the spring session will begin early next year. There are still some fall spots open in Van Cortlandt Park.

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