Assemblywoman Nily Rozic hosted the first annual community bike ride in District 25 on Monday.
Riders met up at Flushing’s Kissena Park at Rose Avenue for the event, which ended at Cunningham Park in Oakland Gardens. Residents from Rozic’s district participated along with members of Star Track Cycling, a free, nine-week youth cycling and mentorship program to teach goal setting and teamwork to New York City children ages 8 to 14 through the sport of track racing.
Rozic said that the district ride was meant as a way to raise awareness about parklands and ways to enjoy them. The parks in her district are part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, a 40-mile pedestrian and cycling path connecting NYC Parks.
“This was a great opportunity for the community to come together and highlight parts along the path that need improvements,” said Rozic. “Thanks to today’s success I look forward to future bike rides and more healthy partnerships with the community that promote all that Queens has to offer.”
According to the city Department of Transportation, over half a million New Yorkers ride a bike at least several times a month, and the department has promoted bicycling increasingly in recent years as a sustainable alternative to carbon-burning automobiles.