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DC elementary school students graduate from safe cycling program with new bikes – NBC4 Washington

More than 200 second- and third-graders received new bicycles as they graduated from a DC program that taught them how to ride safely.

Students from seven elementary schools in DC participated in “graduation on wheels” on Thursday.

“It’s great to give back to the community, and I mean, what kid doesn’t love a bike, you know?” said volunteer John Wolfe, who helped assemble the bikes and fit them for the kids. “Yes, it’s just great to be here and see smiles on their faces.”

The program was launched in 2015.

“Some of them are a little scared and some of them are like, ‘Yo, let me go. I just want to do some tricks,” Wolfe said. “They are so happy; they are so excited.”

Second-grader Mykal Cooper, 8, said he plans to ride his new bike to King Elementary School.

“I’m looking forward to riding it, popping wheelies and riding one-handed,” he said.

And he will do it safely.

“You put on a helmet, you always put on an arm passage so you don’t get hurt,” he said.

“If you learn to drive at this young age, you will have this skill for the rest of your life,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told the students.

In addition to the bikes, each student received a helmet and bike lock and access to this DC Bike Ride on September 7, when the city closes 20 miles of roads so cyclists can ride on the streets.

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