After participating in a CYCLE Kids program, children are more confident, ready to learn, and make healthier eating choices. They are poised to grow into successful teenagers and young adults.

Annually, we gather information about the impact of the program through student assessments, surveys, and interviews with CYCLE Kids participants, parents, and teachers. We continually update the curriculum to be relevant, appropriately targeted, and engaging.  In addition, we conducted a two year study in collaboration with one of our programs with funding and support from the American Heart Association and Boston University.


200%

Increase in students riding their bike everyday


150%

Increase in physical activity


100%

IMPROVEMENT IN NUTRITIONAL INTELLIGENCE


48%

IMPROVEMENT IN PERSONAL AND SOCIAL GROWTH


But numbers only tell part of the story. Feedback from children, schools, families, and communities speaks to greater and more far-reaching benefits!

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Feedback from “CYCLE Kids”

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL WELLBEING 

“CYCLE Kids” are more confident:

  • They have stronger self-esteem and make better social choices. 

  • They overcome fear of failure and learn to ride a bike in front of their peers.

  • They overcome social intimidation and make new friends.

  • They develop empathy and learn leadership skills.

PHYSICAL WELLBEING

“CYCLE Kids” learn skills for an active and healthy life:

  • 100% of students learn how to ride a bike. They get hooked on this healthy activity because it’s fun, social, safe, and non-competitive.

  • Students learn how to make healthier eating choices. They understand nutritional concepts such as portion control, “once in a while” foods, and the importance of fruits and vegetables.

ACADEMIC Progress

“CYCLE Kids” are ready to learn:

  • After a CYCLE Kids class, students are more settled and focused.

I liked it because I love riding my bike. That gave me the chance to ride it almost every day. I also got to see my friends and ride with them. I loved how we got to ride outside the fence together.
— A CYCLE Kids Student
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Feedback from Schools

CYCLE Kids gives schools a physical education program for their students that is fun, engaging, and teaches lifelong skills. Children can’t wait to participate in the CYCLE Kids program, teachers too! Some schools have created a “zero” period so children can come in before the school day and ride the bikes. Others have moved their PE program to the first period so the benefits of the CYCLE Kids program can follow children throughout the day.

MORE FOCUSED AND ENGAGED STUDENTS

  • Children are more focused in the classroom.

  • Children master new skills and boost their confidence.

  • Children learn healthy, safe, and active lifelong habits.

  • Children make new friends.

  • More children ride their bikes to school.

A curriculum that produces results

  • Teachers receive a curriculum that instills confidence in children and helps them focus, resulting in a better classroom experience.

  • Teachers receive a curriculum that helps them engage with children in an activity that builds a trusting relationship.

  • Teachers learn or brush up on teaching biking skills and nutrition. 

It was amazing to see students supporting one another and not being judgmental to those who were learning to ride. We had several students who learned how to ride a bike through this program. We also feel that the health and nutrition piece along with bike safety was so important. We want our students to be the best they can be!
— CYCLE Kids Teacher

Feedback from Communities

Communities have found the program engages their children and leads them to participate in more outdoor activities. In some cases it diverts children from harmful activities, and encourages and promotes engagement in positive community events.

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BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

CYCLE Kids supports community biking initiatives and activities:

  • After school bike clubs and teams.

  • Biking field trips in school.

  • Weekend family bike rides.

Communities with CYCLE Kids programs report:

  • Increased participation of children and families in community biking events.

  • Increased engagement with police officers who help to deliver the CYCLE Kids program.

Plus, the CYCLE Kids program encourages new developments:

  • Mountain bike trails.

  • Rail-to-trail paths.

  • Bicycle playgrounds and pump tracks.

Students who were once afraid to be seen as a ‘snitch’ are now able to approach police officers without fear, asking for help with problems at home or in school. Since we are riding bikes with them, they see us as a someone they can trust.
— SOMERVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE OFFICER