OUR STORY

It started with an idea

CYCLE Kids began as an intervention to help combat childhood obesity and grew into an intervention to support children’s basic rights to a physically and emotionally healthy start in life. With research funded by the American Heart Association, and a collaboration between academic staff at Boston University's Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and PE teachers, CYCLE Kids developed an elementary school curriculum. We continue to gather information from surveys and interviews with CYCLE Kids participants, parents, and teachers so that we can grow and develop a program that continues to be relevant.

The curriculum meets national core learning standards for physical education, reading and comprehension, and math. It helps kids, families, and teachers get back to the basics of fitness with a non-competitive, fun, and simple activity.

 
Being a ‘CYCLE Kid’ means to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you can do things that you want to do. You can make friends with students in your class you never thought would be your friend! The CYCLE Kids program means a lot to me because it gave me confidence!
— 5th Grade "CYCLE Kid"

 

OUR HISTORY & VISION

SINCE 2004, CYCLE KIDS HAS LED THE WAY IN BIKE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

 
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2004

CYCLE Kids begins in Somerville, MA as an after-school program.

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2006

Children’s Aid Society launches first New York City CYCLE Kids program.

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2008

CYCLE Kids begins its collaboration with Boston University.

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2009

New CYCLE Kids PE program launches in 13 schools.

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2012

CYCLE Kids launches national program in 7 states.

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2013

CYCLE Kids founder Julianne Idlet recognized with the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Community Leadership Award.

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2015

Adventure Journal names Julianne Idlet as one of the Most Influential Women in Cycling.

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2016

CYCLE Kids partners with NavajoYes! in Arizona to bring programs to Navajo Nation schools.

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2018

Ozark mountains programs in Arkansas open in partnership with the Walton Family Foundation.

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2018

CYCLE Kids active in 11+ states.

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2019

CYCLE Kids launches a line of children and adult bikes and helmets, supporting our schools.

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OUR VISION

Our goal is to be active in communities across all 50 states!