2012-05-23 / Front Page

Young Cyclists Compete


Seen here are Tony Meloni of New York Anti-Crime, Astoria Civic Association President Paul Halvatzis, Co-Chair of the Astoria Civic Association Bike Race Brenda Andrle, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., Co-Chair of the Astoria Civic Association Bike Race Patrick DiMotta with bicyclists and parents at the starting line. Seen here are Tony Meloni of New York Anti-Crime, Astoria Civic Association President Paul Halvatzis, Co-Chair of the Astoria Civic Association Bike Race Brenda Andrle, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., Co-Chair of the Astoria Civic Association Bike Race Patrick DiMotta with bicyclists and parents at the starting line. Hundreds turned out for one of the city’s oldest and longest running children’s bike races on May 20, organized by the Astoria Civic Association and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr.

More than 200 youngsters, ages three to 11, competed in separate races along Astoria Park’s waterfront. The youngest group kicked off the race—some on tricycles, others with the help of training wheels—on Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South.

Vallone announced this year’s winners, who were greeted at the finish line by former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris. Each child received a tee shirt and medal.Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, state Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. pose with a local youngster as he proudly displays his trophy.Photo Dan Miller/DMD ImagesAssemblymember Aravella Simotas, state Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. pose with a local youngster as he proudly displays his trophy.Photo Dan Miller/DMD Images

“It’s a great day of fun for the whole family at one of New York City’s most beautiful locations. I encourage all of our young cyclists to start training for next year,” said Vallone.

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