NYFAC Hosts Bike Ride Benefit This Weekend

Staff Writer

Residents will be able to take in the scenic views of Jamaica Bay and southern Queens while riding a bike this weekend.

The New York for Autistic Families Center in Howard Beach will host its first annual bike ride loop around Howard Beach, parts of the Rockaway Peninsula and Brooklyn on Saturday, July 26.

The event is a joint fundraiser for the NYFAC Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Participants will pay a fee to enter the bike race and they can either take the full course or ride the half loop if they feel the full race is too lengthy.

Tonia Cimino, director of development at NYFAC, said that wanted to come up with new and interesting events for area residents and families of autistic children to go to and they felt this was a good fit, since many of them actively ride their bikes.

Included in the event will be a breakfast as well as a barbecue with a DJ playing music as part of a full day of activities.

Cimino said pre-registration on the NYFAC website is preferred, but there will be a registration table available on the day of the bike ride if anyone decides to come last minute.

Registration that day starts at 8 a.m., with the bike ride itself kicking off at 10 a.m.

The organization plans to make this a yearly event, she said.

According to Cimino, among the guests expected to attend is Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), and all the other area elected officials have been invited as well.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, ext. 127, or @luisgronda.