We believe learning to ride a bike builds the confidence that changes everything! The opportunity to ride should be available to everyone, regardless of their physical, mental, or financial abilities. The Strider Education Foundation exists because of generous donors who support this belief and are passionate about the process of giving bikes to anyone and everyone who can benefit from learning to ride.
Learning to ride should be safe and easy. The Strider Learn-To-Ride curriculum has proven not only to be a successful way to teach young children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly how to ride, but it also increases confidence, social skills, independence and creates a can-do attitude for life. We deliver this effective curriculum with every bike donation.
"We were told early on that David would not be able to play like other children."
From the time David could walk and talk he had the passion for riding, always wanting to “go fast” on his dad’s motorcycle. However, being born with Down syndrome, learning to ride a bike posed a challenge.
Soon after David learned to ride on a Strider, he moved to a pedal bike. On his eighth birthday, David was given his first motorcycle and his passion for riding continues to this day!
We have done our research and know that a Strider Balance Bike is without a doubt, the best way to teach a person how to ride and balance on two wheels. Genuine Strider Balance Bikes are designed specifically to help individuals learn balance and coordination before pedaling. The no-pedal design and low frame height allow riders to have both feet on the ground and simply walk with the bike. These features allow people of all abilities to learn to balance and propel the bike in a natural way, instilling confidence and bike handling skills in the process. We take pride in delivering the most superior balance bike and a proven riding curriculum as our donation. This combination enables individuals and organizations to reap the life changing experience and benefits riding a bike has to offer.
Monetary donations go directly towards purchasing balance bikes. This is what makes the Strider Education Foundation so unique. With strong backing from Strider Sports International, nearly all the overhead burden is covered. Because of Strider Sports International’s overwhelming success at teaching the skills needed for everyone to reach their maximum riding potential, the Strider Education Foundation distributes only Genuine Strider Bikes and the Strider Learn-To-Ride curriculum. Donors can have confidence that their money will go directly to getting bikes into the hands of organizations that teach riding. Strider Education Foundation has witnessed firsthand the lifechanging effect of providing the proper bike and a proven method to learn to ride. We are so excited to have you join us on the journey of changing many, many more lives with riding.
There was a time when it seemed to David and his family that he was just going to be “one of those kids who couldn’t ride a bike”...Read More...
Grady's family bought him a special fold-up bicycle, thinking it would be easier than most bikes. He could never figure out how to balance without a parent holding onto his bike...Read More...
Zachary was in the Special Olympic Strider group at Rapid City Central High School. Being very athletic, he took to riding very quickly...Read More...
Once his class received their Strider Bikes from the Strider Education Foundation, he was doing tricks and turns before anyone could tell him to stop...Read More...
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"It was wonderful to watch the kids demonstrate the coordination and balance skills that we’ve been working on through the APE program and achieve a new level of independence when riding the bikes…And because Strider Bikes is donating the bicycles to the students, they can further their progress at home with their families."
Dr. Amanda Young, Physical Education Teacher, KinderFrogs School and Starpoint School
"Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration,” said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. “Starting on a STRIDER Bike can assist children with special needs in transitioning to a regular, two-wheeled bicycle without the anxiety of falling or using training wheels."
Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department
"This is all about the process of learning to ride in the right steps and never contradicting what you’re learning. So, they learn the proper balance and steer techniques that are identical to when you move onto pedal bikes. And what happens is with that success, all that stuff was kind of…that was out of reach or filed away, you say, OK, we just broke through what they told us was going to be the barrier, so now we don’t know how far we can take this."
Ryan McFarland, Founder, President, CEO, and Chief Enthusiast, Strider Sports International
"I currently have 8 bikes for my classroom and a wide variety of students use them. Students with physical impairments, BLIND students, kids with Down Syndrome, kids with autism; basically, anyone who can walk on their own (and even several who are a little shaky). We use them for recreation, social skills, community skills, physical therapy, adaptive PE, language development, and behavior interventions. They’re incredible."
Amy Speidel, Special Education Teacher/Special Olympics Coach
"The training program is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to overcome anxieties about riding bikes in a fun setting with peers. It was so exciting to see such joy and enthusiasm from the youth who participated in our first week of training. We look forward to seeing the youth develop confidence in their abilities in the weeks to come."
Kerry Zingg, Easterday Center Director
"We would often stride to Super America on Lake Street and his goal was to get there in less than 25 minutes and if he did so then he could get a cherry icee! It definitely was a motivator."
Kathryn Jensen, parent of a 9th grade student
"I have 2 students that are twins, 8 years old, and in the Autism Program in Minneapolis. In recent years, the 2 have made significant gains in their motor abilities. I had the opportunity to work with the two using a strider and it was extremely beneficial to their balance and coordination. They were so excited there was a bike their size that was not overwhelming because of the pedals."
Troy Kirby, D/APE teacher