About Riding

The Importance of Riding

Riding a bike is a critical life skill that provides numerous benefits such as exercise, adventure, transportation, exploration, mobility, competition, independence, socialization, and fun! This critical life skill should be available to everyone, regardless of their physical, mental, or financial abilities. Remember learning to ride a bike for the first time? Some of us cringe when we think of that big push we got down a hill where we shut our eyes, held on tight, and inevitably hoped we wouldn’t run into a tree. It was terrifying. Yet riding a bike is still considered one of life’s greatest rites of passage. Thankfully, times have changed and the Learn-To-Ride process has become easy and enjoyable, even for individuals who need a little extra help in the process.

Boy riding a red Strider near a lake outdoors in the fresh air
Kids being active and riding on a trail outdoors
Boys riding, one on a Strider, with big smiles on their faces

So why is riding so important anyway? There are several clinical studies that show riding a bike can improve your overall health. There are articles that inform us about many ways cycling improves our bodies including how it can help with:

Bicycling is great exercise and keeps children active and outdoors, playing and riding with other kids, and is an excellent alternative to sedentary activities like computers, televisions, and video games. Bicycling is fun, accessible, inclusive, and is a healthy activity that can be enjoyed by families, young and old alike!

"Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward."

Drew Houston

Strider Education Foundation believes the importance of cycling is more than a list of health benefits, (although it certainly helps!). Below are a couple of ways Strider Education Foundation hopes with the donation of Strider Bikes into the hands of deserving individuals it will change their lives for the better…

  • It’s a breath of fresh air! Breathing in more oxygen helps your brain function more efficiently, improves concentration, and makes you feel happy. (Science says so!) Breathing in fresh air while cycling gives us the energy to have a positive outlook on our day.
  • We’re saving the planet! Cycling is a pollution free mode of transportation. Riding your bike to work or school can cut down on your household emissions and it takes much fewer natural resources to make bikes than cars. Riding a bike combats noise pollution as well, which affects wild animals. Who knew riding a bike is great for our furry friends too?!

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

Andre Gide

Yes, we’re still talking about riding a bike, not a boat, but the meaning behind this quote is a great one. Many individuals with disabilities or financial limitations don’t have immediate access to transportation. Riding a bike can change that in big ways for a person who was previously limited in where they could go. Transportation from riding a bike provides more than just a way to get from point A to point B. Riding gives you freedom.