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.
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:
"Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward."
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…
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
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.