The Strider Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities, members of communities in financial need, and other deserving schools or organizations, by teaching individuals how to ride a bicycle in a structured environment. The ability to ride a bike is a life-changing skill; all money given will be used to change lives by teaching this skill . Your gift truly does make a difference, and is 100% tax deductible. We need your support… join us today with your charitable donation and help change the world with riding.
Riding a bike is considered a key developmental milestone for children at the age of 5. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity or ability to learn this skill on their own. A learn to ride program provides everything needed in one simple kit to teach kids of all ages and abilities two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence. It also helps facilitate the development of healthy lifestyle habits. By teaching kids a skill that keeps them active, outside and socializing with other children rather than sitting inside without social interaction glued to a screen, we all win.
Learning to ride a bike is a milestone of growing up — everyone remembers the day and even the details of their first ride. Once you know how to ride, you never forget! There’s a freedom that comes with the ability to ride and balance on two wheels that is priceless. Balance is key to not only physical activities and other sports, but it is fundamental in maintaining mobility through life. Learning to ride a bike, especially at a young age, provides numerous benefits such as confidence, adventure, transportation, exploration, mobility, competition, independence, and socialization.
We are proud to deliver results, to the kids, adults, organizations and to the donors. The Foundation has strong backing from Strider Sports International . That means when you give to the Strider Education Foundation, your money goes directly to getting bikes into the hands of the organizations that teach riding.
"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