Strider employees have picked these, their 5 favorite designs from all the amazing contest entries! Now it's your turn! Votes for your favorite design are $1.00 per vote ($5.00 = 5 votes, $10.00 = 10 votes, $20 = 20 votes, etc.).
All monies received in the voting process will be given to The Strider Education Foundation, Inc. and used to donate bikes as well as a proven “Learn to Ride” curriculum to organizations that wish to teach young children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly how to ride.
These top 5 bikes will be on display at the Strider Education Foundation, Inc. tent during the Strider Birthday Bash on August 26, 2017, at Main Street Square in Rapid City, South Dakota. The bike with the most votes (dollars), online and at the Strider Birthday Bash combined, will win. Online voting ends August 23. We will announce the winner at the Strider Birthday Bash.
The winner will receive the wrapped Strider Bike they designed and the bike will be featured on the Strider Bikes website. Strider Bikes may also produce the custom bike design and sell a limited number nationwide to benefit the Strider Education Foundation!
The Strider Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children with intellectual 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. Learning to ride a bicycle is important and life changing; all money given will be used to teach individuals who may not have access to the right bike or the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. We use a proven program that not only teaches individuals how to ride, but sends riders home with a bike that is fitted perfectly to them! Your gift makes a difference, and is 100% tax deductible. The joy and excitement that learning to ride a bike brings to the faces of children and parents alike is priceless! We need your support… join us today by giving to this life-changing endeavor!
"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 Heuston, 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