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Riders for Striders funds Inclusive learn-to-bike program to help kids with intellectual disabilities



Indianapolis, Indiana – Bicycles will probably be a popular holiday gift this year.

An organization is working to ensure that everyone, even those with intellectual disabilities, can enjoy riding a bike.

Daybreak was joined by Nichole Buchholz and Katie Christy from All Kids Bike, an inclusive learn-to-ride program, to discuss the program in more detail as well as the organization it supports.

“Kids Bike is a movement under the Strider Education Foundation that was founded in 2018. We are on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class,” Christy said. “We started our inclusive learn-to-ride program that really focuses on older individuals that didn’t have that opportunity because we believe that all abilities and ages should have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike.”

The program will be given to GiGi’s Playhouse, which provides services to children with Down syndrome in Indianapolis.

“We’re just so excited for this partnership and for this opportunity to bring something this amazing that fits so many different sizes, ages, and ability levels to our playhouse to give our families the opportunity to learn in this way is just something that is so exciting and creative and new and fresh for us,” said Liz Richards from Gigi’s Playhouse.

$5,000 worth of motorcycles were donated by Riders for Striders, an adventure motorcycle charity event.

“I got a bunch of generous donors that come to my ride and able to raise the money to sponsor, you know, GiGis and we’ve sponsored elementary schools at the program as well,” said owner of Riders for Striders Tyler Klassen.

Christy added, “We’re delivering bikes to GiGi’s Playhouse. We have a fleet of four of the 14 X bikes and four of the 20 X bikes. And we’re going to get some individuals learning to ride a bike.”

Watch the complete interview above to find out more.


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