53 entries in September...yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for August you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your October entries!
1st Place - End of Summer Striding
2nd Place - Stay Focused and Stride On
3rd Place - Oh, The Places You'll Go
Strider Balance Bikes Exhibiting at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo)
Popular Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes Teach Riding Skills to Toddlers
Rapid City, SD (October 4, 2016) — Strider Sports International Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, will be exhibiting at the AIMExpo October 13-16, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32869. Stop by booth #2643 to learn how toddlers as young as 18 months are quickly and safely learning to ride on two wheels.
Strider will be debuting its newest products, the Strider® Rocking Base and the Realtree® Strider 12”Custom Balance Bike. The Rocking Base easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Realtree Strider Bike is customized with the official Realtree (camo) graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model.
The company also recently announced the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide. The other officially licensed, custom models that will be on display in the Strider booth include the Harley-Davidson®, Suzuki, Husqvarna, and KTM Strider Bikes. There is a perfect Strider bike for every toddler! Distribution and sponsorship opportunities are available.
By using a Strider Bike, young riders from 18 months to 5 years get to experience the fun and freedom of riding a bike without relying on restrictive training wheels or tricycles. A university study concluded that participants quickly improved their balancing skills by using a Strider Bike.
The purpose of the AIMExpo is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America. The AIMExpo will have international impact within the motorcycling community.
How can you get a grant for your school to teach kids bike safety skills?
Katherine Dowson, Executive Director, Friends of Pathways (FOP), shares how their organization secured funding for a fleet of Strider Bikes to teach bike safety through their “Kids on the Move!” program in Jackson, WY, and surrounding Teton County areas to children ages 2 to 10 years old. She also talks about the impact the bikes have had in the community to improve the skills and behaviors of younger riders on pathways.
1. How did you first hear about Strider Bikes and why did you pursue a grant for them?
We have always done bike safety classes in the PE classes at local schools. Before using the Strider Bikes, kids would have to just walk and do hand signals, or sit on platforms with wheels instead of bikes and skootch around the floor.
Our Education Director Lauren Dickey said it would be great if kids could actually practice on a bike. But that presents several challenges, such as kids having to bring their own bikes to school, and some kids don’t have bikes. Lauren knew about Strider Bikes and suggested FOP pursue a grant from the Teton County School District No.1 Recreation District to help purchase a fleet of bikes and integrate them into the PE classes. That way all kids have access to a safe and appropriate bike they can ride for the program.
Sometimes there is a big discrepancy of who can ride bikes and who can’t by the second grade. Having them all on the same type of bike evens the playing field. It also saves the parents the hassle of getting bikes to and from school. In addition, the Strider Bikes are better than a pedal bike with training wheels, because training wheels don’t teach balance.
2. How did you secure the grant?
Raising money is always a challenge. It’s easier once people understand benefits of what you are providing. We knew from the beginning that we would have to invest some of our own money to show others the impact it would have. So, FOP purchased the first 10 bikes and tried them out in the PE classes.
The bikes were incredibly popular, but there were up to 30 kids in class, so eventually we applied to the Recreation District to help us acquire another 15. Fortunately, the Recreation District has discretionary funds to award to non-profits and schools, mostly for capital equipment.
We now have 25 of the bikes, in both the 12” and 16” sizes. Even the kids who know how to ride a pedal bike can practice and improve balance skills on a Strider Bike. They are also used by the adaptive sports programs for individuals with special needs, making it an inclusive program.
3. How have you expanded the program and continue to maintain it?
We worked with a local community foundation to purchase a trailer and now have a mobile Bike Lab. It includes an obstacle course of ramps, beams and cones. Besides the two-week PE programs at local schools, we also take it to community events, such as festivals and outdoor concerts that have up to 5,000 people. Thousands of kids have been able to ride a bike and learn bike safety skills through this outreach
Sponsorship money for the Bike Lab comes from local businesses and helps support the ongoing program to cover costs for staff and bike tune-ups. For events, we put the logos of local businesses on the trailer so it is good advertising for them.
4. What are the results you’ve seen?
It’s definitely working! We have found through the last three years that kids who have taken the class are better equipped with safety skills to use the pathways. They know how to signal, pass on the left, use their bell, and put their feet down at stop signs.
The program is instilling bike safety knowledge and early balancing skills that lead to riding a bike at an earlier age. We get the kids to be confident in the PE class, and find they have an easier transition to pedal bike. This is especially important if they don’t have access to a bike from a young age, when they’re more open to learning.
Koreen Sheridan retired this year, but managed the program when she was the PE teacher, and shared these comments about the program:
“The Strider Bikes have had a huge impact and helped many kids. Close to 600 kids go through the course each year. Some know the rules better than some of the grownups. The kids practice balance skills, do figure eights, go over ramps, zig zag around cones and learn how to obey stop signs and turn signals. They also practice riding around pedestrians and saying, ‘on your left.’
One 6-year-old girl who had never ridden a bike was scared and didn’t want to get on it. Being able to walk with the Strider helped ease her fears. After the class, her mom was amazed by her confidence and ability.
Overall, the balancing skills learned from riding a Strider help in other sports, so it’s a great thing for young kids to learn. We even do some strengthening exercises, by having them get on and off a bike, pick it up and turn it sideways, kind of like some local racers do in cyclo cross races.
Another great benefit is that the Strider Bikes are so durable and need very little repair or maintenance. One issue we had though, was that the school nurse was concerned about sharing helmets. So, we got a donation for blue surgical caps to put underneath them, for kids who did not bring their own helmets. We told the kids the caps were the same ones that doctors and chefs wore, so they were ok with wearing them.”
5.Why is learning to ride a bike and bicycle safety so important for young kids?
We’ve built a beautiful pathway system and want everyone to have access to it. Kids can safely ride several miles to school. The program makes the pathways more attainable for kids and teaches them to be a responsible user of our pathways, for both winter and summer activities.
Biking is an important mode of travel, especially until you are 16 years old and learn to drive a car, so it’s important to know the rules of the road and be safe and confident.
6.What advice would you give to an organization trying to secure a grant for a program like yours?
Make sure your school district is on board and is willing to work with you once you secure the grant. We are blessed to have PE teachers dedicated to developing cycling skills. If you can’t work within your school district, find a venue that is safe with a surface that is flat, perhaps a parking lot that can be secured from cars and traffic.
It’s something that is duplicable in many settings and it’s an important service we offer to the community to ensure safer cycling.
For additional information on the program, check out this recent article in the Jackson Hole News Guide, School district approves funding for youngest bike riders.
Highlights impact of Strider Balance Bikes for individuals with special needs
Rapid City, SD (September 13, 2016) — South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recognized Strider Sports Int’l., Inc. with the Distinguished Service Award for its contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2016 Governor’s Awards today.
Since its inception in 2007, Strider Sports International Inc. has donated over $600,000 which includes cash and bikes to organizations that benefit children and adults, including individuals with disabilities. The Strider Bike line-up includes the 12” model for younger riders and the 16” and 20” models, developed in the last couple of years for older children and adults with balance and coordination challenges, such as Down syndrome and autism. Research in 2015 showed that riding a Strider Bike helped children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“Strider Sports Int’l has done amazing things for our program at Rapid City Central High School,” said Amy Heuston, a Special Education teacher who submitted a letter of reference for the award application. “They not only have given us thousands of dollars in bikes and helmets, but have given their time and love to our students with severe/profound disabilities. Strider Bikes have made ENORMOUS impacts with many of our students, and in many skill areas.”
Heuston uses 13 Strider Bikes in her classroom and has seen benefits in PT, OT, Speech, Behavioral and Social, as noted in 5 Areas of Impact Strider Bikes Have with My Special Education Students.
Physical therapists such as Kim Burke, PT, MPT, of Lifescape, use Strider Bikes, “to empower children and adults with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives,” as she wrote in her letter of reference. “Strider Bikes have been a great tool that continues to challenge balance, strength, endurance, motor planning, etc., in a fun and functional way.”
Many people with special needs never learn to ride a two-wheeled bike because of challenges with balance and coordination. Strider has worked with several organizations to change that, such as the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program. Starting in 2015, the Strider Cup Racing Series included Special Needs Races for individuals of all ages and abilities.
The Governor’s Awards ceremony is co-sponsored by the Boards of Vocational Rehabilitation, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Department of Human Services.
August was yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for August you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your September entries!
1st Place - Rocky Mountain Ride
2nd Place - Strider Graduate
3rd Place - Swimming With Strider
Rapid City, SD (August 17, 2016) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has identified an even younger group of potential bike riders – toddlers, ages 12-24 months, just learning to stand and walk.
According to Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast, Ryan McFarland, “a baby who rocks becomes a toddler who rides! We all know babies enjoy rocking horses when they are small. The problem is that no child ever gets to unhitch the horse and ride off into the sunset. With the Strider Bike and Rocking Base system, babies as young as 12 months can safely rock and play on the bike when first introduced, then graduate to the true freedom that the Strider bike offers as they ride away some months later.”
This new product easily attaches to any 12-inch Strider Balance Bike and allows the youngest member of the family to play with, rock, and ride a Strider Bike on a safe and stable base until they are old enough to ride the bike – which is typically around 18 months. The Rocking Base is made of all-weather, durable black plastic and includes all tools necessary to attach to a bike. Maximum rider weight for the rocking base is 40 pounds. The Strider Rocking Base is available for order immediately, retails for $79.99, and does not include a Strider bike.
Strider Sports International, the leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, has sold over one million Strider Bikes since 2007. The Strider Bike line-up includes the 12” model for younger riders and the 16” and 20” models, developed in the last couple of years for older children and adults with balance and coordination challenges.
All Strider Bikes and accessories are available through the Strider website and at local Authorized Strider Dealers. To order your Strider Rocking Base, visit https://www.striderbikes.com/launch/rocker.
July was yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for July you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your August entries!
1st Place - Quadruplets!
2nd Place - Pure Joy
3rd Place - Summer Puddles
What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Spokane's Riverfront Park! We were a little nervous when we woke up to clouds and a light rain, but the skies cleared and little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles. We ended up with 188 registered racers. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in San Francisco, California, July 29th and 30th.
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our sponsor, Toyota, for the wonderful support. It could not have been as amazing without you!
Speaking for the staff of Strider (and all of the amazing volunteers) we had a wonderful time in Spokane exploring the city and the beautiful Riverfront Park, but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of the racers.
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 63
- 1#221 Reid Jordan - Kennewick, WA
- 2#202 Ryan "Flyin' Ryan" Taylor - Calgary, AB, Canada
- 3#226 Eli Gwinn - Otis Orchards, WA
- 4#214 Beckett Cook - Spokane Valley, WA
- 5#201 William "Will" Stuart - Spokane, WA
- 6#203 Zane Scholes - Post Falls, ID
- 7#223 Colton "Bird" John - Post Falls, ID
- 8#256 Connor Runnion - Moses Lake, WA
- 9#241 Connor Mabbott - Spokane, WA
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 63
- 1#329 Reese Keyser - Kalispell, MT
- 2#345 Ryder Meyer - Spokane, WA
- 3#302 Alexander "AJ" Rodriguez - Spokane, WA
- 4#332 Lorenzo Hewitt - Spokane, WA
- 5#320 Braydin "B-Dog" Gaines - Spokane, WA
- 6#307 Nikko Nuxoll - Lewiston, ID
- 7#310 Emmet Zvekan - Seattle, WA
- 8#357 Noah Everson - Polson, MT
- 9#306 Gabe Mazzuca - Coeur d'Alene, ID
4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#434 London "Lando" Ellenwood - Polson, MT
- 2#422 Gauge Butler - Happy Valley, OR
- 3#435 Emmett Clemenhagen - Kendrick, ID
- 4#405 Rylie Prussack - Post Falls, ID
- 5#407 Rad Rieth - Cheney, WA
- 6#402 Tomota Brodsky - Spokane, WA
- 7#419 Karson Wise - Spokane Valley, WA
- 8#404 Matthew "MJ" Orlob - Spokane, WA
5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13
- 1#513 Grady Caudill - Blanchard, ID
- 2#507 Ateden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
- 3#506 Atticus Krenz - Spokane Valley, WA
- 4#503 Jamseon Holleran - Cheney, WA
- 5#501 Haakon Nies - Bozeman, MT
- 6#512 Sawyer Haggerty - Liberty Lake, WA
- 7#511 Cohen Burke - Spokane Valley, WA
- 8#510 Adah Schur - Kennewick, WA
- 9#508 Bergen Gates - Spokane, WA
- 10#509 Kari Legg - Lewiston, ID
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 1) - Total Riders = 5
- 1#902 Johanna Schuele-Van Aken(9) - Medical Lake, WA
- 2#904 Kaden Pinyo(11) - Spokane, WA
- 3#908 Morgan Reel(13) - Spokane, WA
- 4#906 Kenner Clark(10) - Spokane, WA
- 5#901 Payton Pearce(9) - Spokane Valley, WA
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 2) - Total Riders = 5
- 1#903 Abigail Gacusana(11) - Spokane, WA
- 2#907 Hailey Borbridge-Dishneau(14) - Spokane Valley, WA
- 3#905 Nathanial Contreras(8) - Cheney, WA
- 4#909 Andrew Roy(10) - Spokane, WA
- 5#910 Benjamin Mueller(10) - Spokane, WA
June was yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for June you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your July entries!
1st Place - They Own the Block
2nd Place - Getting Muddy
3rd Place - All-In-One Triathlon
Strider returned to Salt Lake City, Utah June 25th for another fun-filled day of toddler racing! 244 Strider riders rolled into Pioneer Park for the 2016 Strider Cup Race. Not a cloud in the sky and some super striding made for some great race action! Happy, smiling faces received trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in San Francisco, California, July 29th and 30th.
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our sponsor, Intermountain LDS hospital, for the wonderful support. It could not have been as amazing without you!
Speaking for the staff of Strider we had a wonderful time in Salt Lake City exploring the city and the beautiful Downtown Farmers Market , but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of those racers.
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 81
- 1#234 Andrew Yates - South Weber, UT
- 2#266 Lincoln Hewett - Draper, UT
- 3#208 Ryden "Ry Ry" Morgan - West Valley City, UT
- 4#212 Will Gordon - Ephraim, UT
- 5#257 Jackson Strauss - Salt Lake City, UT
- 6#250 Jax "Scrappy J" Loter - Salt Lake City, UT
- 7#255 Lukas Nielsen - Price, UT
- 8#214 Zander "Monkey" Henderson - Lehi, UT
- 9#262 Mason Hart - Riverton, UT
- 10#207 Taydien "Mater" Gregston - Erda, UT
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 77
- 1#307 Milo Rees - South Jordan, UT
- 2#346 Kyler Muir - Payson, UT
- 3#365 Brayton Goodrich - Roosevelt, UT
- 4#348 Ryker Faddis - Riverton, UT
- 5#377 Jaxsen Shoemaker - Grantsville, UT
- 6#340 Riggen "Rigs" Koenig - Harrisville, UT
- 7#354 Karson Huffman - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 8#352 Quaid Garcia - Draper, UT
- 9#315 Ryder Tauszik - Salt Lake City, UT
- 10#313 Ethan Baughman - Herriman, UT
4 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 60
- 1#460 Brekken King - Lindon, UT
#449 Hawk Hewett - Draper, UT
- 3#440 Kort Barnes - Bountiful, UT
- 4#401 Kayson McGee - Tooele, UT
- 5#456 Pratt Williams - South Jordan, UT
- 6#415 Landon Nielson - Sarasota Springs, UT
- 7#438 Kayner Sweat - Heber City, UT
- 8#421 Porter Price - Salt Lake City, UT
- 9#455 Boone "Booneman" Tischner - Elk Ridge, UT
5 year old class - TOTAL RIDERS = 13
- 1#503 Ayeden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
- 2#512 Carter Easton - Sandy, UT
- 3#506 Sophie Gregory - Herriman, UT
- 4#502 Lincoln Smith - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 5#513 Beckham Easton - Sandy, UT
- 6#508 Luke "Ghost" Walton - Twin Falls, ID
- 7#501 Ryker "Roo" Martinez - Roy, UT
- 8#510 Gavin Sherwood - Tooele, UT
- 9#511 Krew Christensen - Salem, UT
Special Needs 8 and under Strider 12" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 3
- 1#902 Kinlee Owens
- 2#901 Hunter Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 3#904 Jayson West
SPECIAL NEEDS STRIDER 16" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 8
- 1#910 Michael Molten - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 2#908 Joshua Whiting - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 3#906 Emma Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 4#905 Patrick Goodwin - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 5#911 Jordan Barlow - Draper, UT
- 6#907 Sara Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 7#903 Sarah Whiting - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 8#909 Alyssa Kirkland - Herriman, UT
SPECIAL NEEDS STRIDER 20" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 12
- 1#914 Mylz Bennett - South Jordan, UT
- 2#913 Braden Kip Baker - Herriman, UT
- 3#920 TJ Molten - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 4#919 Arianna Gregerson - Salem, UT
- 5#921 Savannah Nelson - Magna, UT
- 6#915 Macie Mortensen - Riverton, UT
- 7#922 Maren Feller - Salt Lake City, UT