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Families with Special Needs Can Fundraise for Strider® Balance Bikes

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Rapid City, SD (February 9, 2017) — More than 74 million kids in the U.S. ride bicycles. Unfortunately, some children with special needs never experience the joy and independence of riding a bike. For the fourth year, Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is teaming up with the Friendship Circle for its 6th Annual Great Bike Pittsburgh Strider RaceGiveaway.

Participants will have one month to earn an adaptive bike through fundraising efforts using an online crowdfunding platform. Families need to register online by February 14 at To earn a Strider Balance Bike, a family will need to raise $180.

The annual program has given away 900 adaptive bikes since its inception in 2012. The program website,, will start taking donations at 12:00PM CST. It will be possible to search for individuals seeking a Strider Bike. The Great Bike Giveaway ends on March 15 at 12:00PM CST.

“To date we have donated over $850,000 in cash and Strider Bikes to organizations that serve children and adults in need,” said Strider Bikes Founder and CEO Ryan McFarland. “At Strider, we give generously, and we love doing it!”

Strider formalized its benevolence commitment with the creation of The Rider Fund, which was first introduced June 2014 at the Special Olympics USA Games. Since then, Strider has committed one percent of gross revenue from all sales worldwide to this fund. For more information about the Strider Rider Fund, visit

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

About Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, Friendship Circle brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved. Learn more and see our available programs at

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