ALL KIDS BIKE FAQ
We’re on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.
The Strider® Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) incorporated in South Dakota in 2017. The foundation’s primary purpose is to distribute Learn-To-Ride programs to schools and organizations committed to teaching children, individuals with special needs, or the elderly how to ride. Donations to All Kids Bike are tax deductible as permitted by law.
All Kids Bike® is a national movement, led by the Strider Education Foundation, launched in 2018 with a simple mission: to give every child in America the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike in school. The program includes everything needed to teach thousands of students at a school for 7-10 years: teacher training and certification, a fleet of 24 bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, an instructional bike for the teacher, 2 rolling metal bike storage racks, and access to a resource portal and live support for the life of the program.
Substantially underwritten by the Strider Education Foundation, All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Programs are active in over 1,000 schools across all 50 states, teaching more than 100,000 kids to ride each year!
All Kids Bike provides schools with a fleet of 24 Strider Balance Bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, an instructional bike for the teacher, equipment storage racks, complete curriculum and teacher training, plus resource portal access and live support for the life of the program.
The cost to schools to receive the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program is a one-time cost of $9,000, a figure that’s significantly lower than the value of the equipment, curriculum, training, and support. The total cost of the program is underwritten by the Strider Education Foundation and supported locally through donations from individuals, businesses, local government agencies, and organizations.
Bike riding is a key developmental milestone for children and an essential life skill that provides numerous benefits for fitness, mental health, exercise, and transportation. Learning how to ride in Kindergarten aids in the development of gross motor skills, judgment, and confidence. Teaching children how to ride bicycles at a young age, using Strider balance bikes, minimizes fear and removes the stress of learning as an older child or adult.
The All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program helps students develop physically and mentally, gives them greater confidence, reduces stress, and provides better focus. Being active is the best medicine to counteract obesity and other diseases associated with being overweight. The benefits of the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program start immediately and last a lifetime, giving enhanced attention and engagement in the classroom, amplified confidence and resilience, and the life skill of knowing how to ride a bicycle for transportation, health, and sport.
With eight easy-to-follow lesson plans and enough bikes and helmets for 24 students to ride at once, the entire class participates and progresses through the curriculum, regardless of their current riding ability.
The first five lessons are in balance mode, where students learn the basics of balance by striding, leaning, and maneuvering through turns. They develop spatial awareness, gain the confidence to lift both feet up and glide, and learn how to follow the leader. The last three lessons are in pedal mode where students learn how to pedal and pilot the bike.
The All Kids Bike Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride PE Program aligns with the SHAPE America National PE Standards that define what a student should know and be able to do as a result of a highly effective physical education program. In the eight-module curriculum, students progress from learning how to walk, balance, and stride on the bike to learning how to balance, pedal, and pilot the bike.
The process of getting the All Kids Bike program is designed to be easy and efficient. Anyone who’s affiliated with a school can complete our online application form, including physical education teachers, parent volunteers, classroom teachers, and principals.
The only requirements are that the applicant has the permission of the school administration to request the program and that the school commits to adding the Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride PE Program to its structured PE curriculum.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Strider Education Foundation can only fulfill programs with not-for-profit and public school systems. Therefore, a W-9 Form is required to apply for the program; it’s usually available from the school or district business office.
Link to Application Form: https://allkidsbike.org/school-application/
If you have specific questions about the All Kids Bike Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride PE Program or the application process, please contact us.
While we want to bring the joy of two wheels to as many children as possible, our program is designed for every school to have their own fleet of bikes.
The wear and tear from sharing the fleet across schools reduces the program lifespan. We want to ensure that schools are able to use their equipment for its full 7-10 year lifespan.
The Strider Bikes that are used in the All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program are easy and safe to use. If a student can walk, they can ride! The bikes start off in balance mode, with the students’ feet firmly planted on the ground.
The 8-lesson, teacher-administered curriculum progresses safely from walking to striding and balancing, then to riding and pedaling. Students wear fully-adjustable, CPSC safety-rated helmets to protect against head injury. The liability concerns are the same as any other physical education program.
We will confirm receipt of your application within two business days and let you know if we have any questions. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation.
If you need assistance with funding, your school will be placed in our funding queue upon receipt of your completed application. Once the funding for the program is in place, a designated teacher completes the 90-minute training for teacher certification and we coordinate the delivery of the bicycle fleet. The bikes require unboxing and simple assembly, and many schools make this a community event to include donors, school community members, and even local dignitaries.
To support your school’s fundraising process, All Kids Bike can create a custom fundraising page on our crowdfunding platform and send you the direct link to share. We also distribute a press release in your community announcing your school’s interest in the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program and sharing your school’s fundraising page.
Yes. We often work with districts to implement the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program in many schools at once. Please use the Multi-School Application form linked below.
Link to Multi-School Application Form: https://allkidsbike.org/school-application/multi-school-application/
If you have specific questions about the All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program or the application process, please contact us.
Yes! Each recipient school is expected to keep the fleet of 24 student bikes, the teacher bike, the 24 pedal conversion kits, the 24 student helmets and storage system. The fleet has a lifespan of 7-10 years and can be used to teach hundreds of kindergarten students.
Helmets should be replaced every 5-10 years.
If additional equipment is needed after the program is in place, please contact the Foundation for details on how to purchase at discounted prices.
All recipient schools will receive 2 rolling metal storage racks that conveniently hold all 24 bikes, helmets, and the pedal conversion kits.
Proper storage of the equipment with our rolling metal storage racks ensures the program will last the full 7-10 year lifespan.
If you received the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program prior to July 2023, there are storage racks available as a standalone purchase through the Strider Education Foundation at discounted prices for schools. Please contact us to learn more.
Parent groups on campuses such as PTA and PTO are instrumental in introducing school administrators and teachers to All Kids Bike. Parents also help through fundraising and by spreading the word to their friends and community members. The Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program qualifies as a PTA “Healthy Lifestyles” program and PTA Units can help bring a program to their schools by allocating funds from their own budgets and by holding fundraisers.
All Kids Bike is active in all 50 states, but not everybody knows about our Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program yet. Help us by spreading the word in your community and on social media. Tell a school in your community about the program and encourage them to apply. And finally, help us move schools through the funding queue by donating, encouraging others to donate, and holding a fundraiser for All Kids Bike.
Text BIKE to 20222 to easily donate $10 – which teaches one kid to ride a bike through the All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program.
To find out which schools in your community are already in our funding queue or already utilizing the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program, visit the “Donate” section of our website, then review the lists of Schools Seeking Funding and Funded Schools.
If your desired school isn’t already listed, you can contact the school directly to see if they are interested in the program, or contact us to reach out on your behalf. Once the school applies for the program, donations of any amount can be made to help implement the program.
In addition to the Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program, All Kids Bike offers an Inclusive Learning Program. Staying true to our mission, we want to teach all abilities how to ride a bike.
The All Kids Bike Inclusive Learn-to-Ride Program provides schools and organizations, such as Special Olympics, the equipment and training needed to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike regardless of their physical abilities, age, or background.
There is a one-time cost of $5,000 for a program with a 7-10 year lifespan that includes 8 Strider Balance Bikes (bike sizes to choose from are the Strider 20 inch bike and/or 14 inch bike), pedal conversion kits, helmets, and complete curriculum and teacher training
To inquire about the Inclusive Learning Program, please contact us.