WE’RE ON A MISSION TO TEACH EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA HOW TO RIDE A BIKE IN KINDERGARTEN PE CLASS.


ALL KIDS BIKE IMPACT

231

Schools Funded

36

States Live

37,676

Students Impacted This Year

210,478

Students Impacted in 5 Years

** As of October 31, 2020

If you want to make an impact at a school near you, check out our waitlist of schools currently seeking funding.

National Ambassadors help drive the movement

Ellen Kehr

Organizational Lead, Blue Zone Project (Albert Lea, MN)

Eddy King

E-Bike Advocate

Jody Perewitz

Artist, Racer

Mike “Hucker” Clark

Professional BMX Dirt Jumper, X Games Medalist

Imagine a future where bicycles in elementary schools are as fundamental as whiteboards, racks of balls, and rows of desks.

Imagine a nation where every child is taught in school, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, how to ride a bike.

Imagine a country where all school children possess the self-confidence bicycling provides, not to mention the stimulation to their hearts, muscles, and minds.


YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE FUTURE.

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS RIDING A BIKE.

The Kindergarten PE Program equips schools with everything teachers need to teach children how to ride a bike in PE class.

With this program, every student will develop a solid foundation of biking skills, whether they are a seasoned rider or have never been on a bike.


WHEN ALL KIDS BIKE…

  • Children become physically healthier
  • Children experience improved mental health
  • Children become active and put down the screens
  • Nature receives the company it’s been missing
  • Children improve their academic performance
  • America’s health care system benefits
  • Traffic congestion becomes a thing of the past
  • Children become physically healthier

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activities each day1. Bicycling helps achieve this while allowing children to develop their muscles in addition to building aerobic fitness levels.

    Childhood obesity is more common in children after the age of 52. By teaching children a lifetime skill of riding a bike at an early age, we are instilling a healthy habit they can use to maintain a healthy body composition.

  • Children experience improved mental health

    Not only does bicycling allow a child to reap the psychological benefits of playing outside and in nature, but the act of bicycling releases feel-good endorphins that help counter stress and make you happy. A 2010 Study from the American College of Sports Medicine showed that just one 30-minute exercise session can boost your mood and tackle depression7.

  • Children become active and put down the screens

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises children be limited to 1 hour of high-quality programs on screens per day. In 2017, Common Sense Media found that children ages 2-4 spent an average of 2.39 hours/day using screen devices, and 27% of these children use a mobile device at least once per day3.

  • Nature receives the company it’s been missing

    A 2017 study by DJ Case and Associates in conjunction with multiple state and federal wildlife and park agencies has found children 8 to 12 years old spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each week as they do playing outside4. American adults report spending 5 hours or fewer outside in nature each week. With all kids possessing the ability to ride a bike by first grade, children can return to outdoors and enjoy the numerous benefits of outdoor play.

    Half of U.S. schoolchildren are dropped off at school in the family car. If 20% of those living within two miles of school were to bike instead, it would save 4.3 million miles of driving per day9. Over just one year, this would prevent 356,000 tons of CO2 and 21,500 tons of other pollutants from being emitted.

  • Children improve their academic performance

    During the 2012 Danish Mass Experiment, researchers from the University in Denmark noted, “The results showed that having breakfast and lunch has an impact, but not very much compared to having exercised…As a third-grade pupil, if you exercise and bike to school, your ability to concentrate increases to the equivalent of someone half a year further in their studies.”

    In 2009, only 13% of kids walked or biked to school, down from 50% in 1969. Increasing the number of children riding to school allows for boosted oxygen levels once at school, positively impacting a child’s academic performance5.

  • America’s health care system benefits

    By using bicycling as a tool to increase children’s participation in physical activity, the potential for numerous economic benefits become a reality. Using a computational simulation, researchers concluded if US children ages 8-11 received 25 minutes of high-calorie-burning physical activity three times a week, it would result in EACH YEAR a net present value of $1.1 trillion in direct medical costs and $1.7 trillion in lost productivity over their lifetimes6.

  • Traffic congestion becomes a thing of the past

    In 1969, approximately 50% of children walked or biked to school. In one generation this number has plummeted to just 13% as of 2009. Private vehicles now account for half of school trips between 1/4 and 1/2 a mile8. Imagine a commute where children were empowered with the ability to bike safely to and from school without the need for a car or bus to fill the roads to drop them off and pick them up. Now, imagine these same children as grown adults who are committed to the benefits of cycling. When all kids have the ability to ride a bike at a young age, we’ve vastly increased the likelihood of bicycle commuting throughout their life, changing the landscape of transportation from being auto-reliant, to self-reliant.

References
  1. Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-top-5-benefits-of-cycling
  2. CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html
  3. AAP: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Announces-New-Recommendations-for-Childrens-Media-Use.aspx
    Common Sense Media: http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2017/images/11/07/csm_zerotoeight_full.report.final.2017.pdf
  4. Nature of Americans: https://natureofamericans.org/
    AAO Journal: https://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(12)00363-6/abstract
    University of Missouri – Kansas City: https://education.umkc.edu/download/berkley/The-Importance-of-Outdoor-Play-and-Its-Impact-on-Brain-Develpoment-in-Children.pdf
    CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
    American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-On-the-Double.aspx
  5. Danish Mass Experiment – Illinois University: http://sciencenordic.com/children-who-walk-school-concentrate-better
    Illinois University: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/206797
  6. Health Affairs: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1315
  7. American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx
    Bike Radar: https://www.bikeradar.com/us/beginners/gear/article/30-reasons-to-take-up-cycling-23965/
  8. Safe Routes to Schools: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/healthy-communities/101/facts
  9. Safe Routes to Schools: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/pdf/SRTS_GHG_lo_res.pdf

All Kids Bike is a nationwide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that rallies parents, educators, community leaders, health officials, and generous donors to place Kindergarten PE Programs into public schools for free.