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30 Northwest Arkansas Schools to Participate in All Kids Bike Program

Arkansas

BikeNWA is partnering with All Kids Bike® to launch the Learn-To-Ride bike program in 30 Northwest Arkansas elementary schools. The program, supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation at the recommendation of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, will help approximately 16,000 kindergarten and first grade students learn to ride over the next five years.

“From the beginning, our organization has maintained the key to a long-term cultural shift to biking for transportation is getting kids on bikes,” said Paxton Roberts, BikeNWA’s Executive Director. “Expanding this program to kindergarten and first graders across the region is a huge milestone towards realizing this vision.”

The Learn-To-Ride Program equips schools with everything teachers need to get their students rolling, including Strider® Learn-To-Ride Bikes, helmets, and curriculum.

The All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride program is currently active in 156 schools in 20 states. This grant will allow it to become a staple in Northwest Arkansas school district’s PE curriculums. Through the program, children in the region will also be able to participate in Learn-to-Ride camps, race series and demonstrations to raise awareness of the PE program and promote early rider education.

“Getting kids active is something we all need to be working toward. One of the best ways to get the kids active is to get them excited about bicycles. A lot of kids simply don’t know how to ride.” Says Ryan McFarland, All Kids Bike Board Member. “By putting bikes into schools and making racks of bikes as common as racks of basketballs, that ensures every kid has the skill of riding a bike. It’s a skill that keeps them active. It’s also a skill that’s going to serve them in life.”

For more information or to apply for the program, visit bikenwa.org/learntoride.

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