The Importance of Riding

Riding a bike is a critical life skill that provides numerous benefits:

  • Exercise
  • Adventure
  • Transportation
  • Exploration
  • Mobility
  • Competition
  • Independence
  • Socialization
  • Spatial Awareness
  • And Much More!

Bike riding is a skill that should be available to everyone, regardless of their physical, mental, or financial abilities. Chances are, most of us remember learning how to ride a bike for the first time. Eyes clenched shut, hands with a white-knuckle grip on the handles, arms shaking as we tried to figure out how to stay upright, we were given a big push and told to “Go!” But riding a bike is still considered one of life’s greatest rites of passage. Thankfully, times have changed, and the Learn-To-Ride process has become easy and enjoyable, even for individuals who need a little extra help in the process.

Strider Balance Bikes are hands-down the best way to learn how to ride because of their simplicity. The entire Learn-To-Ride process is broken down into a series of micro-progressions for the rider. Once the rider walks with the Strider between their legs, they get a feel for the weight. They then learn to sit on the bike and walk; balance and steering come to them naturally at this stage. Finally, the rider becomes comfortable sitting on the bike and begins striding around while they steer, developing their balance along their way to riding like a pro.

Boy riding a red Strider near a lake outdoors in the fresh air
Kids being active and riding on a trail outdoors
Boys riding, one on a Strider, with big smiles on their faces

Why is learning to ride a bike so important? Well, there are many reasons. Learning to ride a bike helps develop spatial awareness, develop balance, and gives the rider a sense of independence and freedom all while providing a big boost to riders’ confidence.

In addition to personal development, bicycling is great exercise and keeps children and adults active and outdoors. For kids, bicycling is a one-of-a-kind medium for playing and socializing with other children, and is an excellent alternative to sedentary activities like computers, televisions, and video games.

Bicycling is fun, accessible, inclusive, and is a healthy activity that can be enjoyed by families, young and old alike!

"The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind."

William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize winner

Strider Education Foundation believes the importance of cycling is more than a list of health benefits, (although it certainly helps!). Below are a couple of ways Strider Education Foundation is able to change lives for the better with donations of Strider Bikes…

  • It’s a breath of fresh air! Breathing in more oxygen helps your brain function more efficiently, improves concentration, and makes you feel happy. (Science says so!) Breathing in fresh air while cycling gives us the energy to have a positive outlook on our day.
  • We’re saving the planet! Cycling is a pollution free mode of transportation. Riding your bike to work or school can cut down on your household emissions and it takes much fewer natural resources to make bikes than cars. Riding a bike combats noise pollution as well, which affects wild animals. Who knew riding a bike is great for our furry friends too?!

Many individuals with disabilities or financial limitations don’t have immediate access to transportation. Riding a bike can drastically change that for a person who was previously limited in where they could go. Riding a bike for transportation provides more than just a way to get from point A to point B, riding gives you freedom!