Mike Clark had just finished a BMX bike show at College View Elementary School last month when the opportunity arose.
The Huntington Beach resident, a professional BMX rider, just needed someone to open the door so he could exit campus. College View principal Elaine Burney has to.
“We were leaving the show and the principal came out to unlock the door,” Clark said. “I was like, ‘Have you ever heard of All Kids Bike? “… It’s just crazy how the universe aligns.
Clark is an ambassador for the program, and that conversation led to 24 new Strider Balance Bikes for Kindergarten College View students. They were delivered Thursday morning to the school in the Ocean View School District, thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit All Kids Bike and International Motorcycle Shows Outdoors.
IMS Outdoors has a show this weekend at Orange County Fairgrounds, the last of eight stops on the tour across the country. At each stop on the tour, he donates $ 5,000 worth of Strider bikes to a local school.
College View Elementary was the lucky school in this area.
The bikes, originally built without pedals – similar to a motorcycle – so students can learn balance first, will now be part of College View’s kindergarten physical education curriculum. The teachers have received training.
“Especially this year, the kindergarten kids haven’t left their homes,” said Lisa Banuelos, kindergarten teacher at College View. “They haven’t had any experience with anything. So, it’s just huge. It’s a dream come true.
Holly Hamasaki, another kindergarten teacher at the school, said many of her students live in places where they might not be able to cycle, such as apartment buildings.
“They might not have access to the bikes, so that was really important, but it will also be a big part of our physical education program,” Hamasaki said. “I’m excited. The program was really easy to learn so we’re excited to start.
Clark took rides on a bike for the students on Thursday, before the white Strider bikes were brought into the kindergarten playground by a group of women on motorcycles led by Black Girls Ride founder Porsche Taylor.
Strider founder Ryan McFarland, who formed All Kids Bike in 2018, also attended Thursday’s delivery. Over three million Strider bikes have been sold worldwide.
He said that the mission of All Kids Bike is to have every child on a bike in the kindergarten PE class.
“Cycling among young Americans is steadily declining as screen time hits record highs and childhood obesity hits record highs,” said McFarland. “You have kids who lead more sedentary lives, and kids spend more than seven hours a day on screens, so that’s really a motivation to try and motivate them to go out and find that active lifestyle and acquire a life skill. “
IMS spokesperson Robert Pandya said learning balance and affinity for two-wheeling at a young age is important. IMS Outdoors shows are aimed at beginners as well as motorcycle enthusiasts.
“The reality is that not everyone is going to get on the bike,” Pandya said. “But if you’re not exposed to the balance of life on two wheels, you don’t even really have that option. It really is an important part of our industry.
“These kids, in 10 years and they are driving, they will be more aware of bikes on the road because they know how to ride. They will become members of the municipal council and they will vote for the cycle paths, because it is part of their life. It’s a really important program.
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