All Kids Bike offers a sixth school program with the support of Yamaha


In 2021, All children’s bikesthe national movement whose mission is to teach every American child to ride a bike in the kindergarten physical education classroom, has received a $30,000 grant from Yamaha Motor Corp, United Statesit is Outdoor Access Initiative. The purpose of the grant was to introduce the All Kids Bike program to six schools near Yamaha headquarters, including four in Georgia and two in California.

Fast forward to this spring, with Yamaha volunteers and All Kids Bike Ambassadors deliver the final of the six school programs at Cara J. King Elementary School in Cypress, California, completing last year’s grant and setting the stage for additional funding in 2022.

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“We are grateful for Yamaha’s support of All Kids Bike, the funding needed to launch the program in six schools, the volunteer efforts that Yamaha employees and partners have helped deliver bikes to schools, and most of all the opportunity to ‘get more kids on bikes,’ said Ryan McFarland, founder of All Kids Bike, who attended the first Yamaha-funded school delivery to Cypress last fall.

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Volunteers from the offices of Yamaha Motor Corp., USA in Marietta, GA and Cypress, CA, and Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, GA, helped deliver the All Kids programs Bike to schools over the past year.

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The six schools receiving Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative grant program include:

  • Elm Street Elementary in Newnan, Georgia
  • Western Elementary in Newnan, Georgia
  • AL Burruss Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia
  • Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Georgia
  • Juliet Morris Elementary School in Cypress, California
  • Clara J. King Elementary in Cypress, California

“The Yamaha Outdoor Access initiative is an inclusive program that supports and promotes outdoor recreation, and we have provided this grant to get more children outdoors to learn valuable skills they can build on to the rest of their lives,” said Yamaha Motorsports Marketing Manager Steve Nessl. . “The All Kids Bike program offers the only chance some of these kids will have to develop the confidence and experience the freedom that comes from riding on two wheels.”

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All Kids Bike programs include 24 balance bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets and a teacher’s bike. It is a plug-and-play curriculum for public schools that aligns with SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards and also includes a Kindergarten Physical Education Learning Curriculum. lessons, teacher training and certification and a five-year support plan.

To date, nearly 550 elementary schools in all 50 states have received and implemented the All Kids Bike program with approximately 380,000 students benefiting from this program over the next five years.

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Benefits of cycling for children

Child development never stops. By continuing to expand the All Kids Bike program this year, more children across the country are learning life skills and getting much-needed exercise while getting away from their computer screens and spending more time outdoors.

The kindergarten physical education program addresses critical health and safety needs, including:

  • Spatial Awareness: Teaches the concept and understanding of “safe distance” to a child.
    • Limited Contact Points: Specifically designated hand placement limits contact points between classes.
    • Promotes overall health: core muscle development, cardio activity and mental motivation.

Learning to ride a bike at a young age increases confidence while developing balance, mobility, safety, environmental awareness and making exercise easier. The bikes used in the All Kids Bike program allow children and teachers to progress through the process of riding without fear and full of encouragement. Children develop their skills with each session, learning first to balance, then to pedal, all on the same bike.

All Kids Bike School funding and waitlists are online at allkidsbike.org/give.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the powersports industry in ensuring responsible access to the lands of our country for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreational trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, provided farm organizations with essential ORV safety training , built bridges over fish-rich waterways and partnered with outdoor communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Updated guidelines, application form, information and news about the outdoor access initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com.

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About all children’s bikes

ALL KIDS BIKE® is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation to establish preschool physical education learning programs in public schools through donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. The Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2017. The Strider Education Foundation believes that learning to ride can help everyone lead happier, healthier lives. For more information, visit allkidsbike.org.