RAPID CITY, SD, April 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2021, All Kids Bike, the nationwide movement with a mission to teach every child in America to ride a bike in kindergarten physical education class, received a $30,000 grant. Dollars from Yamaha Motor Corp, USA’s Outdoor Access Initiative. The goal of the grant was to bring the All Kids Bike program to six schools near Yamaha corporate offices, including four in Georgia and two in California.
Jump ahead to this spring as Yamaha Volunteers and All Kids Bike Ambassadors deliver the finale of the six school programs at Cara J. King Elementary School in Cypress, California, completing last year’s scholarship and setting the stage for more Create funding in 2022.
“We are grateful for Yamaha’s support of All Kids Bike, for the funding needed to land the program in six schools, for the volunteer efforts of Yamaha employees and partners who have helped bring bikes to schools deliver, and most importantly for being able to get more kids to bikes,” said Ryan McFarland, founder of All Kids Bike, who attended the first Yamaha-sponsored school delivery in Cypress last fall.
Volunteers from Yamaha Motor Corp. USA offices in Marietta, Georgia and Cypress, California and from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, Georgia helped run the All Kids Bike programs over the past year the schools.
The six schools receiving the program from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative include:
Elm Street Elementary in Newnan, GeorgiaWestern Elementary in Newnan, GeorgiaA.L. Burruss Elementary School in Marietta, GeorgiaLockheed Elementary in Marietta, GeorgiaJuliet Morris Elementary School in Cypress, CaliforniaClara J. King Elementary in Cypress, California
“The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is an inclusive program that supports and encourages outdoor recreation, and we have provided this grant to help more children learn valuable outdoor skills that they can build on for the rest of their lives,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsport Marketing Manager. “The All Kids Bike program offers some of these kids the only chance to develop the confidence and experience the freedom that comes with riding two wheels.”
All Kids Bike programs include 24 wheels, pedal conversion kits, helmets and an instructor bike. It is a plug-and-play public school program that aligns with SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and also includes an eight-lesson Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride curriculum, teacher training and certification, and a five-year curriculum -Support plan includes.
To date, nearly 550 elementary schools in all 50 states have received and implemented the All Kids Bike program, with an estimated 380,000 students expected to benefit from the program over the next five years.
Cycling benefits for children:
Child development never stops. As the All Kids Bike program continues to expand this year, more kids across the country are learning life skills and getting much-needed exercise while they get away from their computer screens and spend more time outdoors.
The kindergarten physical education program supports critical health and safety needs including:
Spatial Awareness: Teaches a child the concept and understanding of “safe distancing”. Limited Touchpoints: Specially marked hand placement limits cross-class touchpoints. Promotes overall health: core muscle development, cardio activity and mental motivation.
Learning to ride a bike at a young age boosts confidence and develops balance, mobility, safety, environmental awareness and ease of movement. The bikes in the All Kids Bike program allow children and teachers to go through the riding process with fear and encouragement. Kids develop their skills with each session, first learning to balance and then learning to pedal, all on the same bike.
The All Kids Bike School funding and waiting lists are online at https://www.allkidsbike.org/give
About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the powersports industry by guaranteeing outdoor enthusiasts responsible access to our nation’s land. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated equestrian and hunting areas, improved staging areas, provided basic OHV safety education to farming organizations, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local communities of outdoor enthusiasts across the country to increase access to public land. Updated policies, application forms, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com.
About all children’s bikes
ALL KIDS BIKE® is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation to place Kindergarten Sport Learn To Ride programs in public schools using donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. The Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2017. The Strider Education Foundation believes that learning to ride can help everyone lead a happier, healthier life. Visit www.allkidsbike.org for more information.
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative CheckChildren ride donated bikes for the first time
Breiane Williams All Kids Bike (605) 956-3877 [email protected]