LAUSD runs a cycling program for all children in Los Angeles kindergarten sports classes

Two LA schools are receiving learn-to-ride programs funded by the Flying Piston charity fundraiser

Marvin elementary school students ride their new Strider bikes

At the handover, the students had the opportunity to take their new bikes for a spin.

At the handover, the students had the opportunity to take their new bikes for a spin.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is organizing a bicycle building with representatives from LAUSD, motorcycle fans and other prominent guests

Participants gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum to build Strider Bikes for the pilot presentation of the All Kids Bike Program at two LAUSD schools.

Participants gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum to build Strider Bikes for the pilot presentation of the All Kids Bike Program at two LAUSD schools.

Participants gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum to build Strider Bikes for the pilot presentation of the All Kids Bike Program at two LAUSD schools.

Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 1, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – All Kids Bike, a statewide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, has deployed two new bicycle education programs for physical education in Los Angeles Kindergarten at Marvin Elementary School and 6th Avenue Elementary School last Friday. As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), these two schools are helping pilot the novel program that is spreading across the country with the aim of teaching every child in public schools to ride a bike.

“When we offer our students opportunities like today, we are giving our scholars the opportunity to feel the wind in their hair, build confidence and independence, to visit new places and do great things. We’re writing a new future for young people, and we’d love all of our elementary schools to offer this program, ”said Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, chief academic officer of the LA Unified School District, responsible for assembling and delivering the bike on site was.

The two new LAUSD school programs were funded by a Flying Piston Benefit fundraising campaign in 2019 and will give every kindergarten child in these schools the opportunity to learn to ride a bike in physical education over the next five years.

“For our young scholarship holders, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of cycling. The confidence gained from learning balance and riding a bike will be an invaluable lesson in self-efficacy. By mastering the art of equestrianism, students can see that they have the strength to face and overcome any challenge, ”said William Celestine, LAUSD Director of Wellness Programs. “The All Kids Bike program enables our students to participate in an extraordinary fun activity that encourages movement, increases the student’s heart rate and helps recharge their mental circuits to reduce stress and sharpen their thinking.”

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest in the country, serving over 600,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in over 1,000 schools. While the All Kids Bikes programs have already been implemented in more than 385 schools in 45 states, the rollout of the All Kids Bike program across LAUSD could serve hundreds of thousands of children in the years to come and create a tipping point for awareness, funding and acceptance Schools across the country.

“Children now spend more than seven hours a day in front of screens, they are more sedentary than ever, and obesity and related health problems are at record highs. 75 percent of US children won’t ride a bike once this year. For many, it’s simply because they can’t ride and have never tasted the joy and independence of riding. And studies show that compared to 10 years ago, the number of children who ride bikes today is down by 35 percent, ”said Ryan McFarland, founder of All Kids Bike. “Starting children by bike in kindergarten can have a significant impact on their lives, not only with their skills and development, but also with their enthusiasm for physical fitness and outdoor recreation that can last their entire life. “

McFarland had just finished a week-long sprint across the country, working with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and then to Laguna Beach, California, delivering all-kids bike programs for children in Omaha and mountain bike programs – Legend and all-kids bike ambassador Brian Lopes headed up in Los Angeles.

VIPs from the motorsport and cycling industries came to the All Kids Bike and Flying Piston Benefit at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Friday to assemble Strider Bikes and deliver them to waiting children and teachers at both schools in Los Angeles. Notable celebrity guests and supporters were in attendance: US Olympic champion and professional cyclist Tony Cruz; Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button; Professional racing driver Terry Madden; Actor Sean McNabb; and musician Tanya O’Callaghan. All Kids Bike founder Ryan McFarland; Sturgis Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff; and Aliso Yoshimoto-Towery, Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District, also attended.

The Flying Piston Benefit is a fundraiser that takes place annually at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Custom motorcycle builders donate their time and talent to create Tiny Strider Customs that will be sent to collectors for sale at the Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas. The funds raised through the Flying Piston Benefit and the subsequent auction will be donated to All Kids Bike to improve the lives of children. In 2019, Jessi Combs and Terry Madden created the Tiny Strider Custom, which was sold at the Mecum auction to fund the All Kids Bike program for Marvin Elementary School and 6th Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Flying Piston Benefit, the time and talent donated by custom builders, and the support of buyers at Mecum Auction and everyone who participated in the construction and delivery of the bike here in Los Angeles today we are expanding the All Kids Bike Program in two schools in LAUSD, which is helping us get closer to our goal of getting every child in America on a bike, ”said McFarland.

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

With each new school enrolled in the All Kids Bike program, more children across the country are learning life skills and the much-needed exercises as they step away from their computer screens and spend more time outdoors. The Kindergarten PE program supports critical health and safety needs including:

  • Spatial Awareness: Teaches a child the concept and understanding of “safe distance”.

  • Limited touchpoints: A specially determined hand placement limits cross-class touchpoints.

  • Promotes Overall Health: Core Muscle Development, Cardio Activity, and Mental Motivation.

Funding for the All Kids Bike School and waiting lists are online at

About all children’s bikes

All Kids Bike is a national movement led by the nonprofit Strider Education Foundation to bring kindergarten sports learning programs to public schools for free by using donations from individuals, companies, and organizations. One of the central goals of the organization is to make cycling the fourth “R” of primary school education alongside reading, writing and arithmetic. The ability to ride a horse greatly improves life by promoting balance, mobility, safety, environmental awareness, and exercise. It builds trust in the classroom, at home, and in the community. As of September 2021, the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE program will run in 348 schools in 43 states and affect 58,934 students this year.


CONTACT: Van Holmes All Kids Bike (310)902-9457 [email protected]

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