The Progressive IMS Outdoors tour partners with Strider and non-profit All Kids Bike to get children across America riding bikes
A few months ago, we ran a cool story of how a local custom motorcycle shop, Pro Twin Performance (our friend Kevin Baxter) partnered with Strider and the All Kids Bike initiative to buy, build, and donate over 30 bicycles to a local elementary school for their kindergarten Phys Ed program. We felt it was an important story to tell, as today’s kids will hopefully become tomorrow’s motorcyclists. If we neglect to pass on a passion for riding, the death of our sport is on us, not on those who come after us. Apparently many of you agree, judging from the feedback we got across our media platforms and pages.
The 2021 IMS Outdoors has now jumped onboard, welcoming Strider and All Kids Bike to their traveling shows this year. Here’s the announcement they shared with us. We’re thrilled to see this-
SANTA MONICA, CA. – The nation’s leading consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors
The Kids Zone with Strider, the latest addition to Discover The Ride, will elevate the industry-leading new rider program by introducing two experiential courses geared toward all riders ages two through 15 at each stop along the 2021 tour. Furthermore, to complement the onsite attraction and extend support to the local community, the organizers of the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour
Collectively, the two initiatives spotlight the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour’
“Discover The Ride is the industry’s most notable program breaking down barriers to entry for those interested in learning how to safely and comfortably ride two wheels — we are honored to join the program via The Kids Zone and extend this learning opportunity to more people,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider. “Imparting excitement for outdoor-based activities to the younger generation is central to who we are at Strider. We look forward to putting smiles on kids’ faces at IMS Outdoors; whether they’re experienced on two wheels or are learning the art of balance, we have a course for everyone.”
McFarland, who also serves on the board for All Kids Bike, continued: “we’re also excited to be partnering with the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour to bring the kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride program to more schools across the U.S., giving more kids the opportunity to learn this milestone skill. This level of community support is instrumental in shaping how kids perceive and engage with two wheels for the rest of their lives.”
All Kids Bike Teams up with IMS Outdoors
The Progressive IMS Outdoors tour is sponsoring the introduction of the All Kids Bike program in nine elementary schools across the U.S. On behalf of IMS Outdoors, selected kindergarten PE classes in each community along the 2021 tour will be equipped with everything needed to get their students rolling including teacher training and certification with the All Kids Bike Learn-To-Ride Curriculum, bike fleet sizes that fit the needs of each class size, pedal conversion kits, and fully adjustable helmets, all at zero cost to the school.
The turnkey program represents the event organizers’ firm commitment to and gratitude for the local communities that host IMS Outdoors. Tracy Harris, SVP of IMS Outdoors, stated: “We are grateful and excited to partner with All Kids Bike to share our passion for two wheels and instill a life-long skill in the younger generation. All Kids Bike initiated a nationwide movement, and it’s an honor to join the ranks.”
To further connect the community, IMS Outdoors is working with a dealer in each market across the 2021 Progressive IMS Outdoors tour to help celebrate the selected school and deliver the bikes. More details will be shared soon.
Start them on this,…
The Kids Zone with Strider
Entering its third tour, Discover The Ride has evolved into the Powersports industry’s foremost program easing non-licensed consumers onto two-wheels through the New Rider Course, online education via New To 2, and Next Steps that promotes continued training.
Brand-new to Discover The Ride this year are two interactive closed courses designed exclusively for kids of varying skill levels and comfort with two wheels.
- The Strider Adventure Zone provides little ones from two to seven years old a safe environment to explore mobility on two wheels on a Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike. The arena will allow kids to experience the challenge and thrill of navigating a unique course with assorted obstacles, while simultaneously developing their balance and bike-handling skills.
- For children that are approximately eight to 15 years old, the Strider Balance Zone affords kids the opportunity to master their balance and coordination on a Strider 16 Balance Bike on a course that fully tests their skills of balance and expertise on-bike, challenging participants to remain upright.
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And they just might graduate to this, and beyond.
Want to know more? Check out these brief descriptions-
Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider
Strider Education Foundation and All Kids Bike
All Kids Bike is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. The Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2017. Through the development of a proven Learn-To-Ride curriculum and donations of the world’s most advanced training bikes, the nonprofit organization makes riding available, safe, easy, and fun for everyone.
Progressive IMS Outdoors is an evolution of the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® tour’s nearly 40-year stint that not only transitions IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also create a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. While continuing its presence as the nation’s largest consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors will support the growth of the Powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see. Coming summer 2021, the tour will span nine cities across the U.S. IMS Outdoors is organized by Informa Markets, a division within Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.informa.com.