Riding a bike is a treasured childhood experience. Do you remember the day you received your first bike? Do you remember the joy you experienced and the freedom you felt when riding a bike for the first time?
For a child with special needs bike riding offers far more than a recreational experience. Bike riding provides a source of much needed exercise, gives therapeutic value and contributes to an inclusive environment where a child with special needs can ride a bike like everyone else.
Due to balance and mobility challenges many children and teens with special needs require the use of an adaptive bikes. Sadly, many cannot afford the high costs of adaptive bikes and remain on the sidelines while watching their friends and family members ride by.
Friendship Circle is on a mission to raise awareness for the need of adaptive bikes and provide as many of them as possible. Every year, Friendship Circle gives hundreds of children with special needs the opportunity to win a specialized adaptive bike through the Great Bike Giveaway.
In 2016, the Great Bike Giveaway is back and bigger than ever! This year, our goal is to give away 600 adaptive bikes to the individuals who need them most! Our mission is to ensure that no child misses out on the freedom, confidence and fun that comes with riding a bike.
The Great Bike Giveaway is dedicated in memory of Michaela Noam Kaplan, of blessed memory. Despite her physical limitations due to cerebral palsy, Michaela adored life, traveled the world, went to school — and loved her adaptive bicycle. Learn more about Michaela.
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