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My Bike® Adaptive Bike Program
Variety’s My Bike® Program is designed to serve children and youth who have a documented disability; reside in Variety’s service area; are 3 through 21 years of age; meet the income guidelines; as well as the other eligibility requirements outlined in the application.
Adaptive Bikes Make Riding Possible
Do you remember your first bike? Its color? The feelings of independence and freedom as you raced down the street and felt the wind in your hair?
Well, imagine having those memories taken away from you. It’s a sad reality for a lot of kids who are not able to ride a typical two-wheeled bike, due to physical limitations, challenges with balance or steering, or simply not feeling safe enough to ride.
An adaptive bike helps to make riding a bike possible for kids with disabilities. The only obstacle here is that these individually customized adaptive bikes are very expensive, and for many families, it is not something that is completely out of reach for them.
Experience Mobility, Freedom and Fun
In November 2012, Variety started its My Bike® Program to give children with disabilities the opportunity to ride a bike (many for the first time), to feel the joy and freedom that comes with a bike, and experience greater belonging with friends and family.
We want all kids to have those same feelings of riding a bike that so many of us enjoyed when we were growing up. To feel proud of themselves, to find greater independence and self esteem, and to give parent’s the chance to create memories with their children. For a lot of kids, riding a bike seems out of reach or impossible, but Variety’s My Bike® Program is giving kids and their families the opportunity.