Bikes for Kids

Owning a bike is a rite of passage for any child. Bikes give children the freedom and independence to explore the world, play outside with friends and family, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

That’s why Variety hosts our annual Bikes for Kids event, when we provide therapeutic and standard bikes to kids and teens with physical and developmental disabilities living in the greater St. Louis region.

Therapeutic Bikes

Therapeutic bikes are built for those who cannot ride a standard, two-wheeled bike, with or without training wheels. These bikes are adapted specifically for the rider’s needs and can include any combination of special features such as higher seatbacks, pedal straps, caregiver steering mechanisms, larger frames, hand pedals, and much more.

If your child with a disability is unable to ride a standard bicycle due to challenges such as difficulties with balance or limited strength, an adapted therapeutic bike may be needed. To receive a therapeutic bike for your child, you will need to submit an application that requires additional medical and financial documentation.

For more information, or to start the application process today, contact Julie Thompkins via email or call 314-720-7708. Please note that, because of high demand, there is typically a wait list for these bikes.

Standard Bikes

Variety considers “standard bikes” to be two-wheeled bicycles like those that may be purchased at stores like Walmart. Each year, we give away these standard bikes in multiple sizes, with training wheels available to be added to smaller bikes.

Requests for these standard bikes typically open each year in later summer. Applicants will be required to submit a brief form at that time, so keep checking back! Unlike therapeutic bikes, you do not need to demonstrate a level of financial need to receive a standard bike for your child, but your child does need to have a medically diagnosed disability.

Questions about standard bikes? Please contact Robin Diehl via email or phone at 314-720-7717 for more info.

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