Buddy Bike, LLC manufactures
and distributes The Buddy Bike® an alternative tandem bicycle that provides
safe family fun and therapeutic activity for cyclists with special needs.
Bike for autism, down syndrome, sight impairment and other disabilities.
2 happy girls receive Buddy Bikes from Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois and local radio stations fundraising efforts Woodridge, IL
Facebook post by Variety of Illinois on 10/27/16
THANK YOU to everyone at 95.9 The River and Q ROCK 100.7 for Rockin' For the Kids for 13 hours!!! Your amazing listeners have donated over $16,000 (so far) and these are the smiles that you all make possible - adaptive bikes, wheelchairs and sports camps are EXPENSIVE & every dollar counts! Visit www.varietyofillinois.org to see your donations in action; and if you think you missed your chance to help us reach our goal - you haven't! The site will remain open until every child on our waiting list has been helped: www.varietyofillinois.org/radiothon
Chandler Community surprises special-needs girl with custom bicycle Chandler, AZ, 9/19/16
The Chandler community came together for a fundraiser and a huge surprise for a special-needs girl and her family. Leia Fiorenza, 12, is non-verbal and has Down syndrome and autism. Her family was trying to raise $3,000 for a special bicycle called the Buddy Bike®, an alternative inline tandem bicycle that places the smaller rider in the front seat while the rear rider controls the steering.
Adaptive Bicycle Stolen from Special Needs Organization in Tallahassee, FL
Stolen Buddy Bike is the only bike of its kind in the area Tallahassee, FL, 9/14/16
In June 2016, a Buddy Bike was stolen from Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, www.fdoa.org, a non-profit adaptive sports organization in Tallahassee, Florida. The adaptive bicycle was donated to the organization by Buddy Bike, LLC, www.buddybike.com for its use in adaptive sports programs for special needs people.
Buddy Bike Family Participates in KidzTri3 NJ, 9/8/16
A Buddy Bike family was kind enough to share this event video which includes their son riding a Buddy Bike that they won in The Great Bike Giveaway in 2013. I can't think of a better use for a prize bike! VIEW VIDEO
Buddy Bike included in Bike Trumps 2
The Buddy Bike is one of many "weird and wonderful" bikes included in the 2nd version of Bike Trumps, a card game for bicycle enthusiasts produced by Rough Ride Guide in the UK. Get your set at www.roughrideguide.co.uk!
Utah girl, blinded by DUI crash, rides bike for the first time by Cristina Flores
Salt Lake City, UT, KUTV.com, 6/14/16
A year ago, 13-year-old Brynnli Cherry 's family didn't know whether she'd survive a terrible accident caused by a drunk driver.
Brynlee was left blind from the crash and her face was crushed. She was only 12 at the time, when she was riding in the backseat of a car that was slammed by a drunk driver. Most of the bones in her face were crushed, leaving her without a nose and without her eyesight.
KXLY viewer makes drewam come true for Spokane girl Spokane, WA, KXLY.com, 4/14/16
A legally blind Spokane girl got the surprise of a lifetime Thursday night, thanks to a KXLY 4 News viewer. Brooklyn Page was entered into a contest online to win a Buddy Bike, a specialized bike made for two people. For several weeks hundreds of people voted for the elementary school student, but when it came to the final minutes she didn't have enough votes to win the specialized bike. That's when KXLY viewer Kevin Reeves decided to help her out.
Caleb's first ride: Donor pitches in to buy special bike Grand Rapids, MI, Fox17Online.com, 4/7/16
A nine-year old boy with autism is able to ride a bike for the first time thanks to an anonymous donor. Caleb Zondervan was entered in an online contest with 600 other children to win an adaptive bike.
9-year-old girl lucky winner of Great Bike Giveaway Erie, PA, YourErie.com, 4/3/16
Nine-year-old Ava-Grace Osmer is the lucky winner of a new bike that is designed for her to enjoy pedaling and steering just like on a normal two-wheel bike, and her mother says she is extremely thankful for all the people who helped make it happen.
Osmer entered the great bike giveaway in hopes of winning a buddy bike, so she can ride up and down the street just like everybody else.
Firefighters Buy Bike for
Firefighters put Canton boy on special
wheels by Brad Kadrich, 5/2/14
When Gavin Lumetta was a young boy, he enjoyed
riding in the child’s seat of his dad’s bike.
As he got older, Gavin – born with cerebral
palsy – no longer fit in the seat and the Canton family hasn’t been able to
enjoy the pleasure of a long bike ride.
In an effort to restore Gavin’s favorite
activity, the family spent two years entering a contest, “The Great Bike
Giveaway,” in an effort to win Gavin a special therapeutic bike, called the
Buddy Bike Supports Adaptive
Cycling Through Bicycle Donations and Events by Shelley Patterson, 11/14/13
In 2013, Buddy Bike, LLC donated five of their
alternative inline tandem bicycles, called the Buddy Bike®, to adaptive cycling
programs and special needs organizations. The company donated the bikes to
support adaptive cycling and the idea of putting more people on bikes,
especially people with special needs who may feel they do not have a safe option
for cycling. Shelley L. Patterson, the Director of Marketing and Business
Development of Buddy Bike, said they also donated the bikes because it made them
Buddy Bike Attends Recumbent
Cycle-Con with Adaptive Cycling Fair
and Participates in the 2nd Adaptive Cycling Roundtable by Shelley Patterson, 11/14/13
Shelley L. Patterson is the Director
of Marketing and Business Development at Buddy Bike, LLC. Due to her involvement
with adaptive cycling through Buddy Bike, she was hired to serve as the Show
Coordinator for Recumbent Cycle-Con with Adaptive Cycling Fair 2013. Patterson
contributed to the growth of the recumbent industry expo, added an Adaptive
Cycling Fair and coordinated the second
Adaptive Cycling Roundtable. The Roundtable brought together several
knowledgeable organization leaders and medical professionals to discuss the
needs of adaptive cyclists and how dealers and manufacturers can help serve
those needs. Patterson states that, “Recumbent Cycle-Con is an event that is
supportive of cycling for riders of all ages, sizes and abilities.” The next
Recumbent Cycle-Con is being planned for September 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Sophie has 'buddy'
for record ride by Yolanda Zaw, The West Australian,
With her bright yellow helmet strapped on
firmly and a big grin, Sophie Kotkis joined more than 3500 cyclists on the
streets of Perth yesterday for the Santos Great Bike Ride.
Sophie, 12, rode with her parents Gavin and
Shelley Kotkis in the 10km family ride, sitting with her father on his "buddy"
Mr Kotkis said the family became involved in
the event because Sophie, who is vision impaired, loved to ride. "The buddy bike
means she can enjoy riding like other kids and we get some exercise out of it,
too," he said. "It's great to be part of such a fun community event...
Buddy Bike Helps Ride for Reading Deliver its
100,000th Book - 9/20/12
On September 20, 2012 Shelley Patterson of Buddy
Bike participated in the Ride for Reading book delivery ride at Interbike 2012
in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 70 cyclists helped to deliver bikes to children a
local school to support Ride For Reading's mission to promote literacy and
healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® has helped make wishes
come true for more than 200,000 children and in April 2012 a wish was granted
for a 6-year-old Basin boy. Landon Noble, son of Rory and Randi Lynn Noble, had
family and friends gather at his Make-A-Wish party Sunday at his grandparents
home on Antelope Street. Randi Lynn said she was looking for a bicycle or
something that provide a good activity for Landon when he wanted to be outside.
She said she searched for bike and respiratory problems and came across the
buddy bike. On the website for the bike it suggested several foundations that
help with finances and Make-A-Wish was one of the organizations.
Buddy Bike® and Nana’s Wish Join the St. Louis Community
to Give a Special Gift at Christmas VIEW
Buddy Bike Added
to TapToTalk Picture Library - 5/3/11
Look for the Buddy Bike in the
Toys-Games category of
TapToTalk Designer picture library!
TapToTalk gives your non-verbal child the portable, customizable,
affordable, socially acceptable communication device.
Buddy Bike to Host Adaptive Cycling Roundtable at
Recumbent Cycle-Con 2011
On March 24, 2011 Shelley
Patterson at Buddy Bike agreed to coordinate an Adaptive Cycling Roundtable
Discussion at The Recumbent Cycle-Con 2011. Shelley will seek panelists who sell
and customer adaptive or alternative cycling equipment, who organize adaptive
cycling events or who understand the needs of special needs families as
consumers. This event will be open to bike dealers and the public.
Buddy Bike Sponsors Team Bike4SickChildren,
Ireland - 7/14/10
On July 14, 2010 Buddy Bike, LLC entered into a
2-year sponsorship agreement with Team Cycle4SickChildren. This unique cycling
club in Ireland raises awareness of children's disabilities & importance of
inclusion while raising funds for services and organizations such as
Ronald McDonald House and
The Jack & Jill Foundation (Ireland). Buddy Bike is proud to sponsor a team
that shares it's goal to help families with children with special needs and Team
Cycle4SickChildren is "Going the distance for children's disability." For more
information about the Cycle 4 Sick Children organization or to buy a
Team Cycle4SickChildren bike shirt visit
Stolen Buddy Bike Recovered by Police Dept, San
Francisco - 6/9/10
May 16, 2010 Rachel's Buddy Bike disappeared. According to surveillance video a
thief entered the locked garage where Rachel's Buddy Bike was stored and rode
the bike out to a waiting van. The thieves carefully planned the theft but
didn't plan for the attention that stealing a bike from a special needs child
Francisco Police Department contacted Shelley Patterson, Director or Marketing
and Business Development, at Buddy Bike, LLC to obtain the serial number of the
missing bike. Shelley advised them that the warranty registration card was never
submitted so a serial number would not be on file. Shelley also advised the
police that there were only 3 Buddy Bikes in the Bay area and that Rachel's
model was the only one of its kind there. Shelley posted a stolen bike
announcement at the home page of the
buddybike.com web site
and provided police with a photo of the bike and a clear description which then
circulated the internet via the extensive media coverage generated by this
weeks after the theft, Chandini Davis said she found the bike abandoned near her
apartment, about three blocks from where it was taken, and learned of the theft
while in the process of putting the bike in the lost and found section of
Craigslist.com. Davis returned the Buddy Bike to the San Francisco Police
Department where the officers proudly returned the bike to Rachel before
television cameras on June 9, 2010.
The thief has not been caught but Rachel and her
father are back to riding their Buddy Bike. The moral of this story...DON'T
STEAL A BUDDY BIKE!
Buddy Bike on Bright Feats Show 031 - 10/5/09
with Allie & Rorie
Today we have Shelley Patterson with Buddy Bike on our show. She is their
business manager and has a wealth of information to share with us. Listen as
Shelley explains the uniqueness of the Buddy Bike and how it is a wonderful tool
to help create a closer family bond and how it fosters a sense of independence
for the child with special needs. She also talks about the health benefits and
the much needed sensory input it creates for the rider as well.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW
Buddy Bike on BlogTalkRadio - 7/3/09
Discussing Living w/Autism
Mad As A Hatter
Guests - Dr. Robert Melillo, author of "Disconnected Kids:
The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with
Autism..." and Shelley Patterson talking about the Buddy
Bike Story: Olivia's Inspirational Ride in Australia - 4/6/09
On January 23, 2009 a Buddy
Bike family participated in the 2009 Mutual Community
Challenge which is the public leg of the "Tour Down Under"
in Australia. Robert and his daughter, Olivia, rode the 33
km section on their Buddy Bike. Olivia is 7 years old and
vision impaired. She is coping with other issues, but her
parents say it doesn’t stop her from being happy and
active...or from participating in the same bike ride that
Lance Armstrong rode in!
Read the story of their ride in the "Tour Down Under".
On November 9, 2008, Buddy
Bike, LLC was the first local businesses to support and
participate in the first Bike Miami event. This event
closed streets to cars in downtown Miami so bicyclists,
pedestrians, in-line skaters and others could explore the
area in a fun, safe and completely free way. Bike Miami is
an initiative by City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to promote
bicycling, livable streets and the growing urban
neighborhood of Downtown Miami. The first event was a huge
success creating the support to offer a monthly series now
Bike Miami Days with possible plans for extending the
ride through other neighborhoods.
The Down Syndrome Centre
in Ireland has written a beautiful article about adaptive cycling and it features the Buddy Bike! The site is full of useful
information for families around the world who are affected by down syndrome.
READ THE ARTICLE
Byers Family Inspired to Help Other Families
As Barry Nelson, President of Buddy Bike, LLC was inspired by
his son, Jesse, to contribute to the special needs community,
so was Tim Byers of Naples, FL. Read about his son's story and
their efforts to help other families at this link.
Wallack writes about the Buddy Bike
in Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine
An all-encompassing article
about the Buddy Bike written by Roy M. Wallack, a Los
Angeles Times journalist and co-author of "Bike for Life:
How to Ride to 100".
Buddy Bike has a feature
written by Samantha Nelson in the Summer 2006 issue of The
Autism Perspective (TAP) Magazine. Visit
more information about this
organization and their publication.
The Buddy Bike was reviewed
and appeared on page 5 of the June 2006 issue of VeloVision
Magazine. VeloVision magazine is a quarterly magazine which
features articles about cycling innovation, bikes for
transportation and human power.