MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2013

     

Contact:
Shelley Patterson
shelley@buddybike.com

786.489.BIKE (2453)

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Buddy Bike Supports Adaptive Cycling Through Bicycle Donations and Events

North Miami Beach, FL, November 14, 2013 - 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 feel good.

The most recent Buddy Bike donation was to the Bay Area Outreach Program (BORP), a non-profit organization that advances the lives of people with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities in Berkeley, California. Patterson of Buddy Bike knew of the adaptive cycling program at BORP and decided to donate the bike upon meeting Greg Milano, their Cycling Program Coordinator, while attending Recumbent Cycle-Con with Adaptive Cycling Fair 2013 in Pomona, California in early November 2013. Patterson found Milano to be supportive of the Buddy Bike and felt the program at BORP would provide a location for families to be able to try the Buddy Bike with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and volunteers.

Due to Patterson’s involvement with adaptive cycling through Buddy Bike, she also served 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. Learn more at recumbentcyclecon.com.

Earlier in the year, Buddy Bike provided bicycle donations to Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Granite State Adaptive Sports in Mirror Lake, New Hampshire. Families will be able to try and enjoy the Buddy Bike by participating in the programs at these non-profit organizations who use adaptive recreational activities to empower and enrich the lives of individuals who have a disability by providing the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness.

In April 2013, Buddy Bike participated for the second time in the Great Bike Giveaway sponsored by The Friendship Circle of Michigan, a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. The Friendship Circle created the Great Bike Giveaway to give adaptive bikes to as many special children as possible and to offer them the same freedom, confidence and pride that everyone feels when the ride a bike for the first time.

Buddy Bike joined other adaptive bicycle manufacturers such as Rifton, AMBUCS, Triaid and Flaghouse to support the contest. Buddy Bike donated two of their alternative tandems but a total of six Buddy Bikes were given away due to fundraising in the online social media contest.

When asked if Buddy Bike would participate in the Great Bike Giveaway in 2014, Patterson replied, “Absolutely! When I received the notes of appreciation and photos sent in by the contest winners, I was filled with joy and determination to find ways for more families to enjoy the benefits of our bike.” Patterson refers to comments such as this one by Jennifer Wendling, the mother of contest winner, Jon Wendling. “Jon just loves his [Buddy Bike]...His enjoyment is evident by the huge smiles and loud laughs as he rides with his Dad. He now can have a bit "normalcy" and enjoyment of simple childhood activities such as riding a bike...” Buddy Bike posts customer comments, stories and photos at their web site buddybike.com.

Patterson says, “Buddy Bike is a small company so we can’t donate as many bikes as we would like, but we can bring together the resources and organizations that will help the families be able to afford them.” To help their customers, the company provides funding ideas and suggestions at buddybike.com/FundingOptions.html.

About Buddy Bike®
Buddy Bike, LLC is the manufacturer of an innovative in-line tandem bicycle that places the stoker in front. They strive to provide courteous and timely service to their customers while providing a quality product that will encourage more families to bicycle, especially families with special needs children who might otherwise never enjoy the thrill of riding a bicycle. For more information on bike models, pricing and dealers visit buddybike.com or call 786.489.BIKE (2453).

 

   

   

 
 

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