RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Black Hills Harley Davidson partners with Strider Bikes to donate bikes to kindergartners at Rapid City schools. About 60 volunteers gathered at Black Hills Harley Davidson to assemble 375 bikes for 900 Rapid City students. Fifteen area elementary schools will receive 25 bikes each. The bikes will be added to the P-E programs to teach students about bike riding and safety. With more and more technology emerging, children are playing outside less often. But this donation aims to help with that.
"A lot of them like video games, they sit around more, there's more seat time and screen time. This is an initiative that really pushes kids to get active, to get on bikes from an early age and those skills being more transferable in the future, " says Rapid City Assistant Superintendent Matthew Seebaum.
Black Hills Harley Davidson hopes to teach five-year-olds how to ride now so one day they can graduate to a bigger bike.
"I learned things much easier when I was young than I do now. And so I think that goes along with people in general. They're going to learn how to ride, the earlier you can get them started, to get that feel for balance. They feel comfortable, they're ready to explore, and move on to new adventures," says President of Black Hills Harley Davidson Al Rieman.
The students will also receive helmets which they will get to keep. The schools will receive the bikes after Thanksgiving.