For a child with special needs, bike riding offers far more than a recreational experience. Bike riding provides a source of much-needed exercise, gives therapeutic value, and contributes to an inclusive environment where a child with special needs can ride a bike like everyone else.
Due to balance and mobility challenges, many children and teens with special needs require the use of an adaptive bike. Sadly, most families cannot afford the high costs of adaptive bikes and their children remain on the sidelines watching their friends and family members ride by.
For the 6th consecutive year, Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, an annual campaign that strives to provide as many bikes as possible to children and teens with special needs. We partner with adaptive bike companies from around the world to offer these special adaptive bikes as well as a fundraising platform so friends and family members can give a child with special needs the experience, joy and independence of riding a special bike.
The Great Bike Giveaway is dedicated to the memory of Michaela Noam Kaplan of blessed memory. Despite her physical limitations due to cerebral palsy, Michaela adored life, traveled the world, went to school — and loved her adaptive bicycle.
Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, Friendship Circle brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends while enriching the lives of everyone involved. Learn more at friendshipcircle.org