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The Progressive IMS Outdoors Tour: KIDS ACROSS AMERICA!

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The Progressive IMS Outdoors Tour: KIDS ACROSS AMERICA!

The Progressive IMS Outdoors Tour

KIDS ACROSS AMERICA!


As noted previously, one of our favorite stops in the winter – Progressive’s International Motorcycle Show – is morphing into an Outdoors Tour this summer, an obvious reaction to the ongoing Covid crisis. And to get more people on seats, the Progressive organizers are taking it to the kids, as outlined in the below press release. As the grandfather of an about-to-be 2-year old, I can’t wait…


The Progressive IMS Outdoors Tour Partners with Strider, 

All Kids Bike to get Kids Across America on Two Wheels.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.– The nation’s leading consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors, today announced two new partnerships with Strider and non-profit organization All Kids Bike to lead a two-part initiative designed to excite young kids about the thrill of two wheels by engaging children at an early age and teaching the younger generation how to ride.

The Kids Zone with Strider, the latest addition to Discover The Ride, will elevate the industry-leading new rider program by introducing two experiential courses geared toward all riders ages two through 15 at each stop along the 2021 tour. Furthermore, to complement the onsite attraction and extend support to the local community, the organizers of the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour join the All Kids Bike movement dedicated to teaching all children in America how to ride in kindergarten PE classes.

Collectively, the two initiatives spotlight the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour’s dedication to nurturing young riders and building the next generation of Powersports enthusiasts, while also providing more young kids the opportunity to learn balance, develop essential riding skills, build confidence, and foster a love for two wheels.

“Discover The Ride is the industry’s most notable program breaking down barriers to entry for those interested in learning how to safely and comfortably ride two wheels — we are honored to join the program via The Kids Zone and extend this learning opportunity to more people,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider. “Imparting excitement for outdoor-based activities to the younger generation is central to who we are at Strider. We look forward to putting smiles on kids’ faces at IMS Outdoors; whether they’re experienced on two wheels or are learning the art of balance, we have a course for everyone.”

McFarland, who also serves on the board for All Kids Bike, continued: “we’re also excited to be partnering with the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour to bring the kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride program to more schools across the U.S., giving more kids the opportunity to learn this milestone skill. This level of community support is instrumental in shaping how kids perceive and engage with two wheels for the rest of their lives.”

All Kids Bike Teams up with IMS Outdoors

The Progressive IMS Outdoors tour is sponsoring the introduction of the All Kids Bike program in nine elementary schools across the U.S. On behalf of IMS Outdoors, selected kindergarten PE classes in each community along the 2021 tour will be equipped with everything needed to get their students rolling including teacher training and certification with the All Kids Bike Learn-To-Ride Curriculum, bike fleet sizes that fit the needs of each class size, pedal conversion kits, and fully adjustable helmets, all at zero cost to the school.

The turnkey program represents the event organizers’ firm commitment to and gratitude for the local communities that host IMS Outdoors. Tracy Harris, SVP of IMS Outdoors, stated: “We are grateful and excited to partner with All Kids Bike to share our passion for two wheels and instill a life-long skill in the younger generation. All Kids Bike initiated a nationwide movement, and it’s an honor to join the ranks.”

To further connect the community, IMS Outdoors is working with a dealer in each market across the 2021 Progressive IMS Outdoors tour to help celebrate the selected school and deliver the bikes. More details will be shared soon.

The Kids Zone with Strider

Entering its third tour, Discover The Ride has evolved into the Powersports industry’s foremost program easing non-licensed consumers onto two-wheels through the New Rider Course, online education via New To 2, and Next Steps that promotes continued training.

Brand-new to Discover The Ride this year are two interactive closed courses designed exclusively for kids of varying skill levels and comfort with two wheels.

  • The Strider Adventure Zone provides little ones from two to seven years old a safe environment to explore mobility on two wheels on a Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike. The arena will allow kids to experience the challenge and thrill of navigating a unique course with assorted obstacles, while simultaneously developing their balance and bike-handling skills.
  • For children that are approximately eight to 15 years old, the Strider Balance Zone affords kids the opportunity to master their balance and coordination on a Strider 16 Balance Bike on a course that fully tests their skills of balance and expertise on bike, challenging participants to remain upright.

For the full 2021 tour schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit www.motorcycleshows.com/schedule.

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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