We all want our kids to grow up happy, fulfilled, and equipped for success. Because of ADHD, however, many kids have a hard time concentrating in class.
Outride is determined to turn that around by using cycling as a tool for students to achieve academic, health, and social success. Over the past few years, we've brought this concept to life by working with schools across the United States through our Riding for Focus program. Riding for Focus explores and tracks how cycling can positively affect student learning, health, and wellbeing with a focus for those with learning differences such as ADHD.
WHERE WE ARE
Outride has established 132 Riding for Focus school programs across the USA. Click on each circle in the interactive map below to learn what schools are using cycling to help their students achieve academic, health and social success.
What is Riding for Focus?
The school-based program is designed to provide schools with everything they need to get middle school students riding, including a turnkey physical education curriculum, comprehensive teacher training, and a fleet of bike and safety equipment. But the program is more than just bikes and gear—Riding for Focus provides a combination of cycling, fitness, and academic performance, all while instilling a lifelong passion for cycling for students who participate in the program.
The best success about the program is that riding bikes is instilling confidence in the kids and teaching lessons in overcoming barriers. I even became more confident with the bike…I was just like a kid riding flat pedals in Vans shoes and teaching, not as an expert, but someone learning to ride, learning all about derailleurs and cogs and the kids could relate to that.
— Jo Giordano, School Champion, Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville, NC
The goal of the program is for students to ride a for at least 6-8 weeks, for a minimum of 3 days/week at 20 minutes at a moderate to vigorous intensity. Schools should be prepared to run the school program to enable this goal of minimum three days/week, with a target of four days/week (weather permitting).
Measurable improvements in academic performance, fitness, and behavior
Long term social and health outcomes
Reduction in core symptoms of ADHD
After conducting pilot studies across the country, the Outride team determined some keys to success that now represent the core principles of the Riding for Focus School Program:
SAFE: The school program must always prioritize the SAFETY of everyone involved.
FUN: The school program should always strive to be FUN for all students.
FITNESS: The goal of the program is for students to ride a minimum of 20 minutes, at a moderate to vigorous intensity, for a minimum of 3 days/week for at least 6-8 weeks.
SUCCESS: Award effort not performance. Success is determined by the effort put forth by each individual.
INDEPENDENCE: Encourage student independence. The school program is most successful with high rates of student engagement and involvement. For example, students who participate in route planning, bike maintenance, and personal training programs tend to feel more motivated and connected to the program goals.
CONFIDENCE: Build student confidence in achieving fitness goals and increasing independence with bike maintenance.