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Specially-Made Bikes Help Kids With Down Syndrome Learn How to Ride

Introducing: the strider bike, a bike without pedals designed to improve balance and coordination. At a summer camp at The College of St. Scholastica, they’re being used to teach kids with Down syndrome how to ride bikes.

“Kids with Down syndrome are just like any other kids,” one camper’s dad, Steven L. Halverson told “They enjoy Frozen. They enjoy biking. They enjoy being outside.”

Physical therapy Assistant Professor Karen Swanson runs the program. Along with Halverson, she’s part of “Down Up North,” a group for parents and families of individuals with Down syndrome.

See the strider bikes in action below: