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Buddy Bike, LLC manufactures and distributes The Buddy Bike® an alternative tandem bicycle that provides safe family fun and therapeutic activity for cyclists with special needs. Bike for autism, down syndrome, sight impairment and other disabilities.

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That's My Hope is a book designed to discuss disability, trauma & illness w/children. Click to buy at Amazon.

That's My Hope
is a book designed to discuss disability,
trauma & illness w/children. Cover art was inspired
by the Buddy Bike! Available at Amazon.com.


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Want to learn more about The Buddy Bike story? This interview says it all! Shelley Patterson virtually sat down with Stacey Levine-Lavely of Connections to discuss The Buddy Bike, what it is, how it all started, and where it is heading. Connections is produced by Shrewsbury Media Connections, an organization dedicated to building community, empowering individuals and ensuring First Amendment expression through the utilization of communications technologies.

StartUP FIU, Bank of America and The Underline reveal the 10 winners of the inaugural Miami Small Business Bootcamp
FIU News, 11/16/21

by Nancy Dahlberg, 12/9/21


Shoutout LA Interview

Boomer Times Presents: Anita Finley with Shelley at Buddy Bike
Initially broadcast on radio station WWNN on 1/18/20.

At Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, Accessible Bikes Let Visitors Of All Abilities Go For A Ride
Springfield, MO, 9/27/19, VIEW STORY

Meet Shelley Patterson of Buddy Bike, Online Interviews
VoyageMIA.com, Miami, FL, 10/19/17, VIEW STORY
VoyageLA.com, Chino, CA, 2/20/18, VIEW STORY


Father goes the extra mile for daughter at Pittsburgh Marathon
Pittsburgh, PA, 4/28/17

Mike Bruno has run two marathons blindfolded in honor of his daughter, who has been blind since birth. Now, they're training for her first race together.



Thank you A Group Therapy for this Buddy Bike promo video! 3/29/17


2 happy girls receive Buddy Bikes from Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois and local radio stations fundraising efforts
Woodridge, IL
Facebook post by Variety of Illinois on 10/27/16

THANK YOU to everyone at 95.9 The River and Q ROCK 100.7 for Rockin' For the Kids for 13 hours!!! Your amazing listeners have donated over $16,000 (so far) and these are the smiles that you all make possible - adaptive bikes, wheelchairs and sports camps are EXPENSIVE & every dollar counts! Visit www.varietyofillinois.org to see your donations in action; and if you think you missed your chance to help us reach our goal - you haven't! The site will remain open until every child on our waiting list has been helped: www.varietyofillinois.org/radiothon


Chandler Community surprises special-needs girl with custom bicycle
Chandler, AZ, 9/19/16

The Chandler community came together for a fundraiser and a huge surprise for a special-needs girl and her family. Leia Fiorenza, 12, is non-verbal and has Down syndrome and autism. Her family was trying to raise $3,000 for a special bicycle called the Buddy Bike®, an alternative inline tandem bicycle that places the smaller rider in the front seat while the rear rider controls the steering.



Adaptive Bicycle Stolen from Special Needs Organization in Tallahassee, FL
Stolen Buddy Bike is the only bike of its kind in the area

Tallahassee, FL, 9/14/16

In June 2016, a Buddy Bike was stolen from Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, www.fdoa.org, a non-profit adaptive sports organization in Tallahassee, Florida. The adaptive bicycle was donated to the organization by Buddy Bike, LLC, www.buddybike.com for its use in adaptive sports programs for special needs people.



Buddy Bike Family Participates in KidzTri3
NJ, 9/8/16

A Buddy Bike family was kind enough to share this event video which includes their son riding a Buddy Bike that they won in The Great Bike Giveaway in 2013. I can't think of a better use for a prize bike!


Buddy Bike included in Bike Trumps 2
UK 8/1/16

The Buddy Bike is one of many "weird and wonderful" bikes included in the 2nd version of Bike Trumps, a card game for bicycle enthusiasts produced by Rough Ride Guide in the UK. Get your set at www.roughrideguide.co.uk!


Utah girl, blinded by DUI crash, rides bike for the first time
by Cristina Flores
Salt Lake City, UT, KUTV.com, 6/14/16

A year ago, 13-year-old Brynnli Cherry 's family didn't know whether she'd survive a terrible accident caused by a drunk driver.

Brynlee was left blind from the crash and her face was crushed. She was only 12 at the time, when she was riding in the backseat of a car that was slammed by a drunk driver. Most of the bones in her face were crushed, leaving her without a nose and without her eyesight.



KXLY viewer makes drewam come true for Spokane girl
Spokane, WA, KXLY.com, 4/14/16

A legally blind Spokane girl got the surprise of a lifetime Thursday night, thanks to a KXLY 4 News viewer. Brooklyn Page was entered into a contest online to win a Buddy Bike, a specialized bike made for two people. For several weeks hundreds of people voted for the elementary school student, but when it came to the final minutes she didn't have enough votes to win the specialized bike. That's when KXLY viewer Kevin Reeves decided to help her out.



Caleb's first ride: Donor pitches in to buy special bike
Grand Rapids, MI, Fox17Online.com, 4/7/16

A nine-year old boy with autism is able to ride a bike for the first time thanks to an anonymous donor. Caleb Zondervan was entered in an online contest with 600 other children to win an adaptive bike.



9-year-old girl lucky winner of Great Bike Giveaway
Erie, PA, YourErie.com, 4/3/16

Nine-year-old Ava-Grace Osmer is the lucky winner of a new bike that is designed for her to enjoy pedaling and steering just like on a normal two-wheel bike, and her mother says she is extremely thankful for all the people who helped make it happen.

Osmer entered the great bike giveaway in hopes of winning a buddy bike, so she can ride up and down the street just like everybody else.



Local girl seeking community help to enjoy two-wheeled freedom
Spokane, WA, kxly.com News, 3/23/16

The joy of riding a bike for the first time is something that no child ever forgets. The feel of the pedals, the wind in your face, and the freedom those two wheels give you.

For one local girl a challenge she's been faced with since birth is keeping her from doing just that.



Help local blind girl win special bike through the Great Bike Giveaway
Spokane, WA, khq.com News, 3/22/16

The goal of the Great Bike Giveaway is to give away 600 bikes to children with special needs, but it may come down to drawing winners.

One little girl who really needs your help to win.

At just four months old, Brooklyn Page was diagnosed as legally blind.



Local girl hopes to win a bike
Erie, PA, YourErie.com News, 3/20/16

The great bike giveaway provides specially made bikes for children who may not be able to ride a regualr two-wheel bike.

The adapted bikes often cost more than $2,000 a piece, putting them out of reach for some families.

9-year-old Ava-Grace Osmer's mother says Ava-Grace has had a rough start to life, and winning one of the adapted bikes would change her life.



Rehabilitate the Gait can wait
Smiles and Duct Tape Blog, 8/26/15

A very special blog post by a Buddy Bike parent.



Buddy Bike Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
Momentum Magazine, 8/26/15



Buddy Bike Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing Cycling to Special Needs Children
Press Release, 8/12/15



Specially Made Bike Delivered to Disabled Boy
Fox 32 News, 5/19/15

A little boy was excited to get a specially made bike for him and his dad.

Fox 32 first met Wesley Gibson about a month ago when his Cadillac community was raising money for him to get a special adaptive bike.

The community has since raised enough money for Wesley to order the bike through the Great Bike Giveaway...



Buddy Bike Sets Local Autistic Boy ‘Free’
The Creighton News, 6/15/14

Kain Murdock experienced the thrill of riding a bicycle for the first time last weekend.

The 13-year-old son of Dawn Murdock of Creighton has pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism. Dawn Murdock saw a post on Facebook about the Great Bike Giveaway Contest...



Firefighters Buy Bike for Canton Boy
Firefighters put Canton boy on special wheels
by Brad Kadrich, 5/2/14

When Gavin Lumetta was a young boy, he enjoyed riding in the child’s seat of his dad’s bike.

As he got older, Gavin – born with cerebral palsy – no longer fit in the seat and the Canton family hasn’t been able to enjoy the pleasure of a long bike ride.

In an effort to restore Gavin’s favorite activity, the family spent two years entering a contest, “The Great Bike Giveaway,” in an effort to win Gavin a special therapeutic bike, called the “Buddy Bike.”



Buddy Bike Supports Adaptive Cycling Through Bicycle Donations and Events
by Shelley Patterson, 11/14/13

In 2013, Buddy Bike, LLC donated five of their alternative inline tandem bicycles, called the Buddy Bike®, to adaptive cycling programs and special needs organizations. The company donated the bikes to support adaptive cycling and the idea of putting more people on bikes, especially people with special needs who may feel they do not have a safe option for cycling. Shelley L. Patterson, the Director of Marketing and Business Development of Buddy Bike, said they also donated the bikes because it made them feel good.



Buddy Bike Attends Recumbent Cycle-Con with Adaptive Cycling Fair
and Participates in the 2nd Adaptive Cycling Roundtable

by Shelley Patterson, 11/14/13

Shelley L. Patterson is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Buddy Bike, LLC. Due to her involvement with adaptive cycling through Buddy Bike, she was hired to serve as the Show Coordinator for Recumbent Cycle-Con with Adaptive Cycling Fair 2013. Patterson contributed to the growth of the recumbent industry expo, added an Adaptive Cycling Fair and coordinated the second Adaptive Cycling Roundtable. The Roundtable brought together several knowledgeable organization leaders and medical professionals to discuss the needs of adaptive cyclists and how dealers and manufacturers can help serve those needs. Patterson states that, “Recumbent Cycle-Con is an event that is supportive of cycling for riders of all ages, sizes and abilities.” The next Recumbent Cycle-Con is being planned for September 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Learn more at recumbentcyclecon.com.


Sophie has 'buddy' for record ride
by Yolanda Zaw, The West Australian, 11/26/12

With her bright yellow helmet strapped on firmly and a big grin, Sophie Kotkis joined more than 3500 cyclists on the streets of Perth yesterday for the Santos Great Bike Ride.

Sophie, 12, rode with her parents Gavin and Shelley Kotkis in the 10km family ride, sitting with her father on his "buddy" bike.

Mr Kotkis said the family became involved in the event because Sophie, who is vision impaired, loved to ride. "The buddy bike means she can enjoy riding like other kids and we get some exercise out of it, too," he said. "It's great to be part of such a fun community event...



Buddy Bike Helps Ride for Reading Deliver its 100,000th Book - 9/20/12

On September 20, 2012 Shelley Patterson of Buddy Bike participated in the Ride for Reading book delivery ride at Interbike 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 70 cyclists helped to deliver bikes to children a local school to support Ride For Reading's mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods.



Wish Comes True for Basin Family - 4/19/12
Article in
Basin Republican Rustler by Karla Pomeroy

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® has helped make wishes come true for more than 200,000 children and in April 2012 a wish was granted for a 6-year-old Basin boy. Landon Noble, son of Rory and Randi Lynn Noble, had family and friends gather at his Make-A-Wish party Sunday at his grandparents home on Antelope Street. Randi Lynn said she was looking for a bicycle or something that provide a good activity for Landon when he wanted to be outside. She said she searched for bike and respiratory problems and came across the buddy bike. On the website for the bike it suggested several foundations that help with finances and Make-A-Wish was one of the organizations.



Buddy Bike® and Nana’s Wish Join the St. Louis Community
to Give a Special Gift at Christmas 


Buddy Bike Added to TapToTalk Picture Library - 5/3/11

Look for the Buddy Bike in the Toys-Games category of TapToTalk Designer picture library! TapToTalk gives your non-verbal child the portable, customizable, affordable, socially acceptable communication device.


Buddy Bike to Host Adaptive Cycling Roundtable at Recumbent Cycle-Con 2011

On March 24, 2011 Shelley Patterson at Buddy Bike agreed to coordinate an Adaptive Cycling Roundtable Discussion at The Recumbent Cycle-Con 2011. Shelley will seek panelists who sell and customer adaptive or alternative cycling equipment, who organize adaptive cycling events or who understand the needs of special needs families as consumers. This event will be open to bike dealers and the public.

The Recumbent Cycle-Con will be held at The Fairplex in Pomona, CA from October 21-23, 2011. Visit the Recumbent Cycle-Con web site for more information http://recumbentcyclecon.blogspot.com/.

6/6/11 Recumbent Journal - Adaptive Cycling at Recumbent Cycle-Con


Buddy Bike Article Published at ShoestringVentures.com - 2/1/11

Buddy Bike: Love Inspires Two Fathers to Build an Innovative Tandem Bicycle by Shelley L. Patterson

Buddy Bike Sponsors Team Bike4SickChildren, Ireland - 7/14/10

On July 14, 2010 Buddy Bike, LLC entered into a 2-year sponsorship agreement with Team Cycle4SickChildren. This unique cycling club in Ireland raises awareness of children's disabilities & importance of inclusion while raising funds for services and organizations such as The Ronald McDonald House and The Jack & Jill Foundation (Ireland). Buddy Bike is proud to sponsor a team that shares it's goal to help families with children with special needs and Team Cycle4SickChildren is "Going the distance for children's disability." For more information about the Cycle 4 Sick Children organization or to buy a Team Cycle4SickChildren bike shirt visit www.cycle4sickchildren.com.


Stolen Buddy Bike Recovered by Police Dept, San Francisco - 6/9/10

On May 16, 2010 Rachel's Buddy Bike disappeared. According to surveillance video a thief entered the locked garage where Rachel's Buddy Bike was stored and rode the bike out to a waiting van. The thieves carefully planned the theft but didn't plan for the attention that stealing a bike from a special needs child would raise.

The San Francisco Police Department contacted Shelley Patterson, Director or Marketing and Business Development, at Buddy Bike, LLC to obtain the serial number of the missing bike. Shelley advised them that the warranty registration card was never submitted so a serial number would not be on file. Shelley also advised the police that there were only 3 Buddy Bikes in the Bay area and that Rachel's model was the only one of its kind there. Shelley posted a stolen bike announcement at the home page of the buddybike.com web site and provided police with a photo of the bike and a clear description which then circulated the internet via the extensive media coverage generated by this theft.

Several weeks after the theft, Chandini Davis said she found the bike abandoned near her apartment, about three blocks from where it was taken, and learned of the theft while in the process of putting the bike in the lost and found section of Craigslist.com. Davis returned the Buddy Bike to the San Francisco Police Department where the officers proudly returned the bike to Rachel before television cameras on June 9, 2010.

The thief has not been caught but Rachel and her father are back to riding their Buddy Bike. The moral of this story...DON'T STEAL A BUDDY BIKE!

News links:  sf.streetsblog.org  |  SF Gate  |  UPI.com  |  NBC Bay Area


Buddy Bike on Bright Feats Show 031 - 10/5/09
with Allie & Rorie

Today we have Shelley Patterson with Buddy Bike on our show. She is their business manager and has a wealth of information to share with us. Listen as Shelley explains the uniqueness of the Buddy Bike and how it is a wonderful tool to help create a closer family bond and how it fosters a sense of independence for the child with special needs. She also talks about the health benefits and the much needed sensory input it creates for the rider as well. LISTEN TO THE SHOW


Buddy Bike on BlogTalkRadio - 7/3/09

Discussing Living w/Autism show by Mad As A Hatter on BlogTalkRadio.
Guests - Dr. Robert Melillo, author of "Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism..." and Shelley Patterson talking about the Buddy Bike.


A Buddy Bike Story: Olivia's Inspirational Ride in Australia - 4/6/09



On January 23, 2009 a Buddy Bike family participated in the 2009 Mutual Community Challenge which is the public leg of the "Tour Down Under" in Australia. Robert and his daughter, Olivia, rode the 33 km section on their Buddy Bike. Olivia is 7 years old and vision impaired. She is coping with other issues, but her parents say it doesn’t stop her from being happy and active...or from participating in the same bike ride that Lance Armstrong rode in! Read the story of their ride in the "Tour Down Under".



A Buddy Bike family
enjoys a ride at Bike Miami


On November 9, 2008, Buddy Bike, LLC was the first local businesses to support and participate in the first Bike Miami event. This event closed streets to cars in downtown Miami so bicyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters and others could explore the area in a fun, safe and completely free way. Bike Miami is an initiative by City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to promote bicycling, livable streets and the growing urban neighborhood of Downtown Miami. The first event was a huge success creating the support to offer a monthly series now called Bike Miami Days with possible plans for extending the ride through other neighborhoods.




The Down Syndrome Centre
in Ireland has written a beautiful article about adaptive cycling and
it features the Buddy Bike!
The site is full of useful information for families around the world who are affected by down syndrome.


Byers Family Inspired to Help Other Families

As Barry Nelson, President of Buddy Bike, LLC was inspired by his son, Jesse, to contribute to the special needs community, so was Tim Byers of Naples, FL. Read about his son's story and their efforts to help other families at this link. READ MORE


Roy M. Wallack writes about the Buddy Bike
in Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine

An all-encompassing article about the Buddy Bike written by Roy M. Wallack, a Los Angeles Times journalist and co-author of "Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100".



Buddy Bike in The Autism Perspective

Buddy Bike has a feature article
written by Samantha Nelson in the Summer 2006 issue of The Autism Perspective (TAP) Magazine. Visit www.theautismperspective.org for
more information about this
organization and their publication.


Visit The Autism Perspecive web site.

Buddy Bike featured in the The Autism Perspective (TAP) Magazine.


Buddy Bike in the U.K.

The Buddy Bike was reviewed and appeared on page 5 of the June 2006 issue of VeloVision Magazine. VeloVision magazine is a quarterly magazine which features articles about cycling innovation, bikes for transportation and human power.




Buddy Bike wins Miami Herald contest. Click to read the article.

Buddy Bike took third place in the
Miami Herald's The Business Plan
Challenge contest. Click to view the
June 6, 2005 Miami Herald article.

Success Can Be Measured in Emotions
April 10, 2006
Click to view article.



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