February 10, 2015


Shelley Patterson

786.489.BIKE (2453)




Buddy Bike Partners with The Friendship Circle
to Give Away Bikes to Special Needs Children
The Great Bike Giveaway 2015 - February 10 - March 4, 2015


North Miami Beach, FL, February 10, 2015 - Buddy Bike, LLC has partnered with The Friendship Circle of Michigan, a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs, and other bicycle manufacturers to give away adaptive bicycles to special needs children in the fourth annual Michaela Noam Kaplan Great Bike Giveaway.

The Friendship Circle created the Great Bike Giveaway to give adaptive bikes to as many special children as possible and to offer them the same freedom, confidence and pride that everyone feels when the ride a bike for the first time.

Buddy Bike joined other adaptive bicycle manufacturers such as AMBUCS, Flaghouse, Freedom Concepts, Mobo Cruiser, Rifton, Strae, Strider, The  Duet and Triaid to support the contest. Buddy Bike donated two of their alternative inline tandem bicycles, called the Buddy Bike® which places the smaller rider in the front seat. The features of the Buddy Bike offer adaptive outdoor recreation and therapeutic activity to riders with cognitive or physical disabilities who may not be able to ride a bicycle safely on their own or who do not have the strength to pedal a bike alone.

The Great Bike Giveaway, which takes place February 10 through March 4, 2015, is an online contest which utilizes social media to promote the giveaway and fundraising. Awareness and participation in the contest has grown steadily since it began in 2012. In 2012 there were 200 entries and 18 bicycle prizes; in 2013 there were 400 entries and 29 bicycle prizes; in 2014 there were 1369 entries and 108 adaptive bicycles, including 13 Buddy Bikes, were awarded as prizes. The event organizers have set a goal to give away over 250 adaptive bicycles to special needs children in the 2015 contest.

Shelley Patterson, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Buddy Bike, LLC has been a supporter of The Great Bike Giveaway since it's first contest. Patterson says, "The Great Bike Giveaway allows us to give more Buddy Bikes to the families who really need them. There is a great sense of fulfillment when I read the notes of appreciation sent in by the contest winners." Patterson refers to comments such as this one, "Zoe loves [the Buddy Bike]! ...we are thrilled to have it and so excited to take it on multiple family outings this spring and summer. As you can see from Zoe's smile, she is having the time of her life! Thank you so much for participating in this contest and for giving kids like Zoe and chance to be a normal kid!" Buddy Bike posts customer comments, stories and photos at their web site

For The Great Bike Giveaway 2015 contest details and rules visit

To enter the contest to win a Buddy Bike or to donate to add more bikes to the contest visit


About Buddy Bike®
Buddy Bike, LLC is the manufacturer of an innovative in-line tandem bicycle that places the stoker in front. They strive to provide courteous and timely service to their customers while providing a quality product that will encourage more families to bicycle, especially families with special needs children who might otherwise never enjoy the thrill of riding a bicycle. For more information on bike models, pricing and dealers visit or call 786.489.BIKE (2453).

About the Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle has been providing assistance and support for more than 3,000 families of children with special needs since 1994. Friendship Circle pairs teen volunteers with children who have special needs and together they participate in over 30 weekly and monthly programs. To learn more about Friendship Circle visit To learn more about The Great Bike Giveaway contest visit




Zoe, a winner of The Buddy Bike
in The Great Bike Giveaway 2014