Application

Application Process

At Pedal Against PTSD we apply the following 5 Step Process to all applicants interested in receiving a bike and joining our community. If you are a veteran or active military suffering from PTSD, the following is a summary of the steps you can expect to go through prior to receiving a bike.

  1. Application Submission: Please click the button below to fill out our online application. This application comes directly to our Board of Directors.The application MUST be 100% complete, including complete address, email address and phone number.
  2. DD-214 Official Copy or Military ID Card: You should submit an official copy of your DD-214 or, if you are still active military, a copy of your active military ID card for our records. Please send to [email protected]
  3. Interview: After application submission, we will review the application for completeness and accuracy. You are likely to receive a phone call or email from us to set up an interview just so we can get to know you better.
  4. Board Approval: After the interview process is complete, the Board of Directors will vote on who receives a bike and who does not. As you can imagine this is a difficult process. We receive more applications than we have funds to provide bikes. We follow a first in, first out approach. Please be patient with us while we work through the many applications to finally come to the ones we can and wish to support with a new bicycle that fits their needs.  If you are not selected during this quarter, you may still be selected at a later date. We will keep these applications on file and revisit them on a regular basis. If your situation changes in any way, i.e. you are no longer in need of a bicycle, please let us know so we can remove your application from the pile.
  5. VA Review: It is extremely important that we are providing those truly in need with the therapy that a new bike can provide. If there is some discrepancy with the application or the board is unsure, we will leverage our partnership with the Dallas VA Research Corporation (DVARC) to ensure our fulfillment is addressing the cause of healing PTSD.

Bike Donation Ceremony

Every quarter we will give away one or more bikes to people that have completed the above, depending on the number of bikes we have available at that time. If you are chosen for a bike and live in the DFW area, you will be notified of time, date and location of the bike donation ceremony.


At Pedal Against PTSD, we leverage our supplier network to provide only high-quality bikes that you can rely on and that fits your needs. Below are the three different general types of bikes that we will fulfill for our applicants. The exact make and model will vary but on the application form we want to know what the main use of the bike will be. Please reference the descriptions below and let us know on the application which bike best suits your needs.

Mountain Bike

Pedal Against PTSD is proud to offer our veterans the option of a mountain bike. Mountain bikes are generally used for off-road terrain, mountain trails, logging roads, single tracks or other unpaved environments. These bikes will have wider knobby tires and full suspension in the front and the back. If your desire and anticipate use of the bike is riding off-road, this is the bike for you.

Commuter Bike

Pedal Against PTSD is proud to offer our veterans the option of a commuter bicycle as well. Bicycle commuting is the use of a bicycle to travel from home to a place of work or study — in contrast to the use of a bicycle for sport, recreation or touring. Biking is the most efficient mode of transportation known to man.It is the cheapest means of transportation as well as goodphysical exercise at the same time, bicycle commuting offers potential health, economic and quality of life benefits. So if your primary desire and anticipate use of the bike is to get back and forth from your place of work, this is the bike for you.

 

Road Bike

Lastly, Pedal Against PTSD is proud to offer our veterans the option of a traditional road bike. If your desire is to simply hit the open road or join local riding groups and even ride in some races or other charity rides, this is the bike for you. These bikes are designed to go fast and to ride in groups on the road. Although you could use these bikes for commuting, they are less ideal from a comfort and overall body positioning standpoint. They are even less ideal for off roading. So if following the white line on the side of the road is your preferred and anticipate use, then the road bike is the bike for you.