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Pedal America aims to make a difference. To have your charitable event posted on our site, go to our charitable cycling events page to make an informal request.

Safe Routes To School

Pedal America supports Safe Routes To School. Click here to learn if you live in a Safe Routes neighborhood. Let us know at so we can list you on the website and maybe give your neighborhood an on-air shout-out.

Pedal America Jersey

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 Purchase your own Pedal America-Voler cycling jersey made right here in the U.S.A. Ride with pride! 

Pedal America donates a percentage of its net proceeds to the League of American Bicyclists. The nonprofit organization works to ensure that federal budgets include dedicated funds for bicycle pathways. So get your jersey and then " Get out there and Pedal America!"
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Producing more bicyclists, one saved life at a time

An Illinois Not-For-Profit Corporation (501 3c Status Pending)


Pedal4Life produces entertaining and educational content for public television. We then leverage our content with bicycling events and programs that support veterans and civilians recovering from opiate drug overdose and other substance abuse disorders.


We work with drug treatment centers to build bicycling into their patients' recovery process.

We offer veterans who have already used bicycling to help recover from prescription drug and heroin overdose and addiction, the chance to mentor civilians in drug treatment facilities. Our program helps veterans to socially integrate and strengthens support systems for families with loved ones coping with addiction.

  • Partner with Performance Bicycles, veterans, drug treatment centers and physicians to promote bicycling as a liberating, healthful activity.
  • Recruit veterans to share stories that educate and empower civilian patients to pedal toward living productive, fulfilling lives.
  • Provide bicycles, bike safety gear, and bicycle lessons to patients in recovery.
  • Organize community rides for building trust, support, and sustainable health so that civilians and veterans can return home as respected members of the family, workplace, and community.


Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of unintentional deaths for Americans ages 25-64, according to the Centers for Disease Control – about 128 deaths each day. Of these, about 47 people die each day from prescription drug overdose. In all, that's more than 46,000 deaths a year.

"These deaths are happening to our friends, our families, and neighbors," says Dr. Donald Teater of Teater Health Solutions.

As the Executive Producer and Host of Pedal America, Ira David annually rides his bicycle with veterans who discovered bicycling as a means to help themselves eliminate opioids from their lifestyles.

Bicycling repairs damaged cells and increases the body's natural endorphins; strengthens health, physical endurance, and emotional stability; and, builds friendships founded on the shared interest in living sustainable healthful lifestyles.




Pedal4Life was founded by Ira David Levy, the executive producer and host of Pedal America, presented on PBS. Because the travel and lifestyle series promotes bicycling as an all-inclusive lifestyle activity, Ira David recognizes the need for both veterans and civilians recovering from substance abuse disorders to have access to sustainable healthful lifestyles.

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Mail donations and correspondences to:

Pedal4Life, NFP
PO Box 10745
Chicago, IL 60610


For More Information Contact:
Ira David Levy, President, Pedal4Life

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