Cycling With Your Children

by Robert Paxton
Families can share their enthusiasm for cycling.

Families can share their enthusiasm for cycling.

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Cycling is a fun activity and it is even more fun when you can share it with family members. Cycling with your children allows you to accompany them as they learn riding skills while they grow into bigger seats and bikes. They will need to begin in child bike seats and progress until they leave training wheels behind. When they reach independence, your children will share enthusiasm for cycling with you.

Child Bike Seats

Put your children in child bike seats when they are infants. As long as you are a capable rider, there is nothing to fear. He will become accustomed at this early age to being on a bike and it will not seem unsettling to him because you will be present. Take him with you as you pedal along sidewalks and side streets near your home.

Bike Trailers

When your daughter becomes a toddler and later begins elementary school, you can safely transport her with you in a bike trailer. She can sit in the comfort of a tented chamber and watch the sights go by, while you are free from concern about a fall and a scraped knee. Neighborhood roads and streets with bike lanes provide safe opportunities to instill in your young children an appreciation for cycling together.

Training Wheels

When you think your son is ready for training wheels, get that first bike. Watch your child's eyes widen when he sees the first bicycle that he will call his own. Break in the bike by taking him riding around the streets of your neighborhood. Begin teaching him crucial safety lessons in obeying traffic signs and watching for cars.

Rural Roads

As your children grown into independence and are ready to bike on their own, remove the training wheels. Rural roads are good places to test your children's maturity and bike-handling skills while gradually exposing them to the scenic beauty of the wilderness. Bring water and food since you will be out longer. Mount a first aid kit and a tool kit on your bikes and show your children how to use them.

Teens

As soon as your children become teenagers, they will want their own bikes. Show them how grown-ups ride and buy some mountain bikes to take on trails in the wilderness. They may want to demonstrate their independence by entering competitions or cycling with their friends.

About the Author

Robert Paxton has been writing professionally since 2002 when he published his first novel. He has also published short stories and poems and writes ad copy for various websites. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. Paxton is a trained Montessori instructor who has taught at both the elementary and the secondary levels.

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