Now that we have been teaching our eldest son how to ride a bike, the next step is bike safety. Bike safety is a big concern of ours and after he now has learn to ride a bike this is the next step. You may have read about our Easter Holiday Fun in France, then you may remember our eldest son has just learnt to ride his bike.
So with that in mind we will now be trying to teach him how to be safe while out on his bike. We are hoping that if we do this over the summer holidays by the time our eldest starts school in August he will be able to cycle with me instead of me pulling both boys in the trailer.
Top Tips For Teaching Your Kids To Ride Safely
Bike Safety – Wear A Helmet
This is always a top priority for me and I really dislike seeing children riding bikes, on scooters etc without a helmet. A helmet may not stop the accident, but it can help protect your child from gaining a more serious head injury. This is why for me it should be top of the list for teaching your children how to ride a bike safely. Our two boys do not go out without a helmet, they don’t complain as we have taught them that no helmet means no bike.
Correct Fitting Bike & Make Sure Its Road Worthy
Also, another problem we often see are children on the wrong size bikes (we own a bike shop near to where we live). This can lead to incorrect positioning on the bike and some children can’t ride properly as their legs are bent far too much. Go down to your local bike shop and get your child fitted correctly. You can also then get your local bike shop to check that the bike is 100% road worthy and that nothing needs fixing before you head out on your adventure. You don’t want broken brakes!
Teach Them The Highway Code
Teaching your children the highway code and general road awareness can make your children have a greater confidence on their bikes. It is probably best that you take your children somewhere quiet until you feel they grasp the concept and they can learn what you have taught them in practical setting instead of just trying to remember what you have told them. You may even find your local council has lessons on teaching kids more about road safety.
You can also check out our Outdoor Life section for other outdoor adventures and tips. Did any of your children learn to ride their bikes this year? Will you teach them bike safety? Let us know in the comments below!