By Jessica Averett from Bring The Kids
How often do your kids get out to ride bikes? Recently our family of six moved to a community where less than half of all households own a car. For most families, that’s hard to imagine! Bikes are not just for recreation here, but a serious mode of transportation. This very unique community of ours has not only helped us to foster our children’s love of biking but taught us some important lessons as well.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to tune up the bikes and get the kids riding regardless of where you live. I vividly remember as a child spending hours each day cruising the neighborhood streets and pedaling around with my friends (as I’m sure many of you did as well).
Although many of us grew up spending a lot of time on two wheels, a lot of kids today, just aren’t as comfortable on bikes as our generation was. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that most biking related injuries occur to children under 14. Just as we teach our kids how to drive when they are 16, we need to teach our kids bike safety from the moment they are able to balance on two wheels.
When your kids are ready to head out on their own, it’s okay to be nervous, but feel confident in what you have taught them. Also, to provide an extra measure of safety, give your kids a personal alarm. Their keychain clasp makes them easy to attach to a bike, they cost less than $10, and they are so loud that they are sure to scare away anyone bothering your child and instantly attract someone to come help!
For more tips and tricks to live an active and adventurous life with your family, check out Bring The Kids.