Date added: 12/12/2013 Bike Safety
When teaching children how to ride bicycles, whether they’re learning on a bike with training wheels, a pedal less bike, push bike, running bike or balance bike it’s important to remember a few safety precautions. When learning on a balance bike kids are naturally going to learn how to balance and increase their coordination, but safety concerns are less intuitive for a child. That’s why we’ve listed a few key takeaways that your children should be able to walk away with.
Wear the right clothes! Fashion isn’t always what we’re most concerned with when taking our kids out to bike, but making sure that close toed shoes, helmets, and pants are being worn helps to minimize the amount of exposed areas on your child’s body. The less skin that’s exposed the less chance of a bumped toe, scraped leg, or injured head!
Be aware of your surroundings. When children are playing outside whether it is on a balance bike or not it is really important that they are paying attention to who and what is around them. In addition to your parental supervision kids should be advised to look for other cars, bikers and pedestrians before crossing the street.
Know what to do when something goes wrong. Kids are pretty resilient most of the time, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get hurt or confused. Talk to your children about how you want them to react in the event of getting hurt or lost. This way you know that they have a plan, and they can be prepared for the unexpected.
Stay together. The more the merrier is definitely true when it comes to kids and bike riding. Riding with a friend or family members helps direct kids where to go, and grants everyone peace of mind and safety knowing that someone is looking out for your little one.