Riding with a new solo bike rider
Oh bike-loving mamas! So, there are bike trailers, bike seats, tag-alongs/trail-a-bikes, and - of course - the Xtracycles. However, there will come a day when we will no longer be hauling our children on the bikes, for they will be riding their own! Has your child made the hop from being hauled to pedaling on his/her own bike? How have you handled riding on the roads with the newest of the biking batch? An urbanMama recently emailed:
I am looking for tips about transitioning to biking alongside your child. Our 5yo daughter has recently shed the training wheels, and so we're biking more places together, with her on her bike and me on mine. She's very cautious, so I don't have to worry too much about her veering into traffic or bumping into anyone, but I still am unsure about some things. I'm sort of afraid, e.g., to ride in the bike lane, but riding on the sidewalk when there aren't curb cuts is a huge pain. Also, is it safer to ride with her in front of me, or to have her follow me? I'm sure many of these things I'll just figure out with practice, but I was interested in tips from those who bike with their kids as a way of getting started.