Cycling with Children
Cycling is the ideal way to spend time with your family, either
as an organised family day out or as way of getting from A to
As well as being a good way of getting your child into the great
outdoors, it also gives them a sense of independence and once they
have mastered the art of cycling, they’ll have years of enjoyment
ahead of them.
Taking your child with you
Children can be introduced to the idea of cycling at an early age
through the use of bike seats and trailers that attach to adult
bikes. The following gives an overview of the products available:
- Rear bike seats – Six months to three years (approximately)
with a maximum weight of around 20kg. These seats are ideal for
short trips around town and most styles now have high backs to
support a child’s posture.
- Trailer – Six months to four or five years (approximately) with
a maximum weight of around 30kg. These systems are very flexible
and can sometimes double up as a buggy if the correct conversion
kit is purchased.
- Trailer bike – Four years to nine years (approximately)
depending on size and weight of the child. This is a great way of
getting your child involved at an early age and introduces them to
some of the basic concepts of cycling.
- Tandem – Some tandems allow children to pedal too, which is
another great way of getting your child involved from an early
Learning to ride
When the time comes for your child to go it alone, try to buy a
bike that is a suitable size for them. Purchasing a bike for your
child to ‘grow into’ can set them back.
There are many different approaches that can be taken when
teaching a child to ride a bike. Every child is different and
should therefore be encouraged to develop at his or her own pace.
Introduce the child to a trike at an early age so they get used to
the idea of movement. When they have mastered the trike, it is a
good idea to move on to bike with no pedals so the child gets used
to the idea of balance. Alternatively, a bike with stabilisers can
be used. Whatever method you use, take your child to an area that
is large, open, fairly flat and has a surface that is firm and
Department for Transport guidance on cycle safety for
Bikeability Cycle Training
School children are now offered Bikeability cycle training during the
academic year as this replaces the the previous two-system approach
including Bronze/Silver Cycle Proficiency and delivery of training
via Cycle Experience.
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This page was last reviewed 10 January 2014 at 12:55.
The page is next due for review 9 July 2015.