Cycling as a family is a brilliant way to get out and spend time outdoors enjoying nature. Many families with young children will buy a seat for their bike, a trail along, a tag along, a kids bike trailer or numerous other devices to allow transport of a child before they can really ride a bike.
As they grow up they can progress to a toddlebike or a ride-on toy, a scooter, a balance bike, a bike with stablisers and then finally a bike to ride.
Getting kids in cycling is so important and was part of the message delivered by the London Olympics 2012, building a legacy. So parents need to feel safe out with their children and confident in their own ability to cycle. As more clubs and organisations are formed to help aid this, the future of cycling looks bright indeed and we may produce many more cyclists who go on to compete for country in future Olympics.
Well we do what we can, the trouble with being a parent is the goalposts are changing constantly, so in the beginning our boy didn’t even want to sit on the back of a bike, as he didn’t like wearing a helmet. Eventually we managed to have two children on the back of two bikes. Then very quickly he wanted to do it himself on his toddlebike and then he wanted to ride independently. So we’ve had to change the way it fits into our life every step of the way. You see people modifying things on the market, its feels like every time you go out you have to do something a little bit different.
Kids of this age fall over all the time, so some people may see it as gun hoe, but I don’t make them where safety gear. They really need to learn that falling off isn’t good and I think children learn better that way. I guess its because I have been into sports and have hurt myself, which hasn’t put me off that they should learn that way too. I’m not keen on the cotton wool world theory. When we do events parent can certainly bring crash helmets along for their own children, we certainly have no problem with that. Remember that they are no higher than they would be standing, its not like they are not used to it.