Cycling is a great way for kids to get exercise, socialize with friends, and have FUN! Biking is a great family activity, and is a sport that kids can enjoy their whole lives. Get your kids to Join the Ride! The Bike Crossing has bikes for kids of all ages, and also carries a full compliment of safety gear and accessories.
Don’t forget the little ones! We’ve got child trailers too!
Professionals at The Bike Crossing can also offer training and instruction for young riders. See our Clinics & Instruction section for more information.
And if you’re interested in hosted cycling parties, check out our Hosted Events section.
Tips for Teaching Bike Safety
Cycling is exciting and fun, but we know your first concern is that your children be safe and exercise caution when riding. Here are some suggested steps for teaching your child about bicycle safety.
1. Never ride into the street without stopping first. Nearly one-third of car-bike crashes involving a young child occur when the child rides down a driveway or from a sidewalk into the street and in front of a car. Kids must learn to stop, look left, look right, look left again and listen to be sure no cars are coming before entering a street. Look left that second time because cars coming from the left are on the child’s side of the street and are closer. Use your driveway or sidewalk to demonstrate this way to enter a street. Have the child practice the entry, looking left, looking right and looking left again. Make sure that they understand that because they see a car does not mean the driver sees them. They must always assume that the driver has not.
2. Obey stop signs. Nearly a third of the car-bike crashes with a young child occur when the child rides through a stop sign or red light into crossing traffic. Kids must learn to stop, look left, look right, then look left again at all stop signs, stop lights and intersections before crossing. Make sure they know the basics about stop signs and stop lights, and that they must always ride on the right, with traffic. Then take your child to a controlled intersection and practice crossing safely. Explain that when riding in a group, each bicyclist must stop and make sure it is clear before crossing. Teach young children to walk their bikes through busy intersections. Remind them to obey traffic signals even if no one appears to be coming. While you are at it, explain one-way streets to them too.
3. Check behind before turning, swerving, or changing lanes. Who hasn’t had a child on a bike swerve suddenly in front of your vehicle without looking? Kids must learn to look behind them before swerving, turning or changing lanes. The best place to practice this is in a quiet parking lot or playground. Stand behind them while they ride along a straight painted line. Hold up numbered cards and have them practice looking back over their shoulder and telling you the number on the card without swerving off the painted line. Children should not ride their bikes on the street alone until they can master this skill. If they can handle it, teach them signaling too, but signaling is too complicated a skill for younger kids.
4. Always ride on the right. It is a myth that wrong-way riding is safer. Car drivers do not look for bicycles coming down the wrong side of the street at intersections or driveways. The closing speed of car and bike is higher if the bike is riding at the car. Riding with traffic is the safer way.
5. Never follow another rider without applying the rules. Many accidents occur when one rider blindly follows another. Running stop signs or red lights, riding out of driveways or zipping across lanes all seem natural to the second child in line because they are more focused on following the first rider than on the traffic or the rules. This will not be an easy lesson to absorb, but it is crucial!
6. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! Helmets save lives, plain and simple.