The excitement of a Christmas or birthday present can quickly become a fear or frustration without the right amount of parental involvement. Once your child has unpacked their bike, it is time for an older sibling or parent to help setting the ground rules and teaching them to ride. The active balance learned on a bike teach children innately that a moving object (them) is easier to balance than a perfectly stationary one. The next phase is developing riding boundaries, learning the rules and how to critically think about times when the rules must be bent. An example may be that your child always rides on the road, except where there is a bike path that provides greater safety. In a busy shopping centre, you might insist that they dismount and head to the footpath walking their bike. When you are not there, they apply the same rules because, “It is safer” or “I can look at things in the shop windows and not crash into someone.”
With so many advantages cycling is one of the few transportation modes that improve the environment, just by more getting more people out of cars, trains, boats and planes. It is not only about the ability to ride for the rest of your life, it can be recreational, Olympic racing, getting to work, BMX, mountain biking, holiday adventures or local competitions. Your bike can be your path to childhood or teen freedom, an opportunity to explore your city, town or get to work feeling pumped from a good round of environmentally friendly exercise.
The environment loves bikes. They don’t carve up bushland, pollute the air or cost fossil or electrical fuels to operate. You are the energy source. The rhythmic action is great for your knees and legs in general, your heart and lungs and provides your brain with the internal stimulation of increased blood flow getting your brain ready for thinking. Kids showing up as school on bikes arrive with a greater sense of independence, confidence and ready to learn. It is faster and more efficient than walking. In many cities crowded peak hours bikes provide faster travel times that busses or cars.
Bicycles and Rules in Society
Children on bikes learn road rules early. They are forced every peddling trip to consider others, improving their awareness. It is a perfect way to teach kindness and courtesy without even mentioning the words. This is true whether you are on the 2 or 3 wheeled phase.
Its like riding a bike, you never forget.