Teaching children how to ride a bike is a significant and memorable milestone for any parent. It’s also a hugely important part of growing up. The sense of achievement and new-found freedom, not to mention the obvious health benefits, are all important.
However, the most important thing of all is, of course, that children stay safe when learning to ride. With increased freedom comes increased safety risks.
What are the most important things to consider when teaching children how to ride a bike?
- Equipment: When teaching children to ride a bike, it’s essential to equip them properly. Not only does this keep them safe whilst learning, it gets them into good habits for the future. The number one safety accessory is, of course, a helmet. However, you may also want to equip the bike and child with some or all of the following:
- Knee and elbow pads
- Location: Wide, open expanses of grass are far and away the best places for teaching children how to ride a bike. The soft grass provides a forgiving surface for the inevitable falls. The open space enables the child to focus on mastering cycling technique without unduly worrying about direction. Naturally, under no circumstances should a child learn how to ride a bike by going on the road. Their inexperience will soon put themselves and others at risk of a road traffic accident.
- Patience: As with so many things involving teaching youngsters new skills, patience is key to teaching children how to ride a bike. They are likely to get frustrated with repeated failures. Your job is to be calm, reassuring and celebrate their success.
What can I do if my child is injured whilst learning how to ride a bike?
Remember, if your child suffers a cycling injury in an accident that wasn’t their fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
For example, if the bike was signed off as safe to use but had actually been put together haphazardly and breaks during a lesson. Or the park you used for lessons had unmarked potholes or other hazards. Both of these circumstances would enable you to make a compensation claim.
Find out more with Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second claims test. Alternatively, you can call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles to get started.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice