Great, you've taught your kids to ride a bike. What’s next? Teach them to ride in the great outdoors and plan your first family bike ride!
Light the flame of bicycle-riding passion in your kids in their childhood, and it will stick with them for life. This form of exercise is a great way to spend some quality family time.
You could cycle to a park or take a bike ride along the river, or venture further afield to explore a new destination. Cycling while on holiday is another great way to keep the kids entertained. If you have teenagers and want them to have less screen time, get them out and on their bikes instead. Cycling is also proven to reduce stress for the whole family, creating a mindful experience and providing plenty of fresh air. Cycling also increases a child's concentration levels at school and enables them to become familiar with their local area.
It's great to hear that you're teaching your kids that cycling is a more eco-friendly way to travel around and discover new countries. As we say - ride a bike, save a planet. It's fun, it's healthy, and helps a good cause. But above all, it empowers and inspires the soul, and binds families closer together.
1. Keep your eye on the goal: having fun!
You’ve done a great job if your little explorer says: ‘’This was awesome! Let’s do it again!’’ after a good ride on the bike. The main thing is to keep him entertained and willing to cycle more if you’re planning to go on a cycling trip!
2. Pick a destination: keep it short and simple
⦁ Create a map to the most beautiful park or outdoor space that's both- close to nature and not too far from home, around 3-5 km. For the first ride it will be so fun to get to know the neighborhood on a bicycle, and it will strengthen the bond between your family and the environment you live in.
⦁ Make sure ride is away from busy traffic and has a relatively flat terrain - there's no sense in making it difficult for your little ones (refer to point nr. 1).
⦁ At the destination, organize a picnic and give a fun twist with a few games. You will agree, the road is more exciting if there are prizes waiting for you at the end.
3. Pre-ride Prep: a mission brief and safety tools are needed
⦁ Instructions brief: explain the laws of traffic to your children, riding principles and give them the right feeling of ‘’who is the boss” on the road. Show them the map to include them and keep them excited.
⦁ Clothing: dress your kids in bright and layered clothes. They'll be able to easily remove a sweatshirt if they get too hot or add a rain jacket if it should start to sprinkle.
⦁ A-B-C check: make sure that the tires have enough air, the brakes work, and the chain is oiled well.
⦁ Safety tools: bike helmets for everyone, first aid kit, bike tool kit.
⦁ Food and drinks: keep a bottle of water at hand and snacks on the way.
4. Enjoy the ride: it’s not a race
⦁ Take care of the children during the ride, but don’t forget to be smart, funny and praise them for their effort. Give them a reason to smile.
⦁ Be patient, children are children. You might have to say “stay the right, please” 100 times.
You see, with just a little preparation you can easily organize the most amazing first family bike ride. Just imagine all of the fun and great memories you'll be building with your children. So what are you waiting for? Go for it!