Biking with your child provides not only exercise but also an opportunity to teach valuable lessons about road safety. One of the most important things a parent can do when biking with his or her child is to set a good example. Teaching the proper use of safety gear will not impact your child as much if he doesn't see you practicing the same behavior. Safety is the important first lesson. The next lesson is to have a good time. Use these step-by-step tips for your next bike ride.
Teach the kids all the safety rules and hand signals for bicycling before they are allowed on a bicycle. They should know the hand signals for right and left turns and a full stop. Then have them demonstrate the signals and answer questions about safety.
Plan your route. Even if you are not sure how far your group will bike or exactly where, plan a tentative route. Remind kids they are to stay behind you (in single file if on roads) at all times and not ride up ahead.
Tell the kids to put on their safety gear. Make sure bicycle helmets and protective padding are securely strapped on. Tie all shoelaces and don't let them hang. Pant legs should be close-fitting so they don’t get caught in the chain or on a pedal.