Road Safety Training

Children love to travel on cycles. They enjoy cycling alone to the school as all this give them a feeling of freedom. But due to heavy traffic and safety concerns this trend has been decreased and parents not allow their children to enjoy cycling alone.  The better way to solve this problem is that parents should teach their children about traffic rules as well as road safety. Let your child enjoy the freedom of cycling.  It will also give your child the confidence to ride a bike in better way.

Road Safety Tips

Follow the following tips to make sure that your child is safe and sound while cycling:

  • Good condition of Bike

Make sure that your child’s bike is fit and in good condition for cycling on road.

  • Proper Supervision

To give your child the confidence takes a position behind him just for his or her safety or supervision.

  • Bike Safety Accessories

Make sure that your child should wear bike safety accessories like helmet and bike safety vests. These things will keep them safe and sound in case of any collision.

  • Teach them Rules and Regulations

Also teach your children about road safety rules and regulations.

For the road safety training teach your children about following rules:

  • Over Crossing

Don’t cross red light.

  • Traffic Rules

Obey traffic rules.

  • Clear Vision

Ride in a position that your vision should be clear.

  • How to take Control

Don’t go too fast otherwise you will lose your control.

  • Use of bell

Use your bell when required.

  • Give way

Don’t cross any other. Try to give the way to others.

  • Special Care

Be careful at junction, entrance and bends.

  • Be on your side

Make sure you are on your side.

  • Unusual Situations

Teach them how to take control on the bike in case of any unusual condition.

Conclusion

These tips are very necessary to develop better skills and to gain maximum confidence. It can also give a feeling a pleasure and independence to the children.

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Bike Helmet

It’s very necessary to use all the cycling safety accessories while bike riding to keep yourself safe and sound.

 

Cycling Safety Accessories

 

The accessories include helmets, special clothing like jerseys, jackets etc. Helmets are especially very necessary for the kids who are in the process of learning balancing and having first balance bike. Through these cycling safety accessories, your kids can easily learn cycling without any injuries. The use of helmet and accessories are also very necessary for adults to keep safe and sound and avoid any kind of injury.

 

Well manufactured Helmet

 

Light, comfortable and easy to handle helmets have more significant results that’s why manufacturers try to make these safety accessories according to strict set standards. There are different types of helmets like casual, road bike and mountain bike helmets. You can choose your helmet according to your requirements.

 

Components of Helmet for safety

 

Usually cycling or bike helmets are enclosed with a plastic shell to grip the helmet simultaneously in a collapse and in this way provide a support to protect your head and neck.

The helmet liners are made of stretched polystyrene foam. It is very important that the liner perfectly fits your head so can easily protect your head while any kind of accident.

Ventilation, sun-shielding visor, chin bar to provide face protection and straps are some other adding components of helmets that are designed for the ease and protection of rider.

Different sizes of Helmet

 

Always select the right size while choosing the helmet. A well fitted helmet is very necessary; there are different sizes you can choose like small, medium and large having different measurements.

 

General sizing parameters:

 

  • Extra-small: below 20″ (51cm)
  • Small: 20″–21.75″ (51cm–55cm)
  • Medium: 21.75″–23.25″ (55cm–59cm)
  • Large: 23.25″–24.75″ (59cm–63cm)
  • Extra-large: above 24.75 (63cm)
  • One size fits all (men): 21.25″–24″ (54cm–61cm)
  • One size fits all (women): 19.75″–22.5″ (50cm–57cm)
  • One size fits all (kids): 18″–22.5″ (46cm–57cm)

When your helmet is damaged either just slightly damage in any kind of collapse just replace it as soon as possible because safety always comes first.

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How to choose your Child’s First Bike

Children love to have bicycles. Cycling is a healthy outdoor activity and a full entertainment for children as children feel freedom through bicycle riding. Children learn how to balance. The bicycle stabilizers help them to easily learn balancing. Parents teach child’s first bike and how to ride and balance with and gradually without the stabilizers. Proper safety measures are very much necessary as well as adult supervision to keep your child safe and sound.

Basic Guideline for Parents

Buying your child’s first bicycle is pretty much exciting for your child as he is excited to ride and learn cycling in a proper way. Choosing the right bike with proper safety measures is very necessary. Here is a guideline to choose the perfect ride for your child:

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  • According to the International Bicycle Fund, most children start riding a two-wheeler bike between the ages of 3 and 4, usually with the help of stabilizers. Between the ages of 4 and 8, they’ve grown-up physically and learn how to balance so they stop using bicycle stabilizers.
  • Your child’s bike should have a low stand over height so if they do fall, they don’t have far to go. The handlebars should also be nice and high so the child is erect and aware of his or her surroundings.
  • Check the wheels and the brakes for proper functioning.
  • Check that the frame is aligned well as well as the quality of the material.
  • Check the proper adjustment of stabilizers or training wheels.
  • Also buy safety accessories like helmet or padded vests to make sure the safety of your child.
  • Beside all the safety measures keep in mind children love funky and bright colors. As it is your child’s first bike so try to select the most attractive to make your child happy and so he or she can excitedly ride on bike.
  • Always remember adult supervision in cycling is very necessary for the safety of children and your child’s safety should be first priority for you.

 

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Balance Bikes vs Bikes With Stabilizers

All the parents support the idea of learning bike riding by their kids because bike riding boosts physical fitness of the kids, offers pleasure to kids and also gives freedom to them so that they can move around easily and freely. But they are of the view that teaching kids how to ride a bike is a difficult task. Therefore, they frequently ask which is the best first bike for kids that can make bike riding learning experience enjoyable for them. There are two groups; one believes that first balance bikes are the best choice for helping kids learn to ride bike while the 2nd group argues in the favour of bike with stabilizers.

We have done comparison between balance bikes and bikes with stabilizers to help you decide which one of these two is best for your kid.

First Balance Bikes

  • They are more practical and safer as compared to bike with stabilisers. As there are no pedals with balance bikes therefore, kids keep their entire focus on balancing while riding bike which lessens their chances of falling from the bike. As balance bikes are safe, therefore, parents don’t have to stay with their kids all the time when there are riding bike.
  • Balance bikes are economical. You can save your money spent on stabilizers and tricycle if your kid has balance bike. Their resale value is also higher than bike with stabilizers.
  • Teaching kids how to balance bike is the toughest thing and this can be easily and safely done with help of balance bikes because balance bikes help bike riders learn balancing and steering first and pedaling last.
  • Kids who learn to ride balance bikes first, easily learn to ride pedal bikes later on. As balance bikers know how to balance bikes therefore, they can independently ride pedal bikes without their parents’ help.
  • Balance bikes are not complicated at all rather they are fun to ride. They have no batteries, no pedals and no stabilizers.
  • Kids can ride balance bikes on all kinds of surfaces; even surfaces, uneven surfaces, woods, grass, etc.
  • They help kids develop physical self- independence.
  • Balance bikes can be transported easily.

 

Bike with Stabilizers

  • Bike with stabilizers let kids learn pedal first and balance last. When stabilizers are removed they still have to learn to balance. After removing stabilizers, when kids try to learn balance on pedal bikes they feel more fear of falling and have more chances of getting injured while trying to learn balancing.
  • Learning to ride bike with the help of stabilizers is the slowest way to learn to ride bike. Learning balancing is the crucial step of bike riding but stabilizers delay learning this essential skill.
  • It is believed that very young children find it difficult to learn to ride pedal bike.
  • They are great to be ridden on flat surfaces and bad to be ridden on uneven surfaces and also on wet grass.
  • Bike with stabilizers are heavier then balance bikes. Kids who ride bike with stabilizers get tired more quickly as compared to those who ride balance bikes.
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Bike Safety Accessories and Bicycle Stabilisers

Children love to enjoy bicycle riding but it’s a vehicle so needs a lot of safety measures to be followed to keep your children safe. It’s very necessary to supervise your children while cycling. It’s a healthy activity and source of fun and enjoyment. Your child feels free and independent. So you need bike safety accessories or kids cycle harness etc.

Parent’s proper Supervision

Parents should spend time to supervise their children while they are trying to learn the essential skills to be capable to ride in a straight line, brake properly as well as balancing with and without stabilizers. Kids need to be taken away from heavy traffic on flat surfaces for practicing. When the children become expert then they can go to a road trial but again with adult supervision. It is recommended that children under 12 require complete supervision of parents or any adult.

Bike Safety Accessories or Equipments

  • While bicycle riding its necessary to wear a helmet as it is very effective and reduce all types of head injuries.
  • The helmet should be properly fitted while cycling.
  • Before the ride, make sure the reflectors are safe, brakes work properly, gears shift efficiently, and tires are tightly protected and properly inflated.
  • Long or loose clothing can get caught in bike chains or wheel. Dress young kids properly to make sure a safe ride.
  • There is another very effective accessory called padded vest that helps your children to learn the bike without stabilizer more confidently. The injury rate in bicycle riding is similar to the other type of sports but parents should supervise the children while bicycle riding to avoid such type of injuries.

 

Top Tips

  • Children under 10 are not mature enough to ride properly so they should ride on path ways instead of roads.
  • You have to supervise properly.
  • Teach your children road rules.
  • Teach them the rule of look before turning.
  • Teach your children to be alert while riding. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves or anything that could make them lose control of their bike.
  • When riding, children should be facing forward and have both hands on the handlebars.
  • Maintenance and checking of bike equipment on a regular basis is very necessary.
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Passion Of Cycling In Children

Every child love to have bicycles and there is a special tie between kids and bikes that can never be broken. Riding a bike is good for your child as give them freedom and they enjoy this activity with their friends and family.

 

Excitement of First Bike In children

Children get excited to have their first bike. Then gradually they learn bike harness, bike balancing and riding. Parents help them to learn all these things. For all parents Child’s safety is the major priority. Now there are Bike safety accessories too that keep the children safe and sound.

 

Safety Accessories

Bicycle stabilisers help to learn the children proper balancing of bike with time but the safety accessories specially padded vests help your children to learn the bike without stabilizer more confidently. The injury rate in bicycle riding is similar to the other type of sports but parents should supervise the children while bicycle riding to avoid such type of injuries.

 

Healthy Outdoor Activity

Children of all age can enjoy riding a bike. Most important, bicycling is a healthy outdoor activity that the entire family can enjoy together. To teach your children to travel efficiently by bicycle develops patience, control, self confidence and personal responsibility in them.  It also teaches them important driving skills that will make them safer and more considerate by learning basic traffic rules at their early stages.

 

Health Benefits of Cycling

There are a lot of health benefits of cycling including:

  • increase cardiovascular fitness
  • increase muscle strength and flexibility
  • improve joint mobility
  • decrease stress levels
  • improve posture and coordination
  • strengthen bones
  • decrease body fat levels
  • Help to avoid and prevent other diseases
  • Developing strength, balance, and overall fitness
  • Burn up calories

 

Conclusion

As child’s safety of children is very important so adult supervision is very necessary for all the children under 9. Parents should select the bike according to safety standards having durable material as well as use safety vests for proper safety and avoid injuries as these vests help to prevent any painful scrapes and falls and avoid getting tangled up with the bike. So enjoy cycling with proper safety measures.

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Cycling Without Stabilisers

Teach your child to ride a bike

Teaching the kids how to ride a first balance bike without stabilisers can be quite a difficult or a back breaking task. I taught my eldest by holding on for dear life and either helping her hold the handle bars or hold the seat or just by holding onto her. Going down a hill is always fun, however, it really hurt my back bending over at funny angles. My son has used, very successfully a Balance Bike, which has been amazing. He actually got really fast on it, but, there are no peddles…obviously as it’s just for balance. So when we got him his first proper bike at 4 years old, he felt nervous on it and said the peddles got in the way…..well…..we have tried and tried, and eventually he started to like the peddles…woohoo! Now starts the mission of balancing and peddles at the same time. After holding on and hurting my back we started to get somewhere again. He’s quite confident riding on the grass, as if he falls, it doesn’t hurt as much as the pavement. So, when I saw BikyBiky and their amazing Strap on Vest, I jumped at the chance to try it!

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