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Kids and Cycling(6 posts)

Kids and Cyclinggmagee
Aug 10, 2001 9:43 PM
At what age do you think children should be taught to ride their own bikes in the street and not the sidewalk?
re: Kids and CyclingMade in Taiwan
Aug 10, 2001 9:53 PM
before able to or allowed to make a middle finger: sidewalk

after kid has your permission to make middle finger: street

I grew up in taiwan and there is no such thing as side walk in my city (not taipei) so i would ride in the streets with "asian" drivers, imagine that!! I ride in this particular highway so much that most of the truckers know me and always alow me to draft or give me extra room. sometimes they slow down and wait til i got on their wheel then speed up gradually.

but several near misses later, i only ride in the local mountains, pretty steep hills, with a velodrome in one of the valleys. that's where i learn to climb, descent and some track moves.

how about riding with your kid, ride behind him/her, probably won' tbe able to do long distances til a few years, by then, he'll know the rules of riding on the street.
I don't think this really answer your question, but if you have a velodrome around your town, then take your kid there, best place to ride a bike.
re: Kids and Cyclinggmagee
Aug 11, 2001 5:00 PM
As a matter of fact there is a velodrome about 3 miles from my house. The kid and I go to see the races often. They will provide a bike and free lessons to anyone under 18 years of age provided they fit on one of the bikes (still have some years to grow to fit on one of their bikes).

We have a trailer and a trail-a-bike so the kid is learning the rules of the road as we go.

Said kid of coarse will be accompanied by one of us on rides. I was just wondering when to get off the sidewalk and start hitting the roads.

My major concern is driver visibility. I don't think drivers look for bike riders in general not to mention one so short.

Just looking for thoughts.
re: Kids and CyclingMikeC
Aug 11, 2001 9:21 AM
I think the issue comes down to whether they're with adults or not. I have six year old and eight year old daughters. Both of them could ride without training wheels at five, and both were riding on the road then...with my wife and I providing escort service. This morning, the four of us did a twelve mile ride, averaging 11 mph (the six year old has a 7-speed Schwinn Speedster, and the eight year old has an 18-speed Trek Mountain Lion).
However, we still don't let them go out riding on the road by themselves, even in our development. Both kids and drivers are too easily distracted.
Chain 'em to the toilet till they're 18!Stickers
Aug 11, 2001 1:15 PM
My home was on Texas Highway 16. Started riding on the highway at 6. There were no Pedestrian Right of Way Laws then. We just knew that if a car hit us, we were dead. Taught my children the same, even though they were reared in California. Then the neighborhoods were dangerous with parked cars, drugged drivers, and the pedestrian right of way law. (Gives kids a false impression of what may happen if injured by an auto.) Always told them, "What good is winning a suit, you are still injured, or dead." My three were on the road by themselves at seven.
Know your kidsRich Clark
Aug 12, 2001 12:03 PM
My son rode with me on the street as soon as he was able to read and interpret road signage. He learned the rules of the road, and to be an effective vehicular cyclist, from me.

His restrictions were lifted gradually as he got older. Neighborhood streets, then 2-lane thru streets, then roads with shoulders and speed limits under 40, etc. We knew the area, and if there was somewhere he wanted to go we'd make sure there was a route that he could handle. If there was a troublesome intersection or tricky turn, I'd take him there and teach him how to deal with it.

By the time he was 10 he was as assured a road rider as I am.

And teaching him to drive at 16 was too easy.