Riding with kids can be a blast! They will continually surprise you with how capable they are and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with them. Not to mention, biking is perfect for burning off their excess energy (phew!).
Here’s how to plan a ride with kids and ramp up the fun factor.
Choose a route that is achievable for the whole family. It’s better to enjoy a shorter journey that makes everyone excited for the next!
Avoid busy roads, difficult junctions, or hilly routes. Riding along a path you know will help to build both your confidence and that of your child. Look out for shortcuts too in case you need to make a quick detour home.
Perform a quick ABC check before you ride out and make sure everyone’s bike fits them properly. With kids growing so quickly, you may need to raise their seat and make little adjustments so they can ride comfortably.
Pack a few waterproofs if it looks like it would rain and wear lots of layers if it’s cold. For children sitting in bike seats, wrapping up is particularly important: they won't generate heat like the person pedaling so they may need an extra layer.
Food and drink will keep you fuelled but they can also be a fantastic ride reward. Schedule a snack stop and treat yourself to something tasty!
Taking a break allows kids to rest and recharge their batteries. Plus, breaks are a great opportunity to check-in and find out how they’re feeling on the ride.
No one wants to be left behind, so reducing your pace will help everyone feel involved. Taking it slow allows everyone to build up strength, stamina, and confidence.
Schedule stops and fun places along your route to make the ride more exciting. Or, play games as you go. Here are some great game ideas…
See if your child can spot things as they ride. This game is perfect during more difficult sections of your route (riding uphill, for example) because it brings a welcome distraction.
Use cones, bags, or clothes - whatever you have lying around! Lay them on the ground and see if your child can ride between them. Perfect for building up biking agility!
Draw a roadway on the ground and your kids can pretend they’re navigating their own mini-town or city. This is a fun way to teach the rules of the road.
How slow can you go? Challenge your kids to a slow race! The person who takes the longest to cross the finish line wins. But if they set a foot on the ground, 5 seconds are removed from their time. Great for improving bike balance.
Stand with your back to your kids and shout ‘green light’ to start them riding. When you turn and shout ‘red light’, they have to stop. Whoever reaches you first, wins!
Draw one or two chalk lines on the ground and challenge your child to ride along the line or in between two lines. This will help them to perfect their riding balance.
Pack a camera or your phone and ride to see what you can spot! Ask your child to look out for a few objects, animals, or places and stop to take a picture when you spot them. Can you collect pictures of them all?