Summer is here and the kids are home! During the summer is a great time to take the family on a bike ride. It’s great exercise, a family bonding experience, and is a lot of fun. If you’re kids have yet to learn to ride a bike, now is a great opportunity to do so. Practicing near your house can be dangerous if you live on a busy street. Try taking your child to an empty department store lot. To ensure safety, purchase your child’s helmet at a biking store as opposed to a department store. Normally biking shops will make sure the helmet fits prior to you taking it home. A great fitting helmet can reduce the risk of injury by up to 85%.
It’s also important that you teach your children the rules of the road. Riding on the proper side of the road (right side) and the proper hand signals when during can be the difference between safety and an injury. If your town has designated bike lanes, make sure you use them and encourage your children to use them as opposed to a busy street without them.
Find a great path that isn’t too challenging for everyone, and one that maybe leads to a park. It’s also nice to find a time when everyone can go. Usually after dinner is a great time because everyones home, it’s not as hot later in the day and it’s generally light out until about 8:30 pm. For more on this topic, check out this article by DailyJournalOnline.com.