Safe Cycling Options for Parents with Young Children


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Safe Cycling

Peter Kuperman established Hatch Canada, a programming and computer coding school for children. When he is not helping young people learn STEM skills, Peter Kuperman can often be found on his bicycle. He and his wife enjoy taking their young son along for rides as well.

Children can begin to enjoy the fun of cycling as soon as they can sit up on their own. From babies to toddlers to preschool-aged children, there is family-friendly cycling equipment suitable for families of all ages.

When a child is very young, the best option is usually a child bicycle seat. Children should not accompany their parents on a bike ride until they can sit up and support their helmeted head on their own. Local laws differ on this matter, and some jurisdictions have specific age limits.

Older toddlers and children under the age of 6 have more options available. They can ride in larger child seats, be towed in a trailer, or ride on a trailer bike. Trailers are simple to tow and do not impact the bicycle’s center of gravity like a child seat does. However, they are low to the ground and vulnerable to certain dangers on the road.

Trailer bikes are half-bicycles that connect to an adult bike. These are well suited to getting children accustomed to pedaling, while still allowing parents to control the steering and braking.