4 Biking to School Tips
The summer is coming to an end and back-to-school time is nearing. The school routine means parents need to drop kids off and pick them up unless…they ride their bikes to school. Some parents are too nervous to let their kids ride, while for others it means that they need to get their kids or their own bikes repaired and some may just not have taken the time to ride the route with their kids and identify hazards if there be any. Here are some things to consider as you confidently encourage your kids to ride their bikes to school.
1. Helmet- It is an absolute necessity that kids have a proper fitting helmet and that they wear it. This might have to start with a proper example from you.
- Needs to sit parallel with the ground without sliding forward or backwards
- Two finger between your childs eyes and the helmet
- when they open their mouths it makes the helmet snug
2. Proper lock- You don’t want to make it easy on your child to not ride their bike because it got stolen.
- make sure you teach your kids the proper placement of the lock. All too often can someone be absent minded and lock only the front wheel.
- Find a safe place for your child to place the key or get a combo lock with code that your child can easily remember.
- Go with your child at least once to see where they are going to lock up the bike and show them how
3. Bike Maintenance- Don’t send your child off on an accident waiting to happen.
- Check the bike over thoroughly for cracks in the frame, missing bolts and check to brakes
- Inspect the chain as well as spray it with a chain lubricant
- If it has a flat tire, take the tire off and check for foreign objects before you go pumping it up assuming that it has just been sitting their for a while and that is why it’s flat. By all means teach your children how to change a tire.
4. Ride the routes- frantic children don’t make for very good GPS computers
- Accompany your children always if you would like or ride with them at least a week so as to make sure they know that way. Avoid intersections whenever possible.
- Talk to your neighbors to find other kids that could all ride their bikes together
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