how to get your kid riding
• Always wear a helmet. Learning to ride means learning to fall, and having your child wear their helmet
right from the start will create a safe habit.
• Be positive and encouraging and let them go at their
• Have them practice on a flat surface, away from cars
or other obstacles. Don’t start them on a downhill
slope as they can very quickly lose control.
• To protect your own back while you’re helping them
along, try a device like the Louis Garneau Felix Bar.
The bar bolts onto the frame and extends behind with
an easy-to-grip handle, allowing you to more easily
guide the bike without bending down to hold the seat.
• For longer, more strenuous rides, the Trail-Gator
Bicycle Tow Bar converts an ordinary child’s pedal
bike into a trailer bike behind an adult-sized model
(maximum tow-rider weight of 70 pounds [ 32 kg] and
wheel diameter of 12 to 20 inches [ 31 to 51 cm]).
• Even when your child masters the physical skill of
riding, remember it takes longer to master the
rules of the road. Adult supervision continues to be
important until your child has the maturity to make
good decisions about cycling safety. This is generally
sometime between the ages of 10 and 14.
run. Walk. donate.
As a supporting sponsor of the
2011 Sport Chek Mother’s day run & Walk,
apple magazine encourages you and your family to sign up for this
annual fun and fundraising event on May 8 in Calgary and Edmonton.
Proceeds support the Calgary Health Trust (intensive care units at the Peter
Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre)
and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
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