Teaching a child how to ride can be life changing and open up a lot of doors for them. Remember, children learn by example so they may need you to show them how to do things first.
Read our steps below on how to teach them, or download an information sheet.
Our bike guide is here to help you choose the right bike for your child.
We recommend finding a traffic free, smooth, flat and wide location to teach your child to ride. Paved areas away from cars are ideal- like paths in parks, tennis or basketball courts.
Grass is often thought to be the best for a soft landing (if the child falls over), but it’s harder for the child to build up speed for balance.
Also, consider a location where the child will not feel embarrassed or distracted, if their friends appear.
Before your child starts to move, it is a good idea to teach them how to brake.
Learning Without Pedals
Learning With Pedals
Now, the child knows how to move forward and brake - now it’s time to put these skills together.
Using cones again, place them in a line for the child to brake at. Get them to try this drill until there is limited wobbling.
Now the child can ride, it’s time to start cycling with them! We recommend short rides around the local park to start with.