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Monday, May 13, 2013

Everything about riding in traffic I learned from my four-year-old [People for Bikes]

According to Bikes Belong, 27% of kids (13.7 million individuals) ages 6 to 17 bicycled in 2010, for a total of 989 million bicycling outings (72 outings per bicyclist.).

The other day, I was embarking on one of my favorite activities: riding around town with my family. With my four-year-old attached to my bike on one of those newfangled trail-a-bikes, I took him straight over a small section of bumpy rocks. I assumed he’d ridden on rocks before. I’d assumed he’d enjoy bouncing up and down. I assumed he’d think riding rocks was cool.
“Mommy, that was NOT cool,” I was quickly informed.
Here I was, in the middle of a bike ride with my son, and I’d just broken one of the major tenants of cycling: I didn’t ride predictably. And though this lesson was reinforced with a few tears (his) and pangs of guilt (mine), I realized this wasn’t the first lesson on cycling I’d received from my pint-sized wheelman. Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve learned just about everything I know about riding with traffic from my kiddo.

[Keep reading at People for Bikes]


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