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Children & Teens

A child's first vehicle. So it has two wheels instead of four. Introducing kids to the fun and freedom of riding a bike should go hand in hand with teaching them about bicycles, how to ride them, and how to maintain them.

Bike education involves a lot more than safety. The first thing to remember about bike education is that should always promote bicycling. Focusing solely on the dangers of the road tends to discourage people from cycling. But the best kinds of bike education highlight the benefits of cycling- such as sports, exercise, adventure, pleasure, healthy transportation- while arming new cyclists with the knowledge and tools they need to safely share the road.

Bicycles are fun to ride - but they're also legally considered vehicles, and are therefore subject to most of the same traffic rules and regulations as motor vehicles- such as obeying traffic lights and right of way rules. It is the responsibility of every cyclist to adhere to these laws as well as other safety guidelines. The minute a bicycle enters a pathway, a sidewalk, a park, a street or road, it is not a toy; it is a vehicle.

Since kids learn differently depending on their level of maturity, we have divided them into four age categories. Each age represents an important rite of passage in learning to cycle effectively- from being a passenger and first encountering the bicycle as a vehicle, to learning to ride on sidewalks and close to home, to riding on streets, to riding more independently. For each age group we've targeted the most salient issues and the most important skills they need to know. For more information on child safety, visit SafeKids.

  preschool age (ages 1-5)
getting a head start on bikes.
beginner cyclists
(ages 5-8)

starting safe, riding smart and having fun.
young cyclists
(ages 9-12)

taking it up to the street.
Teenage cyclists
(ages 13-17)

taking charge .



The Texas SuperCyclist Project