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    Riding Trikes and Bikes from an early age encourages strong motor and balancing skills in your little one, as well as being loads of fun! They help keep your child active, so that they are less likely to become overweight in early life and to set up a positive enjoyment of physical activity as they start to grow up.

    Baby Trikes
    TrikeBaby Trikes are a fantastic way for your child to start learning how to ride a bike. Push Trikes (without pedals) are the easiest for children to start with – they can ride a Push Trike as soon as they can walk! (Age 9 - 12 mths upwards). Very sturdy and stable and often with trailers or storage areas so your child can carry toys around with them, they help to develop essential skills such as co-ordination, balance and strength.

    Balance Bikes (or Ride On or Pedal-less bikes)

    Balance Bikes are increasingly popular and are designed to be used by Toddlers from the age of 2 years approx. The child sits on the bike and moves by pushing along the ground with their feet. A balance bike does not have pedals or stabilisers, so children learn to balance and steer very quickly.
    At first, they tend to ride with at least one foot firmly on the floor. As they become more confident, they'll start to lift both feet off the ground, scooting forward and balancing and occasionally dabbing a foot to the floor when the bike leans over. Soon they'll be balancing, learning and playing all at once. All the time, they are developing their motor skills and coordination, while having terrific fun. Mastering how to ride a balance bike will give your child a huge boost in confidence.
    Gradually, over time, your youngster should be able to teach themselves the skills required to ride a pedal bike, all without the use of stabilisers!
    For more information and to see a great range of award winning Balance Bikes, visit Kiddimoto or Little Big Sports.

    Pedal Bikes

    Peddle Bikes Learning to ride a pedal bike is one of life's milestones, a moment of great satisfaction for child and parents alike.
    Most children develop sufficient coordination to balance and pedal a 2 wheeler at some point between 4 and 6 years old. This development tends to happens quite suddenly and until it is reached there is little point in trying to get them to ride but once it is reached they should learn quite quickly. If your child has already ridden a Balance Bike they will already have learnt to balance and will find it easy to learn to ride a bike with pedals.
    And remember to take a smiley photo when the BIG MOMENT happens!

    Family Days out on Bikes

    family_bikingOnce your child has had lots of practice in the park or other safe environment, you can start going on family days out on your bikes. Many country parks have cycle - only paths that you can use together and then, as your child’s confidence grows, you can start short trips on very quiet public roads. It’s a great way for everyone to get fit!
    Samsung Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show s how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. The biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, this year it takes place from 18 – 24 June, and encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. Click on Samsung Bike Week to see what events are on near you.

    Bike Safety

    Bike SafetySafety of your baby, toddler or young child is always paramount, so remember to fit them with helmets, even when they are riding trikes or balance bikes in the park – as accidents can happen anywhere!
    The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust has lots of useful information on how to fit them and what to look out for when choosing a helmet.

    Happy Cycling from The Small Steps Team
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