In today’s society, it can be hard to encourage kids to get out of their bedrooms – off of their Play Stations, mobile phones etc. and enjoy the nature that Britain has to offer. We’ve outlined some of the benefits of kids and cycling and top safety tips to keep in mind.
We welcome children aged 7+ to join our 25k family ride this autumn. Ride Reigate is the perfect opportunity to get active with your kids, whilst enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside.
The Benefits Of Kids And Cycling
According to Active Kids, there are numerous benefits of kids and cycling. Introducing your child to cycling from a young age will help them to remain fit as they get older.
Not only does cycling increase brain power but also improves cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular activity ensures that your child attains a healthy weight. Raising your heart rate ultimately improves the health of your heart and reduces the risk of heart disease.
It has been reported by teachers that children that ride to school have increased alertness in comparison to those that are dropped to school by their parents in the car. Read more here.
After a long day of learning at school, cycling can help children recharge their energy. Any anxiety or worries felt during the day tend to be relieved after cycling. You may even notice an improvement in your child’s mood as a result.
Being a parent can be hard at times, especially when you’re exhausted after a long day. Cycling allows you to escape your busy life style and enjoy spending time with your kids. Ride Reigate is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and feel part of something as a family.
Improve Socialisation Skills
Cycling clubs enhance children’s socialisation and communication skills. This enables children to make friends with others that share a common hobby and interests and enjoy it together. Riding as a group can be more exciting than riding alone.
Cycling Safety For Kids
Wearing A Helmet
Your child must always wear a helmet that fits them as this helps to protect their face, head, and brain if your child falls off of their bike.
- Ensure that your child’s helmet is worn the correct way: make sure that it covers their forehead and does not tip back. The straps must always be fastened.
- Make sure that their helmet is not worn with a hat underneath.
- Put reflective stickers on your child’s helmet, this will ensure that your child is seen by drivers and others on the road.
Choosing The Right Bike For Your Child
Checking the size of your child’s bike:
- Ask your child to stand straddling the top bar of the bike so that both feet are flat on the ground.
- Ensure that there is 1 to 3 inches of space between them and the top bar.
- The seat, handlebars, and wheels must fit tightly.
What Should My Child Wear When Cycling?
- Your child must always wear bright clothing when cycling to ensure that they are visible when on the roads.
- Ensure that their bike has reflectors on, this also improves visibility – helping cars or other cyclists on the road to see them clearly and from a distance.
- Ensure that they avoid wearing loose trousers, straps or shoelaces that could get caught in their bike chain.
- Correct footwear – make sure that your child avoids wearing shoes that do not provide grip. Trainers ensure that they have good grip on the pedals.
- Kids enjoy listening to music – make sure that they do not wear headphones whilst cycling. Music can distract them and also decrease alertness. This also minimises their hearing capacity – they may therefore be unaware of upcoming cars or other road users.
- Kids younger than 10 years old should always ride on pavements rather than on main roads. Find out more here.