If you’re a parent, chances are you spend a lot of time thinking about how to set your child up for success in life. From music lessons to language immersion preschools to sports, many parents and caretakers are taking advantage of their childrens’ natural curiosity and ability to learn by introducing them to new skills at a young age. In fact, some research even indicates that individuals in the 4-12 year old age range show the highest level of effectiveness at learning new skills than any other age group.
This is no less true when it comes to learning to ride a bike. And yet, especially for physical activities like bicycling, which is almost guaranteed to result in a few falls at first, it’s normal to wonder whether your child is ready. And as it turns out, teaching kids to ride a bike might come with multiple advantages—in addition to being easier to learn at a younger age, kids may experience important developmental, psychological, and physical benefits of bike riding.
However, even though it’s possible to teach your child to ride a bike at any age, there are a few reasons to consider doing it earlier rather than later—assuming, of course, that your child is ready and willing.
All Kids Bike is a national movement dedicated to bringing the mental and physical benefits of bike riding to every kid in America. Led by the Strider Education Foundation, our mission is to make bicycling skills an integral part of kids’ elementary school education. Our Kindergarten PE Program provides the curriculum, bikes, and safety equipment needed to teach every kindergartner how to ride at no cost to the school itself. Contact us to learn more about how you can support our vision to make this milestone skill accessible to children, or consider donating to a school in your community.
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