Learning to ride a bike is a milestone for many. It’s a form of transportation, a recreational activity, it’s a great way to socialise and most importantly it’s fun! There is no perfect age to begin learning to ride a bike. It’s something you can pick up at any age, but typically kids will begin trying to learn between the ages of three to eight years old. Bike riding is a complex activity that requires a range of skills from our body including motor planning and coordination (to ensure we can pedal in a synchronised manner), posture and core strength (to sit upright and maintain balance while riding), strength in our legs (to push the pedals down repetitively) and balance (to ensure we don’t fall off), just to name a few. The overarching skill in the occupation of bike riding is the ability of paying attention to all of this at once. The fun, options for play, incidental and intense work on skill development is why as Occupational Therapists we encourage children to experience the freedom of riding a bike.
Here, we have put together a few helpful tips to consider when you are trying to teach your little one how to ride a bike.