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Sep 13th, 2013

Summer's almost done - How to keep kids interested in cycling?

by Guest Author

Category: Guest Articles on Parenting Issues

The kids are back at school, and before you know it, the leaves will be falling off the trees. The mere thought that summer is about to end is enough for many people to retire their bikes for the year waiting for the warm weather to come back. I've seen it a bunch of times while working at Pedalheads bike camps, where kids have gone almost 10 months without riding their bikes. I'm here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. Before the real cold sets in, here are my top three ways to keep your kids interested in those non-summer months.

1) Hop on a bike

As a parent, it all starts with you. Perhaps your kids love riding their bikes around in the hot months, but can you say the same about yourself? If you really want your kids to remain interested and inspired by cycling, consider your own appreciation of the activity. If you haven't been on a bike for a while, grab it from wherever it's been hiding and make sure it's in good working order. If it is, clear your thoughts on a nice bike ride and remind yourself of how enjoyable biking is.

2) Bike to school with your child

Of course, not everyone’s busy schedule would be able to accommodate this idea, but if you find yourself in a situation where you do have a bit of time in the morning, this is not only a great way to promote exercise with your child, but it's also a great bonding experience. Kids that bike to school with their parents at a young age are more likely to develop a positive attitude towards biking to school by themselves when they have become mature, safe riders.

3) Find new biking destinations with your child

One of the best ways to keep biking interesting for both yourself and your child is to explore different places. Kids love going on adventures around unfamiliar areas, and the inner child in you might also come out while you scope out new trails. The internet is a great resource for finding information on the best biking trails in your area, so have a look and plan a bike adventure that will be fun for everyone in the family.

While I would never suggest riding outside when it's minus 30 out with roads covered in snow, there are times outside of the summer season where biking can be a regular part of you and your child's weekly routine. It's a great activity for people of all ages that often gets neglected, and I hope the above tips will help out in keeping both you and your child interested for years to come.

Happy cycling everyone!

Nick Pavlakis - Pedalheads Supervisor

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