Top tips to teach a child how to ride a bike
The wind on your face, the butterflies in your tummy, the world rushing past in a blur. Speeding away on your bike for the first time is something you never forget. Like us our partners British Cycling and HSBC UK want as many children as possible to experience the excitement of exploring new places by bike. We've put our heads together to create a list of top tips to help your little one find their wheels.
Learning a new skill in a place full of colourful plants and wildlife is hard to beat.
Help your little one find their wheels along quiet tree-lined paths and watch their confidence grow as they practise on acres of soft grass. Watch out for squirrels, ducks, butterflies and deer.
A rite of passage
Jonathan Smith, cycle hire supervisor at the National Trust, said: 'It's vital for kids to learn to ride a bike, it gives them a sense of freedom, a sense of independence. It’s a real rite of passage and something every child should do before they’re about seven or eight.
‘If you’re cycling in a beautiful environment like Osterley Park. It’s nice to be surrounded by trees. We’ve even got cattle and horses on the farm around the outskirts of the park.’
The experts from British Cycling have put together the following tips to make learning fun and worthwhile. This is part of HSBC UK and British Cycling’s mission to create a greener, fitter and healthier nation by getting more people to take up cycling. And their support means that many of the places we care for can offer bikes and equipment for hire.