The following strategy may help if your child is having difficulty learning how to ride their bike. The following technique takes time, but the idea is that your child gets a sense of achievement from mastering each step one at a time.
You will need:
1. Lower the seat so the child can sit comfortably with both feet flat on the ground.
2. Remove both pedals.
3. Using a flat surface in a safe area e.g. a playground or quiet car park, get your child to propel themselves forward using a walking movement with their feet.
4. Tell them to keep their arms fairly rigid and to look where they are going.
5. When your child has mastered steps 3 and 4, get them to propel themselves forward using both feet at the same time (whooshing along like a skier!)
6. When the child is competent, practice on a safe hill or a slope in a park. As they achieve, gradually increase the distance the child goes down the slope. Encourage them to rest their feet on the frame of the bike.
7. Get your child to practice stopping the bike by braking and putting their feet down at the same time.
8. When the child is freewheeling down the slope and stopping in a controlled manner, put the pedals back on.
9. Repeat steps 6 and 7, with the child resting their feet on the pedals this time.
10. Introduce the pedalling action. If the child has difficulty with moving one foot then the other (reciprocal movement), try taking the pedals off and repeat step 5, but moving one foot then the other rather than both together.
It is also helpful to note groups run in your local community which can support you to achieve independent bike riding with your child:
The Bike Station provides the opportunity for children and young people to learn bike riding skills from a basic to an advanced level. The Bike Station also has on hand staff who can provide advice as to what bike is most suitable for your child. The bike station runs a selection of coaching opportunities both delivered individually and in a small group setting.
The Bike Station is open during the following times:
Monday Shop Closed (open for donations only)
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday Shop Closed
65 Haugh Road
Individual Lessons £25/hr (£15 concession, free for students, block of 3 for £60) - completely catered for your individual ability. Individual lessons are available for children and adults and are a great way to learn how to ride or build up your confidence.
Free Wheel North is a charity funded organisation based on Glasgow Green.
The site has a wide and varied selection of bikes, go-carts, family bikes, specially adapted bikes, disability bikes, hand cranks, trikes, tandems and side by sides. The organisation can offer advice on the most appropriate bike for your child and specialises itself in teaching children and young people how to ride a bike.
Free Wheel North is open during the following times:
Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday Shop Closed
Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Glasgow Green Cycle Centre
Glasgow City Centre
It is only £1 per shot with no time limits, safety rules must be followed and a member of the team is on site to help at all times.
Available for all ages, open all year round, not open on Saturdays.