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Cycling with a child on the road

Once a child has learned to cycle, they will want to progress to using their skills to moving around where they live. In preparation for this an adult needs to be sure that a child has the necessary skills and that they have plenty of practice using those skills on the road so that they build lots of confidence and awareness of safe positioning. The key to this is adults cycling with children on the road.


When cycling with a child on the road, it is important that an adult cycles in position to offer the child support and some protection from traffic coming from behind. This is generally just behind and a step out from the position of the child who will be cycling a step out from the kerb. At junctions, the adult needs to make sure the child can clearly see to be able to judge when it is safe to move away, with the adult close by to support that decision-making (but not blocking the view!) and ready to step in if needed.


Watch our four Cycling with a Child on the Road films to see positioning for road junctions and to find out more!


Video 1:  Cycling with a Child on the Road - Left turn minor to major road



Video 2:  Cycling with a Child on the Road - Right turn minor to major road




Video 3:  Cycling with a Child on the Road - Right turn major to minor road



Video 4 -  Cycling with a Child on the Road - Walking right turn






Useful resources for parents and guardians teaching a child to cycle

Assessing a Child's Skill Level

Puncture Repair Guide

Tips for cycling with children

Cycling on roads

Going cycling with a child

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