Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scott. Arkansas
Bikes: Trek Madone 5.2, Fisher Caliber 29er, Orbea Onix
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The LAB is working on expanding its youth courses...
"Kids I" is now "Cycling Skills for Parents," and like the older course is more for Mom & Dad (or guardian) than for Junior. This is a good, 60 to 90 minute introduction on the issues in introducing kids to bicycles, helmet use and safe riding practices, and how to teach them to ride.
"Kids II," now "Safe Routes to School", is a 7-hour integrated course that teaches safe riding and bike handling, basic traffic skills, how to choose a safe place & route to ride, and some very basic bike care. This is pretty much the "Traffic Skills 101" class, targeted at those from 12 to about 13 years old.
A new course, "Cycling Skills for Children," uses a bike rodeo format to introduce kids of just about any age to helmet use, basic bike handling skills, basic street and traffic skills, and practice riding in mock traffic to reinforce the first two blocks. This is nearly all skills practice, very, very little lecturing, and lots of riding and repetition to build and reinforce good habits.
ANd there's no better gift than to go ride with your kid(s), and set a good example for them...