Safety Tips for Biking with Your Child

Former Manor School principal, Jason Richardson, leads a pack of kids to school on International Bike and Walk to School Day.

Former Manor School principal, Jason Richardson, leads a pack of kids to school on International Bike and Walk to School Day.

On school days in Fairfax, the streets are full of kids and parents biking to school. We love that! At Fairfax Cycling Camp, in addition to having fun with our campers, we teach important safety skills. There are a few things parents can do to make the ride safer for their child/ren: 1)advocate for safer infrastructure; 2) teach your child how to ride safely ; and 3) most importantly, model safe biking yourself.

As a teacher and psychotherapist, we understand that one of the most powerful modes of teaching is through modeling. What is modeling?  In a nut shell, it is teaching others through your own actions. Research has shown it to be much more effective than lecturing. 

Modeling how to safely ride in traffic, as well as sharing how fun and invigorating it is to get around by bike is something we all should celebrate and support. Modeling the regular use of a helmet is a vital part of riding safely. Don't just listen to us, check out what the folks at helmets.org have to say about the value of protecting your brain.