Bike Safety

Something happened recently that we thought may be another year or two away. Lily learned how to ride a big girl bike with training wheels. It may sound like a small feat for a 4 year old. In fact, most of the kids in our neighborhood seem to be transitioning off their trikes 6 months to a year before Lily did, but Lily was sort of slow when it came to her tricycle. Last fall she still didn’t master the concept, partially because she wasn’t interested. This used to worry me, but she’s so ahead in other areas I decided to let it go.

Imagine our surprise when warm weather hit this spring and Lily could race around the block on her tricycle, steering and everything. Years ago, I bought her a tiny pink Schwinn for $5 at a garage sale. We finally got to bring it up from the basement and teach her how to ride it. She took to it right away and is FINALLY a natural at bike riding.

Yes, we know her helmet wasn't on right. The situation has been rectified.

I’m not holding my breath for her to ride without training wheels. Neither her father nor I were able to get rid of them until we were 7. My husband claims I still don’t know how to ride a bike. I never said I was any good at it, but I CAN ride. I’m forbidden from riding pulling the kid buggy or with a kid on the back of my bike, per Dr. Toy Warden. Much like how he has banned me from trying to fry bacon myself (I burn it), he is absolutely right in this rare effort to control me.

It didn’t take long for Lily to insist that Woof Woof ride with her. OF COURSE Woof Woof needed to be on the bike. At first she was trying to ride with Woof Woof in her lap or shoved between the handlebars. I was worried Woof Woof would fall and either Woof Woof or Lily would get injured. I went out and got her a bike basket.

But really, how safe is it for Woof Woof to just be sitting in someone’s bike basket? What if Woof Woof falls out? Would Woof Woof be ok if she hit her head on the sidewalk?

And furthermore, shouldn’t Woof Woof try to be a better role model for Lily? What kind of parent am I to make Lily wear a helmet, but not Woof Woof?

Obviously, something needed to be done.

Now only Woof Woof's ears are in jeopardy.

Are the people at Build-A-Bear geniuses or what?

My sister has pointed out that Woof Woof’s ears are in jeopardy, but Woof Woof looks so stupid when I tuck them into her helmet. She looks like a wet cat or something without ears. So we’ll risk it for cosmetic reasons.

Woof Woof is just a stuffed animal, after all. OR IS SHE?



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4 Responses to Bike Safety

  1. deafgimp

    I find it funny how growing up, no one thought twice about a helmet on kids as they rode bikes, and no one used them. I got yelled at all the time about wearing sandals on bikes though, and to my chagrin, crashed and messed up my toes because I was wearing sandals. Part of the sole also got stuck in the bike along with my toes. Now, I wouldn’t let a kid of mine on a bike, a scooter, skates, skateboard, or anything that moves like those do without a helmet.

    • Sometimes I debate putting Rose in one on her tricycle on which she’s SITTING 1 INCH above the ground and riding like 3 inches a minute. My parents always made me wear a helmet on a bike and horse, but didn’t start doing it themselves until they started hearing horror stories about people who didn’t.

  2. barney

    Cute bike riding :) I had a bike that was exactly the same as that one, only red. I think it’s good that you let your children to set the pace, and even if they just don’t like cycling, well, it’s not a big deal, right? I used to love it as a little kid, so much that my father taught me how to ride without training wheels at 5, but both my brothers where 6 when they learned.
    I mean, at some point everybody learns to ride a bike, but why the rush?

    • There’s a fantastic episode of Frasier where it’s revealed that the Crane boys never learned to ride bikes. Then Niles has to learn for some reason (I’m blanking) and he’s awful. It’s so great.

      Anyway, I assume my kids are not Niles or Frasier and will actually learn how to do it at some acceptable point. :)

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