When Should a Child Learn to Ride a Bicycle?

Riding a bike has many advantages, anyone can tell you that. It is fun, cheap, and environmentally friendly, it is low maintenance, healthy, efficient in traffic – you do not have parking problems, it is an effective way of exercising and, last but not least, it is a great way to reduce stress. Especially for the little ones, riding a bicycle is one of those awesome bursts of energy that simply make toddlers, children and adolescents bloom, giving them a powerful feeling of freedom. Riding a bicycle has its different advantages for every age, and that is why people of all ages choose this very popular means of transportation. The easier way to understand this is by asking people of different ages “what is a bike for you?” The myriad of answers will give you a glance of what this two-wheel wonder can do for each and every one of us.

To get to the point and start discussing the question in the title, there really is no proper age of learning how to ride a bicycle. Of course, just like with foreign languages and other things, the very young ones learn much faster, as their brains and their bodies are more prepared for novelty than ours are. A toddler will learn faster, and this is one of the reasons why you should start teaching your child to ride a bike as soon as possible.

The answer to the question in the title is simple: a child can learn how to ride a bike as soon as he is 2 or 3 years old, but the best age to start varies from one child to the other. For a certain toddler, riding a bike may not be appealing at the age of 3, even if he is prepared for it. However, the same child might like it when he is 5 or 6. There is no common recipe.

However, there are recipes for another very important aspect, and that is the means of learning. You certainly are not going to put your 4 year old on a mountain bike. There are several approaches. Maybe your child would have a taste of the flavor by riding a tricycle at first, which is just perfect. One perfect way, for example, is to get your child a balance bike (which is the same thing as a running bike). Balance bikes are meant to teach the child steering and balance. It is not the peddling part that children find challenging at first, but the balance and steering, and a balance bike is very good at putting emphasis on these elements. Training wheels are also popular, but it is up to you to decide if your child is at an age suited for them.

Remember, whichever solution you choose, try to make it as fun as possible for the little one, as this is the best way to make him interested into riding bikes. If he does not find it interesting at first, try to show him the fun advantages in a way that he will not feel forced. One thing is sure: sooner or later, your toddler will fall in love with biking. And, most of the times, it is rather sooner!