The miracle of birth. A child’s first words. Taking their first unsure steps.
These are but a few of the milestone events of early childhood development. But of all the milestones during the formative years of from 18 months to 6, few will give them more long-term social, cognitive, emotional and physical benefits–than learning to ride a bike.
Not to mention getting them outdoors and away from their computer screens!
or at one of our customized parks coming in late 2022. In this step-by-step video, the adult is guided through each step…walking…gliding…riding…with easily transferable instructions so that your child or grandchild will progress every step of the way. Your child will love spending time with you learning and will be riding a two-wheel bike like a pro in in a flash!
The Pedal Yard™Philosophy is based on the simple fact that the earlier a child learns to ride and balance on a two wheel bicycle, the greater the long-term benefits.
Scientific research has shown that there are incredible lifelong benefits to early childhood bike riding. These benefits include increased feeling of accomplishment, self-confidence, coordination and physical fitness. Bike riding is a great way for kids to explore their world and learn about nature. Additionally, riding a bike helps children learn how to follow rules and directions.
As we said, there are lifelong benefits to learning good balance at an early age by learning to ride a bike before the age of 6.
This skill can aid in athletic development and growth not only throughout childhood and adolescence. But lifelong balance skills are essential for falls prevention in older adults. Furthermore, those who develop good balancing skills early on tend to have better posture and less risk of developing musculoskeletal problems later in life.
This is because riding a bike requires the use of both sides of the brain, which helps to promote coordination and balance. In addition, early cyclists are often able to take advantage of the fact that their brains are growing and developing at a rapid pace. As a result, they are able to learn new skills more easily and effectively.
Ultimately, learning to ride a bike before the age of 6 can provide a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond the playground.
We touched on the benefits of early bike riding above, but there are countless more. Here is what some leading child health journals have said on the subject:
That’s not just a saying, but according to research, it’s the truth. A study published in the journal Family Relations found that “families who spent time together bicycling had stronger relationships than those who didn’t.” The study’s authors attributed this to the fact that biking requires communication and cooperation in order to be successful.
Another study published in The Lancet shows that “early cycling is associated with a reduced risk of overweight and obesity in adulthood.” The study followed 4,000 children over 25 years. The researchers found that those who had learned to ride a bike before the age of four were much less likely to be overweight as adults than those who had started later.
Both studies also found that families who biked together were more likely to engage in other activities such as talking, laughing, and problem-solving. In other words, biking brings people closer together.
So teach your young one early if you’re looking for a way to strengthen your family bonds. Then hop on a bike and pedal your way to better communication and closer relationships.
Who knows, you might even have some fun along the way.
*average time based on the focus and coordination of child and adult and size of the child.