Riding Bikes with Children

5 Tips for Successful Cargo Biking with Young Children


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For local transportation with young children a cargo bike is freedom! Life feels that much simpler transitioning from a car to a cargo bike for local transportation. It is so much easier to get the kids in and out of and the ride is much more leisurely and enjoyable for everyone. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and we are loving our daily adventures with local travel. We’ve had our bike for four months now and I thought you might like to know some tips for successfully operating a cargo bike with young children. Here are 5 tips to support you on your daily journey with you little ones in a cargo bike...

  1. Establish a rhythm. Get into a rhythm of riding the bike with your little ones so they know what to expect day to day. It might take them some time to get used to wearing their helmets and sitting in their seats. We ride every morning and afternoon most weekdays.

  2. Comfort is key. Make sure they are comfortable and dressed weather and seasonal appropriate. For example for the summer season dress them in light clothing, lather them up in sunscreen if they have fair skin and it might be worth it to invest in a shade cover.

  3. Pack snacks. Bring snacks and water for them.

  4. Take breaks. Take breaks in riding if you plan to go on a ride for more than 30 minutes. When they start to fuss, stop at a park to let them run around.

  5. EnJOY the ride. Take your time. Soak in your surroundings. Giggle with your sweet ones. Our favorite things to do while getting from point A to point B are to stop by local book swaps http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/ and forage for local fruit http://fallingfruit.org and visit our local farmer’s markets http://www.localharvest.org/.

What tips would you add to this list from your own experience? Would love to hear them! Please leave a comments below.