Young children need lots of assistance from adults to manage traffic and other road users. They need help in seeing traffic coming from different directions and judging the speed and distance of oncoming traffic. Children need to learn how to manage their own safety on the road so they can become safer road and bicycle users.
Road safety skills are best learnt in real traffic conditions. Children learn by experience and by watching adults. You can assist by talking with your child as you ride. Ask questions about roads, signs, traffic, and how and where you can ride safely.
Allow your child to practice cycling in parks or on the footpaths and offer tips on how to ride safely. Children need to develop the skills to be able to ride in a straight line, brake properly and turn corners safely.
Ride in designated areas such as bicycle paths when possible. By law, children under 12 years of age can ride on the footpath, and adults can too when they are supervising them.
What you can do when you ride with your child: