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Monday, April 11, 2011

Hey, mom… No training wheels!

Many of you involved with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington know Andy Goulding. Andy is an ardent supporter of and a tireless volunteer for this organization. He's also the husband of our Executive Director Barbara Culp.

While helping us out at a kids event last year, Andy became inspired to help parents teach their children to ride a bike quickly.  It doesn't rely on training wheels and it doesn't require an adult to run alongside helping the child to balance on the bicycle.  That inspiration has resulted in a Learn to Bike Without Training Wheels educational flyer.  A printable pdf version of it is available on our website. 

Andy's grandson, Marcel, learned to ride his bike at the age of 3 using this technique.  It's a huge improvement over the way Andy taught his son how to ride a bike 30 years ago.

Here's a You Tube video of young Mary learning to ride her bike.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. I had to run behind my kid for about 3 weeks while they "coasted" and rode the bike without training wheels. Then 'snap' they got it and I no longer needed to balance the bike. The seat was as low as in this video but the kid's balance wasn't up to riding without some support.