Photo by Rob WorshamAll over the country, cities, towns and companies are encouraging bike commuting as part of National Bike to Work Day today.
For many, bike commuting is a green way of getting a lot of exercise and also -- for those of us who live in big cities -- a way to avoid congestion and traffic.
Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it seems and bike commuting has its detractors as well. Cars are not always willing to share the roads with cyclists, cyclists themselves get into trouble for not obeying traffic laws and many are concerned with the danger factor for all involved.
But biking can be a great way to get to work, run errands and more. In fact, biking is a great family activity that allows parents and children to get a good workout in and model healthy behaviors for children. But bike safety starts from birth.
Here are a few tips by age:
Safety tips: From the first time children ride a tricycle or scooter or are a passenger, insist on helmets. My children know that if they want to ride even a big wheel, they have to wear a helmet. It looks silly at the park, but it does build it into the routine and I deal with less protest when they really need them. Read books about children biking with helmets. Point them out when you see them on bikers.
Do you bike with your children? How do you teach safety?