Do a skills check
Go for a ride with your child and make sure their cycling skills and confidence are high enough for their first commute to school. Practice stopping, turning, and signalling on low-traffic roads until you’ve established your child is ready.
Plan a low-traffic route together
Travel around your neighborhood to find the perfect bike route. Once you’ve identified a good one, do a trial run from home to school together, identifying any danger zones to avoid and making sure your child knows how to navigate four-way stops and other traffic features. If you have any trouble finding a safe, lower-traffic route, contact a bike shop to see if they have any local maps which could steer you toward quieter roads.
Make sure they know the rules of the road
Practice signalling turns, stopping at stop signs, and riding predictably with traffic. Teach your kids to stay predictable and alert while riding, keeping both hands on the handlebar and always looking ahead for obstacles. Read the official New Zealand code for cyclists.
Conduct a safety check of their bike and equipment together
Make sure your child can straddle their bike frame with their feet on the ground. Check to see that the brakes are working and the tyres have air. Add reflectors to your child’s bike for visibility. Make sure his or her helmet fits and is properly positioned.
Look into local resources for young cyclists
Many communities offer bike safety courses for kids. Other towns/cities have organised 'bike buses,' which are almost like carpools for young commuting cyclists. If you can’t find local youth cycling resources online, contact an area bike shop to see what they offer—or see if they would be interested in sponsoring a programme.
Make it fun
Celebrate your kid’s first ride by making bicycle-shaped biscuits or with a bonus ride to the park together. You’ve just passed the torch to a new generation of little commuters!