Riding a bike is a lot of fun and great exercise for kids. Learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle without training wheels is also an important milestone. Children usually learn to ride a bike sometime between the ages of 3 and 8, with an average of just over age 5.
Riding a Bike
While developmental skills are one of the factors that influence when your child will start riding a bike on his own, availability is another. Your child isn’t going to learn until he tries to take off his training wheels and gets on a two-wheel bike.
Other things that influence when kids learn to ride a bike can include:
Siblings, friends, or neighbors who are riding two-wheeled bikes, as that is often a big push for a child to learn to ride
Availability of a safe place to ride
Having an interest in learning to ride, which isn’t as high in some kids who prefer skateboards or scooters
You may wonder whether the age at which your child learns to ride bike matters. Most kids will learn to ride when they are ready, but a review of studies showed that injuries were higher in kids who started riding at age 3 to 5 versus those who learned a little later when they were 6 or 7 years old.
Tricycles serve a lot of functions in childhood, from developmental tools to toys, all the way to a way for kids to get around the neighborhood. And they often serve all their functions at the same time, even as your kids get older. Which tricycle you get has more to do with personal preference than any strict rules of how kids should learn to ride a bike.
Types of bicycles can include a:
Balance bike—a bike with no pedals and usually no brakes, so that kids can concentrate on learning balance and steering (countersteering) while cruising along on their bike. These are also called running or run bikes.
Bicycle with training wheels
A bicycle without training wheels