Bike riding is of the best vacation activities for the whole family. Everyone gets to breathe in the fresh, sea air, and those who are able to pedal will get great exercise. It’s a great way to start the day. Of course, it’s really only a positive experience if everyone comes back unharmed! Make sure ahead of time that you’re doing things correctly and safely. If you’ll be riding with a bike attachment for your child(ren), double check that you’re doing everything you can to keep everyone safe.

With a Bike Trailer

  1. Use for 1-2 children who are 1-6 years old.
  2. Use a neon orange flag. Since the trailer is lower in profile than your bike, oncoming motorists will not be able to see that you have precious cargo behind you.
  3. Stick to off-road trails. Since the trailer is wider than the bike, it’s hard to keep it from jutting out onto the road where it is in danger of being hit by a car.
  4. Watch for bumps and loose debris that can get caught in the wheels. Trailers can tip over easily.

With a Child Seat

  1. Use with children who are 1-4 years old who have sturdy control of their head and neck.
  2. Make sure your child always wears a helmet that fits properly.
  3. Check your bike’s manual to make sure it’s built to accommodate an extra seat and can stand the extra weight (of both the seat and the child).
  4. Follow all laws and other bike safety guidelines when riding.

Sure, these extra steps might seem like they just take time away from the fun, but no one wants to visit the hospital on vacation. A few extra minutes can keep everyone safe and healthy during your family bike ride.