Biking is super good exercise and eco-friendly transport to boot, but before you and your baby pedal off into the...
Biking is super good exercise and eco-friendly transport to boot, but before you and your baby pedal off into the sunset make sure you consider some safety questions...
- How old is your baby? There is a huge debate about babies under the age of one year riding on bikes with their parents. According to International Bike Fund, "The primary determinant of when an infant can join his or her parents on bike rides is the strength of the the child's neck. Because of the jostling and the additional weight of a helmet (8-10 oz.), this is a few months after a baby can first hold their head up. Note: Some jurisdictions have laws requiring passengers on bicycles to be at least one year old." You need to check your local laws and also read this safety guide on how your baby should ride with you.
- Are you an excellent bike rider? You should be if you're going to bike your baby around.
- Is your bike in good condition? Do routine checks on your bike to make sure it's in great working order.
- Are both of you wearing helmets? You and your baby both need approved helmets.
- Do you live in a biker-friendly area? Riding in the street increases the odds you'll be in an accident. It's safer if your community has bike paths and trails.
- Do you follow basic rules? Don't bike on ice, in storms, follow road rules, and so on. Your safety, and your baby's safety is partially dependent on your ability to follow safe biking rules.