Bike Riding Lessons
Over the past few months I’ve worked with more than 20 individuals on bike riding skills, most learning to ride for the first time. In the past few years I’ve worked mainly with adults who have never learned to ride, but this summer I’ve gotten numerous requests to teach young people how to ride. Unfortunately not every bike riding lesson is as successful as I would like it to be – learning how to coast is key and that can be more difficult for some people than others to learn. But once they are able to coast, the rest of bike riding skills come much easier.
There are also many successes: This video was made exactly 1 week after this 8-year-old boy learned how to ride a bike for the first time. Looking at him riding now, you would never know he just learned how to ride!
Another highlight was working with an 11-year old and his grandmother on basic riding skills. They already knew how to ride bikes, but needed some instruction on starting/stopping, hand signals and basic control of the bike. They plan to return for another lesson once they’ve practiced the skills we worked on.
The day after their lesson, I received the following email from the grandmother, Marj:
I really appreciate our lesson last night. You are a gifted teacher and communicator. Aiden told me that he definitely wants to meet with you again, "she cannot NOT be in my life". He considers you a mentor.
I thought you would appreciate knowing you made such an impression and difference for him.
Thank you for sharing your talent.
It is truly gratifying when the student learns how to ride a bike or improves their bicycling skills, no matter what their age. Want some bike riding tips? Visit this page for info: www.bgindy.com/for/streetwise
Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director
Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness