How to Bike with Young Children

Transporting young children can be a hassle. As a parent of a three-year-old and one-year-old,  having a cargo bike has brought so much freedom! Since taking my kids on daily trips on the cargo bike, going anywhere has become an adventure. Traveling has become so much more relaxed and enjoyable for both the kids and myself. We’ve had our bike for four months and now, and I thought it might be helpful to share some tips for taking trips in the cargo bike with your little ones! Here are five tips for biking with young children in tow.

Establish a rhythm. Establishing a routine of riding your bike allows your little ones to know what to expect today. While they may need some time to get used to wearing their helmets and sitting in their seats, children tend to adjust very quickly. We’ve gotten into a rhythm of riding every morning and afternoon most weekdays.

Comfort is key. Make sure your little ones are comfortable and dressed for the weather. Dressing them in layers and bringing backup clothes ensures that sure you’re prepared for any weather changes or messy incidents that may occur during your outdoor adventure. If it rains a lot where you live, it might be worth investing in sun & rain cover so your kids stay comfy and dry.

Pack snacks. Bring snacks and water for them. Kids are unpredictable and can get hungry at any time. Even if you’re on your way to grab something to eat, it would be wise to bring something along just in case.

Take breaks. If you plan to go on a ride for more than 30 minutes, take some breaks. Even if you can handle a long ride, your little ones might get antsy. When they start to fuss, take a break to stop at a park and let them run around!

Enjoy the ride. Take your time, soak in your surroundings, and giggle with your sweet ones. Cherish these moments you have with them.